Dixon Yacht Design reveals Explorer 56 sailing superyacht concept

The latest creation of Dixon Yacht Design is the 56-metre Explorer 56 ketch, created for comfortable exploration of the most remote parts of the world
Feb 19 2024 3 minutes to read
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The Explorer 56 can accommodate up to 10 guests in five cabins

According to Dixon Yacht Design, the concept appeared due to their wish to create a yacht for customers passionate about sailing without compromising on living space on board

The Explorer 56 profile does have a lot in common with motor superyachts: a high superstructure with strict, straight lines and an open aft part are an unambiguous copy of explorers. But the designers managed to reconcile it all with sails and masts and they did it in such a way that the superyacht looks quite natural.

The Explorer 56 can accommodate up to 10 guests in five cabins
The Explorer 56 can accommodate up to 10 guests in five cabins

 The Explorer 56 is equally well-planned on the outside and the inside. In addition to the helm station, the flybridge, which is quite rare for sailboats, also features a lounge, a dining area and a jacuzzi. Inside the superstructure there is a main saloon that “shares design characteristics associated with motor yachts", including sofas and a dining area and another helm station. 

The Explorer 56 can accommodate up to 10 guests in five cabins, including the full-beam 11-meter wide owner apartment with a direct access to the aft platform – the main attraction point on a yacht. In addition to a large al fresco dining area there is also enough space for lounges, a swimming pool and sunpads aft. The garage on the foredeck can accommodate two six-metre tenders, and there is a storage space for jet skis and other water toys aft. The Opacmare Transformer functions both as a bathing platform and a tender lift.

The beach club is the main attraction point on a yacht
The beach club is the main attraction point on a yacht

The Explorer 56 is expected to be fitted with an "integrated energy recovery system". Her hull and superstructure are going to be made of alluminium alloy. According to the authors of the concept, the Explorer 56 will meet the standards of Polar Code Category C, that is she will offer high and low latitude cruising in the summer months. 

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