64m explorer yacht Scout in London

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64m Hakvoort explorer yacht Scout spotted in London

1 August 2023 • Written by Gabrielle Lazaridis

The 63.7-metre Hakvoort explorer yacht Scout has been spotted cruising along the River Thames in London following an extensive coastal tour of Scotland, Ireland and southern England. 

The vessel arrived in British waters in late May with multiple stop-offs along Dublin, Belfast and the Hebrides before eventually making its way to Tower Bridge over the weekend. 

According to BOATPro AIS data, Scout has scarcely had a moment to rest since emerging from a light refit at MB92's Barcelona facility in December 2022, where she promptly set off across the Atlantic to finish the winter season in the Caribbean. After a brief stint in West Palm Beach to provision, Scout embarked on her second transatlantic crossing within the span of six months for another fourteen consecutive days at sea.

Made of steel and aluminium, Scout was delivered in 2019 as the flagship vessel from the 100-year-old Hakvoort yard. She was designed inside and out by H2 Yacht Design with naval architecture completed by Diana Yacht Design.

The explorer vessel was built for an experienced owner, whose brief included several cinematic references to classic films such as 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and Metropolis (1927). There is even an LCD monitor "skylight" in the main saloon that can be programmed with hundreds of images, taking inspiration from the underwater lair seen in the 1977 Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me.

According to the yard, the resulting yacht was meant to look like a conversion from a commercial vessel with a "strong vintage maritime aesthetic" that is "authentic to the owner's vision".

An LCD monitor placed above the main saloon lounge area can be programmed with various images

Other showstoppers onboard include a futuristic wheelhouse with a floating console, a mechanically unfolding bar in the observation lounge and even a bridge deck greenhouse. Meanwhile, five staterooms comfortably house a party of eight guests for long periods at sea, comprising four cabins on the main deck with a dedicated owner's deck above.

A true explorer, Scout also features a high Ice Class bow, a helideck and a hefty 4,800-nautical-mile range.

Scout is the latest in a string of high-profile superyachts to visit the capital city, such as the 110-metre Kaos this past May.


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