Icon Yachts Premiering 53-Meter Proposal

As you may recall, Icon Yachts and Redman Whiteley Dixon teamed up for the interior of Icon’s first megayacht series, measuring 62 meters (203 feet). While construction continues on the series’ third launch, the pair have teamed again for the int...

18th August 2010.
By Diane Byrne

Icon Yachts 53-meter

As you may recall, Icon Yachts and Redman Whiteley Dixon teamed up for the interior of Icon’s first megayacht series, measuring 62 meters (203 feet). While construction continues on the series’ third launch, the pair have teamed again for the interior and styling of a new design, the 53.1-meter (174-footer) seen here.

Rising five decks, the Icon 53m should do a good job of bringing the outdoors in: There are full-height windows along the sides of two decks. This makes for a bold, modern look, complemented by the equally modern, strong lines. The relaxation and entertainment areas are open for the owner’s input, though Icon and Redman Whiteley Dixon anticipate he or she will want a full-beam main-deck owner’s suite. (The yacht’s beam is 9.45 meters, or 31 feet, so it will be plenty spacious.) There’s reportedly already been some interest in the design, which further calls for a transom beach club and alfresco dining, shaded by the hardtop, on the sundeck.

Performance-wise, model tests conducted at the MARIN Institute show that the Icon 53m should achieve a 15-knot top speed. At cruising speed, she should see a range of 4,000 nautical miles. She should also readily access various superyacht-oriented marinas and anchorages worldwide, thanks to a 3.3-meter (nearly 11-foot) draft. Naval architecture is by Icon’s own Jouke van der Baan.

Since Icon has made its name on a standardized technical platform, it will equip the 53m similar to how it created the 62m. All technical spaces and engineering are predetermined. This includes the engine room, toy garage and anchor handling area contained within it.


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Diane M. Byrne is the founder and editor of the website Megayacht News. A longtime yachting writer, she contributes to Super Yacht World, Superyacht Business, Boat Exclusive, and other magazines. She is additionally a member of the International Superyacht Society Board of Directors and a founding member of the U.S. Superyacht Association.
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