Intrepid adventurers: The boldest explorer yacht concepts

From ready-to-build projects to far-out concepts that might never make a splash of wake, BOAT reveals the freshest creations from some of the most original yacht designers


This 127 metre superyacht concept, Rex, by UK design stuido Harrison Eidsgaard features a helicopter hangar that converts into a squash court. Elsewhere, the 14 metre swimming pool on the main deck can be enclosed with a glass covering to create an indoor pool for icy climes. The large concept has accommodation for 22 guests across a master suite complete with four private terraces, two Jacuzzis and a private gym, and ten guest suites. 


Revealed by US-based Norwegian superyacht designer Strand Craft, Miami stretches across six decks and is "aggressively styled" according to the studio. Boasting a beam of 20 metres, the concept can also be “transformed into an open outdoor experience” thanks to packed garages of tenders and toys. 


Based on Marcelo Penna Yacht Design's established trimaran design, 56 metre Triexplorer was designed with sustainability in mind. The concept features a diesel-electric hybrid propulsion system, as well as solar panels and wind generators. The studio described it as “an 80 metre vessel sensation in a 56 metre aluminum vessel”. 

Seven Seas

From Vripack and RMK Marine, 36.5 metre Seven Seas is a "pocket sized explorer, reimagined on a massive scale". The concept's steel hulled yacht was likened to a “Jaguar SUV” by Vripack co-creative director Bart M Bouwhuis. “It gives a quiet, harmonious looking profile that will be everlasting, without compromising on the internal layout,” he said.


Penned by designer Alejandro Crespo of Daroca Design in partnership with Brythonic Yachts, Equilibrium’s design was “meticulously thought out to fit in any type of environment, from Antarctica to the Caribbean.” The 105 metre concept is to be built entirely in steel paired with a “champagne-green” hull, with the name Equilibrium inspired by the "optimal balance between her explorer yacht features and pleasure yacht luxuries".

Class 55

Revealed by Iddes Yachts, this 55 metre go-anywhere expedition vessel combines luxury and comfort. Described as the “ultimate adventure platform”, the yacht features a D13 certified heli-deck capable of carrying tenders and amphibious vehicles. Elsewhere, the yacht features a 185 square metre loading deck, beam of 10.5 metres and five-ton multipurpose crane.


Described as a "next level of go-anywhere explorer", Stormbreaker features a "powerful and muscular" exterior with "razor-sharp lines". Penned by Berlin-based designer Theodoros Fotiadis, the explorer is designed to "conquer the elements, explore the world, and experience the exhilaration and tranquillity of global yachting first hand". Key features include a large tender garage to house smaller boats or a submarine, a beach club, spa-gym complex, cigar lounge, observation deck, pool, library and heli-hangar.


Penned by Gresham Yacht Design, this mighty 100 metre explorer concept is equipped for adventure. Its impressive facilities and equipment include a dedicated helicopter hanger, CAP 437 helipad, twin 12.5 metre custom tenders and a Trident submarine. Elsewhere, the explorer features full dive facilities with a decompression chamber. Two fully covered aft deck areas provide dedicated spaces for lounging and dining while Exploris also features a 10 metre pool, Jacuzzi and sunbathing deck.

Project Orca

Italian yard Rosetti Superyachts have unveiled a 65 metre ice-classed explorer concept inspired by the killer whale. Project Orca features a “robust” profile with “bold superstructure styling” and a radar mast designed to resemble a dorsal fin. The exterior design, penned by Meccano Engineering, combines curved and straight lines with Rosetti's supply vessel characteristics. The concept boasts a 12 metre beam, interior volume of 13,00GT, and can accommodate up to 12 guests in six cabins.


Xventure marks the first explorer concept in the 41-year history of Dutch yard Heesen. The 57-metre steel built superyacht is designed by Winch Design and has been described as “the ultimate explorer yacht” taking owners “off the beaten path in seven star comfort.” Key features include an optional hybrid propulsion system, generous 1,280GT and accommodation for a total of 12 guests, including a full beam owner’s apartment. Xventure is also capable of carrying a submarine, Jet Skis, scuba diving equipment, a four metre crew tender and fishing equipment.

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