Designs for the Explorer 49.5-metre superyacht by Tommaso Spadolini are in the final stages before construction begins. The yacht was commissioned a year ago by an Italian owner and the team are now in search for the construction site. The Explorer 49.5-metre superyacht has been designed around three main focal points; great cruising range, comfort on board and a social layout, all below 500 GT.Spadolini commented on the design of the flybridge yacht, “The owner's demands were very clear from the very beginning. First of all, to have large spaces, with as few differences in level as possible and to have them covered and protected from the wind, so that the yacht could be enjoyed not just in the summer but mid-season as well. Then, they asked for a lift connecting all the bridges and, finally, for a flybridge that wasn't a classic... flybridge!”The flybridge can be accessed by a central lift and staircase, while the crew have a service staircase for guest privacy. There is a central galley located on the flybridge, alongside a table for as many as 12 guests, transforming the space into a central meeting and dining area. In addition to this unique feature, there are no fixed sunbathing pads on the yacht, which was a specific request from the owner. Instead there are many sunbathing zones, with umbrellas and sun beds which can be moved as required. The foredeck is an example of this, with a touch-and-go helipad with space for sunbathing and lounging.On the aft deck is another lounging zone with moveable furniture, there is also a retractable pool which is integrated into the floor and is completely concealed when not in use. This area also extends with hydraulic wings on either side.The Explorer 49.5-metre superyacht features another two galleys, in addition to the one on the flybridge. One, the large professional kitchen, is situated on the lower deck and there is an additional private owners galley on the main deck, not far from the full-beam owner's suite.The Explorer 49.5-metre is designed for long cruises and will be built with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure. Spadolini commented, "We are currently finalising the full technical specification: the Explorer 49.5 will have a guaranteed transatlantic range with a speed of ten knots using CAT engines. Everything has been designed to be able to safely cope with extreme navigations such as those in the Arctic Sea."Though the delivery date is yet to be confirmed, the designer has certified that the vessel will be built in Italy.