A yacht that looks like a flying saucer? Say what? Say yep! A team from Italy has designed the Unidentified Floating Object and is looking for an investor to create the first prototype.

No, this isn’t some “pie in the sky” idea.

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Ah the Italians.

They sure know how to make a great espresso, a hearty bowl of pasta, and boy are they great at dialling up the drama in a game of soccer.

And now they can add another speciality to their skill set: the ability to design UFO-shaped yachts that have their own gardens and stunning underwater viewing decks.

Yep!

A team of designers from Naples have been busy throwing back espressos in the hope of turning their concept watercraft, called the UFO (Unidentified Floating Object), into a reality.

The UFO, which has two half-spherical shells as passenger compartments, which are divided by a floating disc that doubles as a sun-deck, is intended to be a two-storey floating house with a middle disc measuring 12.55 metres and a waterline length of 40 metres.

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In addition to housing a garden and underwater viewing deck – which has space for an underwater shower, allowing guests to wash themselves as they admire sea life – the UFO, which will be produced by the firm Jet Capsule, will also feature a running/cycling track, and is completely customisable to the client: the interior can be fitted with a kitchen, a games room, a lounge and even a bar!

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The UFO is also environmentally friendly and entirely self-sufficient, using solar panels or wind or water turbines for energy, and an electric engine and a water generator that turns salt water or rain into drinking water.

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According to the lead designers and company co-founders, Pierpaolo Lazzarini and Luca Solla, the UFO will be aligned with a compass and a GPS system to keep it on course.

The floating home is also designed to be able to maintain its position and stability even in rough seas, thanks to a special elastic anchor system.

How cool is that?!

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However, unlike a Ferrari, this machine isn’t built for speed: the UFO will have a top speed of just three knots (3.45mph).

But boy, the future of sailing is looking pretty sweet indeed.

What do you think? Will this idea ever become a reality?