Gill Schmid Design’s new 90m ice-class explorer

Written by Charl van Rooy

Part of a new series of designs to be unveiled by New York studio Gill Schmid Design this year, in partnership with Cape Town based Tim Dempers Studio, is a new 90-metre polar-friendly explorer yacht concept. The latest project is a no-nonsense and robust design named Taboo which was created specifically for the adventure-hungry owner who is not afraid to head off the beaten track in search of the next global experience.

Taboo’s tough exterior is indicative of her remote cruising capabilities, and that high freeboard leaves little to wonder about how she will fare in choppy conditions. An A-frame crane on the aft deck deploys her submarine, 14+ metre tenders, and watersports equipment in no time. A helipad and fully enclosed hangar is located on the heli deck two levels above.

Exterior decks are designed to be transformed into grand outdoor entertainment areas that are ideal for large groups of guests. The water-level beach deck is cleared and turned into a beach-side night club.

Taboo’s interior trump card is the dual-level guest lounge and pool space on the main and upper decks. An enormous swimming pool/aquarium connects the two decks and provides a spectacular centre piece to these to family-sized relaxation areas. The upper pool space is wrapped with full height glass and provides the perfect observation zone onboard.

The project is designed according to the Passenger Yacht Code to carry a company of 40+ crew and over 26 guests onboard.



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