Recalling the classic cruisers of the past but designed and engineered as a 21st-century expedition vessel for a European client using the latest CFD software, the 56m design by Hoek Design Naval Architects got under way in the third quarter of 2016 and is slated for delivery in February 2019.
Conceived for extended cruising in polar regions and the Northwest Passage, the Ice Class steel hull has been designed for optimal seakeeping and will be equipped with IMO Tier III diesel electric propulsion. She also has generous under-deck storage for two sizeable tenders, the latest satcom communications (housed in domes integrated into the composite funnel stack), and a large platform built into the hull structure with retractable stairs for easy boarding.
"The project began originally as a refit of a former buoy laying vessel built in Germany, keeping only the very seaworthy hull," explains Mehmet Karabeyoglu, CEO of Turquoise Yachts. "But it was then decided to rebuild the hull as well with further optimisation by André Hoek. She is effectively a completely new vessel."
The interior design, by the Hoek office with décor by Vickers Studio in the UK, will reflect the period styling of the exterior by subtly combining contemporary and classic motifs with teak detailing. There will be intimate and cosy indoor spaces as well as expansive open deck spaces for relaxation. Master Yachts Consultancy are acting as the owner's representative and project manager.
The update follows news this month that Turquoise Yachts has sold its 77m project Victory, a motoryacht that was being built on speculation. Also in build at the yard is 74m Barracuda and an 81m project, both of which are for sale, and 66m NB67 for a client.