The 84-metre project has been kept under wraps to date, but the Dutch shipyard recently invited brokers to view the build and infrastructure upgrades underway at its facility in Harlingen.Photo: ICON Yachts
Icon Yachts’ largest project to date is based on an existing 76-metre hull and superstructure designed by Tim Heywood, but in the last 12 months it has undergone a comprehensive redesign in collaboration with the British designer and Van Oossanen Naval Architects.Photo: Francisco Martinez
Along with the shipyard’s investment in a new 130-metre dry dock due for completion before the end of the year and the hiring of an additional 25 personnel, the ICON 280 project represents part of a wider strategy as the brand looks to expand both its new-build and refit capacity. The major welding work is complete and the piping and wiring are due to start shortly, with completion scheduled for summer 2020.Photo: Francisco MartinezThe principle modification has been the lengthening of the hull to 84 metres, with a completely new bow shape forward of the forepeak bulkhead to accommodate a helipad, a new bulbous bow, and an extension of the aft section to house a large infinity pool on the main deck and a beach club below. In particular, for the stability calculations van Oossanen had to take into account the addition of the 6.8m pool with a capacity of over 30,000 litres and dump tank immediately below it.Photo: ICON Yachts“The new bow and transom design were quite a challenge and involved adding around 165 tons of steel,” says Perry van Oossanen, who was brought in to oversee the naval architecture. “We worked with laser scans to develop the construction drawings, which involved some old-fashioned shipbuilding skills that was all part of the charm of the project for us.”Photo: Francisco MartinezWorking closely with Lloyds Register, the original LY2 notation is being updated to LY3. There were discussions to build to the new LY4 Code, due to be introduced for keels laid after 1 January 2019, but it was felt this would have negated the advantages of working with a pre-established platform in terms of cost and delivery time. Although the new exterior styling and general arrangement have been tweaked with a specific client in mind, the ICON 280 is as yet unsold and represents a bold investment for the shipyard as an on-spec project. Photo: ICON Yachts
“Nobody wants to wait up to four years for an 84-metre yacht – more if you have to wait for a build slot – and there’s nothing available in the short term at this size on the market,” explains Marcela Royer, in charge of business development at Icon Yachts. “Our shareholders recognised an opportunity to acquire an existing hull and superstructure to significantly reduce the delivery time, while still offering ample opportunity for customisation.” Photo: ICON YachtsAlthough the 1500kW CAT engines were already installed, they have been completely overhauled and will come with full warranty. The entire engine room is housed on the under-lower deck, which means the lower deck can be dedicated to the five guest cabins with direct access to the new beach club, spa and gym. There is a VIP suite on the starboard main deck. Photo: ICON Yachts
The circular master stateroom with 270-degree panoramic views through curved windows is on the upper deck, with pride of place dedicated to a forward facing study. In all, the owner’s accommodation covers an area of 126 square metres, half of which is dedicated to an enormous bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. Sliding glass doors on both sides of the suite provide access to the overhanging exterior companionways and a private foredeck. Photo: ICON Yachts
There is a wine-tasting/teppanyaki bar and cinema room on the upper deck aft. The partially enclosed sundeck covers 196 square metres and features al fresco dining and a forward plunge pool with sunbathing area protected by a glass balustrade that acts as a windbreak.
The interior renders published here are by Gimena Mazzeo Design and Icon Yachts has already started manufacturing the fixed furniture, although the client is free to choose the final materials and finishes.
In the last few years, Icon Yachts has established a reputation for taking on ambitious refit and conversion projects considered too risky by other northern European shipyards. In addition to the 5-metre hull extension and technical upgrades of M/Y Icon, its first new build, it has rebuilt the former Soviet icebreaker Giant into the 77.5-metre explorer vessel Legend for owner Jan Verkerk, and is currently converting a 68-meter icebreaker into a luxury explorer yacht known as Project Ragnar.
“Flexibility has been a cornerstone of the Icon brand since the beginning,” says Royer. “Whether it’s a refit, a conversion or a new build, we provide our clients with custom solutions.”