Turquoise Launches 56 Metre Hoek-Designed Explorer Yacht Blue II
by Miranda Blazeby
Previously known as Project Lombok, the yacht was launched in Istanbul on May 12. While restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic mean commissioning will have to take place remotely, Blue II remains on target for delivery in early July.
Blue II was designed by André Hoek and features an aluminium superstructure and ice classed hull, making the yacht suitable for exploring Polar Regions and navigating the Northwest Passage.
While Hoek’s design is reminiscent of classic steam ships, the yacht itself is packed with all the latest modern technology such as a diesel-electric propulsion system.
Meanwhile, the state-of-the-art satellite communications dome is integrated into the composite funnel, while the canoe stern conceals an extendable boarding platform with retractable stairs for ease of acess.
The interior décor is developed by Hoek Naval Architects in collaboration with British design studio Vickers, featuring subtly classic touches and teak detailing throughout. Intimate cosy indoor spaces contrast with the expansive open decks, giving guests a wide range of relaxation options on board.
In total, this 56 metre explorer yacht will have an internal volume of 785GT spread across four decks.