The superyacht industry has witnessed an explosion of interest in the explorer yacht sector in recent years with range and practicality topping the priority list for new owners. The burgeoning trend towards hardy yachts is being led by experience-hungry buyers looking to travel far and wide with a vessel that can match their sense of adventure. We take a look at the standout explorers featured in the Virtual BOAT Show...
Ice classified by Lloyd’s, the 73.2 metre expedition yacht Planet Nine has been built with thick hull plates, strong frames and bulkheads, and careful protection for her seawater intakes, to protect them from ice and the very cold temperatures encountered in high latitudes. Built by the Italian Sea Group, she was delivered in 2018 as an Admiral model.
The 62 metre explorer yacht, currently in build by Turkish yard Turquoise Yachts, has been designed - with the aid of DeBasto Design - to be a go-anywhere vessel set to be delivered in 2022. Notable external features include the tender deck at the front of the superstructure, allowing for a complete separation between guests and services with two integrated, discreet cranes.
Safira is a 39 metre custom explorer built by Newcastle Marine and delivered in 2013. Made for cruising polar regions, she features an ice-class steel hull with a warm and welcoming interior ensuring guest comfort at all times. Safira also boasts a number of 'green' features including reclaimed oak used throughout the interior as well as an efficient azipod propulsion system and engines that can be partially fuelled by biodiesel.
The 56.7 metre Xventure was unveiled by Heesen in 2019 as the Dutch yard's first leap into the explorer market. Built for extended offshore passages, the intrepid explorer boasts a transoceanic range of 5000 nautical miles with an optional hybrid propulsion package to reduce fuel consumption and travel even further.
Launched in 2019 by SilverYachts, the 85.3 metre military-inspired explorer Bold was penned by legendary superyacht designer Espen Øino. Bold is equipped to take on the world with a certified helicopter pad aft and an AW109S Grand helicopter.
Built by Lürssen and delivered in 2009, the 75.4 metre Bella Vita is a rugged luxury explorer with an ice-classed hull and an impressive range of over 7,000 miles – perfect for charterers seeking a spot of adventure.