Vripack’s New Generation Explorer for Adventurous Cruiser

Expedition yachts caught on more than a decade ago, and their popularity has not wavered. A vessel with a go-anywhere look conjures images of exploring far-off waters and romantic quests. So, why not embark on the adventure with an equally adventurous-looking yacht?

That seems to be the thinking of the client who commissioned this 138-foot New Generation Explorer from Vripack. The Dutch naval architecture and design firm has worked previously with this client, so it understands well that he wanted a robust explorer, yet one that embraces the elegance of a megayacht.

Encompassing an impressive five decks, the 138 will definitely be higher than nearly every other yacht in its size range. In fact, the height above the waterline should be 59 feet. To keep the weight of such a tall structure in better balance, Vripack, the owner, and Turkey-based Cizgi Shipyard, which is building the yacht, agreed on an unusual combination of materials. Fiberglass is being employed for the wheelhouse and mast, along with aluminum for the rest of the superstructure and steel for the hull.

The yacht’s 30-foot beam should translate into comfortable accommodations for the owner and eight guests. The interior design is by Art-Line Interiors, which has plenty of experience working on projects with specific technical and weight needs. The main-deck owner’s suite occupies the full beam forward and features nearly floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around, for panoramic views. Guests should enjoy excellent views, too, as their four guest staterooms are on the upper deck—not the usual lower-deck location. Everyone will have plenty of time to take in the sights, as top speed for the 138 is expected to be a leisurely 13 knots.

The 138, to be christened Jasmin II, should launch in summer 2011.