ICON 197FT (60M)
ICON Yachts challenged four internationally acclaimed design studios to prepare concept studies of a retired Dutch Navy survey vessel into a explorer type superyacht. The focus of the project is a 59m HR MS Blommendal, built by Boeles in 1973 for the Royal Netherlands Navy. The ship is one of a series of very similar vessels retiring from service and becoming available for conversion – making the challenge a highly practical exercise. She can feature four guest cabins on the lower deck, good-sized owner’s accommodation and the required saloons and observation lounges. Sisterships that have already been converted are: Akula, Altair, Wega, Capella C and Intuition II. ICON’s intention is to spark a variety of fresh conversion concepts that will excite and inspire a range of clients.
“This yacht should appeal to an experienced owner who appreciates the beauty of a ship’s form and design, someone keen on serious cruising.”ER Yacht Design
“There is something refreshing about being overtly different and approaching the solution from a fresh angle.”H2 Design
“Elements such as the imposing funnel are key details – rather than hiding or disguising it we felt it deserved its own identity within the overall design.” Dixon Yacht Design
“We see it as an ocean discovery vessel for a private owner, allowing them worldwide cruising under safe and comfortable conditions.” Newcruise