An explorer yacht offers one of the best ways of getting away from crowded ports and marinas, and it is no surprise that they are enjoying something of a renaissance at the moment. They offer the opportunity to cruise some of the world’s most inhospitable but interesting regions while relaxing in true superyacht comfort. For owners keen to take on a a new build or conversion exploration project, we offer five examples currently on the market.
Columbus Global Explorer
Alex Clarke at Denison Yacht Sales is looking for a buyer interested in beginning construction on the 72.5m Columbus Global Explorer, ready to begin construction immediately at the Palumbo facility in Naples, Italy.
This is a true global explorer aimed at traveling to the far corners of the world’s oceans. The hull can be reinforced to ice class allowing the yacht to traverse the world’s polar regions yet with the comfort expected in a luxury yacht. Flexible in design, both the interior décor & layout plus the exterior profile lines & deck spaces can be altered to suit the demands of any client.
The asking price begins at €50m with a projected 30 month build time
Yachting Partners International signed a contract for sale on a new build project with China’s Kingship Marine, a 75m expedition motor yacht called Arctic Whale.
With an exterior and interior by French designer Eva Cadio, she will sleep 12 guests in six large, spacious cabins, all en-suite and all featuring the latest in audio visual entertainment systems, Arctic Whale uses all her space to maximum effect.
Arctic Whale will be built with an ice-class hull and will be fully MCA LY2 compliant. She has a heli-pad (either ‘touch and go’ or fully functional), swimming pool, two Jacuzzis and an interior that can be fitted out to suit the owner’s own personal taste. The mechanical systems and engine package can also be specified by the owner.
‘It’s a ground breaking project,” says the project’s YPI broker, Mike Rich. ‘To have one of the top shipbuilders in Asia working with one of Europe’s best designers is an important plus and one of the reasons we at YPI were keen to act as the exclusive worldwide representatives.’
David Legrand at Fraser Yachts is offering a new build 55m motor yacht called Geo for sale.
She’ll be built by Italy’s Mariotti yard to ABS or equivalent class with delivery scheduled for 2014. Exterior styling is by Luca Dini who’s also responsible for her interior design, accommodating 12 guests in six staterooms. Twin 2700hp MTU engines will give Geo a range of 5,000 nautical miles and her asking price is €33 million.
The 42.2m motor yacht Balboa is ready and waiting for a new owner to complete the conversion of this North Sea trawler, built by Maaskant Shipyards in 1989, to a world class expedition superyacht. The current owners have decided to halt the conversion plans and put the ship on the market though much work has already been completed.
The work includes removing all insulation in the fish hold; removing fishing gear, winches and masting, removing the rubbing strakes, eliminating all direct current equipment that was needed to power the winches and removing two generators to make room for smaller units. She is planned to have six cabins and a single 2000hp Deutz engine will give her a range of 5,000 nautical miles. Detailed plans, drawings and renderings are available and the asking price is $595,000 through All Ocean Yachts.
The Soraya 70 is currently under construction at Gentech.
This 70m/1680GT transoceanic motor yacht is designed for an unprecedented quality of on-board living. Throughout her four decks, functional and elegant living areas offer a high level of spaciousness and comfort, which are further enhanced by high levels of noise/vibration control and motion stabilisation.
Her dramatic visual appearance, exceptional spaciousness, reliable performance and superb technical features make the Soraya 70 a perfect self-sufficient private island on the move. Able to accommodate even the larger models of helicopter, she offers all the pleasures of on-board living whilst being a long-range and fuel efficient yacht.
Her IP-integrated Bridge and SICCS integrated cabin control systems enable control of all superyacht features through a network based system anywhere on the yacht. Latest technologies for real-time monitoring of all key systems and devices from ashore enable land-based experts to detect any potential issues and inform the vessel engineers and crew, to give them precise instructions and even dispatch necessary materials before any serious malfunction occurs.
The Soraya 70 is listed for sale by International Yacht Collection asking €59 million.
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