Capable classic

LP Design has unveiled the Explorer Yacht Commodore 57, a robust explorer yacht that's no-nonsense and extremely practical.

Photography by LP Design

15 April 2021


Proposed as a stately, contemporary classic, the Commodore 57 (180 feet) aims to achieve the charm of timeless seagoing vessels without the compromises of vintage builds.

The flowing, airy spaces aboard combined with unique features and systems will help ensure a truly capable yacht.

Amenities include an enclosed 10.4-metre expedition tender, 8.5-metre sport RIB, eco-friendly hybrid power, five staterooms, beach club, sauna, masseuse suite, elevator, pool and hot tub, dive centre, flared bow giving on-deck safety for passengers and crew of 12.

According to its designer Richard Liebowitz, “The name of the concept highlights the extreme practicality of this yacht.”

“A commodore, being a senior naval commander, knows what works and what makes sense. Such an experienced person would order a purposeful, no-nonsense yacht like this.

“Aside from a good bed and a creative chef, the most important tool aboard for any vacation is a capable, big tender,” he adds.


That’s why the Commodore 57 includes a 34-foot enclosed expedition tender, a fantastic machine from which to explore.

Being the perfect companion to the mothership, this 10.4-metre craft has been called Blackthorn, after the stick a commodore traditionally carries.

Liebowitz and Partners has already proven their expertise in explorer yachts, having designed the 55-metre ice-class expedition yacht Steel, launched in 2009 by Pendennis.

The Commodore 57 and the 55-metre Steel are both classically timeless, functional and robust ships that can faithfully and safely accommodate family and guests around the world in all conditions.

With regard to the external envelope, this vessel denotes enduring aesthetics and proven maritime forms that ensure comfort both under way and at anchor.

The flared, wave-breaking bow provides safety on deck, while the heart-shaped stern guarantees a smooth ride in various sea conditions.

The combination of easy-going hullform, large yacht tenders, versatile deck spaces, effective crew circulation and logical service layout make the Commodore an effective leisure machine. The exterior has a wide range of spaces that will appeal to both large and more intimate groups.

This explorer has a logical layout and many functional elements, arranged artfully. One of her hallmarks is the transformability of some areas, such as the Aft Deck and the Sky Lounge.

The bow deck hosts one of the two spa pools aboard, a raised seating group positioned ahead of the foremast and a 5.5-metre rescue tender that can be launched in seconds using a pre-programmed robotic crane. From there, the access stairs bring the guest to the Coachroof Lounge. A walkaround observation bridge connects this lounge area to the control bridge.

The second pool lies at the heart of the leisure operation: the deck lounge. The entire owner’s party can get comfortable on this deck with pool, shaded drink bar, various sun loungers, and great views. The 4.7-metre long saltwater heated pool is a prelude to sunbathing one deck up in the Sky Lounge.

The beach club area is one deck below, and it includes a sauna as well as a treatment and massage suite. A unique clamshell stern door gives access to a teak wood swim platform. A second, bottom-hinger beach platform emerges from the port side.

Liebowitz and Partners has unveiled two proposals for the interior of the Commodore 57: light colours are the essence of the first concept, while the second is based on a darker palette.

Both solutions are ready to be customised to the owner’s requested style. LP Design blends rigorous architectural order with engaging vignettes, various finishes, appropriate detailing and insightful lighting.

The interior is detailed not as a home, but purposefully and discretely fitted out as a seagoing ship.

The owner’s personalisation is essential for creating a welcoming and pleasant atsmosphere: ideally the client would provide personal objects, which LP Design would sensitively integrate into the décor to make the yacht more of their home.

The interior of Commodore, like the exterior, features multi-use spaces: the arrival lobby serves as a drinks bar and the skylounge serves as a day lounge, reading room, formal banquet hall, or business meeting centre.



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