Icon’s latest challenge is out of this world.

The Dutch yard, recognized for its spectacular refits and conversions, simply introduced that it plans to show a humble, outdated offshore rescue ship right into a futuristic explorer yacht match for world expeditions.

Challenge UFO was fittingly introduced on the Monaco Yacht Present this week after it was conceived on the similar present final yr to fulfill a consumer’s request for a real, go-anywhere vessel. To that finish, UFO will likely be outfitted with a Polar C hull that can permit her to chop by way of even the iciest waters. She may even have the ability to function as a constitution yacht.

Challenge UFO will span 230 ft and sport a Polar C hull.

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That includes exterior design by Murray & Associates, UFO takes cues from Icon’s conversion yacht Challenge Grasp that it penned in partnership with world-famous naval architect Espen Øino. The unique vessel will likely be lengthened from 217 ft to 230 ft and can subsequently supply a beneficiant inside quantity of three,000 GT. Based on Icon, UFO will likely be one of many largest explorer yachts in its class as soon as full.

Onboard, a brand new superstructure will likely be added to create extra expansive (and opulent) residing quarters. The inside, courtesy of H2 Yacht Design, will characteristic two main suites that open out to every aspect and three convertible VIPs that may be became six staterooms when wanted. All up, UFO will have the ability to accomodate 12 friends for constitution and 18 throughout personal cruising.

The explorer can accommodate helicopters, tenders and a full fleet of water toys.

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As for facilities, UFO will likely be fitted with a big out of doors pool, a gymnasium, a spa, a 12-seater Jacuzzi, a seashore membership, a large swim platform, a dive middle and an expedition preparation room in which you’ll plan voyages. The yacht may even be outfitted with two fully-certified helicopter touchdown pads and a hangar that is ready to home an EC145 chopper and a submarine. Different vessels on deck embrace a sportfisher, a 39-foot tender, a 29-foot touchdown craft, a wakeboard tender and a rescue tender, plus a full fleet of water toys.

One other plus? Since a lot of the present vessel may be retained, Icon will ship UFO sooner and at a decrease price than a brand new construct. The vessel is at the moment berthed at Icon’s Harlingen yard and is being labored on by the staff. Seems to be such as you may see a UFO on the horizon quickly sufficient.