Built by Newcastle Marine in 2013, 129.1ft (39.35m) ZEXPLORER (formerly SAFIRA) has completed her 20-month long refit at the Derecktor’s Dania shipyard in Florida.
The complete list of works included, “significant modifications to enhance the vessel’s length, propulsion system, interior layout, and overall functionality.”
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Increased Length and Functionality
The yard increased the original length of the yacht by a total of 12ft (3.7m), creating more space for the owner and their guests onboard through a larger interior, lengthened swim platform, larger aft main deck seating area, and increased outdoor entertainment spaces all around. With the open lazarette, the yacht owner can now easily store their dive equipment and water toys.
Further upgrades include increasing the stability of the yacht, while increasing the propulsion efficiency. The team comments, “The original pod propulsion system of ZeXplorer was replaced by Derecktor Dania’s skilled engineers with straight shafts and struts featuring ZF reduction gears. Additionally, new foil rudders and steering gear were installed, accompanied by a lengthened skeg keel extension, resulting in improved directional stability. Notably, this modification eliminated the need for ballast water treatment, while the vessel maintained its ABS class intact and damage stability for the Cayman registry.”
The yacht refit was completed with the help of Derecktor’s wide network of capable contractors including, Atlas Marine Group, Luu Marine, American Marine Repair, Boksa Marine Design and Lauderdale Propellers.