The Ultimate Explorer Superyacht: VARD 1-08 KILKEA

The Ultimate Explorer Superyacht: VARD 1-08 KILKEA

Superyacht culture is evolving. Owners and charterers are seeking new experiences with the emphasis on adventure, exploration and ecology. And Edmiston is working to realise these ambitions with the development of a new breed of superyacht, the explorer.

Currently under construction, no other yacht epitomises this brave new world of superyacht design and ability like VARD 1-08 KILKEA. This 82m (269ft) yacht is based on a proven deep-water hull with unrivalled seakeeping abilities, capable of exploring uncharted waters and remaining at sea for extended periods with near-zero environmental impact thanks to the latest hybrid propulsion and eco-management systems.

But what makes this project so special is the Bannenberg & Rowell design work, creating a luxurious, sophisticated and highly functional yacht across its vast decks and interior. Explorer must-haves include a helicopter pad, tender and submarine launch pads, a dive centre and its own commercial dock, with plenty of space left over for a large swimming pool. Inside there are plans in place for a 16-cabin, 32-guest deep-exploration layout or a more private 12-cabin version that includes two VIP duplex suits, each with its own observation lounge.

The sheer size and scale of the VARD means it represents a uniquely interesting option for an imaginative and adventurous individual or consortium keen to take full control over their explorer yacht’s design and specification. Ultimately, the 269ft long VARD can offer a near blank canvas aft of its towering bows, with complete freedom on layout and facilities.

Due to the advanced nature of the build, the buyer will also be able to enjoy one of the most capable explorer yachts on the water within two years, whereby a new project of this size would require around five years.

About Edmiston

Edmiston & Company is a world leader in the superyacht industry. Specialising in the sale, charter, management and new construction of the largest and most important yachts. The company has an unrivalled reputation when it comes to performing for its clients at the very highest level.

With a global network of offices in key international locations, Edmiston has the international presence combined with the key local knowledge necessary to service the needs of its clients, worldwide.


29 July 2016

Written by:

Caroline Munier