ICON Yachts challenged four internationally acclaimed design studios to prepare concept studies of a retired Dutch Navy survey vessel into a explorer type superyacht.
The focus of the project is a 59m HR MS Blommendal, built by Boeles in 1973 for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ship is one of a series of very similar vessels retiring from service and becoming available for conversion – making the challenge a highly practical exercise.
She can feature four guest cabins on the lower deck, good-sized owner’s accommodation and the required saloons and observation lounges.
Sisterships that have already been converted are: Akula, Altair, Wega, Capella C and Intuition II. ICON’s intention is to spark a variety of fresh conversion concepts that will excite and inspire a range of clients.
“ This yacht should appeal to an experienced owner who appreciates the beauty of a ship’s form and design, someone keen on serious cruising. ”ER Yacht Design
“ There is something refreshing about being overtly different and approaching the solution from a fresh angle. ”H2 Yacht Design
“ Elements such as the imposing funnel are key details - rather than hiding or disguising it we felt it deserved its own identity within the overall design. ”Dixon Yacht Design
“ We see it as an ocean discovery vessel for a private owner, allowing them worldwide cruising under safe and comfortable conditions. ”Newcruise
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