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Ragnar: The Explorer Yacht to Conquer New Worlds Is Released

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Icon Yachts releases its latest conversion project – The new Explorer Yacht Ragnar, since entering the shed for conversion back in 2017.
Ragnar Explorer Yacht leaving the Icon Yachts conversion shed complete
Ragnar Explorer Yacht leaving the Icon Yachts conversion shed complete. Credit: Guy Fleury Photography

The name Ragnar of Norse origin, means “warrior or judgment”. It is a fitting new title for an old ice breaker that used to be called ‘Sanaborg’, that once lay idle and unused near Holland’s northern coast. The new owner, who takes an interest in medieval battles and weaponry, had a different vision for the vessel’s future and after working with UK design firm RWD, the explorer yacht was given character with a helmet-like face, a new body and new armour to suit.

The 77 meter Explorer Yacht Ragnar (previously named ‘Sanaborg’ and built in 2012) went into Icon Yacht’s shed for the extreme conversion in 2017 and only now on January 25th 2020 has the doors to the dry dock opened for the new ice warrior to be released and its new body and armour to be admired by all.

Timelapse of the ragnar explorer yacht project
Ragnar Explorer Yacht leaving the Icon Yacht conversion hall
Ragnar deck has a certified helicopter pad and two cranes. Credit: Guy Fleury Photography

Being the first LY3 compliant superyacht (*explained below) to also be in the Ice Class 1A Super category, Ragnar is able to operate in Arctic temperatures as low as -35°C and maintain a speed of four knots in ice over half a meter thick. One of Ragnar’s ice-breaking weapons is her unique ICE class PC5-rated electric-driven ice pods. With an incredible range of 6,000 nautical miles, Ragnar enables the owners and their guests the enviable ability to explore the most remote areas of the planet.

Ragnar Explorer Yacht Before and After Conversion
Ragnar Explorer Yacht Before and After Conversion. Credit: Icon Yachts

Inside Ragnar, the conversion included an increase of luxury accommodation which will allow for 16 guests split across eight cabins and including two owner’s suites. Some of the standout features include a superyacht spa, complete with massage room, sauna, ski room, snow room, ice pool, swimming pool, Jacuzzi and gym.

Outside, the new functional deck is designated for plenty of toys and has a fully-certified helicopter landing pad. As well as being able to accommodate an Airbus H145/EC145 sized helicopter, some of the other toys on Ragnar will include a sea explorer submarine, two tenders, jetski’s, Castoldi RIB, two Laser sailing boats and a Ripsaw EV2 luxury super tank which can be deployed by 10-tonne and 5-tonne capacity deck cranes.

Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank will be onboard the Ragnar Explorer Yacht
A Ripsaw EV2 Luxury Tank will be onboard the Ragnar Explorer Yacht. Credit: Ripsaw Tanks

Jen Wartena, CEO of Icon Yachts, has said of the project “Complex conversions require experience and know-how, but also a different mentality: you have to be flexible, creative and solution-minded. I think Ragnar is further proof that we have what it takes.”

If the 2,450 GT ice-breaker warrior explorer yacht Ragnar sound like you then you’ll love to hear that it’ll eventually be available for charter with Burgess.

Ragnar Explorer Yacht leaving the Icon Yachts conversion shed complete
Ragnar can go to the most remote areas of the planet. Credit: Guy Fleury Photography

*Large Yacht Code LY3 Explained

Originally written to protect commercial seafarer’s rights, The Maritime Labour Convention 2006 standards (MLC 2006) stipulates crew accommodation sizes that would be difficult to fit within the confines of a yacht. Studies show that yacht guests would lose approximately 40 per cent of their space to crew and because MLC 2006 did not specifically exclude superyachts, something had to be done.

The LY3 code was created and adopted in response and appropriately addresses the MLC 2006 restrictions, adding two new sections, 21A and 21B, to implement substantially equivalent arrangements to the crew accommodation requirements of MLC. The LY3 code also created standards for many other issues such as fires in galleys, elevator and ship radio capabilities, polar operations and also submersible craft regulations among others.

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Swedish J Craft’s New Torpedo Boat: M/Y Acheron

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Each J Craft Torpedo heritage boat takes over 8000 hours to hand-build and now the latest design has been revealed as the elegant M/Y Acheron.
J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat Side
J Craft Torpedo 42′ M/Y Acheron on the water. Credit: J Craft

For over 20 years, Swedish-based J Craft has created some of the world’s most beautifully crafted classic wooden boats and have now revealed their latest hand-built Torpedo model, the 42′ M/Y Acheron.

Described as a “runabout fit for a king, with the style of Brigitte Bardot and the technological sophistication of James Bond,” J Craft’s latest Torpedo features a rich lacquered wood exterior with contrasting white leather upholstery. It is also the first Torpedo to boast the new generation twin Volvo Punta IPS 650 engines, marking the introduction of the first-ever Torpedo RS.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat
The first to include the new generation twin Volvo Punta IPS 650 engines. Credit: J Craft

Built on Sweden’s island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, J Craft draws on the island’s strong seafaring heritage spanning over 1,000 years and leans on the presence of skilled artisans to construct robust, maneuverable boats like M/Y Acheron that can withstand the extreme elements of the far north.

A favorite amongst billionaires (they own 5 of the 26 J Craft’s built to date), the Torpedo’s are equipped with the most up-to-date technology, but design-wise harken back to the stylish wooden boats of the 50’s and 60’s, each built by hand and requiring over 8000 work hours each to complete over approximately one year.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Wooden Aerial
The J Craft Torpedo 42′ has a range of 350 nautical miles. Credit: J Craft

With a range of 350 nautical miles (648 kilometers) and a top speed of 50 knots (90 km/h), the J Craft Torpedo is designed to handle the high-seas and rough conditions of Europe’s northernmost waters and is just as much at home bracing the Baltic seas during extensive sea-trials as it is on the lakes and inshore waters of the Hamptons or cruising the coastal waters of the Amalfi coast.

It is also said to be one of the most stable boats on the market, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride for passengers. Much of this can be attributed to the Volvo IPS drives. Designed in conjunction with the Torpedo, the pod-mounted, forward-facing propellers can move through 360 degrees, making cornering easy, safe, and comfortable.

J Craft Torpedo 42 Acheron Heritage Boat Aft
Each boat takes over 8000 hours to build. Credit: J Craft

At low speed, when maneuvering in tighter spaces, the Torpedo is controlled by the IPS joystick, allowing the boat to move backwards, forwards, sideways, and even turn in its own length, all with delicate, finger-tip control.

While it may not look like it, there’s room aboard for 4 guests + the captain to sleep overnight. Credit: J Craft

In terms of entertaining, M/Y Acheron is well equipped with a fridge, ice-maker, sink, and induction hob while below deck, an internal lounge area, wet room, and sleeping quarters for four guests + the captain means guests can stay overnight in comfort.

Authentic Nardi steering wheel like that used on the Ferrari 250 GTO. Credit: J Craft

As bespoke builds with no two J Craft’s the same, the options are almost limitless when it comes to designing a new boat, whether it be adding an extended Bimini over the aft for more shade over the sunpad, an additional sprayhood and full cabrio for bad weather or opting for the cutlery package designed by His Majesty Prince Carl Philip Bernadotte of Sweden himself.

Bespoke build means all elements can be fully customized as per the customers desires. Credit: J Craft

For those looking to order their own J Craft Torpedo boat, prices start at €1.2 million (depending on customization requests), although J Craft have revealed their order book is already filled for 2021, so you might have to put your “la dolce vita” plans on hold for at least another year or so until you can call one your own.

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Amels Shares Walkthrough of Latest Amels 200 Build

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Amels Holland has revealed interior shots and a walkthrough of their latest 60m Amels 200 designed by Tim Heywood and Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects.
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Jetski

Amels Holland has recently given insight into the third build of their new Amels 200 Limited Edition superyacht, designed in collaboration with yacht designer Tim Heywood (exterior) and Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects (interior).

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Main Saloon Living
Muted tones of the Saloon living space. Credit: Luxury Projects

As an Amels Limited Editions, clients benefit from a yacht currently in-build but with the additional benefit of customizing certain aspects of the build, minimizing the delivery time from several years down to as a little as a few months.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Main Saloon
Designed by Italian design firm Luxury Projects. Credit: Luxury Projects

“The Amels 200 is inspired, like all my work, by nature,” explains British designer Tim Heywood. “The design echoes a cruising swan ruffling her feathers. The sweeping profile lines are enhanced by the twists in the surfaces, which give her an enriched and interesting form with light and shade effects to each deck level. She is unique and original and exceeds my wildest expectations.”

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Interior Dining
Natural woods, leathers and soft fabrics are used for the interior spaces. Credit: Luxury Projects

Working with Amels Holland for the first time, Ancona-based Laura Pomponi of Luxury Projects chose a palette of natural woods, leather, and fabric for the interior spaces, contrasting with the glossy touch of liquid metal finishes and bronze profile detailing of the exterior.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Interior Bedroom

Utilizing over 382sqm of living area divided over four guest decks, the new Amels 200 design accommodates 12 guests and features four guest cabins on the lower deck. Taking an elevator to the bridge deck, the VIP Suite offers an additional private space complete with its own dressing room and ensuite and a lounge adjacent to the VIP suite.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Master

On the Main Deck, the Owners suite is styled in a combination of leather and wood veneer finishes and features a substantial fold-down balcony that extends 130sq ft (12sqm) almost the entire length of the side beam.

Above, the Sky Lounge can be accessed by either the central elevator or the staircase and is a multi-functional air-conditioned living space that features a massage room and lobby that leads out to the Jacuzzi.

Currently still under construction as demonstrated by the walkthrough with Jorrit Pilaar, the third Amels 200 build is expected to be delivered in the Spring of 2021.

Amels 200 Tim Heywood Stern View
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Aerial View
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Top Deck
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Beach Club
Amels 200 Tim Heywood Sunset

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Tankoa Launches 164ft M/Y Olokun Superyacht

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Tankoa Yachts has launched the third hull in the Italian shipyard’s 50 meter All-Aluminium Series – the Darth Vadar looking “M/Y Olokun.
Technical launch of  M/Y Olokun superyacht. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
Technical launch of M/Y Olokun superyacht. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

In a technical launch at their boutique yard in Genoa, Italy, Tankoa Yachts launched the third hull in their 50 meter (164ft) all-aluminum series.

With a layout similar to her predecessors, M/Y Olokun was started on spec before being sold in March 2020 and designed by Francesco Paszkowski with interiors by Casadio Miami/London, a US-based studio with a focus on luxury residential, aviation, and marine design.

Exterior design of the 50m Aluminum Series hull by Francesco Paszkowski. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
Exterior design of the 50m Aluminum Series hull by Francesco Paszkowski. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

Featuring fold-down terraces in the owner’s suite on the forward main deck, the semi-displacement hull also has a side-loading tender garage in the stern and a spacious beach club in the transom.

M/Y Olokun was started on spec before finding an owner earlier this year. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun was started on spec before finding an owner earlier this year. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

Where M/Y Olokun differs from the previous two hulls is a change to the design of the main deck aft, which has been dedicated exclusively to an enormous lounge for relaxation, with the dining room moved to the upper deck. Meanwhile, the forward master stateroom features a private study that can be converted into an extra ensuite cabin when needed.

M/Y Olokun is built in lightweight aluminum but the superyacht hull can also be built in steel. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun is built in lightweight aluminum but the superyacht hull can also be built in steel. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

“S501 hull number 3 was started on spec and the owner came into the project quite late during construction, but as a boutique shipyard we wanted to offer him maximum flexibility to tailor the yacht to his personal needs,” said Tankoa Yachts CEO Vincenzo Poerio as he shared on the design process of M/Y Olokun. “The second cabin connected to his own suite on the main deck is a good example. It meant cutting a hole in the bulkhead and re-routing all the wiring so his private office could be converted into a cabin.

M/Y Olokun will now undergo systems testing and sea trials before final delivery. Credit: Tankoa Yachts
M/Y Olokun will now undergo systems testing and sea trials before final delivery. Credit: Tankoa Yachts

M/Y Olokun will now undergo full yacht systems testing and have the interior outfitting completed before sea trials and final delivery later this year.

Tankoa Olokun Superyacht Launch Side Hull Front View

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