The design of an Explorer yacht starts with its naval architecture and the organisation of the hidden storage of the big equipment, such as bigger tenders.
The owners of Explorer yachts emphasise the importance of world travel in their life. The comfort, space and luxury of a Lifestyle yacht can be combined with the long-range efficiency and rugged capabilities of an explorer.
Briand understands that today’s owners want to use their yachts to entertain as well as to venture to remote Pacific islands or even the polar regions. The Vitruvius team have responded to this desire by creating a collection of concepts that showcase easy transformations from Explorer to Lifestyle yacht.
Introducing Galileo G
Quality, innovation and performance
If adventure and exploration are the ultimate aspirational reasons why people purchase and build world cruising yachts, Galileo G is simply the vehicle by which these dreams come to fruition.
The owner asked Vitruvius team to create an Explorer yacht with the unique DNA of quality, innovation and performance.
Philippe Briand designed the 50m, ice class yacht with a reinforced steel hull to deliver uncompromised performance. He utilised maximum waterline length, efficient under water hull shape and purposeful styling to create an environment that is as comfortable to be aboard crossing the roaring 40s as she is when moored.
Guests enjoy wide open exterior spaces with unencumbered panoramic views of the remarkable surroundings to which they have chosen to voyage. Galileo G looks like a thoroughbred and behaves like one too.
Performance efficiency is a priority and the 55m steel hull was designed from the keel up with this goal. The low resistance of the hull pushes her range of autonomy as far as 9000 miles. The forward garage hoists a 9m long solid bottom tender.
Galileo G has continuously travelled the world’s oceans since the day of her launch, completing 2 circumnavigations. Built as an Ice Class Explorer yacht, Galileo G has also undertaken the notorious Northwest Passage between Canada, Greenland and the Arctic Ocean.
Adventure and Exploration
Philippe Briand had the concept for the 50m Explorer yacht of redefining the look of a superyacht. Exuma was designed for long journeys round the planet, able to go through any conditions, any seas.
Philippe Briand has created a hull specifically for seaworthiness, comfort at sea and efficiency. The range of autonomy is more than 5500 miles due to this hull, which has 25% less resistance in the water than an average boat of this size. One reason for this is the vertical bow.
The sophisticated style of the first Vitruvius Yacht has become iconic with her timeless style recognised as a naval architectural landmark.
The long deck above the garage is for protection at sea. And the yacht carries a hovercraft and an amphibian off road vehicle for adventures on land. Exuma has gone round the world twice. Her explorations have taken her owner to Patagonia, Antarctica, the Chilean coast, the Northwest passage and the exhilarating run between unchartered islands in Papua New Guinea, where they ferried the local king across his island in the amphibian car.
“Both of the Vitruvius yachts have outperformed their specification brief. Fuel consumption is better than hoped for and the yachts handle particularly well in a seaway. That’s what I call a result.”PHILIPPE BRIAND ON GALILEO AND EXUMA