“Pagurus” a solar-powered amphibious catamaran.

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The superyacht inspired by the humble crab that is designed to travel on land is being developed.

The “Pagurus” is a solar-powered amphibious catamaran that features special rotating cylinders that are lowered to enable it to travel on land.

The so-called “Crabmaran” version is able to move on sand or mud terrains at up to 30kmh. Italy’s Lazzarini Design Studio says the vessel has a two-year build time, and prospective buyers can expect to pay from €6,580,000 for the base model, and up to €24,000,000 for the amphibious Crabmaran version.

Lazzarini says: “Initially conceived as a military vehicle, the name Pagurus derives from Latin (meaning Crab). In fact, the body is inspired in the design with the shapes of a giant crab.”

The twin steel hulls can be configured on each side with up to three bedrooms, a kitchen and toilet. There is room for eight passengers and four crew members.

In the immersed part of the yacht, the hulls are designed with a recess space on each side to house two steel cylinders, each one with a helical spiral flange like the thread of a screw.

When the vessel reaches land, the rotating cylinders lower 60cm, transforming the catamaran into an amphibious vehicle able to move onto the shore.

While in the water, the screw cylinders generate energy to recharge the yacht batteries while sailing. In-water propulsion comes from dual stern drive propellers, powered with twin 890hp diesel engines, which allow an estimated top speed of 24 knots.

When the vessel reaches land, the rotating cylinders lower 60cm, transforming the catamaran into an amphibious vehicle able to move onto the shore. The central part of the yacht incorporates a crane platform, which, connected through four electric winches, can load and unload items, including an off-road vehicle.