Off-roading in remote locales. Exploring the poles with marine biologists leading your trips. Even growing coral aboard to help restore reefs. These are some of the possibilities afforded by Esquel, a sophistication-meets-science superyacht. The 345-footer (105-meter) is the newest concept from Oceanco, encouraging customers to go farther. What’s more, input came from more than just creative design firms. Oceanco tapped a global yachting travel company, too.
In fact, Oceanco wanted to better understand the necessities of venturing off the beaten path, like in Patagonia. (Not coincidentally, Esquel is also the name of a town in Patagonia.) Specifically, what makes guest access to rugged terrains, little-explored depths, and ultra-remote regions easier? The builder turned to Pelorus, which leads yacht owners and guests on trips worldwide. With its input, Esquel carries an off-road vehicle and motorbikes, along with two subs and a helicopter. Add in RIBs, multi-purpose tenders, and more toys, spread out between the 2,476-square-foot (230-square-meter) tender garage and the aft deck.
Making it possible to reach the North Pole, Lateral Naval Architects engineered Esquel for navigating in ice. Her hull meets Polar Code regulations, and therefore features strengthened sections for potential impact. Of course, navigating south to Papua New Guinea, and everywhere in between, is a possibility, too. Esquel should see a 7,000-nautical-mile range at a few knots lower than her 16½-knot top end, under diesel-electric power.
Wrapping this performance in a purposeful-looking package fell to Timur Bozca Design. The young studio combines expected touches like vast, open decks and glass-walled aft levels. Indeed, the glass complements areas like the indoor pool and wellness area on the main deck. Overall, Bozca himself says the inspiration for the styling was a rocket ship.
Since Esquel can indeed be built, the 57’4” (17.5-meter) beam should entice interest. So, too, should Gina Brennan’s suggested interior design. Specializing in residential spaces, Brennan lends Esquel a home-away-from-home feel. That explains soft tones and even unexpected features like a fire pit in a saloon and a fireplace in the master. Simultaneously, she envisions owners wanting to incorporate special mementos, perhaps even antiques, from their global adventures. Since the spaces are open to interpretation, Esquel can typical superyacht purposes like big bashes during film festivals. Alternately—or concurrently—the yacht suits scientific pursuits. You can request labs, for instance, to contribute to environmental preservation.
Lateral Naval Architects https://www.lateral.engineering/
Timur Bozca Design http://www.timurbozca.com/
Gina Brennan https://www.ginabrennan.com/