Ice Breaker: Best Explorer Yachts for Global Exploration
February 27, 2017
Yachting is no longer just about cruising the Caribbean in search of sunshine. These days, exploration charters are increasingly in demand with guests seeking thrills in unchartered waters. Here we highlight the best yachts that are built to explore.
Remote corners of the world such as Alaska, the Arctic and the Amazon are all becoming popular yachting destinations thanks to powerful explorer yachts, built for smooth sailing under any conditions. More rugged and powerful than a classic superyacht from the outside, the explorer yacht interiors are every bit as elegant and luxurious, with all the latest tenders and toys as standard. We've put together a short guide to some of the best of these high-endurance yachts to give you a taste for your next adventure at sea.
72.5m superyacht Cloudbreak is a perfect example of the new breed of luxurious explorer yachts. Designed by Espen Oeino with a magnificent Christian Liaigre interior, she has a cruising speed of 12 knots and features anchor stabilisers for maximum comfort in port or in rough waters. Equipped with an impressive ice belt, she is capable of taking you anywhere in the world. Her interior was inspired by the comfort of a traditional ski chalet and features a cosy fireplace and underfloor heating for expeditions in cooler climes. Cloudbreak sleeps 12 guests in style, and the on-board gym, jacuzzi and beach club are sure to keep you entertained during your charter. The two-tier observation platform over the sundeck offers the best view on the ship, and the outdoor bed is bound to be popular for nights spent stargazing in exotic locations. Cloudbreak is the ideal choice if you want to travel to new and exciting destinations without sacrificing any of the luxury and comfort that comes with chartering a superyacht.
Custom expedition yacht LEGEND is another explorer yacht who can go anywhere. A 77.4m yacht, she enjoyed a full refit in 2016 and comes with a sophisticated John Misiag Design interior. Combining performance and luxury, she can sleep up to 26 guests and has a comfortable cruising speed of 13 knots. Her heli-pad ensures quick and easy transfers to remote on-shore destinations, and she features optional helicopter and submarine charters and even a snow scooter charter in the Arctic region. On-board, guests can enjoy a movie theatre, deck jacuzzi, spa and sauna amongst other amenities and her tenders include 2 12m sport fishing boats for up-close encounters with the local marine life.
A dynamic and powerful expedition vessel, I NOVA is an award-winning explorer yacht. Spacious and modern, her bold profile is more than matched by her sophisticated interior and her wealth of onboard amenities. Created by renowned designer Cristiano Gatto, this 49.75m yacht was custom-built by the dream team of Cosmo Explorer, Vripack Naval Architects and Van Oossanen Naval Architects. An ice-class explorer yacht designed for stability, I NOVA is equipped with 2 powerful twin engines and is fitted with the very latest cutting-edge technology. She cruises at 13 knots and is compact enough to explore shallow-water cruising grounds all over the world. Featuring an extremely functional layout I NOVA has expansive interior and exterior living areas including a beach club, outdoor gym and spa pool. Packed with the latest water toys, her aft deck houses a powerful Fabio Buzzi tender capable of flying over the water at 50 knots, there’s simply no better way to explore your far-flung destination.
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A long-distance cruiser with an impressive pedigree, SHERAKHAN is a classic explorer yacht. Built in 1965 by Dutch shipyard Vuyk Engineering, she was completely redesigned in 2017 and effortlessly combines comfort and state-of-the-art technology. Equipped with an ultra-modern stabilisation system, SHERAKHAN cruises comfortably at 11 knots and is fully equipped to take you to even the most remote destinations in style. Ideal for large groups, she can accommodate up to 26 guests overnight and has an elegant interior packed with innovative features. Onboard highlights include a glass-bottomed jacuzzi and a high-tech gym plus a full spa with a sauna, Jacuzzi and beauty salon. Perfect for a destination charter, SHERAKHAN has spacious outdoor living areas and a long list of water toys and tenders including a fantastic 8m inflatable superyacht slide.
A seasoned explorer, 58m superyacht SEAWOLF was designed to go off the beaten track. Delivered in 1957, she was built in the Netherlands and spent the first half of her life working all over the globe as a tugboat before her conversion to adventure superyacht in 2002. The perfect choice for adventure on the high seas, SEAWOLF pairs a contemporary interior with vast exterior living spaces. Offering 5 star relaxation and entertainment options, she features a vast sundeck with panoramic 360-degree views plus a magnificent pool with a jacuzzi and swim jets. An RYA training centre, SEAWOLF can also certify charter guests for diving, the perfect way to explore even the most remote destination.
In a past life, 49m explorer yacht ASTERIA was a robust salvage tug but since 2002 she has been sailing the globe as a luxury superyacht. An accomplished adventurer, ASTERIA has safely navigated the Northwest Passage plus both Poles and is ready to take you to the ends of the earth and beyond. Featuring a versatile layout ASTERIA has accommodation for 12 guests and is capable of being self-sufficient for long periods of time. Her stylish interior is warm and welcoming while her rugged exterior can withstand even the most extreme sailing conditions. Designed for wild expeditions, she has a vast helipad plus onboard accommodation for pilots and local guides. ASTERIA carries 3 separate tenders plus a full range of water toys for diving, snorkelling and water-skiing wherever you are in the world.