The UK-based superyacht designer Oliver Stacey Design collaborates with the marine engineering design consultancy BMT Nigel Gee on Project Norse, a 262-foot sail-assisted exploration yacht. The long and robust keel flat, with shallow draft coupled with a high degree of maneuverability allows this rugged trans-oceanic exploration vessel to reach both Poles.
Norse is built to Ice Class 1d and complies with Category C requirements of the Polar Code. Allowing operation in light ice conditions, this capability permits summer operation in the Polar Regions for specific routes of interest, including the Antarctic Peninsula, Arctic Svalbard and Greenland.
Project Norse is a fresh take on the explorer vessel design which is developed for maximum self-sustainability, global range and minimal environmental impact. She is designed around a sail assisted hybrid propulsion system that makes use of a hybrid diesel electric or diesel mechanical motors. Her low-aspect sail plan is comprised of three identical wing masts and matched in-boom furling mainsails. This configuration enhances reliability and flexibility, while requiring minimum crew effort in deployment, operation and recovery.
The ultimate explorer vessel Norse can also double as an activity basecamp for a wide range of sea, land and air based activities, including heli-skiing, ski-touring, mountaineering, diving, water sports and aerial exploration. She is fitted with a crane that offers reliable launching and recovery of a wide range of vehicles including a seaplane of up to 12m wingspan. The extensive tender garage deploys an array of support vessels and adventure vehicles including a landing craft, ATV, submarine and snow mobiles.
Inside, Norse offers a social living environment with an informal layout; the owner lives close to family members and guests, who share large open-plan spaces. Smaller intimate spaces provide privacy and quiet when required.