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Why clients choose Xplorer Yachts:

  • We handle a project from 'the idea' and 'the mission', through design and conversion to delivery and setting up ongoing vessel management and charter program.

  • We deal direct with vessel owners and shipyards, avoiding 'brokers' and middlemen.

  • Most of our available commercial vessels are not listed as 'for sale' on Yachtworld, Apollo Duck or any other MLS platform.

  • We know what we are talking about.

Xplorer Yachts Projects in 2022-23:

  • 61 meter Ulstein North Sea stand-by vessel is being converted into a global expedition yacht

  • 220' U.S.-built OSV is being prepped for conversion 

  • 200' Fast Crew Supply Vessel is being developed as fishing expedition 'mother ship'

  • Specialized dive ops chase boat 

  • 48-meter new expedition yacht purchased and in operation

  • Classic 185' Feadship acquired for long-range cruising.

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Paul Madden served as the American rep for Blohm+Voss (Hamburg) and contracted the new-build for the Heywood/Disdale-designed 92-meter MAYAN QUEEN. His long-time clients have owned such vessels as the 180’ classic yacht Stargazer (formerly owned by Henry Ford II) and the 141’ expedition yacht MARCATO. He has been involved in the purchase and conversions of the 303’ ex-NOAA ship SAHARA, 171’ ex-NOAA research ship Ocean Starr, and the 204' Ulstein OSV Ocean Tay, amongst others. In 2022, he arranged the purchase of a 47-meter Sanlorenzo expedition yacht. A New England native, Paul Madden grew up racing Sparkman & Stephens-designed yachts to Bermuda and trans-Atlantic. After earning an MBA at Boston University’s program in Brussels, and a film degree in England, he entered the yacht business with Camper & Nicholsons in Monaco.
Paul has directed 5 feature films and his videos on The Yacht Channel on YouTube, have had over 3 million views.

Grant Maughan is an Australian seafarer who resides in the US. 

His maritime career has spanned the best part of 36-years on various types of vessels from deep-sea fishing trawlers and purse-seiners, to tugs, research, dive and cargo vessels, and the last 24-years onboard luxury motor-yachts as a captain or engineer. He has sailed in all oceans including the Arctic and Antarctic.

A broad experience in new-building, refit and repair plus a solid operational background with ISM, Class and Flag led to a natural segue to concept design using CAD and Rhino3D software.

He currently works as a relief/ delivery yacht captain and concept designer.

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Boris Kirilloff of KIRILLOFF & ASSOCIATES, INC. is a naval architect, yacht designer, and project  manager, whose firm has provided engineering and design consulting for numerous expedition     yacht conversions,  passenger vessels and various other specialized yacht and commercial vessels and military craft. Boris was involved in the development of the first "Shadow Boats", including Lady Lola Shadow, M/Y Suri, M/V Paladin Shadow and M/V Mystere Shadow, and the 90M/275 converted OSV, M/Y Voyager.

Giulia Bassan

​Partner, Interior designer at Bassan&Benedetti​

"During my life and education I have developed a deep attraction towards art, design and the aesthetics of everyday life, with particular interest in interior design, which was the first great passion that I have followed. I approached the yachting sector because I was fascinated by the challenges and innovation that "living in the sea" is investigating in this historical moment. ”

- Bachelor's degree in of “Interior Design”, Politecnico di Milano

- Master's degree in "Naval and Nautical design", University of Genoa

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Alessandro Benedetti​

Partner, Exterior designer at Bassan&Benedetti​


"My passion for design and sailing, which I grew up, they helped to trace my training path, initially in product and interior design, then landing in the world of yacht design, always turning my interest to the search for style, art, creativity and constructive ingenuity. What I do is carry on a passion with constant interest, curiosity, meticulousness and a lot of attention to detail."

- Bachelor's degree in “ Industrial Design”, University of Florence

- Master's degree in the faculty of 'Naval and Nautical design", University of Genoa

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In the last 18 months, we have visited these ports and shipyards:

  • Bergen, Norway

  • Stavanger, Norway

  • Ulstein, Norway

    • Ulstein Shipyard​

  • Vigo, Spain

    • Cardama Shipyard​

    • Freires Shipyard

    • Metalships

  • Bilbao, Spain area

    • Armon Shipyard​

    • Gandon Shipyard

    • Zamakona Shipyard

  • La Spezia, Italy​

    • Sanlorenzo​

  • Viareggio, Italy

  • Louisiana

    • La Shipyard​

    • Breaux Brothers

    • Swiftship

    • North American

    • Bollinger

  • Netherlands

    • DeHoop Shipyard​

  • Florida

    • Rybovich​

    • Fincantieri - Jacksonville

    • Tampa Bay Shipyard (Chouest)

    • Lauderdale Marine Center

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