Vitruvius reveals new expedition yacht range


London-based architect Vitruvius has revealed a new range of expedition yachts.

The new range will include six motoryachts between 45 and 50 metres and a 55-metre sailing yacht designed by in-house designer and architect Philippe Briand. The new yacht concepts look to bring together the function-led design of explorer and expedition yachts and the comfort of Mediterranean yachts.

The yacht variants on offer are: Expedition Beach club, Explorer 50m, Explorer 46m Crossover 45m, Expedition Scientific 50m, Expedition Mediterranean 50m, and the A 175’/55m Sailing Yacht.

Briand said: “Our team is driven by pushing the frontiers of yacht design. Of course, the needs and functions of expedition yachts, explorers and Mediterranean yachts would at first seem independent of one another. But there are clear intersections where we can create solutions that span multiple categories.”

The scientific style expedition yacht is the most typical expedition yacht, featuring space for two nine-metre tenders and a low-profile hull. It also has an option for a two-level garage layout complete with helipad. This model is offered in a 50-metre aluminium hull variant and a 45-metre steel hull.

Conversely, the 50-metre Expedition Mediterranean has been maximised to store large tenders and toys in the lazarette. It also has optional infinity pool with a fold-down beach terrace and space for social gatherings or toys.

Veerle Battiau, general manager at Vitruvius Yachts, said: “We are very excited by the new yacht concepts in this boundary-crossing range. The designs include varying combinations of expedition yacht features – such as a large garage, a long aft deck and helipad – with the efficient hull of an explorer and the exterior leisure space, interior comforts and access to the sea of a Mediterranean yacht. The yachts break the conventional design barriers.”