In the search for globetrotting adventures, some owners still wish to save construction time through a conversion. If you’re one of them, the Ocean Xplorer 71 may suit your ambitions. The team behind the conversion proposal say she’ll support heli-skiing trips, exploring polar regions, and further travels.
The 233-foot (71-meter) project is based on a vessel from a Spanish shipyard, finished in 2015. According to Paul Madden, founder of Xplorer Yachts, which specializes in conversions, the vessel was intended for government search-and-rescue operations in Scandinavian waters. Particularly, the vessel needed to go out in extreme conditions, including icy waters. However, Madden says, a bank failure led the shipyard to take over the boat.
With Det Norske Veritas classification and an ice-class hull, the Ocean Xplorer 71 features retractable stabilizers. She additionally has MAN/Rolls-Royce diesel-electric propulsion, with 400 hours on the engines. This setup should permit a top speed of 19 knots and, of course, ocean-crossing range.
UK-based LP Design is responsible for the styling and interior design, which naturally invites your custom requests. For starters, consider that the Ocean Xplorer 71 can accommodate a party of 12 in six staterooms. The 36’9” (11.2-meter) beam is commodious enough for saloons and other relaxation areas to look and feel comfortable. Note, too, that one such relaxation area that Madden and LP Design suggest is a “chill club.” Whereas beach clubs suit tropical waters, this chill club suits the ice-laden adventures the OceanXplorer 71 can tackle. Amenities include a steam room and a sauna, along with a massage area. Furthermore, opening side and aft platforms mean true adventurous souls can turn the ocean into their own plunge pool, so to speak.
Additionally when it comes to cruising quests, the Ocean Xplorer 71 can carry an ROV. This way, you and your guests can remain in the warm comfort of the saloon or your staterooms while seeing live footage from the roaming craft. For when you’d rather roam yourself, a custom tender can carry Ski-Doo snowmobiles onto land, or a helicopter can transport you to pristine powder.
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