British design studio Gresham Yacht Designhas unveiled its latest concept: the 100-metre expedition superyacht Thor Explore.Photo: Gresham Yacht DesignA go-anywhere ice-classed explorer, the design process behind Thor Explore began from the interior and worked outwards, resulting in internal spaces which directly inform the exterior design - which includes large nautilus windows as a key feature.
Photo: Gresham Yacht DesignThe main deck features a light and spacious saloon with double-height windows for panoramic ocean views, an eye-catching central lighting feature and a floating glass floor which is supported by exposed structural beams.Photo: Gresham Yacht DesignPhoto: Gresham Yacht DesignThe upper level of the saloon can be used as a mission control centre by owner and guests for planning their adventures. A sunken seating area can be found in the centre of this space, with a glass floor which can be turned opaque at the flick of a switch to separate the top level from the lower level of the main saloon. The seating area also comes equipped with a bar and lounge bed.Photo: Gresham Yacht DesignPhoto: Gresham Yacht DesignA standout area on board Thor Explore can be found in the 18-metre full-beam beach club, which is connected to the saloon via a circular corridor with a floor-to-ceiling aquarium, with fold down balconies and access to the large tender garage. Photo: Gresham Yacht DesignDesigned with adventurous exploration in mind, the vessel's 'tender hangar' has space to hold a 12.5-metre custom tender, hydrofoil, speedboat, submarine, a whole host of kite and wind surfing equipment, surf boards and jet skis.Photo: Gresham Yacht DesignPhoto: Gresham Yacht DesignIn addition, a decompression centre can also be found on board. A fully-certified CAP 437 helideck can be found aft with a separate hangar to store the helicopter whilst underway.
Photo: Gresham Yacht DesignOn board accommodation on Thor Explorer would be provided for up to 36 overnight guests, with the owner's accommodation located forward of the upper deck (complete with his-and-hers bathroom, office and walk-in wardrobe) and additional suites located on the lower deck.Photo: Gresham Yacht DesignPhoto: Gresham Yacht Design
Performance-wise, Thor Explorer has a projected range of 7,000 nautical miles.Photo: Gresham Yacht Design
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