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Icon Yachts opens up about Project Ragnar yacht conversion

Dutch yard Icon Yachts has opened up about its plan to convert the 68.2 metre icebreaker Sanaborg into a luxury explorer yacht called Project Ragnar.

Built in 2012 from a steel hull, Sanaborg will be given an extreme makeover with interior and exterior styling coming from British design studio RWD.

Conversion work began in July 2017 and this extreme makeover is due for completion in 2019. Icon Yachts adds that the aim was to balance British heritage and medieval warship design influences with sleek modern lines. When complete, Project Ragnar will boast an Ice Class A1 hull, ideal for global exploration, particularly in high latitude areas.

Fully LY3 compliant, her accommodation will allow for 16 guests split across eight cabins, including two owner’s suites. Standout features will include a superyacht spa, complete with massage room and snow room, a swimming pool and a Jacuzzi.

Toy storage is plentiful with a tender garage that will house a Ripsaw EV2 ATV (pictured above), a Sea explorer submarine, two Jet Skis, two laser-class sailing boats, two six metre RIBS and two eight metre tenders, including a Castoldi 26. What’s more, the fully certified helipad will carry a Eurocopter EC145.

Power comes from a pair of PC5 diesel electric pod-drive engines that will allow for a maximum cruising range of 6,000 nautical miles. In a statement, the yard added: “Originally built to confront rough weather conditions, she actually has a surplus of power. She is strong as a rhino disguised as a swan.”

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