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Explorer Yacht Summit 2023: The rise of the pocket explorer

The recent event revealed that, when it comes to explorer yachts, bigger is not always better.

Last month, Moravia Yachting’s Lea Tintaud and Darina Posthuma-Veligora attended the Explorer Yachts Summit 2023 at the prestigious Yacht Club de Monaco. Held in collaboration with Boat International, the event provided an overview of the fast-growing explorer yacht segment, including new build trends, enlightening owner insight and inspiring tales of exploration.

In the market analysis presented by Boat International, one of the key revelations was that a new generation of owners is driving demand for ‘pocket’ explorer yachts under 40 metres. Three such owners of compact explorer yachts took to the stage to share their experiences and contend that one doesn’t need an 80m-pus yacht to explore the remotest regions on earth.

“A new generation of owners is driving demand for ‘pocket’ explorer yachts under 40 metres.”

Maria José Sbarbi Osuna owns a Lagoon 62 catamaran, NDS DARWIN, and undertook her first world tour with her two children. For Maria, exploring is about understanding nature and how to create a cleaner world and, throughout the voyage, they conducted several scientific and environmental projects.

For Bob Giles, owner of 30m VIVIERAE, Indonesia’s unspoilt landscape is a paradise for exploration, but he also ensures he, his guests and crew give back to the local communities along the way. And buying a capable yacht in terms of safety, stability and seaworthiness is the priority for Steve Rigby, who is awaiting the delivery of a 31m Cantiere delle Marche explorer yacht.

The legendary explorer Mike Horn was keynote speaker at the event and shared his approach to exploration. His opinion is that exploration of the most remote and sensitive destinations should be done “in the right way, not for bragging rights”. He, therefore discourages large, ice-breaking vessels that have maximum impact on the planet in terms of operation and logistics.

The Moravia team came away from the event incredibly inspired. “Being surrounded by so many pioneers and adventurers was invigorating,” Lea reflects. “I am grateful that I can play a small part in advising my clients on how to prepare their next journey when venturing towards unchartered territories.”

Listed for sale with Moravia Yachting, the 23.95m BEYOND CAPRICORN is one of the very few pocket-sized explorer yachts on the market currently. Built out of steel, carrying over 40,000 litres of fuel and with an estimated top range of over 6,000nm, she is a true world cruiser.