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The phenomenon of explorer yachting is not undiscussed by any means in our industry, but one which never fails to fascinate and intrigue. A metaphor for the human ability to push the limits of possibility, to reject boundaries and norms, and to explore the awe-inspiring areas of natural beauty put on this earth, explorer yachting is representative of everything that should be admired and cultivated in superyachting. Incorporating remarkable feats of aesthetic design, performance, seaworthiness and reliability, the task of the naval architect has never been so challenging or stimulating as when it comes to engineering and designing an expedition yacht.
As summer deliveries begin to wind down, we look to trace the lineage from initial design concept through to final delivery. From up-and-coming studios to long-established names in yachting, the tumult of the last year has in fact shed light on a creative renaissance amongst the designers of our industry. In no particular order, here is our pick of the top four coolest superyacht concepts of the last 12 months:
Superyacht concepts come in many shapes and sizes - some outlandish, some garish, each often seeking to outstrive the other in size, amenities and performance. The latest concept unveiled by Spanish design studio Iddes Yachts is in a class of its own, and at a relatively modest length of 55 metres, puts forth a new concept of adventure while staying true to the basic tenets of exploration practicality.