The superyacht has been designed for a client with "challenging specifications".
The 75-metre yacht Expedition, with her high volume and striking lines, boasts a full-size, permanent helipad and heli-garage able to accommodate a Eurocopter 135 and an infinity pool on the owner’s deck measuring 10 metres long, 4 metres wide and 1.5 metres deep. The upper deck with a beam of 14 metres houses a fully equipped spa with sauna, steam room and massage room. Aft of the spa, on top of the helicopter garage is a large, open sundeck with panoramic views. Forward is another smaller sundeck with a Jacuzzi.
The yacht is the latest from the board of Andy Waugh Yacht Design. “The initial specification was developed in collaboration with a potential client whose high expectations inspired the interesting arrangement of the yacht. His desire to include so many large and awkward features within the 75-metre package was challenging and as a result produced an extraordinary design,” says Waugh.
Unconventionally the main salon is situated aft on the owner’s deck to allow guests access to the large communal aft deck and pool area. Forward of the main salon are the formal dining room and cinema, while the owner’s suite itself is situated as far forward as possible to retain privacy and maximise the interior accommodation. Guest accommodation is made up of two VIP cabins and four guest cabins, and is situated on the main deck along with a generous gym and access down to the large beach club on the lower deck. A tender garage holds two 11-metre tenders, a rescue boat and PWCs.
“The styling of Expedition uses strong graphical elements and long sweeping curves to disguise the high levels of internal space and potentially ungainly helicopter and swimming pool features,” says Waugh. “Dividing the bulk of the yacht with graphics in this manner helps create an impression that the vessel is light and dynamic. Aspects of the styling are futuristic and radical but combine to give an impression of an unthreatening, classic yacht design. Both smoothly curved surfacing and sharp edges have been incorporated to create interesting and unique sculptured effects centred around balconies amidships. The explorer yacht proportions produce a strong, purposeful posture, and the lines sweeping diagonally up towards the tip of the bow provide an intrepid character.”
Expedition expects a range of 5,000 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 15 knots, and estimated build cost of around €100 million.