Look back at 2016: Ten Great Explorer Yacht Concepts

December 19, 2016 Paul Ashton

Whether nudging up a tropical inlet or heading for the Arctic, there's an explorer yacht concept to suit

Explorer yacht concepts
Sky Hawk
Our selection of the most intriguing of the recent explorer yacht concepts starts with Sky Hawk. Created for serious exploration, this 75-metre from Hawk Yachts can push through 40cm of first-year ice. It is designed by Marco Casali, and boasts a helipad forward and a main-deck pool aft, and there is an option for a helicopter hangar aft. The yacht sleeps 12 guests, served by 25 crew. Click here for more
 Explorer yacht concepts
Vard 1-08 Kilkea
This astonishing 82-metre is the latest project from Shackleton Superyachts & International Shipbuilders. It’s designed for 30 days of autonomous cruising, and boasts Bannenberg & Rowell exterior styling. Sleeping 36 guests and sporting a distinctive bow shape, the yacht will clearly take you to whichever challenging part of the ocean you choose to cruise. She has been certified for environmentally friendly operation and is for sale through Edmiston, asking $72 million. Click here for more
Explorer yacht concepts
Admiral 575
The Admiral Project 575 is a steel-and-aluminium 74-metre explorer in build at the Italian Sea Group, with a launch scheduled for 2018. The main deck is given over to the owner, and boasts some 300 square metres of space. The owner’s suite is aft, leading to a lounge area and a second cabin in the bow. Also on this deck is a media room, boasting a 119in TV screen. “The particular external design hides a balanced combination of comfortable interior and the typical practical needs of long-range cruises. We wanted to reproduce the comfort and intimacy of a villa, which will allow the owner to live on board for a good portion of the year,” the yard says. Click here for more
Explorer yacht concepts
Days
CCN Yachting and AES Yachts have teamed up to create the 68-metre Days, a yacht that forms part of CCN’s Ice Yacht range. Days is expected to launch in the second half of 2018. The yacht has been configured to allow private access for the owner to the sky lounge and a business meeting room. The yacht comes with a helipad on the foredeck.
 Explorer yacht concepts
Mondomarine M42 Atlas
The M42 has been developed in co-operation with Northrop & Johnson and designer Gregory C. Marshall. The steel-and-aluminium yacht boasts a huge aft deck platform, with an itinerary of toys that includes an 8.4-metre tender, a full dive set-up, three Jetskis, and a submarine. The toys have been designed to be easily deployed, with a big integrated crane to port on the aft deck. She sleeps ten, with two of the lower-deck suites being convertible to a single suite. Click here for more
Explorer yacht concepts
Xplore70
Nigel Irens has plenty of multihull pedigree, and his 70-metre trimaran concept, created in collaboration with the CMN shipyard and Christophe Chedal-Anglay, delivers all the virtues of the form. This means comfort and safety at sea in challenging conditions, and hydrodynamic efficiency that increases range and reduces fuel consumption. She has a top speed of 27 knots and a projected range of 5,000 nautical miles at 18 knots. The all-aluminium Xplore 70 sleeps ten guests. Click here for more
Explorer yacht concepts
OceaNemo 55
The latest collaboration between the Ocea yard and Fulvia De Simoni is their biggest ‘sports utility yacht’ yet at 55 metres (following 33 and 44-metre versions). The 130 square metres of raised deck aft is capable of stowing anything from a submarine to an aeroplane with folding wings. There’s a hangar below for further storage. She has a projected range of 4,500 miles at 10 knots.
Explorer yacht concepts

Columbus Tomahawk 52
The 52 has been conceived, according to designer Marco Casali, as “a yacht within a ship”. With its suitably ‘battle axe’ bow, the key feature of the yacht is the spacious aft deck and beach club. It’s a flexible area that has three distinct levels and offers over 200 square metres of guest space. The section amidships outside the main-deck salon has seating and sunpads, and then there are steps down to a tender storage area. There’s a crane here, too, and room for storing two 12-metre tenders. There’s also a garage below the main deck for stowing PWCs, motorbikes and even a mini-submarine. Click here for more

Explorer yacht concepts

Rossinavi Argo
Rossinavi and Ken Freivokh have teamed up to create the 48-metre Argo. With vast deck spaces aft and a trans-Pacific capability, the Argo concept is designed to take an owner anywhere he wants to cruise. Built in aluminium, the yacht will be ‘D’ Ice Class, while the open after areas have been designed to host a limo tender, a service tender, a submarine and an amphibious vehicle. It can also be used as a touch-and-go helipad. Argo has been adapted from a project originally conceived for the late Tom Perkins. Click here for more

 Explorer yacht concepts
Sea the Stars
The 80-metre Sea the Stars project is to be built at Columbus Yachts’ flagship shipyard in Naples to Ice Class with the all the naval expertise of parent company Palumbo. Powered by two 1,800kW Azipod diesel-electric engines, she will have more than 7,000 nautical miles range of near-silent cruising at 12 knots. The yacht sleeps 12 in six main-deck suites.

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