The 52.5-metre concept Natural Evolution from Splinakis Ship Design is a thoroughly modern take on the explorer yacht, with two hybrid propulsion options. In traditional mode, the twin Schottel engines deliver a top speed of 14-16 knots, but there is the option to include either a diesel-electric solution, which allows running at 4-5 knots for up to five hours, and also the more radical step of a dedicated LNG generator and tank, which will allow running at up to five knots for almost 40 hours.

The yacht itself features a split-level owner’s area forward on the main deck, with either one or two balconies and the possibility of a dedicated salon. The balconies lead to a private deck area forward, while the owner’s suite is forward on the deck below. This shifts most of the crew accommodation amidships (there is also a crew cabin on the main deck), while still allowing for four guests doubles further aft. The decks are dominated by wide-open spaces, with the possibility of a beach club aft, depending on what an owner required.

The interior concept by Jiwon Sung adds a suitably luxurious vibe. The flexible main salon is divided by walnut-framed double wing doors between the living and dining areas, with the opportunity to create a cinema area around the sofas. Grey oak laminate flooring and cream leather walls give the space a brightness that contrasts with some darker elements (in the high-gloss doors and the earth-tone upholstery, for example). The private owner’s salon uses an aluminium laminated cream-white panel ceiling with a recessed black strip snaking across.

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