Behind the scenes: designing a modern day explorer yacht

Written by Charl van Rooy

Last week we brought you a preview of Barracuda Yacht Design’s new 50 metre Pocket Explorer concept created by designerIñigo Toledo. Today we can show you what goes on behind the scenes during such a project - the weeks and months before these designs get released to clients and the rest of the industry. In the following video, Toledo takes us through his design process step-by-step to better understand what it takes to create a modern day explorer yacht.

Designed as a ‘go-anywhere’ vessel able to reach the remotest of corners of the oceans in complete safety and luxury, the 50 metre Pocket Explorer stretches 9.40 metres across and draws a mere 2.30 metres below the waterline. The design is a mix between computer generated lines that is finished with a “human touch” as Toledo explains:“I find drafting by hand to be relaxing. It gives me time to think of how I would enjoy the yacht and how I would like to live on board. It also allows me to explore different styling options.

The owner is provided with an exclusive owner’s deck with a certified helicopter landing pad located on the aft deck for seamless access to the unexplored world outside. Four additional guest staterooms are located on the main deck.

The aft beach deck can be opened on either side and leads out onto a wide swim platform. “There is nothing worse than losing contact with the sea as yachts get too large,” says Toledo.

The lower deck has been designed to only house the yacht’s technical and crew areas. This means less disturbances for guests, free movement for crew throughout the vessel, and larger crew cabins with a separate lounge and dining area. Toledo recognized the importance of providing crew with these essentials during the extended voyages that the Pocket Explorer will be capable of undertaking.

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