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Rise of the ex­plor­ers

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Ex­plor­ers; Ed Dubois; more.

Two pow­er­ful go-any­where ves­sels have joined the global fleet of su­pery­achts, in­di­cat­ing that the thirst among own­ers for ex­plo­ration is as strong as ever. The 1998 fish­eries pa­trol ves­sel Norna has been con­verted to a 71.4-me­tre ex­plorer Enigma XK at At­lantic Re­fit Cen­ter’s La Rochelle yard, while the 77.4-me­tre Leg­end emerged at Icon Yachts.

The owner of Norna wanted to pre­serve the sea­man­like poise of the ship and con­vert her into a com­fort­able yacht. On his wish­list were an un­clut­tered deck for heli op­er­a­tions, out­door ar­eas for din­ing and en­ter­tain­ment, and ac­com­mo­da­tion for 12 guests with a well­ness space. At­lantic Re­fit Cen­ter put to­gether a team of Vitru­vius Yachts and Philippe Briand for the in­te­rior and ex­te­rior de­sign, and Mc­far­lane Ship De­sign for the naval ar­chi­tec­ture.

Built as an ex­plorer yacht in 1973, Leg­end – with new ex­te­rior styling by Diana Yacht De­sign – has been length­ened by 3.6 me­tres and trans­formed into an ice-break­ing yacht ca­pa­ble of cruis­ing to Antarc­tic and the North Pole. Thirty guests have plenty of dis­trac­tions, in­clud­ing a sub­ma­rine, while the owner’s deck has a he­li­copter land­ing pad.­lanti­cr­e­fit­cen­ www.icony­

Norna be­fore con­ver­sion. Leg­end: on the wa­ter. Enigma XK: ready for any­thing.

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