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Six standout explorer yacht launches of 2022

15 August 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

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NEBULA

Astilleros Armón ·  67 m ·  2022
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U-81

Damen Yachting ·  80.1 m ·  2022

The past few years have seen an increasing trend for pocket-sized explorers and expedition-ready support vessels, alongside more traditional explorer yachts. With the 2022 Explorer Yachts Summit fast approaching, we take a look at six standout explorer yachts launched in 2022 (so far)...

Goga

Ushering in the “groundbreaking” new B.Yond 37 series, the 37 metre Goga is one of Benetti’s most exciting launches of the year. With a steel hull, hybrid propulsion system and 8,200 nautical mile range at 14 knots, the new model offers explorer capacities with “unprecedented” reductions in emissions, according to the yard. During her launch, Azimut | Benetti founder and president Paolo Vitelli described Goga as “one of the most innovative boats ever built”.

Heeus

The 44 metre Heeus is the first unit in a line of compact explorer yachts built by Turkish shipyard Bering. Built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, the yacht features an ice belt for high-latitude cruising and is equipped with a fuel capacity of 95,600 litres. Her cruising range will be 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots, assisted by a hybrid propulsion system that allows her to cruise more consciously in remote areas. First launched in April, Heeus is hull number one in the Bering 145 series and is the new flagship of the shipyard.

U-81

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Fresh from a conversion, the 80.1 metre support yacht U-81 is now one of the largest shadow vessels afloat. She began life as a commercial ship built by Damen in 2015, and the half-complete project went in for a conversion at Damen’s UAE yard in 2019. She is now packed with amenities designed to facilitate adventure and expedition, including a helipad, large sports court and multiple storage solutions for tenders, chase boats and toys. She is the support vessel to Amels' 89 metre Here Comes the Sun

Oceanic 143

The hotly-anticipated launch of the 43.45 metre Canados Oceanic 143 took place in July. The model is the first superyacht-scale example of Canados’ Oceanic concept, which focuses on balancing explorer capacities with speed. To this end, the Oceanic 143 is expected to offer a 6,000 nautical mile range when travelling at 8.5 knots, with a top speed of 23 knots. The superyacht's twin-stepped hull has been designed to reduce friction and improve stability in rough seas.

Chapter 3

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Named Chapter 3, the second unit of the 37XP series was launched by Numarine earlier in 2022. The 37 metre model boasts a maximum cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles at eight knots, with power delivered by a pair of Caterpillar diesel engines. She was commissioned by an American owner and is the first of five 37XP models to make their way across the pond in the next five years.

Nebula

The 67 metre shadow yacht Nebula was launched at the end of 2021 and subsequently delivered by Spanish yard Astilleros Armon in July 2022. The all-alumunium catamaran follows in the footsteps of fellow ShadowCat support yachts 66.2m Hodor and 68.2m Wayfinder, with a range of 5,000 nautical miles at 12 knots.

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