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Ricky Smith Reveals Iridium 60 Explorer Yacht Concept

2020-09-22By Miranda Blazeby

Ricky Smith Designs has revealed a new explorer superyacht concept named Iridium 60.

Smith said the 60-metre Ice Class explorer follows a trend for similar vessels, citing the launches of Damen’s SeaXplorer range and Icon Yachts’s conversion of Ragnar.

A commercial-styled explorer with a reverse bow, Iridium 60 can be built in either steel or steel and aluminium and would be as at home in St Tropez as it would be heading into Polar waters, Smith said.

Blending utility and luxury, the yacht is available in two versions. The first can accommodate two helicopters on the open aft deck, which can also be used for outdoor entertainment or sports.

The second model sees the upper deck extended aft to accommodate a hangar for the first helicopter and a touch-and-go helipad for the second. Both versions store two large tenders inside side-loading garages.

Inside, the 13-metre beam provides a large living space. The main deck is dedicated to the full beam master suite, two VIPs and six additional guest suites. A covered swimming pool and gym are also found on the main deck.

The upper deck, which is reached via the atrium stairs, is inspired by the facilities of a cruise liner, Smith said. As a result, it features a wine cellar, cocktail bar, library, business centre, theatre and two large saloons.

The lower deck has accommodation for 24 crew, a large galley and a number of storerooms.

Smith collaborated on the design with Multiphase Naval Architects and naval architect Stuart Friezer.