Want to escape from it all? Why not do it in waterborne luxury


Want to escape from it all? Why not do it in waterborne luxury

Explorer yachts are becoming a popular choice for those seeking new types of adventure in style

Staff reporter

When you think of luxury yachts, you probably imagine cruising the Med or Caribbean, relaxing on crystal-clear waters and mooring in exotic harbours. But what if you like to explore, to find new places, places where you won’t find another yacht or, possibly, even another person?

Explorer yachts are fascinating. Many have an almost military aesthetic, combining a serious look with all the opulence and comfort you’d expect in a superyacht. They’re popular, too, and the latest being prepared to take to the ocean is the 56m Extended Explorer by Italy’s Valerio Rivellini.

It’s very much a tale of two yachts. Upfront it looks like a military destroyer, with dramatic, purposeful lines. At the rear, there are decks for sun loungers, entertaining and all the toys you need to play on the water. There’s also a helipad, so once you’ve found that remote spot, you can take to the skies above it and explore inland...

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