German shipyard Lloyd Werft has marked the opening of this year’s Monaco Yacht Show by revealing a brand new superyacht concept designed with go-anywhere exploration in mind: the 115-metre explorer yacht APEX. With a range of 9,000 nautical miles and the capability to carry two 20-metre tenders, the 8,000 GT APEX’s hardy exterior design comes from the drawing boards of the Monaco-based studio, The A Group. Her naval architecture is designed in-house by Lloyd Werft Bremerhaven, where the yacht would also be built, were it to be commissioned.
APEX’s rugged “ship-like” exterior is distinguished by her large open spaces, particularly at the stern, which stands in contrast to her “massive ice-going bow”, which is almost four decks high, and can “cope with the heaviest weather”, according to André Stegmann, Senior Project Manager at Lloyd Werft. Stegmann comments: “APEX meets the demand of today's customers for stable, spacious and at the same time extremely robust yachts par excellence.”
As a design created with global exploration at the fore, APEX comes equipped with cranes for launching her two tenders, as well as a dedicated hangar for storing the helicopter in adverse weather. On board, APEX would provide accommodation for a total of 22 guests and 48 crew, with cabins divided between the main and upper decks.The owner’s deck is home to dressing rooms, bathrooms, a private office and a lounge, as well as offering direct access to a party area and infinity pool at the stern.
Thanks to her expansive 18.5-metre beam, APEX offers those on board a total of 2,400 square-metres of living areas. Her interior would be fully customised by her owner.
As a distinctive feature, the interior also features two saloons: one on the upper deck with a spacious dining table for up to 26 guests and one located on the main deck. Perfect for laid-back evening entertainment, the main deck saloon offers a cinema/conference room to port and an entertainment area to starboard with pool and snooker tables.Other standout areas on board include her extensive spa with a gym and massage room, with a multifunctional room forward functioning as an infirmary if necessary.
In terms of performance, APEX has a trial speed of 19 knots and would offer total engine power of approximately 12,000 kW.