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ICON to build 70m converted explorer yacht Project UFO

28 September 2022 • Written by Laura Nicholls

During the Monaco Yacht Show, ICON Yachts unveiled its latest conversion project for a client named Project UFO.

To begin the project, ICON sourced a 66-metre offshore rescue and support vessel platform that suited the client’s need for a fully-equipped yacht capable of circumnavigating the globe. Project UFO will be lengthened to 70 metres, and will also be able to operate as a charter yacht.

66m platform arriving to ICON's facility in the Netherlands
Guy Fleury

When completed, Project UFO will be one of the largest explorer yachts in her size range at 3,000 GT with an interior designed by H2 Yacht Design and Ice Class classification. Thanks to the addition of a superstructure, she will feature high-volume accommodation areas including a master suite and four convertible VIPs for a total of 12 guests for charter and 18 during private operations.

The generous exterior decks will house the yacht’s four tenders, toys, a submarine and a 10-metre swimming pool. A large beach club with folding 4-metre doors and multiple saloons, as well as two fully-certified helicopter landing pads and a heli hanger will also be added during the conversion. In addition, guests will have access to an expedition preparation room and a separate diving centre.

During the research process, ICON reviewed several platform vessels in the 60-75 metre size range and has since devised a concept inspired by the Espen Oeino-designed Project Master. Much of the existing structure, hull and systems will be retained and as a result, ICON can offer the client a shortened delivery time and value for money.