Renown for leading the way and pioneering the production of megyachts that dramatically reduce their environmental impact, VSY’s latest ground-breaking concept, a 272’ (83m) expedition yacht, furthers the shipyard’s authentic conservation credentials. Fully incorporating a spirit of adventure and a fresh interpretation of style in the genre, the project is targeted at an owner who demands something more; not only a status symbol but also what it means to experience life at sea in all its fitful moods and seasons, yet in complete respect for the environment.
With her powerful yet refined look, her harmonic but not hedonistic lines, her sophisticated but not frivolous style, the VSY 83 Expedition exudes strong personality, offering stability, safety, extreme comfort on board and a range of up to 6,500 nautical miles at a cruising speed of 12-knots–plus an 18.5-knot top speed.
Her external lines, drawn by the shipyard’s long-standing collaborator Espen Oeino, build on naval architecture from Laurent Giles and engineering studies provided by VSY’s talented in-house team. With a max beam of 51’ (15.6m) and offering 2,650GT of volume, the concept reinterprets the stylistic features of the award-winning sistership MY Stella Maris, with various hints at the modern explorers.
The steel hull, which realizes a new 3’ 3” (1m) wider beam, encloses and internal layout divided into staggered decks, creating greater volumes and floor-to-ceiling windows that generate very light open spaces and lend greater fluidity of movement and visual continuity both inside and out. The helideck is certified HCA/MCA for an Augusta Westland 169 aircraft for 24-hour operations, including Royal Navy-type side landing; a definite plus given the intention of this yacht to sail in the most remote corners of the globe without impacting the delicate environment. To address this issue, VSY have further enhanced all the technologies they have previously employed in terms of engine, pollution, treatment and disposal of waste water. These are all an integral part of the yard’s broader strategy of sustainability–now recognized and awarded internationally.
A direct and closer relationship with nature and the environment, implicit in the explorer philosophy, is also assured thanks to the impressive 2,000sqft (180sqm) beach club in the stern area that supplements the 10,500sqft (979sqm) of exterior entertainment spaces. Included in the design is the capacity for two 35’ tenders–a limo and an open–stowed in a dedicated garage next to the beach club. Guest comfort is also ensured with the very best acoustic comfort, domotic solutions and the finest entertainment systems available. The entertainment systems are accessible from each cabin, from the gym to the wellness area with hammam, sauna steam and massage room and the sophisticated Kongsberg control system for the integrated management of navigation instrumentation, communication and automation. Complying with the highest standards of certification–Lloyd’s Environmental and Ice Class 1D–will entitle exclusive access including to protected marine areas… VSY truly go further!