Omega Architects, Van Oossanen and IYC Monaco have announced their collaboration on a versatile 38m/125ft expedition yacht concept known as the NedXplor 38. Available for sale, the principal objective of the NedXplor 38 is to offer high-end features typically associated with larger vessels while making use of all the benefits of a smaller-sized yacht. The advantage of this smaller size is its manoeuvrability and versatility, allowing the captain to approach closer to rugged coastlines, enter narrow waterways and shallow bays to ensure that she truly lives up to her purpose of exploration.
Frank Laupman commented on the design:
“Featuring a bold, masculine exterior, complemented by a warmer, feminine elegant interior, she effortlessly combines form and function and is a true world traveller capable of visiting every corner of the globe.”
The unmistakable exterior uses an almost vertical prow and solid gunwales as well as a forward-leaning wheelhouse and reverse inclining windows. The result is a hull not only impressive to behold but able to withstand the extremes of all weather conditions while at sea.
M/Y NedXplor 38 is designed for ease of use by her crew while also optimising the on board space available to guests. The end result is accommodation for up to 10 guests and seven crew, while also providing plenty of storage capacity for up to five tenders.
Omega Architects designed the interior with a sophisticated warm and light colour scheme that amplifies the light shining through the optimized height windows across the decks.
“We consider a yacht as the unity of exterior and interior,” commented Frank Laupman. “A holistic approach where all elements of the yacht are intimately interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole.”
“As often as we can, we design the exterior and interior simultaneously in our design projects, because only perfect communication between the interior and exterior will allow for the best, most efficient layout, and design result. Our creativity really knows no design boundaries. Whether on land or sea, our goal is to make people feel at home. By providing designs that completely and accurately satisfy individual wishes, inside and out, we can create the most exquisite experiences possible. Everything you might need to fully enjoy the freedom of living on board.”
The lower deck stern area can be used either as a tender garage or a beach club with the gym as the owner desires, and when the flush platform and balcony are hinged down, there are over 73m²/239ft² of recreational space available to guests.
The main deck forward hosts the Master suite, which contains a lounge area, an en-suite bathroom and a dressing room.
Aft of foyer is the main salon, where the formal dining table designed to seat up to 10 guests leads down the port side of the room with the lounge area adjacent. This is in contrast to the typical main salon layout that places the formal dining area parallel to the forward wall and the main salon close to the aft.
The outdoor deck area has two seating areas placed around a Jacuzzi that receives excellent views out across the stern. Steps lead down to a large exterior platform that can be used as a helipad, tender storage area or for sunbathing and entertaining.
The upper deck forward provides guests with a sheltered Portuguese deck area with a water shield and MOB in front of the wheelhouse. Inside, the skylounge can be used as a cinema, as a venue for glamorous night-time entertaining or as a quiet space for relaxation with reading material and music. The aft sliding doors open out onto the alfresco dining area, which serves 10 and offers seating along the stern for an after-dinner conversation with views.
Above, the sundeck has a smaller alfresco dining table for close family gatherings and drinks with friends, and there are two L-shaped sofas each with a drinks table on the sundeck forward, while behind there is a large row of sunpads for stretching out and savouring warm destinations.
Capable of a cruising speed of 11 knots and a top speed of 15.5 knots, she has an extensive cruising range and can reach 5,000 nautical miles on a single fuel tank because of greater efficiency through the water due to two patented inventions: her Fast Displacement Hull Form (FDHF) and Hull Vane® from Van Oossanen. The Hull Vane®, which acts as an underwater spoiler, can also be built to Ice Class standard for her future owner.
“The most important thing about this design is that it performs, beyond looking good,” van Oossanen commented. “We believe that the yacht’s size paired with the Hull Vane® is a very interesting proposal for owners looking for a truly adventurous yacht without the size and investment that a much larger explorer yacht requires.”
“We are very excited to be promoting the NedXplor 38,” says Bernie Challis from IYC Monaco. “It is an amazing yacht that will be a seriously interesting prospect to many owners looking for something a little different, perfectly suited to very extended cruising.”