Turquoise Yachts, the builders of the 55.99-metre yacht Blue II, have granted a closer look inside the new explorer yacht during her time in Capri this year.Photo: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise YachtsBuilt and delivered in 2020, Blue IIâ€™s appearance is reminiscent of an old-fashioned steamship, but boasts an entirely modern design and construction. The explorer yacht is Turquoise Yachts' first IMO Tier 3 compliant and ice-class yacht and is capable of taking on the Northwest Passage and polar regions with her Class 1B steel hull and ice-breaking bow.Photo: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise YachtsBlue IIâ€™s classic gentleman-style appearance and her serious exploration capabilities are the result of her carefully-crafted naval architecture, a collaborative effort between Turquoise Yachts and Hoek Design. Hoek Design was also responsible for her exterior and interior designs and, as the studioâ€™s first and only motor yacht project, their background in sailing yacht design is reflected in Blue IIâ€™s profile, horizontal lines, and curved stern.Photo: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise YachtsThe 790 GT explorer yacht can accommodate up to 12 guests across six staterooms including an ownerâ€™s suite on the upper deck, a VIP suite on the main deck, and four guest cabins.Photo: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise YachtsPhoto: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise YachtsHer interiors including a spacious main deck saloon, dining room and upper deck sky lounge were styled by London-based Vickers Studio and Amsterdam-based Dols and Company Interiors. Blue IIâ€™s classic-meets-contemporary character is evident through the use of elements such as teak detailing and fresh and neutral colours palette.Photo: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise YachtsPhoto: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise YachtsPhoto: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise YachtsOutside, she features an intimate outdoor lounge for entertaining and an outdoor dining table. The colour palette used inside is seamlessly integrated with her exterior, featuring upholstery in light blue.Photo: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise YachtsPhoto: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise YachtsBuilt for pleasure, Blue II hosts a wellness centre with a sauna, a steam room, a Turkish bath, massage room, and a gym. Stored below the yachtâ€™s deck are two large tenders.Photo: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise YachtsPerformance-wise, the explorer yacht sports twin 800kW diesel electric e-motors powered by a set of Caterpillar main propulsion generators that allow her to reach top speeds of up to 13 knots.Photo: Guillaume Plisson / Turquoise Yachts
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