With 2020 taking an unexpected turn for us all, and the yacht industry, like many, having to adapt and adjust to remote working, projects being put on hold and unexpected cancellations, we take a look at a trend that in spite of all this, looks set for continued growth. The explorer yacht. Here, the Pelorus co-founders look at how certain yachts are adapting for exploration and how the Pelorus Yacht Expeditions team can play an integral role in this.
“Operating in some of the world’s most remote regions, usually scarcely, if, at all visited by yachts, Pelorus understands the specialist requirements for vessels and their crews when visiting these areas”, explains Geordie. He adds that “while we can advise and assist any yacht in preparing for these off the beaten track expeditions, preparing your yacht in the build or refit stage will often allow for greater, more self-sufficient exploration, sometimes negating the need to charter a support vessel. This is a trend that is on the rise.”
“From yacht design concepts to yachts in build, new launches, and refit projects, we have seen a significant increase in the focus placed on exploration in recent years. This is greatly due to the desire to move away from the Caribbean and Mediterranean milk run and to experience new and unusual adventures. The Covid-19 Pandemic is likely to be a driving force in further cementing this trend as people look to escape to remote locations, away from crowds.” says Jimmy.
Recent launches worth noting include 88.51-metre OLIVIA O, the first luxury yacht offering from Norwegian shipbuilder Ulstein Verft AS with Espen Øino, and Ulstein collaborating on her exterior design. Her X-Bow is designed to endure the harshest of sea conditions and a full-beam raised tender garage is operational even in rough weather. She also comes with a commercial-rated helicopter platform.