Largest Rossinavi yacht launched: 70m ice explorer Polaris

Written by Parisa Hashempour

Italian shipyard Rossinavi has just launched its long-awaited yacht, Polaris, at their facility in Viareggio. The 70.2-metre vessel is the largest built by the yard and is able to navigate in extreme icy conditions, including in the polar regions.Polaris II yacht launch in ViareggioPhoto: RossinaviCommissioned by a private client and previously known as Project King Shark, Polaris is a 1,542 GT motor yacht developed with an ability to move from the warm waters of the Caribbean to the sub-zero conditions.

Venice-based architecture and design studio Enrico Gobbi’s Team for Design is responsible for the interior styling and exterior design of Polaris. She can sleep up to 12 guests taken care of by a crew of 17.Polaris II yacht launch in ViareggioPhoto: RossinaviIce Class category boats often compromise elegant exterior appearances to suit their robust functionality. The design brief for Polaris aimed to tackle this. The interior design, developed in collaboration with Carlo Lionetti, co-director of Team for Design,is contemporary and enriched by eclectic hints inspired by the client’s personal taste. 

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Key features include her owner’s deck with a private terrace crowned by a waterfall, as well as a 6-metre-long infinity pool located on the main deck aft. Other notable features include an indoor waterfall in the main saloon, space for six Jet skis and two tenders, a soundproof cinema room and a wellness centre.Polaris II yacht launch in ViareggioPhoto: RossinaviOn the design, Enrico Gobbi says: “The neat and elegant shapes of the yacht are underlined by long, continuous black window surfaces with curved details that soften up and characterise the overall cleanness of the superstructure. Our aim here was to open up the interiors towards the exterior, ensuring an ongoing view of the sea through the decks. This was achieved not by creating huge invasive openings but by instead designing refined, long and slender windows with which we were able to achieve the same goal.”Polaris II yacht launch in ViareggioPhoto: Rossinavi“After four years under construction, we are extremely proud to present this grand superyacht. Polaris is a 70-metre vessel where our construction skills and technical know-how are perfectly combined. The complexity of this project required a very specific phased approach thanks to the skills we have acquired. Polaris features diesel-electric propulsion and structural ice certification. It is also able to house a full custom limo tender, entirely built in our shipyard. Polaris is the masterpiece where lines and elegance boasts the harmony typical of a modern yacht,” says Federico Rossi, Chief Operating Officer of Rossinavi.Polaris II yacht launch in ViareggioPhoto: RossinaviPolaris also features the latest diesel-electric propulsion and a Satellite Dynamic System that allows for ‘dynamic anchoring’, even in extreme weather scenarios. She has three C32 CAT diesel engines, allowing her to cruise comfortably at 15 knots and reach a top speed of 17 knots.

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