The trend in yacht design is vessels that can explore farther with more creature comforts than ever before. While owners used to be content to bob off the south of France in summer and play in the Caribbean come winter, nowadays, the goal is to get where other yachts can’t go—in the highest style possible.
Three recently released concept designs epitomize this trend. First is the Dynamiq Global 330, model No. 1 in what’s planned as a three-yacht line from 98 to 131 feet. Billed as explorer yachts, the vessels would have shallow drafts to get into harbors that other yachts can’t access. On the 330, the draft would be less than 6 feet.
Also tapping into the go-anywhere zeitgeist is Italian designer Tommaso Spadolini, who drew a 141-foot exterior for a client who wants two transom garages for long-range cruising and exploration. The bays would hold twin 18-foot tenders, and Spadolini’s office is looking into whether the hull could be built to Ice Class standards.
Rosetti Superyachts has unveiled its concept for a 170-foot supply vessel yacht, combining the functionality of a shadow boat with the features and finish of a luxury design. The more than 1,500-square-foot aft deck can have a helipad or a swimming pool, and an 860-square-foot space aft can be a tender garage or a beach club.
All of the concepts have one thing in common: They attempt to satisfy growing consumer demand for go-anywhere vessels that look and feel more like luxury superyachts. As Dynamiq’s CEO put it in a press release: “Following up on client requests, we have been looking at the explorer market for quite a while, and this year, we decided to come into the game with something completely different for our more adventurous owners. Instead of slow, steel-hulled explorers with the typical commercial styling, we drew on our forward-thinking approach to create a fast and modern series of vessels.”