New frontier

Australian designer Sam Sorgiovanni guides us through Frontier, his latest 99-metre expedition yacht concept.

Written by Jack O'Rourke

29 April 2020


During the 18th century, the term frontier was frequently used in colonial Australia to mean a landscape that bordered the unknown; one full of potential. Australian designer Sam Sorgiovanni believes this definition suits the spirit of his new 99-metre luxury expedition yacht project perfectly.

Frontier is a steel-hulled superyacht with an aluminium superstructure that can accommodate twin diesel engines, enabling her to achieve top speeds of 19–20 knots. Designed “to meet other countries, to discover new and unknown civilisations,” Sorgiovanni reveals to Ocean the inspiration behind his latest creation.


What motivated you to create this explorer yacht design?

I wanted a yacht that was a true blend of motor yacht and explorer with timeless, elegant styling. The mix of Frontier’s reversed bow with an elongated waterline increases hull volume forward while keeping her overall length under a practically imposed 100 metres.


Frontier’s dark teal painted hull extends into an amidship curve, visually linking the hull and superstructure and emphasising her robust form. Reducing the superstructure visually and enhancing the hull proportions adds a modern touch to a timeless line.

What are your favourite features of this explorer yacht?

It would have to be Frontier’s unique helicopter-landing platform. The fully dedicated and fully certified helideck is mounted on hydraulic jacks that allow this deck to slide backwards and receive the helicopter before sliding back into the retracted position once the helicopter has taken off.

When not in use, the helideck can serve as an extension to the already ample pool/sunbathing area, as a dance floor or even a second gym (the main gym is located inside of the aft bridge deck).

Frontier’s generous deck areas play host to a wide range of amenities – an outdoor bar and jacuzzi on the observation deck surrounded by an inviting circular sunbathing area; a generous pool with windows in its base on the impressive 250-square-metre aft owners’ deck; and ample space for enjoying the cruise and relaxing.

Another highlight is the spectacular double-storey beach club with bar and relaxation area. Overhanging a folding platform, it gives direct access to the sea and features a massage room, a sauna and steam room as well as a second jacuzzi with lounge beds.

Is there any particular Australian influence incorporated into this design?

This is reflected in her interior design – I like to use unique and natural yet sustainable materials such as eggshells, seeds, fast-growing woods, stones and bark.

Frontier provides luxury accommodation for 12 guests in six double cabins on the lower deck, all with ensuite facilities. Her owners can enjoy their vast master suite on the upper deck, complete with his and hers facilities, a private lounge/office and saloon with direct access to the pool. With accommodation for 34 crew in 14 double cabins and three double staff cabins, she amply caters to owners’ and guests’ desires.

How have you incorporated sustainability into your design?

Frontier features a range of innovations designed to help reduce her footprint in the areas that she will visit, including systems to deal with exhaust fumes and for dealing with garbage organisation and storage.

Making environmentally and socially responsible products the new normal for all consumers, not only in the yachting industry but across the board, should be a top priority for all companies today.


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