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TUG 55: Designs revealed for new Conrad Yachts 55m explorer

17 September 2021 • Written by Olivia Michel

The studio led by designer Frank Neubelt, German Yacht Couture, has revealed plans for a new 55 metre explorer to be constructed by Polish shipyard Conrad Yachts

The model is a customised version of the earlier 43 metre TUG pocket explorer produced by the partnership.

Known as Tug 55, the project is being designed for an American owner who is planning a to cruise all seven seas on board his new explorer. 

The TUG 55 will be a customised version of the older 43 metre TUG model.

Little has been revealed about the interior but renderings show a plumb bow, navy-coloured hull and three decks. The hull is both ice-classed and has a low draft and bow-beaching capabilities for cruising in shallow waters such as The Bahamas or up the Amazon river. 

The vessel will be designed to be self-sufficient for up to five months in order for the owner to undertake the demanding journey through the Northwest passage. It will also have sustainable credentials, powered by a hybrid propulsion and steering system by Schottel.

The new owner plans to cruise the TUG 55 through all seven seas.

Key features unveiled by the designers include a helipad and a dedicated fishing cockpit aft complete with fish storing tanks. There is also storage for two 10 metre tenders, a personal submarine and a Jeep-style car that can be launched from a special fold-down section of the bow so that the owner can fully explore each destination.

More information will likely be unveiled at the 2021 Monaco Yacht Show, where the TUG 55 model will be presented.

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