131′ expedition Yacht carries a seaplane!

131′ expedition Yacht carries a seaplane!

Bill Prince Yacht Design has developed a 40-meter (131-foot) expedition yacht for world travel. With an emphasis on go-anywhere seaworthiness and an equipment list that reads like that of a small ship, this new yacht is wrapped in a sharp, sophisticated design. An enormous aft deck which carries a 23-foot tender and an ICON A5 seaplane, and a cascading water feature which spills from the infinity spa on the bridge are but two of the remarkable details of this new design.

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Whether navigating through glaciers in Alaska or seeking sandy shores in the South Pacific, this expedition yacht will treat her owner and guests to features you won’t ordinarily see on an adventure yacht of this size. One example is the cascading water feature on the aft deck. Water spills down from the infinity pool on the uppermost deck to the spa directly beneath it. At rest it creates a soothing backdrop for the outdoor dining area. It’s also a natural privacy curtain when the yacht is Med-moored, creating an elegant back-lit veil of water between onlookers and onboard al fresco dinner guests.

Expedition Yacht

Other features aboard this expedition yacht aren’t found on yachts of any size. Glass-topped tables on deck, like the ones forward of the pilothouse, contain solar cells which suit the technical look of the yacht’s exterior. They also contain USB ports to charge ever-present mobile devices. To make the most of the main-deck interior volume, the galley is a two-deck affair with food prep and stowage below decks and staging above decks. The main-deck portion of the galley is arranged much like a bar or cafe.

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One of the most innovative features on the main deck is the arrangement of the saloon, who’s sides are anything but straight lines flowing fore to aft. They’re set at angles, serrated like the gills of a shark, to allow better sightlines from all seating positions. Guests will see a wider perspective of vistas from indoors, not just straight outboard to port and starboard.

Expedition Yacht

The yacht’s tastefully proportioned exterior surrounds a five-stateroom owner’s party and crew accommodations for six. The arrangement focuses on complete comfort for the owner, with a full-beam master suite featuring commanding views of the sea through panoramic hullside windows, and a lavish 15 sq. m. (160 sq. ft.) owner’s head. Careful attention has been paid to the circulation of crew to maximize their efficiency and minimize interference with onboard guests. Crew passageways are concealed with utmost efficiency and allow quick access to any of the yacht’s working decks from the crew accommodations.

Expedition Yacht

BPYD 40m at night

The design specifications call for Caterpillar C-32A engines, suitable for a continuous, efficient 16-knot cruise. Twin 70kW generators will supply the yacht’s comprehensive array of luxury amenities including her advanced fiber-optic network.

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For further information contact Bill Prince: bill@billprinceyachtdesign.com

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