EXPEDITION RAN­GE

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Fle­xi­bi­li­ty mer­ges wi­th func­tio­na­li­ty in this new ran­ge of con­cep­ts de­ve­lo­ped by Vi­tru­vius Ya­ch­ts, whi­ch is the de­si­gn stu­dio wi­th re­no­w­ned de­si­gner Phi­lip­pe Briand at the helm. To na­me a cou­ple of suc­ces­sful su­pe­rya­ch­ts the­re are “Exu­ma” and “Ga­li­leo G”. The ran­ge is ma­de up of six su­pe­rya­ch­ts, whi­ch are si­mi­lar to one ano­ther in terms of si­ze. Among them the­re’s a 55 me­tre sai­ling ya­cht fea­tu­ring the func­tio­na­li­ty ty­pi­cal of ex­plo­rer mo­dels. The de­si­gn stu­dio wi­shes to de­mon­stra­te, wi­th the­se new mo­dels, how the Me­di­ter­ra­nean ya­cht, who­se pro­ject de­si­gn is fo­cu­sed on ae­sthe­tics and com­fort join­tly, can be equal­ly ef­fi­cient in expedition and ex­plo­rer va­rie­ties wi­thout lo­sing any of its lei­su­re­ly ya­ch­ting na­tu­re . The fir­st unit re­pre­sen­ts a “Scien­ti­fic Sty­le Expedition”, in other words an Ice Class mo­tor ya­cht equip­ped wi­th all the cha­rac­te­ri­stics ne­ces­sa­ry to car­ry out scien­ti­fic ex­pe­di­tions, whi­ch, among other things has spa­ce enou­gh for two 9 me­tre ten­ders, toys or a sai­ling boat. The ya­cht is built in steel wi­th alu­mi­nium al­loy su­per­struc­tu­re, ob­ser­va­tion ‘look out’ deck for bird wat­ching and wha­le spot­ting pur­po­ses and the ow­ner’s apart­ment whi­ch runs full beam across along the main deck. An al­ter­na­ti­ve ver­sion of this mo­del has been built whi­ch com­pri­ses a ga­ra­ge on two le­vels wi­th ‘cop­ter pad, spe­cial­ly de­si­gned to de­di­ca­te mo­re spa­ce to con­vi­via­li­ty. The “Expedition Bea­ch Club” con­cept con­cerns the mo­tor ya­cht Ice Class seg­ment. It’s 45 me­tres long whi­ch thanks to the en­gi­ne room whi­ch has been in­stal­led ve­ry low, the­re are am­ple vo­lu­mes de­di­ca­ted to the bea­ch club area for guests’ amu­se­ment and well being. The “Ex­plo­rer” ver­sion is avai­la­ble as a50 me­tre all alu­mi­nium al­loy or li­ke the 46 me­tre in steel wi­th Ice Class hull whi­ch of­fers mo­re ac­crued spa­ce be­low decks so as to ha­ve room enou­gh for ad­di­tio­nal ten­ders and toys.the ga­ra­ges lea­ding to them are ac­ces­si­ble thanks to wing sha­ped la­te­ral ga­tes in­stal­led in­to the top­si­des. The 45 me­tre “Cros­so­ver” com­pri­ses the sa­me qua­li­ty and ae­sthe­tics used for the Ex­plo­re ran­ge whi­ch in­clu­de spor­ty aspec­ts bor­ro­wed from tra­di­tio­nal su­pe­rya­ch­ts su­ch as sun­ba­thing areas or con­vi­vial loun­ges in whi­ch to re­lax. In this ca­se as well the ya­cht is avai­la­ble wi­th an alu­mi­nium al­loy hull or in Ice Class steel con­fi­gu­ra­tion. The “Me­di­ter­ra­nean Expedition” mo­del mea­su­ring 50 me­tres is ano­ther mo­re ex­tre­me ver­sion of the cros­so­ver con­cept whi­ch dra­ws from expedition Vi­tru­vius Ya­ch­ts’ ty­pi­cal lay­out, as for in­stan­ce the stern area op­ti­mi­sed to ho­st ten­der and toys ga­lo­re of all si­zes. The crui­ser aspect of this mo­del is hi­ghlighted by the pre­sen­ce of nu­me­rous areas in whi­ch to re­lax, from the in­fi­ni­ty pool to the la­te­ral bea­ches at the wa­ter’s ed­ge on bo­th si­des. The la­st but not lea­st con­cept

is of a 55 me­tre sai­ling crui­ser su­pe­rya­cht in­spi­red by an Ame­ri­can client wan­ting to ex­plo­re Pa­ci­fic Ocean areas. Briand’s stu­dio fo­cu­sed on per­for­man­ce in de­si­gning this mo­del but not on­ly. Com­for­ta­ble li­vea­ble spa­ces bo­th in­si­de and out, lar­ge al­mo­st over­si­zed ten­ders, bea­ch club or fit­ness cen­tre.the thin­king be­hind this was to ela­bo­ra­te a sai­ling ya­cht whi­ch of­fers mu­ch of the com­fort and li­vea­bi­li­ty found on mo­tor ya­ch­ts of si­mi­lar si­ze. Phi­lip­pe Briand re­por­ted­ly said: “The­re are ma­ny ste­reo­ty­pes when it co­mes to ya­ch­ts whi­ch are ab­so­lu­te­ly not true. A sai­ling ya­cht is not on­ly de­si­gned to be fa­st and to ra­ce. It can be equal­ly sui­ta­ble, ju­st as mu­ch as a mo­tor ya­cht when tal­king about ex­plo­ring but wi­th a lit­tle tou­ch of ex­tra ele­gan­ce. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion: Vi­tru­vius Ya­ch­ts Head Of­fi­ce; 53 Stewart’s Gro­ve, Lon­don, SW3 6PH, UK; tel. +44 (0)20 73512728; in­fo@vi­tru­viu­sya­ch­ts.com

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