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Ragnar: The Explorer Yacht to Conquer New Worlds Is Released



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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Wally Yachts Reveals First Hybrid Yacht: The 88ft WHY200



Monaco-based yacht builder Wally has revealed the design of their first-ever hybrid yacht – the spacious 88ft WHY200, offering 50% more living space compared to traditional designs of the same length.
Wally WHY200 Yacht Side
Wally Yachts new hybrid WHY200 “compact” superyacht. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

After more than 25 years creating some of the world’s most revolutionary sailing and power yachts, Italian based Wally Yachts has turned their hand to the “compact” superyacht category and have created the 88ft (27m) WHY200 – their response to the demand for a spacious design without the speed concessions of a displacement yacht.

Led by Wally founder and Chief Designer Luca Bassani and Ferretti Group’s engineering department, Wally Yachts worked alongside interior design firm A.Vallicelli & C Studio to create a streamlined design offering up to 50% more living space than a traditional yacht of the same length.

Wally WHY200 Yacht Starboard
Designed to offer up to 50% more living area than a traditional yacht of the same length. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

“In keeping the yacht registration under 24meters (78′ 8″) load line, we have been able to optimize the costs of running and berthing, while still providing the space and volume benefits of a much larger vessel thanks to its innovative full-wide-body design,” shared Stefano de Vivo, Wally Managing Director.

One of the design methods Wally enlisted to achieve more than 2,153 square feet of indoor living area was absorbing the space used for exterior walkways into a full-beam salon. This use of space created a significantly larger open-plan living area and, when joined to the glass-encased sky lounge by a carbon fiber staircase, makes a seamless transition between living spaces.

Wally WHY200 Yacht Living Area
Main living area connected to the sky-lounge above via the carbon fiber staircase. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group
Wally WHY200 Yacht Top Deck
Wally WHY200 upstairs sky lounge area accessed via the internal staircase. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

Another stand-out feature of the Wally WHY200 is the owner’s suite located at the yacht’s bow. Wrapped on all sides by glass, the oversized owner’s suite offers a 200-degree view as far as the eye can see.

“Providing owners with an elevated experience onboard has always been central to our mission at Wally. We have had a longstanding vision to create a wrap-around main deck in glass that would provide so many lifestyle benefits to the owner and now finally the technology has made this possible, unlocking game-changing extra interior volume on this deck”, confirmed Luca Bassani, Wally Founder and Chief Designer. “It has allowed us to create a sensational and unprecedented 37-square-meter (398 square feet) owner’s suite at the bow, which takes the onboard experience to a whole new level. Imagine the feeling of waking up to uninterrupted 200-degree views through vast windows in the bow, as if you are floating above the water. It is a genuine marvel to behold, we are especially proud of what has been achieved with this revolutionary layout.”

Wally WHY200 Owner Suite
The owner’s suite at the yachts bow offers uninterrupted views. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

With the WHY200, Wally has also recognized a change in owners’ use of the outdoor living spaces over the years and have been mindful when designing spaces with ample shade from the sun and protective measures from the wind and rain. An extended pillarless overhang above the main deck aft and flanking glass panels provide shelter to the alfresco dining and lounging area, which has unobstructed views on three sides and seamlessly flows into the main salon past sliding full-height doors. The extended overhang also offers a larger upper deck aft, with space to recline on sunloungers or sit at the shaded dining table.

Wally WHY200 Yacht Stern
Wally WHY200 expandable beach club features three fold-out wings. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

Down on the beach club of the WHY200, guests can also enjoy access to the ocean via three expandable fold-out wings. Two concealed garages are also easily accessible and offer a tremendous amount of storage space for a yacht this size, including a four-meter tender and multiple water toys.

Wally WHY200 Yacht Aerial View
Includes two concealed garages for tenders and toys. Credit: Wally/Ferretti Group

The WHY200 is Wally’s first hybrid yacht and is optimized for both full- and semi-displacement cruising. Featuring an adaptive multi-propulsion system, the WHY200 is a balance between the voluminous but slower full displacement yachts and the restricted but lighting fast planing yachts. When making short trips, the crew can operate the WHY200 in hyper displacement mode to achieve a cruising speed of 20 knots, but when taking slower trips can switch to the economical long-range displacement mode.

No prices have been revealed yet however, Wally has indicated the WHY200 will make its official debut at the Ferretti Group Private Preview in Monaco this coming September.

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The Triton 3300/6 Personal Submersible Designed For Superyachts



The new Triton 3300/6 personal submersible is designed for superyacht owners and is the world’s first six-person acrylic-hulled submersible capable of diving depths of up to 3,300ft.
Triton 3300/6 Tiffany Blue
The Triton 3300/6 Personal Submersible for superyachts. Credit: Triton/Nick Verola

US-based Triton Submarines have shared the latest model to leave their workshop floor – the 3300/6 personal submersible in “Tiffany Blue” as per the owners request. As the world’s first 6-person acrylic-hulled sub ever to be constructed, the 3300/6 features the world’s largest transparent, spherical passenger compartment and offers up to 6 passengers at a time an underwater experience of a lifetime.

Built on the same platform as the Triton 3300/3, the 3300/6 can reach a diving depth of up to 3,300 ft (1000m) and is optimized for use and deployment from a superyacht. The latest model offers unparalleled space and comfort levels and addresses the demand from mega-yacht owners and tourism operators for a larger capacity submersible that allows for families and groups of guests to share the diving experience.

Triton 3300/6 Tiffany Blue Surface
The Triton 3300/6 beginning to dive below the surface. Credit: Triton/Nick Verola

Considered the highest-capacity, 3300ft rated personal submersible in the world, the Triton 3300/6 has been designed to carry up to 6 passengers and allows for generous amounts of head, shoulder, elbow, and legroom, although it can also be configured to accommodate only four passengers for the ultimate in passenger comfort.

Triton 3300/6 Tiffany Blue Diving
The Triton 3300/6 is capable of reaching depths up to 3300ft (1000m). Credit: Triton/ Nick Verola

Featuring a generously sized hatch that has been angled rearwards to maximize ease of boarding, the Triton 3300/6’s adjacent high-grip tread area makes it easy to board, and Triton’s signature ‘pontoon’ design ensures that throughout the boarding process, the submersible remains level and stable on the water.

Descending down the set of steps, passengers will find a luxuriously finished interior complete with hand-finished leather upholstery and the pilot’s seat located near the rear of the cabin. The passenger seats are located closer to the front of the acrylic “bubble” for an almost 360° view.

Triton 3300/6 Tiffany Blue Workshop
The 3300/6 is designed with superyacht storage in mind. Credit: Triton/Nick Verola

When not in use exploring the wonders of the ocean, the Triton 3300/6 can be stored, launched, and recovered from within a traditional superyacht tender garage and has a footprint similar to that of the 3300/3, but with a lower overall height.

Triton’s engineers will work collaboratively with yacht builders (for new builds) and the engineering team (for existing vessels) to establish the full requirements for efficient and seamless integration of a Triton submersible with a yacht.

By choosing to mount all external equipment lower down on the latest model, the Triton 3300/6 takes full advantage of the space between the dual-gantry tender lift arrangements typically found on superyachts.

Triton 3300/6 Tiffany Blue Workshop Floor
Triton’s engineer’s can advise new superyacht builds to ensure seamless integration. Credit: Triton/Nick Verolas

Additionally, Triton’s engineers are able to work collaboratively with shipyards for new builds and the engineering teams for existing yachts to ensure the seamless integration of an owners Triton submersible with their yacht.

While no price has been released for the new Triton 3300/6, the smaller 3-seater model is in the ballpark of $3 million. For more information visit Triton Submarines website.

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The New High-Security “Ultra2” Superyacht Concept by T. Fotiadis Design



Berlin-based T.Fotiadis Design shares their latest high-security superyacht concept, “Ultra2,” designed for the owner that desires the utmost privacy.
Ultra2 T Fotiadis Superyacht Bow View
The new Ulta2 superyacht concept from T.Fotiadis Design. Credit: T.Fotiadis Design

Following from their Stormbreaker superyacht concept, Berlin-based architecture and design firm T.Fotiadis Design has shared the latest vision to come from their creative drawing boards – the high-security superyacht concept known as “Ultra2”.

Measuring 311ft (94m) in length, Ultra2 has been designed with a focus on maximum security and aims to achieve “Ultra quality in both style and eco-friendliness” (hence the name).

Ultra2 T Fotiadis Superyacht Eco Friendly Side View
Named for the combination of ultra quality in both style and eco-friendliness. Credit: T.Fotiadis Design

Equipped with cutting-edge security and technology to ensure uncompromised privacy for guests, the Ultra2 superyacht offers a “unique safe core” that effortlessly melds into the contemporary design.

One of these specific features of the “core” is a diplomatic-grade secure meeting room, overseen by UK based security company PDP Projects, where the owner and guests can converse in the utmost privacy.

Ultra2 T Fotiadis Superyacht Bow Left View
Designed with a diplomatic-grade secure meeting room onboard. Credit: T.Fotiadis Design

T.Fotiadis Design has also envisioned an onboard environment where standard military counter-intelligence protocols and crew training will ensure the human element of privacy and security matches the technology standards on board.

Ultra2 T Fotiadis Superyacht Aft Detail
Crew will be trained to ensure privacy and security are of the utmost priority. Credit: T.Fotiadis Design

Should the superyacht concept go-ahead, UK-based security firm Romeo Foxtrot has been enlisted to oversee the crew training and tasked with overseeing the project construction to ensure security is maintained from the very start of the project build.

Ultra2 T Fotiadis Superyacht Aft View
Powered by an all-electric Azipod propulsion system and hybrid diesel electric motors. Credit: T.Fotiadis Design

Besides being a floating Fort Knox, the Ultra2 is an environmentally friendly superyacht. It utilizes an all-electric Azipod propulsion system and hybrid diesel-electric motors to achieve a maximum speed of 16 knots and a cruising speed of 14 knots.

Ultra2 T Fotiadis Superyacht Lounge
Oversized window panels for breathtaking views. Credit: T.Fotiadis Design

Onboard Ultra2 includes two swimming pools, a jacuzzi, and an Imax theatre for relaxation after business has been addressed. It also has storage for three tenders, two expedition RIB’s, an EC135 Eurocopter helicopter and wave runners, seabobs, kayaks, surfboards, and a waterslide to enjoy when anchored.

Ultra2 T Fotiadis Superyacht Grand Staircase
Central circular staircase connecting living spaces harmoniously. Credit: T.Fotiadis Design

While still only a concept at this stage, T. Fotiadis Design is welcoming inquiries from interested individuals looking for an Ultra2 of their own.

Ultra2 T Fotiadis Part Side View Sunset
Ultra2 T Fotiadis Superyacht Aerial Drone View

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