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Sorgiovanni Design Reveals 325ft Polar Ready “Frontier” Explorer Yacht

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Australian based superyacht design house Sorgiovanni Design reveals new Frontier explorer yacht concept capable of polar exploration.

With twenty-three years of yacht design under his belt and an induction into the Australian Superyacht Industry Hall of Fame, Sam Sorgiovanni is no newcomer to the superyacht game, so when his design firm announces its latest explorer yacht you know it has some serious design clout behind it.

Named Frontier, the latest concept has been designed to “discover new and unknown civilisations” and with the steel hull featuring a certified ice-breaker reverse bow capable of slicing through ice caps, it’s a safe bet to guess it’s destined for some of the most extreme climates found at either end of the Earth’s poles.

However unlike some explorer yacht designs that prioritize functionality over appearance, Sorgiovanni has still managed to maintain exceptionally sleek lines in the design of Frontier and a warm and casual aesthetic that will be appealing to owners who desire rugged exploration capabilities without having to sacrifice comfort and luxury finishings.

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Frontier Exploration Yacht by Sorgiovanni Design. Credit: Sorgiovanni Design

Speaking on the design, Sam Sorgiovanni shared, “Australians have a casual lifestyle that focuses on the sea, sand and climate. This translates so well to life on a yacht – this yacht, in particular, perfectly depicts the wish of being close to the elements in a relaxed way, with a taste for discovering unknown lands.”

Not to be pigeon-holed, Frontier also ticks all the right boxes to be the perfect entertainer with the inclusion of an outdoor bar and jacuzzi on the observation deck, a nine-meter pool on the owner’s deck, a cinema for 20, games room on the main deck and a two-story beach club below with a massage room, sauna, steam room and direct access to the tender garage.

One of Frontier’s stand-out features is undoubtedly the unique retractable helicopter landing pad. Mounted on hydraulic jacks, the 15sqm platform forms part of the entertainment area of the pool when not in use, but when required can slide out fully to receive an incoming helicopter.

Frontier Exploration Yacht Sam Sorgiovanni with Helipad
Frontier Explorer Yacht by Sam Sorgiovanni with Helipad

For the interior spaces, Sorgiovanni has focused on using sustainable materials where possible and taken inspiration from his homeland of Australia, choosing to use bark, seeds, and timber from fast-growing woods, local stone, and even eggshells.

Built to accommodate 12 guests in 6 double staterooms with individual ensuites, Frontier’s guest staterooms are situated on the lower deck while the owner’s master suite and private office are found on the upper-deck and offer direct access to the main pool. Frontier also has accommodation for 34 crew in 17 double cabins.

Although still only in the initial concept phase, Frontier is designed to be powered by twin diesel engines with a top speed of 20 knots.

Sorgiovanni also envisions potential owners of Frontier will seek further eco-friendly features to make it the ultimate globetrotting explorer yacht.

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Feadship’s 180ft “Somnium” Superyacht Nearing Completion

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The new Feadship 180ft “Somnium” superyacht is nearing completion and will be ready for family-friendly world cruises after sea trials.
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The Feadship Somnium is nearing emerging from the shipyard in Aalsmeer. Credit: Feadship

Dutch shipyard Feadship has shared images of the newly-built 55m Somnium superyacht emerging from the shipyard in Aalsmeer earlier this week ahead of its sea trials.

Somnium, meaning “Dream” in Latin, is the first fully customized superyacht for its seasoned Northern European owner who plans to travel the world with three generations of family members.

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Somnium means “Dream” in Latin. Credit: Feadship

Designed by Studio De Voogt, the first fully customized superyacht for the seasoned Northern European owner was created with a cozy interior design by FM Architettura.

Together with his representative Ron Kleverlaan from Waterman Marine Consultancy, the owner chose Feadship after a comprehensive study of which yard could meet his insistence on a bespoke build without compromising on quality.

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Inspired by the sporty lines of fast cars. Credit: Feadship

Convinced that no one else could meet his stringent demands, the owner opted for Feadship and poured his heart and soul into the project, making bi-weekly visits to the yard during the build and regularly enjoying a beer with the build team on Fridays.

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Designed to travel the world with three generations aboard. Credit: Feadship

As a fan of fast cars, the owner of Somnium was keen for the aluminum hull to sport a similar sporty line which enhances efficiency and ensures shallow drafts required for exploring at will. Once anchored at their destination, the family can access all the benefits of an enclosed tender garage and dedicated dive equipment store.

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Vast decks with an exclusive lounge area on the foredeck. Credit: Feadship

For guests who choose to stay on board, Somnium’s vast outside decks include an exclusive lounge area on the foredeck, a pool with adjustable floor and counterflow on the aft deck, and an inviting Jacuzzi island on the sun deck.

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Interior highlights to be revealed in due course include a gymnasium with a fold-down platform, a full-beam owners’ stateroom with a balcony, and four roomy guest suites on the lower deck.

The Feadship built Somnium will now complete sea trials ahead of her final delivery to the owner.

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Oceanco and Pininfarina Unveil 295ft KAIROS Hybrid Superyacht Concept

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Oceanco shipyard, Pininfarina design studio and Lateral Naval Architects have collaborated for the first time ever and unveiled the new 295ft KAIROS hybrid superyacht concept.
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Superyacht shipyard Oceanco, Pininfarina design studio, and Lateral Naval Architects have recently collaborated for the first time on a 295ft hybrid superyacht concept known as KAIROS that focuses on sustainability and innovation.

The futuristic design takes its name from an ancient Greek word meaning “time” and is based on Oceanco’s NXT initiative, a movement designed to draw industry members and users together to explorers a future where yacht owners can experience life on the water in the most sustainable and rewarding way possible while reducing the burning of fossil fuels to propel and operate yachts.

“Oceanco NXT represents our commitment, and fundamental belief that the best way to set new benchmarks is to co-create them with experts from a wide array of industries – not just yachting. In creating Oceanco NXT, we seek partners who share a common ambition to innovate and forge a sustainable pathway for tomorrow’s yachts. We are invested in an outcome where the future is zero [emissions],” says Marcel Onkenhout, CEO of Oceanco.

Developed around an E-Hybrid propulsion system that uses batteries as the primary energy source, the new KAIROS hybrid superyacht concept is a step toward creating the envisioned zero-emissions future.

“KAIROS is a remarkable vision shared by three passionate, forward-thinking partners: Pininfarina, Lateral and Oceanco,” shared Oceanco CEO Marcel Onkenhout. “When Owners see the Oceanco NXT endorsement on a yacht’s design, they know they can expect elevated standards of life onboard that are in tune with new perspectives on sustainability and lifestyle.”

“Our passion as designers is to imagine new concepts of space that are capable of bringing enchantment to every moment of the yachting experience,” adds Paolo Pininfarina, Chairman of Pininfarina.

Further details are expected to be released over the coming months.

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New DIANA R.50 Superyacht Concept Celebrates 50th Anniversary of Design Studio

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Diana Yacht Design are celebrating the architecture studio’s 50th anniversary with a bold sub-500 GT superyacht design known as DIANA R.50.
Created to maximize the design of a sub-500 GT yacht. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
Created to maximize the design of a sub-500 GT yacht. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

Dutch-based Diana Yacht Design first opened its doors in Amstelveen, the Netherlands, in 1971, and after more than 70 superyacht deliveries, they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with the reveal of a bold new sub-500 GT superyacht design known as DIANA R.50.

The new DIANA R.50 superyacht concept. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
The new DIANA R.50 superyacht concept. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

Measuring 154ft (47m) in length, the idea behind the DIANA R.50 concept was to create a yacht design that maximizes what you can do with a boat coming in below 500 GT.

Featuring bold lines and a two-tone color scheme of Chevy White and Gunmetal Grey, the DIANA R.50 offers an open layout that provides expansive views from every deck and maximizes living spaces for the 12 guests onboard.

Jacuzzi on the sundeck of the DIANA R.50. Credit: Diana yacht Design
Jacuzzi on the sundeck of the DIANA R.50. Credit: Diana yacht Design

An integrated Jacuzzi on the sun deck, accompanied by a large entertaining bar and a dining area, creates the perfect entertaining space and includes a touch-and-go helipad for an EC135 helicopter for guests leaving and returning to the superyacht.

Touch-and-go helipad on the sundeck. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
Touch-and-go helipad on the sundeck. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

Discussing the concept for DIANA R.50, Hans-Maarten Bais, Diana Yacht Creative Director, shared, “She started life after a discussion with a client. As a finalist in the Boat International Young Design Awards, our designer Casper Marelis was full of fantastic ideas. Together with our team of naval architects, supervised by Bart de Haan, he created a design and presented a yacht that the client loved.”

The DIANA R.50 initially started as a concept designed by Casper Marelis. Credit: Diana Yacht Design
The DIANA R.50 initially started as a concept designed by Casper Marelis. Credit: Diana Yacht Design

“Ultimately, the project did not go ahead, but we knew that this design was too good to hide away. We decided to revisit the design together with the DIANA team for our 50th anniversary. We expanded on the original concept to create something really unique. “

Diana Yacht Design R.50 Stern Night

“The goal was to create a yacht that feels huge and is full of superyacht features – all while remaining under that crucial 500 GT mark,” continued Bais. “From the incredible toy storage and a touch-and-go helipad to the sun-drenched sundeck complete with Jacuzzi and full entertainment area, the result is something special. DIANA is a team passionate about life on the ocean, and R.50 is a yacht that fully represents that. There’s no better way to mark 50 years of DIANA.”

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