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Top 20 largest Explorer Yachts


Nomad | 69.5m (228')

built in 2003, Norway

Nomad expedition yacht

One of the world's largest explorer yachts,_ Nomad_ started life as Aussie Rules and was originally owned by professional golfer Greg Norman. In 2004, she was sold to Florida businessman Wayne Huizenga, who extended the bridge deck to carry a helicopter.

In 2008 she had a lengthy refit and was renamed Nomad. She has an ultra-modern stabilisation system that provides comfortable cruising in most conditions.

Other notable features include an observation lounge and cinema on the upper deck and a huge alfresco dining area on the main deck aft.

Builder / naval architecture:Oceanfast
Interior design:Sam Sorgiovanni
Former names:Aussie Rules, Floridian

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Olivia | 70.00m (229'8")

in 1972, Finland

Olivia explorer yacht

Olivia was built as a hydrographical survey vessel for the Russian Navy. She was then converted into an explorer yacht in 2010 by OY Laivateollisuus and Rouvia Road Yacht Design & Construction.

The conversion means that Olivia now has all the toys and technology needed to rival the modern superyacht, including the latest navigational equipment, stabilisers, Jet Skis and a 12-person superyacht spa pool.

She is driven by a single screw Deutz diesel engine, and has an impressive range of more than 9,000 nautical miles.

Olivia's ice classed hull means she is a true explorer. She is even certified by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Builder / naval architecture:OY Laivateollisuus
Exterior styling / interior design:Rouvia Road Yacht Design & Construction
Former names:Delta Bravo One

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Skat | 70.70m (231'11")

built in 2002, Germany

Skat explorer yacht

The iconic yacht Skat was built for the man behind Microsoft Excel — Charles Simonyi. As with many of the world's largest explorer yachts, Skat has the appearance of a naval vessel, with its grey paint scheme and angular features.

Simonyi asked for the angular look, as steel and aluminium come in flat plates. "Why spend time and tonnes of filler to make it look like something its not?" he asked.

The explorer yacht is uncluttered and the interior makes use of only a few specified materials. Wide corridors and side decks, and large practical stairwells make Skat a functional vessel, and set her apart from other yachts. The guests cabins are all on the main deck, leaving the lower deck entirely for crew use and storage.

Builder / naval architecture:Lürssen
Exterior styling:Espen Øino
Interior design: Marco Zanini

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