There’s always room for improvement. Just ask Heesen and Winch Design.
The Dutch yachting giant and prolific London studio just unveiled a groundbreaking superyacht concept at the 2022 Monaco Yacht Show based on a design that was first floated four years ago.
The new 220-footer is the bigger and better successor to the duo’s 187-foot expedition vessel Xventure, which was presented in 2018. The newcomer, known as the XV67, builds upon the good looks and rugged capability of the previous craft, but has “new solutions, new layouts and new appeal,” according to the team.
Onboard, meanwhile, the tenders were moved to the open aft deck to create more interior volume. The space that was previously taken up by a garage was used to increase the size of the guest cabins. This change also meant the designers could create a three-story owner’s stateroom with a dedicated deck. Another positive is the fact that the aft deck can accommodate larger tenders and subs than the garage ever could. Other highlights include a touch-and-go helipad, a set of expandable platforms aft and a sprawling lounge at the bow.
Billed as a “cross-over,” the XV67 is a robust explorer capable of traversing the globe yet is still stylish enough to cruise the waters of Saint-Tropez and look right at home. The vessel has a clean-cut, avant-garde exterior with bold lines and a strong silhouette. She has the same sturdy steel hull as the Xventure but is a good 33 feet longer than her predecessor.