Explorer yachts evoke images of globetrotting via the seven seas, but not every explorer has the engineering to back that up. The latest Vitruvius Yachts concept does. Her engineering and design will ensure the 262-footer (80-meter) can, according to the studio, cross nearly all of the world’s oceans without refueling.
Vitruvius Yachts chose a proven hull platform as the starting point. Specifically, it’s from the Feadship Shinkai, a 180-footer (54.9-meter) whose owner took delivery in 2021. That owner, a seasoned world traveler, commissioned the yacht to visit more places, diving their depths aboard a personal submarine. In fact, the studio designed and engineered the yacht around that sub.
Similarly, the new Vitruvius Yachts concept has a steel hull for long ocean passages, plus an elongated aft deck for toys. Those toys can include a mini fleet of tenders, including a sub, or serve as a helipad. More importantly, though, Philippe Briand of the studio says the concept is “Vitruvius’ take on the ideal explorer superyacht,” for a few reasons.
Firstly, he explains, her go-anywhere character comes from an anticipated best range of 6,500 nautical miles. That should come around her cruising speed of 14 knots. Top speed, meanwhile, will be a maximum of 19 knots. Of course, for guests’ comfort plus stability when launching watertoys, especially hefty ones, Vitruvius Yachts has engineered the design to damp rolling motions. It’s additionally capable of incorporating either fin or gyro stabilizers.
Secondly, the design encompasses the yachting features and amenities cruisers expect. These include a beach club and even a wellness area below decks. Both are in proximity to opening hatches for guests to indulge in swimming and other watersports. With accommodations for 12 in six staterooms, the explorer concept also has open-air alfresco areas for taking in approaching shorelines. Better yet, though, the studio suggests including what it calls an observatory. It’s a 237-square-foot (22-square-meter) area for constellation and shooting-star spotting, yet another way to enjoy the wonders of the world.
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