Australia’s Sorgiovanni Designs has revealed a 99m luxury expedition yacht concept, Frontier, with a steel hull, aluminium superstructure and ice-breaker reversed bow. Sam Sorgiovanni, whose designs include the 84m Singapore-owned trimaran White Rabbit, conceived Frontier to ‘discover … with the soul of an explorer’.

Frontier is by Sorgiovanni Designs, which has offices in Australia and Monaco

The star attraction is the 15m helipad, as the deck can slide backwards on hydraulic jacks to receive a helicopter and retract after use. The vast master suite on the upper deck has direct access to the 9m pool forward of the helipad, while there are six double guest cabins on the lower deck and accommodation for 34 crew.

The main deck includes a dining room for 20 and a cinema, while the observation deck has an outdoor bar, Jacuzzi and sunbathing area. A double-storey beach club features a bar and relaxation area, massage room, sauna and steam room, and a Jacuzzi with lounge beds, and leads to an enormous garage.

The 15m by 15m helipad can slide backwards when in use (above), then retract (below)

The 15m by 15m helipad can slide backwards when in use (above), then retract (below)

On Sorgiovanni's 99m Frontier concept, the 15m by 15m helipad can slide backwards when in use, then retract

Frontier is predicted to reach 19-20 knots with twin diesel engines, but Sorgiovanni says the yacht features a range of innovations designed to reduce her footprint. “Making environmentally and socially responsible products the new normal for all consumers should be a top priority for all companies today.”


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