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The Nauta Design studio reveals the 75-metre XP75 explorer yacht concept with two helipads and three swimming pools.

21 April 2024


Nauta Design has revealed its latest project. At 74.85 metres in length overall with a beam of 12.8 metres, the XP75 explorer goes well beyond any other explorer project the studio has designed to date.

Based on a client brief, the engineering by Azure Naval Architects is well advanced and comes complete with a 200-page specification document.

Nauta says the XP75 is “more than just a concept, it’s a mature project ready to start building.”

The technical spaces have been designed to allow for diesel-electric or hybrid propulsion with batteries (space can also be set aside for methanol tanks) with the aim of reducing the yacht’s environmental impact, saving fuel and increasing range.

Studies have been conducted to ensure operational efficiency and reduce fuel consumption. Special double glazing reduces heat transfer, for example, and engine cooling water is recycled.


The exterior styling is rugged, but elegance is achieved with chamfered edges and gently inclined windows. Instead of adding superfluous detailing, Nauta’s mantra is less is more, and the team worked to clean and refine the exterior lines as much as possible.

The Z-shaped fashion plates, for example, are placed exactly amidships to maintain the balance between fore and aft, while the upper deck appears to be floating. The dark-painted bridge and sun deck help to reduce the height so the profile appears low and sleek on the water, despite a 1,900 gt volume.

The layout is based on tried-and-tested solutions to ensure comfort for 12 guests and practicality for the 24 crew. In line with the yacht’s autonomous vocation, for instance, the lower deck houses separate walk-in fridge-freezers for meat, fish, and vegetables, a dry store, and a large laundry and linen store.

“This would be my dream motor yacht,” says Nauta Design’s Martino Majno, project manager of the studio’s new project.

“A key word when we were designing the XP75 was flexibility,” continues Majno. “An Ice Class yacht designed to operate in temperatures from -20C to 40C, she is just as at home in the Arctic as in the Caribbean.”

The lower deck forward is dedicated to the galley, crew mess and accommodation. There are two side platforms: one for guests to starboard and one for crew to port. With efficient service in mind, the portside hatch is next to the refrigerated garbage room and the galley.

Also on the lower deck aft of the two-tier engine room is a 150-square-metre garage with shell doors on both sides that has space for three tenders, including a 9.5 limo tender, as well as a mini-submarine and various water toys.

In the stern is the Sea Lounge, or beach club, with sauna, beauty salon, and hammam. Three fold-down platforms increase the overall area to a massive 185 square metres. On the main deck, there is a sunken bar underneath the pool.

The pool itself has a base that can be raised so the 273-square-metre aft deck can serve as a helipad. Further forward and protected by a sunroof that slides out of the deckhead (it retracts when the deck is used for heli operations), is a sunken seating area, bar, DJ console and open-air cinema.

All exterior stairways between decks are integrated into the superstructure so as not to interrupt the yacht’s profile.

The main saloon and dining room are flanked by floor-to-ceiling windows that show off the 3-metre ceiling height (Nauta says ceiling heights in the guest areas are never less than 2.4 metres). An aquarium against the forward bulkhead provides an eye-catching centrepiece.

There are five guest staterooms on the main deck forward. The foremost VIP suite can also be divided by sliding panels to create an extra ensuite cabin.

The upper deck is dedicated to the owner’s use. The forward-facing stateroom with an island bed enjoys 180-degree views, side decks and a hot tub on the private deck forward. Thanks to a telescopic mast and covered mooring deck, the foredeck doubles as a touch-and-go helipad when the yacht is at anchor in warmer climes and the main pool is in use.

The skylounge on the upper deck aft features a second projector for use as a cinema room, while the aft deck is set up for alfresco dining for a full complement of guests.

The wheelhouse on the bridge deck is designed for maximum visibility in ice conditions. It has a walk-around integrated Kongsberg console and a Portuguese bridge. Thanks to the overhanging deckhead below, the owner’s private foredeck is completely invisible from the bridge. Overlooking the open deck is a glass-walled gymnasium with a massage room.

Finally, the sundeck or observation deck, despite covering a full 65 square metres, is virtually invisible when the yacht is viewed in profile. Here there is a third pool with a waterfall feature surrounded by sunpads and cosy corner seating shaded by umbrellas.



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