US yacht designer Patrick Knowles Designs reveals a first look at the interior concept for the Owner’s Residence aboard the 367ft AUGEAN Expedition Yacht.
US-based yacht designer Patrick Knowles Designs has revealed a first look at the 367ft AUGEAN Expedition Yacht – a supply vessel conversion capable of exploring the globe.
With a name stemming from Greek mythology, an “Augean task” has often been thought of as a mammoth task that at first glance may seem almost impossible, but if the idea of converting a supply vessel into a state-of-the-art expedition yacht posed a challenge – Patrick Knowles and his design team were more than happy to rise to the occasion and make the impossible possible.
Led by Patrick Knowles, the team created the AUGEAN Expedition Yacht concept by firstly extending the intended supply vessel into a 367ft yacht design, fully equipped with the ability to embark on long expeditions and ocean voyages.
Challenged with creating a floating home that felt warm and intimate amidst the cold Arctic environment, the interiors have been entirely redesigned with modern styling, luxurious soft finishings and timber elements made from walnut and oak, creating an inviting and intimate living space onboard.
The AUGEAN features an Owners Retreat (affectionately known as “The Residence”), which occupies the entire third deck and provides a highly private living space with direct helicopter access and 360-degree views of the horizon from the private deck.
Home to the Owners Master Stateroom, the “Residence” is made up of a private salon for the owner, a dining area, his and hers heads, a personal wardrobe, a library & study area, private gym with steam, sauna, and hydrotherapy facilities, a massage/therapy area and even a photo processing lab in which photos and videos taken throughout the day are viewed, sorted and shared.
Along with its own private helipad at the aft and a Jacuzzi on the forward deck, the owner’s deck, which adjoins and extends out from the “Residence,” also offers a large entertaining area for fire-pit gatherings and dining along with a private elevator and staircase connecting the deck to the rest of the yacht.
“Given the size of the vessel, it is easy to feel disconnected or lost in her sheer volume. However, there are several areas that help to reduce the mass of the vessel. One such area is the private observation deck forward, shares Patrick Knowles. “Because of her elevation, when on that deck, it’s difficult to see any of the boat’s structure. You have the feeling of being secluded, [which is] a nice accomplishment to achieve on a vessel this size.”
Additional terrace platforms offer the owner and guests of the AUGEAN the opportunity to enjoy over-water lounging and dining (or for use as a diving platform for those brave enough to enter the sub-zero waters of the Arctic).
Giving further thought to how the owner would engage with and use the space of AUGEAN Expedition Yacht, Patrick Knowles specifically designed dual entry spaces for the owner with one entry created as a wetroom for the owner returning from an at-sea expedition or rough weather conditions outside and the second created as a primary point of reception for the owner to welcome guests onboard.
The first entrance – the wetroom – is designed to include heating for immediate relief from the elements, along with a perforated deck to assist with the run-off of dripping water. Lockers for wet-weather gear would be positioned within arms-reach and double as a dumb waiter ready to shuttle the contents directly to the laundry service below deck before being returned shortly, ready to be used by the owner on their next expedition.
The second entrance – aka the reception – serves as a primary point for the owner to welcome guests onboard to the receiving lounge and would include a concealed refreshment bar, hanging lockers, and a private day head.
In addition, the Owner’s Deck has two flex cabins serving a wide range of purposes, including accommodations for medical or personal protection staff should the owner wish to use them. They can also double as cabins for young grandchildren and their nannies if the family is joining.
Of course, no expedition yacht is complete without a swathe of water toys, aircraft, and land vehicles. The design for the AUGEAN does not disappoint with ample space for two helicopter pads, a seaplane, research and recovery submersibles, amphibious vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, and an extensive dive room and a decompression chamber in addition to every surface toy and gadget one can imagine.
AUGEAN’s fully enclosed garage has also been designed to accommodate a 60′ low profile sportfishing craft, and currently includes onboard hospital facilities in the design, in the event of any at-sea emergency or rescue missions!
Throughout the design process of the AUGEAN Expedition Yacht concept, the team at Patrick Knowles Designs worked through and successfully solved the “Augean task” of personalizing the gigantic scale of the supply vessel’s interior volume.
The result is an extraordinary expedition yacht concept that envelopes the owner and those close to him in an intimate setting while providing the rugged capabilities required to travel virtually anywhere in the world the owner desires.
Harrison Eisgaard Reveals New 417ft Expedition Yacht Concept
UK design studio Harrison Eidsgaard has revealed their latest expedition yacht concept – the 417ft “Rex” designed for a client wanting “something different”.
UK design studio Harrison Eidsgaard has unveiled their latest design known as “Rex” – a 417ft expedition yacht named for the Latin word for “King” and created specifically for a client looking for “something different.”
Designed with a streamlined white and grey exterior, the sporty expedition yacht concept boasts four terraces with a 46ft pool on the main deck that can be enclosed with glass to create an indoor pool in cold climates, an oversized cinema, a two-story gym, and an Airbus A160 helicopter hangar that converts into a squash court when not in use.
Accommodation for 22 guests consists of a master suite and ten guest suites each with their own terrace and direct access to the forward and aft atrium staircases while features like the submerged “Neptune” lounge offers guests an underwater view of their surroundings from below and a “Panorama” observation lounge on the top deck offering 360-degree views from above.
The Rex Expedition yacht is also designed with a full-beam garage with room for a 49-foot expedition vessel, two 30-foot tenders, and a large crane to assist with moving the toys in and out of the water.
Regarding performance, Harrison Eidsgaard has utilized a significant hull chine and sharp bow design for improved fuel efficiency and a hybrid propulsion package that could be converted to a hydrogen system in the future for zero-emissions cruising.
Alia Yachts Launches 180ft Al Waab II Superyacht
Alia Yachts has launched the 180ft Al Waab II superyacht at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, ahead of its final delivery in September.
Alia Yachts has launched the 180ft Al Waab II superyacht at its shipyard in Antalya, Turkey, ahead of its final delivery in September which coincides with the Monaco Yacht Show later this year.
After two years in construction amongst the ongoing pandemic, the production schedule was surprisingly only delayed by two weeks, with Alia Yachts President Gökhan Çelik noting, “the last two years have been difficult, but we took a lot of health and safety measures, and, to offset delays experienced by our European suppliers, we worked around the problem and found ways to recreate lost time.
“The fact we’ve done it in just over two years despite everything is a credit to the determination of the men and women who work here.”
Designed by Dutch design studio Vripack, Al Waab II accommodates up to 12 guests and features a modern design with a neutral color palette across the five staterooms and the master suite split across the upper and main decks.
“For many owners, the concept of enjoying a ‘home at sea’ is what drives their passion for yachting,” says Bart Bouwhuis, Co-creative Director at Vripack. “The owner of Al Waab II had the explicit desire to use his boat as a family apartment. That desire became the founding principle of the entire design. The result is the very essence of living on the water.”
“We’re very proud of Al Waab II,” says Alia President, Gökhan Çelik, adding, “Yachts are getting longer and wider, but owners still want to stay below the 500 GT mark. We’ve seen increasing interest in this kind of yacht and so to be one of the first with such an impressive project is an important milestone for Alia.”
The Al Waab II will now undergo sea trials and final outfitting ahead of delivery to her owner.
Heesen’s Project Altea Launches As MY ELA
Heesen Yachts 164ft Project Altea has officially been launched as MY ELA and is on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer.
Heesen Yachts 164ft MY ELA (formerly known as Project Altea) has officially launched in the Netherlands and is currently on her way to the Mediterranean for the summer.
Purchased only three months before delivery, the lightweight, aluminum fast-displacement hull built on Heesen’s sub-500GT Nova Plus engineering platform and interiors had already been completed when she caught the eye of the new owners.
Featuring large floor-to-ceiling windows and spacious light-filled living areas designed by Frank Laupman of Omega Architects and warm and inviting interior designed by Italian interior designer Cristiano Gatto, all that remained for the new owners of MY ELA was to customize the final details to make it their own.
With only three months from the purchase date until delivery, Cristiano Gatto worked alongside the team at Heesen to fully customize the interiors in time for delivery.
“Together with the client, we revisited all the loose furniture, inside and out, selecting new materials for all the upholstery and the key items from Paola Lenti, B&B Italia, Poltrona Frau, and Promemoria,” said Cristiano. “But more importantly, we designed bespoke pieces, such as tables, sofas, and lamps, all beautifully crafted by Italian ateliers, who delivered them in record time.”
Built to accommodate twelve guests in six staterooms, MY ELA is not only luxurious inside but is an elegant fast-displacement design that allows shipyards to stay below the 500GT limit to avoid the additional certification required of larger superyachts.
Powered by two powerful MTU 12V 2000 diesel engines for a maximum speed of 19 knots, MY ELA is also the first Heesen to feature a peak-shaving battery system that offers a seamless storage of energy by allowing excess generator power to be stored when the yacht’s load fluctuates and used during peak periods when power demand exceeds generator output.
While primarily intended for family use, MY ELA will also be available for charter with Zarpo Yachts for select clients.