ICE breaker

With the 24-metre explorer vessel ICE, Soyaslan Marine showcases its depth of design in collaboration with BAZ Design.

15 September 2022


ICE by name, ice by nature – Soyaslan’s striking new 24-metre motor yacht is designed to undertake the most challenging of cruising adventures.

Her purposeful exterior is underpinned by an incredibly robust hull structure and over-specced technical platform. A slick, harmonious interior by BAZ Design gives the boat a luxurious, ergonomic feel inside.

ICE is the latest in a flurry of major project launches this year from the Tuzla-based shipbuilder.

Delivered in just over a year, the yacht is characteristic of the yard’s approach to high-quality and extraordinary design, which never fails to excite.

ICE was built for a repeat client who had previously ordered a 49-metre yacht. This time, the brief was for something completely different.

The owner wanted a boat that could help him fulfil the ambition of high latitude cruising in ice-strewn waters. Detailed CFD analysis led to the development of a stable, efficient displacement steel hull with a marked chine and skeg.


“In the regulations surrounding sub-24-metre vessels there is no Ice Class designation, however we challenged ourselves and satisfied Ice Class regulations,” explained Soyaslan Founder, Can Soyaslan.

“Things like using high tensile steel, applying ice belt strength, designing our sea chests and sea water lines on the same principle, speccing heat resistant glass and an aircon system with the ability to heat.”

A pair of 410 hp Cummins diesels can propel the boat at up to 12 knots, with a cruising pace of 10.5 knots. ICE can achieve a range of over 4,000 nautical miles with her 24,000-litre fuel capacity.

Highly efficient Vector Fin stabilisers from Sleipner create lift underway and provide unparalleled stability at rest. Power distribution systems were carefully studied to ensure the boat had the range required.

Electrical loads have been managed so that just one of the twin 27kW Cummins Onan generators can cover demand. In this way, generators can be run alternately at optimal loading during longer passages.

Smart exterior design work from Soyaslan has created a sophisticated, no-nonsense look for the boat that reinforces her capabilities.

An ice-white superstructure features deep overhangs that shade the dark glazing. The wheelhouse windows are raked lightly back, protecting them from rain and sun.

There’s a slim hard top on the sun deck, allowing the owner to enjoy spectacular views of the polar seascape from deep comfy seating or from the sun bed.

The long aft deck below serves a double purpose. A well-equipped bar makes it a prime entertaining and relaxing space, but underway, a tender up to 600 kilograms can be craned up and stored here.

Up to eight can dine in style at the table on the main deck aft, which leads down to a deep bathing platform where guests can swim, dive, windsurf and access the tender with ease.

This platform is also designed for carrying the tender or an additional toy, such as a jetski, on short passages.

“We have relished the challenge of creating such a technically capable vessel and fitting it into a sub-24-metre platform,” said Soyaslan.

“Our engineering team has played a key role in working around supply-chain bottlenecks and material shortages. We believe she’ll be one of the toughest explorer yachts on the market.”

Tough on the outside, certainly, but the boat’s interior is another story. Turkey’s BAZ Design has styled the living spaces in natural tones, contrasting light oak with a darker Alpi.

Fine wool carpets and neutral-coloured upholstery are matched with light stone tabletops and freestanding chairs and pouffes. Glass-encased mesh doors with LED backlighting give a sense of depth to cabinetry.

Layout follows a conventional pattern, with the owner’s full-beam cabin at the front of the main deck and an impressive saloon aft.

Up a floating staircase, the wheelhouse is designed for an engaged owner-operator, along with a cosy upper lounge whose large television makes it an excellent movie room.

Guests have the run of three large double cabins and a twin on the lower deck – all with opening portholes for natural ventilation. There’s also crew accommodation for three.

ICE was built for an experienced owner, who shared a lot of valuable feedback with us,” finished Soyaslan.

“The result is a yacht which we are proud to offer as a semi-series model. Discerning customers can order their own 24-metre ice yacht, finished to their own custom requirements.

I think she can satisfy any experienced boat owner who gives credit to technical superiority and wants smooth, stable and secure cruising.”



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