Bassan&Benedetti explorer yacht concept

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Bassan&Benedetti reveals 80m converted explorer Kestrel

12 October 2023 • Written by Dea Jusufi

Bassan&Benedetti revealed an 80-metre converted explorer concept at this year's Monaco Yacht Show. Called Kestrel, it belongs to a wider-ranging project of conversions in collaboration with McFarlane ShipDesign.

Guided by the principle that "form follows function", her exterior pays respect to the original hull with both a minimalist and cost-effective design. 

The proposed donor vessel would have a 1C ice-class hull. All equipment and engineering would be preserved, while the "new blocks" of Kestrel would be built with different options dependent on the owner. "There is a growing demand for conversions, due to the costs and times saved compared to new builds, and to the great availability of supply vessels on the market," explained a spokesperson for the studio.

Accommodation is for up to 14 guests and 25 crew. Bassan&Benedetti are responsible for the GA and interiors, with a layout that offers a raised living area on the upper deck, an entire deck dedicated to the owner and an observation lounge. Each of the six guest cabins are positioned on the main deck with private terraces. Interiors are industrial-contemporary, meant to "preserve the soul of the original vessel without sacrificing luxury and refinement of materials". Renderings reveal clean, minimal lines and low-profile, modern furnishings. 

Within the hull is a 100-square-metre wellness area equipped with gym, spa, cinema and a 125-square-metre toys hangar.

The concept's long list of on-deck features includes a 5.5-metre pool, an additional outdoor cinema, a fully-certified helideck (with optional heli hangar) as well as several al fresco dining areas and bar. There is also storage for two tenders up to 12 metres, four Jetskis, diving equipment and a submersible. 

Kestrel is expected to reach a maximum speed of 18 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots. 

This year's Explorer Yacht Summit (the only international summit dedicated solely to the explorer yachting sector) will take place on 9 November at the Yacht Club de Monaco.


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