Iddes Yachts Unveils Class 55: An Explorer Fit for Purpose

By Jenna Mehdi

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 - at a relatively modest length of 55 metres, the Class 55 puts forth a new concept of adventure while staying true to the basic tenets of exploration practicality.

At its core, the Class 55 is a luxury exploration vessel. Drawing on an owner’s desire for proximity to the sea, Iddes Yachts’ latest concept seeks to reconnect a perhaps forgotten ‘human-ocean relationship’ in superyachting, all while embracing the very latest in design trends and amenities. 

With long-range performance capabilities, the Class 55’s seaworthy structure and navigable form afford her the ability to travel to far flung-corners of the earth in challenging conditions.  

Iddes Yachts has stated that the design inspiration behind the Class 55 is one of constant improvement, with optimal attention paid to minimising construction time all while retaining high attention to detail. 

At 55 metres, the Class 55 is able to generously accommodate a helideck, heavy-lifting equipment and amphibious vehicles, while still gaining access to smaller marinas and off-piste locations.

Iván Salas Jefferson, Founder of Iddes Yachts, comments, “The Class 55 combines two decades of superyacht building and design experience from Iddes Yachts into a unique superyacht series. After a lifetime in yachting, this is the yacht I would want to build for myself, no doubt.”

Having founded Iddes Yachts in 2012, Iván Salas Jefferson brings two decades of design and construction experience to the relatively young and up-and-coming studio. 

Iddes Yachts has collected a number of accolades for its innovative vision, most recently winning the 2020 German Design Awards with its futuristic 120m concept Project Hop. 

"The Class 55 combines two decades of superyacht building and design experience from Iddes Yachts into a unique superyacht series. "

Iván Salas Jefferson, Founder of Iddes Yachts

"The Class 55 combines two decades of superyacht building and design experience from Iddes Yachts into a unique superyacht series. "

Iván Salas Jefferson, Founder of Iddes Yachts
By Jenna Mehdi