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RMK Marine begins 50m Hot Lab-designed explorer Aries on spec

23 September 2021• Written by Miranda Blazeby

A 50 metre explorer yacht named Aries designed by Milan based studio Hot Lab is under construction at RMK Marine.

Announced during the Monaco Yacht Show, the explorer is being built on spec and is already taking shape, with the keel laid earlier this year.

“We wanted to start a new build that will be sporty and attractive,” said Özgür Numan, yacht department director at RMK Marine, “a rugged and elegant explorer.”

The project builds on the RMK5000 superyacht concept previously revealed by RMK and Hot Lab but with a “newly developed hull of greater volume and exterior area in the forward section”.

Key to Aries’ design is the capability to carry and store large tenders, which RMK cited as a “major request” from prospective owners. Folding down bulwarks allow the tender garage to be converted into a spacious beach club once the tenders are launched.

Elsewhere, the yacht features a steel hull and aluminium superstructure and will have a range of 5,000 nautical miles. Owners can choose between a traditional diesel engine or a mixed diesel-electric engine with lower fuel consumption.

Hot Lab’s marketing and strategy manager Antonio Romano described Aries as “a real explorer, hard and raw” which is “designed for long voyages in the remotest areas of the world.”

“At the same time, it is perfectly at home on a relaxing cruise of the French Riviera, hosting numerous guests,” he said.

The interior design and configuration of Aries will be customised to the owner’s wishes. Completion of the project is scheduled for 2023.

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