Typically a yacht’s exterior defines her interior. This means owners (and sometimes designers) first concentrate on the profile and then determine what can fit inside. Conversely, Gresham Yacht Design started with a voluminous and unconventional interior arrangement in defining Thor Explore, the studio’s latest megayacht concept.
Since the 328-foot (100-meter) Thor Explore is, first and foremost, an explorer yacht, she should see a 7,000-nautical-mile range. Similarly, she has an ice-classed hull and complies with SOLAS regulations, carrying up to 36 guests. On a related note, Thor Explore draws some inspiration from OceanXplorer, a conversion project featuring styling and interior design by the studio. Whether a client wishes to conduct ocean research the way the owners of OceanXplorer will or pursue purely personal voyages of curiosity, the yacht additionally has a certified helideck and heli hangar.
Making the journey all the more enjoyable, Thor Explore has strikingly large, nautilus-like ports to each side. They’re two decks high, too, bringing Arctic and tropic vistas into better view. Speaking of views, the floor between the two decks is glass, with purposely exposed structural beams for aesthetic effect. This lends an enormous amount of light in and appreciation of the surroundings. Even with the glass capable of turning opaque, it still brightens the ambience of the sunken seating area or “mission control” space, for planning the day’s adventures.
Of course, since Thor Explore is a proper yacht, she can carry a mini armada of watertoys. Possibilities include a 41-foot (21.5-meter) custom tender, a hydrofoiling speedboat, plenty of PWCs, and a personal submarine. Request a dedicated dive boat, too, since the megayacht has space reserved as a dive center. Regardless, Gresham Yacht Design asserts that the toy hangar is unlike any previously seen aboard a yacht.
Next, consider the 59-foot (18-meter) beam, handful of fold-down balconies, and even a floor-to-ceiling aquarium inside the beach club. Thor Explore should stimulate plenty of imaginations.
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