On the hunt

Italian shipyard Rosetti Superyachts unveils their 65-metre ice-classed explorer concept, named Project Orca.

11 December 2019


Rosetti Superyachts, the superyacht division of Rosetti Marino SpA, has developed a 65-metre explorer yacht concept with strong supply vessel characteristics.

Project Orca is inspired by nature, explains Fulvio Dodich, CEO of Rosetti Superyachts.

“The organic design traits mimic the orca or killer whale, the largest and most powerful member of the dolphin family. Instantly recognisable by their distinctive black-and-white colouring, these sea mammals roam the world’s oceans from the Arctic and Antarctic to the Tropics, which is exactly what our Explorer Yacht is designed to do.”

These traits are clearly evident in the robust profile with its wrap-around glazing, bold superstructure styling and a radar mast resembling a tall dorsal fn. And if there any further doubt, there is even a classic white side patch of an orca at the owner’s deck level that lights up at night.



With a beam of 12 metres and an estimated gross tonnage of up to 1300GT, Project Orca is developed on four decks plus a tank-top deck, but owners can choose from various deck layouts.

The standard version has an open main deck in the stern for storing more tenders and toys as well as a helipad. Alternatively, this area can feature an infinity pool overlooking the transom, or have a raised helipad with a pool and spa zone inside.

On the lower deck aft is a large garage that can hold two large tenders or several jet skis and other water toys.

The guest accommodation, comprising two VIP suites and two cabins, is located forward on the same deck level and is served by the main staircase and an elevator that connects with all deck levels up to the sun deck.

The main deck interior hosts the guest area with a large main salon, dining room and another spacious VIP suite forward. On the portside are the galley and crew services.

Access to the mooring deck in the forepeak is via side companionways on the main deck. This area, covered for safety reasons in rough seas, accentuates the height of the imposing bow.

The bridge deck features the owner’s apartment with His and Her bathroom, walk-in wardrobes, a study and a large gym. The suite overlooks the open aft deck that serves as a private terrace. The captain’s cabin is behind the wheelhouse.

The large sun deck is equipped with full dining facilities, bar and sunbathing areas with elevator access for guests and separate stairs for crew.

Powered by twin CAT 3512 engines (1398kW @ 1800 rpm), Project Orca is expected to have a range approximately 5,000 miles at an economical speed of 11 knots.


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