Hot on the heels of its conversion project for M/Y Legend, Dutch builder ICON Yachts is now tackling a new transformation from commercial vessel to superyacht explorer with the 68-metre Project Ragnar.
Originally built in Holland as a multipurpose support supply vessel in 2012, ICON started work on the large-scale conversion this July. The ice-breaker vessel has an A1 Ice Class hull and twin PC5-rated Ice Class electric ice pods for propulsion, meaning the owner will be free to explore even the most remote polar regions.
The conversion will also include provision of luxury accommodation for up to 12 guests and two double owner suites. The vessel has a range of 6,000 nautical miles and a relatively shallow draft of 3.15 metres. The resulting superyacht will be built to LY3 Code standards and will include a helicopter landing pad.
On Project Ragnar, the conversion will see removal of tanks to provide space for a leisure and spa area, incorporating a massage room, sauna, gym, ice pool and snow room. There will also be a ski room for storage of winter sports equipment, a swimming pool and Jacuzzi.
Explorer superyachts are known for their impressive collections of tenders and toys, and Project Ragnar will be a leader in this respect. The conversion includes an entire deck dedicated to luxury toys, featuring an all-terrain Ripsaw EV2 luxury super tank, two-person Sea Explorer submarine, an EC145 helicopter, two Laser sailing boats, two eight-metre tenders and two six-metre RIBs, a Castoldi 26 jet RIB and two jetskis.
Further details of the vessel’s new design from UK-based RWD design studio have yet to be released, except that it has taken inspiration from medieval battle ships alongside contemporary and sleek lines and a British heritage.
Conversion projects transforming vessels from rugged commercial use to luxury superyacht standards are an attractive but rare opportunity for owners, as they provide a highly capable foundation platform and reduce overall delivery time. As well as M/Y Legend, other past high-profile conversion projects in the same vein include M/Y Arctic P, M/Y Lone Ranger and M/Y Ulysses.
Further details on Project Ragnar will be available during the Monaco Yacht Show, at the ICON Yachts stand QT10.