Having finished designing their new 49.5m Explorer, Tommaso Spadolini and the yacht’s owner are now busily selecting the yard to build it.
“The owner was very clear from the outset,” explains Spadolini. “He wanted large spaces with as few changes in level as possible, lots of cover and wind protection, so the yacht would be usable not just in summer but a bit beyond and before that too. He also asked for a lift that would connect all the decks. And lastly, a flying bridge that wasn’t a classic….flying bridge!”
The result is a fly that is a charming spot where the owner and his family can get together and develops around the central galley unit with large work surfaces and a table for 12. Aside from the protection guaranteed by the hardtop, a “sailing-inspired” sprayhood can also be fitted to shelter the fly on three sides when the yacht is at anchor. Other unusual features of the Explorer 49.5 is the fact that there are no built-in sun pads – at the owner’s specific request once again.
Oh, and there are three galleys. One indoor on the fly as mentioned, the second a professional kitchen on the lower deck and the third a private galley for the owner and his guests conveniently located on the main deck.