The best yacht designs start from the inside out. In other words, they take the accommodations and systems’ needs into account first. Xventure, a proposal from Heesen Yachts and Winch Design, started with an Intrepid idea… as in, an Intrepid 375 sportfisherman. This tender, and her double-height tender garage, are your first hints that Xventure is for bigger, bolder travels.
With an LOA of 186 feet (56.7 meters), the megayacht has the creature comforts you would expect. These include accommodations for an owners’ party of 10 to 12 in four to five staterooms, depending on the buyers’ preference. Everyone gets treated to terrific views through floor-to-ceiling glass in their staterooms, each on the main deck, too. The idea is to immerse you in the environment, whether it’s the frozen vistas of Alaska or tropical shores of Tahiti. The voluminous Xventure, with a gross tonnage approaching 1,300, has a glass-ceilinged and –walled winter garden on the top deck as well, for a further immersive experience.
For true immersive adventure, though, an explorer yacht needs to let you get up close with the natural world. Therefore, Xventure provides you with unusual, and unusually large, options. Of course, you can have a helicopter sit on a certified helipad, perfect for heli-skiing. You can also have traditional PWCs, dive gear, and underwater toys. However, according to James Russell, part of Winch Design’s yacht-exteriors department, the attention-getter is the two-level tender garage—or, should we say, garages. Two stowage areas are available aft on the main deck, with integral gantry cranes offloading and retrieving the boats you choose.
As for those boats, Xventure can carry not just the above-mentioned Intrepid 375 on one side, but a 28-foot (8.6-meter) Beachlander (a beachable RIB) in the other garage. Obviously, Heesen and Winch Design will tailor the garages as warranted. Regardless, they intend to attract the attention of owners and guests who truly want to explore and take along the fishing, scuba, and other gear that will lead to unforgettable adventures.
Featuring Van Oossanen’s fast-displacement hull form, Xventure should see a significant 5,000-nautical-mile cruising range with traditional diesels. The shipyard and naval-architecture team are studying hybrid options, too, for farther and more environmentally minded travels. Speaking of the environment, Xventure will comply with the upcoming Tier III emissions standards required by the IMO.
Expect to see additional Xventure proposals. Russell says a range from 157 to 213 feet (48 to 65 meters) is in the early stages.
Heesen Yachts heesenyachts.com
Van Oossanen Naval Architects oossanen.nl
Winch Design winchdesign.com