Conrad & Frank Neubelt create new pocket explorer superyacht design: The Tug

Written by Dante Della Gatta

Partnering with Conrad Shipyard, naval architect and designer Frank Neubelt has created The Tug - a multipurpose pocket explorer yacht concept in the sub-500GT range. Neubelt worked on the new superyacht design through his recently established design hub and project agency German Yacht Couture and its affiliate company, iYacht.

The Tug by Conrad - Cruiser modePhoto: ConradWith the aim to build “a real multi-purpose pocket explorer yacht”, The Tug has been given a strong double-bottomed hull which is protected by side shell tanks. The wide keel allows for slight grounding in shallow waters. The propellors are shielded by an additional protective design - one of the many features onboard which make The Tug a true explorer superyacht. 

The Tug by Conrad - Cruiser modePhoto: ConradThe Tug comes with two propulsion options. The standard option comes with diesel engines and propellers by Piening. The upgraded version includes Schottel diesel-electric engines and EMS-pods. Each system gives The Tug a transatlantic range at 10-knots and both top out at 15-knots. 

The Tug by Conrad - Explorer modePhoto: ConradThe Tug has a modular construction system for tenders, toys, and storage, which can be adapted to suit the client’s needs, and whether they are cruising, blue-water sailing or require a helipad. Inside, the yacht is spacious enough for the owner and up to eight guests. 

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