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NedXplor 38, 38-metre expedition yacht concept

NedXplorer 38

NedXplorer 38Omega Architects and Van Oossanen Naval Architects have released details of their latest collaboration, the 38-metre NedXplor 38 expedition yacht concept.

This compact 38-metre full-displacement explorer yacht, featuring innovative storage and layout solutions that offer generous guest spaces as expected for a superyacht this size without sacrificing exterior deck areas and tender-carrying capabilities, would be built to MCA LY3 standards.

Naval architect Perry van Oossanen so commented on the size of the project: “Yachts in this size bracket can sometimes be overlooked, but this size means that it can be a true explorer yacht, anchoring close to the coast, entering small harbours and exploring, and easy to handle and manoeuvre — all the attributes an adventurous yacht needs.”

“Featuring a bold, masculine exterior, complemented by a warmer, feminine elegant interior, she effortlessly combines form and function and is a true world traveller capable of visiting every corner of the globe,” said Designer Frank Laupman.

The distinct explorer aesthetic is enhanced by a nearly vertical bow, which maximizes interior volume, a forward-leaning wheelhouse and reverse-angled wheelhouse windows — ideal for passage-making in all conditions.

Designed for ease of use, the NedXplor 38 features generous onboard spaces, with comfortable indoor guest areas such as a spacious main saloon, a sky lounge, full beach club, and gym, as well as large outdoor spaces including panoramic sundecks, a Portuguese bridge and a lounging terrace, with 360-degree views from the raised aft deck.

“The idea was to design a versatile vessel combining the full accommodation of a 38-metre superyacht plus the storage capacities and versatility of a 38-metre explorer yacht at the same time, offering the best of both worlds” said Laupman.

The interior styling, designed by the Omega Architects’ team, is elegant, warm, relaxing and simplistic in stylish fashion. Bright materials and surfaces along with life-size windows create a wonderfully airy environment and provide the perfect setting to enjoy the surrounding views from.

The expedition yacht can comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests and a crew of seven. Accommodation is provided across a full-beam owner’s suite located on the main deck and four additional guest cabins, two twins and two doubles, on the lower deck. The crew quarters are situated in the bow, leaving the aft free for storing tenders and toys.

The raised main deck aft area features enough space to carry up to five tenders, and it is also designed to host a helicopter when not in use as an aft lounge terrace. A special sub-lower Tank Deck can be used for added storage. The tender garage on the lower aft deck can be converted into a beach club.

Featuring a successful combination of the patented Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) and the patented ‘underwater spoiler’ Hull Vane® by Van Oossanen Naval Architects, she has impressive seakeeping capabilities and is fuel-efficient, with this hull form ensuring a 30 percent fuel saving, with over 5000nm achievable on just one tank of fuel. The Hull Vane has also been designed so it can be built to Ice Class if desired, which would be perfect for Arctic exploration.

“The most important thing about this design is that it performs, beyond looking good,” says van Oossanen. “We believe that the yacht’s size paired with the Hull Vane® is a very interesting proposal for owners looking for a truly adventurous yacht without the size and investment that a much larger explorer yacht requires.”

Power would come from a pair of 1,000hp Caterpillar C32 engines for a top speed of 15.5 knots and a cruising range of 5,032 nautical miles at 11 knots. Van Oossanen explains that this globetrotting ability is made possible by the fitment of the hull vane, which also reduces pitching and rolling motion.

Bernie Challis, the IYC Monaco listing agent for the project, adds that the NedXplorer 38 is perfect for those in search of a unique and versatile vessel. “It is an amazing yacht that will be a seriously interesting prospect to many owners looking for something a little different, perfectly suited to very extended cruising.”