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What's In Build: Flexplorer

What’s In Build? Flexplorer

LOA: 39.37 metres

Interior designer: Francesco Paszkowski Design

Exterior designer: Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec

Naval architect: Sergio Cutolo/Hydro Tec

Builder: Cantiere delle Marche

What was the brief?

“A tender of at least 7.5m was one of my first requests, yet I didn’t want to build a yacht longer than 40m,” says the experienced owner of the first Flexplorer yacht, a repeat client of Cantiere delle Marche. “I didn’t want too much healing when launching that big tender too. However, the large tender shouldn’t penalise the interior volumes and habitability,”

The yard says that explorer-like technical characteristics were also a key requirement: “From the 12mm-thick steel plates instead of the 8mm plates normally used on yachts of this dimension, to long range and redundant equipment to grant safe journeys to the most remote and isolated areas of our planet.”

The exacting brief, with its balance of liveability and explorer features, required some out-of-the-box thinking. “The Flexplorer, thanks to the carbon fibre A-frame crane, can carry a tender up to 8.5m, launched and hauled from the stern, and offers a huge stern terrace and extremely large and voluminous interiors for a yacht of her size,” says the yard.

The owner adds: “As a yacht owner you make more experiences, mile after mile, and you understand better your real needs, the difference between what happens on the drawings and what in your real life, so you decide to build the next one closer to your needs. There is also another important driver in the decision of building another yacht with Cantiere delle Marche: the very special experience which you live during the build time.”

Cantiere delle Marche describes the yacht’s exterior lines as “robust yet elegant”, a design that “boldly states its ocean-going soul”.

Regarding the interior, says the yard, the owner doesn’t like a boat to look like a design brand’s show room. “I actually do not like houses and yachts furnished with what is normally showed on design magazines everywhere in the world,” he maintains. “It is like fashion, it is market driven and it doesn’t say much about the owner’s tastes and personality.”

The highly original interior design by Francesco Paszkowski therefore features vintage and industrial inspiration, incorporating materials such as iron, concrete and slate, as well as brushed oak, for a “New York Loft” style.

The upper saloon

What has been the most challenging part of the build so far?

“The A-frame,” says the yard. “It is a remarkable piece of engineering in itself. Built in carbon-fibre, the imposing structure (able to haul a tender up to 3,000kg) disappears into the deck encompassed inside compartments that, once closed, are flush with the teak deck flooring.”

The owner's cabin

Name one or two standout features on board?

“Again, the A-frame and the large fold-down balconies that widen the cockpit’s floor area up to 115 square metres. A unique feature for a 39-metre yacht,” says the yard.

The saloon

What is the status of the build and when is the scheduled delivery date?

The yacht is undergoing outfitting and is due to be launched at the end of July or beginning of August.