Custom built in 1985 by Feadship at the Royal van Lent yard, Explora has exterior styling by De Voogt Naval Architects and interiors by Leonard Melse, Donald Starkey and Andrew Sheinman. Her owners renamed her during her refit to fit her next planned voyages exploring the seas.
In a recent statement, Balk Shipyard said, “Explora’s refit can be framed as a more technical and exterior refit than an interior one. She got a full paint job and turned from an already elegant white yacht into an even more elegant and sophisticated yacht with her hull in Flag Blue and a white stipe of Fleet White on the top of the bow, right under the cap rails.
“One of the guest cabins has also been rebuilt into a massage salon where Explora’s guests can enjoy massages.”
During the refit, it was discovered that Explora’s foredeck and other on-board areas needed steel reinforcements. Her cap rails were also stripped and re-varnished, and partly new teak decks were laid. Finally, her wheelhouse got an interior and technical refit, with updated electric navigation and communication systems and Wi-Fi, and a new bow thruster was installed.
Launched on Thursday 15th June, Explora is set to be redelivered to her owners at the beginning of July following commissioning and extensive sea trials.
For more information, visit Balk Shipyard.