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Rise of the explorers
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. www.atlanticrefitcenter.com www.iconyachts.eu