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The five best explorer yachts launched in 2021

11 October 2021• Written by Tom McGhie


Motor Yacht


Damen Yachting ·  72 m ·  2017

38m Explorer

Rosetti Superyachts ·  38.15 m ·  2021

In the run-up to the 2021 Explorer Yachts Summit, which will take place at the Yacht Club de Monaco on November 11, BOAT rounds up the top five explorer yachts launched in 2021, starting with 55 metre Shinkai... Book tickets before the event sells out below.



Credit: Feadship

Feadship’s 55 metre custom explorer Shinkai was revealed for the first time in October 2021 after leaving its shed in Aalsmmer. Built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, Shinkai sports an exterior by Philippe Briand’s Vitruvius design studio with an interior from the boards of Boutsen Design. The owner, who has “enormous experience” of ocean exploration, specifically requested both the “striking mast” and dedicated submarine that feature on the yacht. Shinkai is scheduled for delivery scheduled later this year, after which it will embark upon gruelling adventures, such as the North West Passage.


Credit: Hakan Temur

AK Yachts’ 85 metre Victorious was launched at the yard’s facility in April 2021 and made her debut at the Monaco Yacht Show. Featuring exterior design by Michael Leach Design and interiors by H2 Yacht Design, Victorious first started life 14 years ago in Northern Chile as a 77 metre explorer. Key features include an upper deck complete with a sky lounge, cocktail lounge, fireplace, observation saloon and a helipad at the bow and a Jacuzzi on the aft deck.

Game Changer

Damen Yachting’s 72 metre expedition yacht Game Changer was recently relaunched at Icon Yachts following a refit. When it arrived at the Netherlands-based yard in March 2020 it measured 69.15 metres but emerged extended to 72 metres. The steel and aluminium expedition yacht features a packed toy and tender garage and dedicated dive store alongside a helicopter hangar. Powered by four 3,000hp MTU 6V4000 M63L diesel engines, the yacht has a top speed of 20 knots and a range of 4,500 nautical miles at 16 knots.


Cantiere delle Marche
's first 40 metre RJ 130 explorer superyacht, named RJ, hit the water for the first time in January 2021. The steel and aluminium yacht was designed inside and out by Francesco Paszkowski while its naval architecture is by Hydro Tec. Referred to by CdM co-founder and sales marketing director Vasco Buonpensiere as “a game changer” for the yard, the yacht boasts a range of 5,500 nautical miles at nine knots with power coming from twin MTU 10V2000M72 engines. Elsewhere, accommodation is for 12 guests in five suites and seven crew in four cabins.


Credit: Alberto Cocchi

Rosetti Superyachts’ first 37.83m explorer Emocean hit the water earlier this year before debuting at the 2021 Cannes Yachting Festival in September. The yacht was constructed in steel and aluminium to a design by Hydro Tec, while the custom interior was penned by BurdissoCapponi Yachts & Design. Emocean’s key on board highlight is the 150 square metre sun deck, equipped with a Jacuzzi pool with a cascading water feature, a large cocktail bar and al fresco dining for 12. The area also has space for the yacht’s seven-metre tender, allowing room for a beach club and swim platform.