nautical designer max zhivov shares his latest architecturally inspired electric yacht concept called ‘AmperAge’. developed in collaboration with naval engineers from st. petersburg based company, AMETA, the vessel combines the home comforts of a houseboat with the high-tech specifications of a traditional coastal yacht.

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the hull of the AmperAge yacht is made from marine aluminum alloy, giving the vessel durability and strength without a significant increase in displacement taking into account the weight of the battery. the superstructure of a composite sandwich allows for excellent thermal insulation and freedom of shaping with a small weight. meanwhile, the large amount of glazing, which is more typical on houseboats, lets passengers enjoy the surrounding views while traveling.

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AmperAge yacht side and rear views



the layout of the yacht is designed by max zhivov for a comfortable stay of 4-6 persons in two or three cabins. the interior in the bow consists of a control post, a kitchen unit, and a dining table with an encircling sofa which can be transformed into a bed. the main cabin is located in the aft part of the yacht and it includes a full double bed, wardrobe and desk for comfortable work with a laptop. in this room, a huge panoramic window frames a fantastic panorama of the water.

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traveling on the AmperAge yacht



the sauna and shower unit with toilet is located in the middle part of the yacht. it provides comfortable and independent use from the bow and stern salons. the full-size sauna can also fit two additional beds if necessary. on the upper deck, there is a large space for outdoor recreation – sunbathing on two huge sofas covered from the wind by the sidewalls of the deck fence. here you can install a grill, a water slide or consoles for transporting an inflatable boat.

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top view of AmperAge electric yacht



the ship’s power plant includes two electric motors, a battery pack, solar panels, and a small auxiliary diesel generator in a special soundproof casing to provide energy at peak loads on long cruises and when using the sauna. all this without the noise and exhaust of a gasoline engine intends to immerse passengers in the undisturbed sounds and smells of the surrounding nature.

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on the pier

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different views of the model of AmperAge yacht



project info:


name: AmperAge yacht
designer: max zhivov


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edited by: lynne myers | designboom