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.

The 2021 Explorer Yachts Summit will take place at the Yacht Club de Monaco on November 11.


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 helihangar.


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 penned this 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 marked the first explorer concept in the 41-year history of Dutch yard Heesen. The 57-metre steel built superyacht is designed by Winch Design was 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.


This 105 metre high-tech, go-anywhere expedition concept from Oceanco is designed specifically for cruising in remote, harsh locations. Exterior designer Timur Bozca said the concept had been inspired by "rocket ship designs" and said the yacht would be "as comfortable in the Med as she would be in the Arctic Circle." Key features include a cinema/ game room, spa and wellness area, yoga room and enough tender space to accommodate a Triton submersible. A true adventurer's yacht, Esquel features a helipad as well as labs, vehicles and tools for “shore exploration.”

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