24 m Explorer Type Motor Yachts

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

24 m Explorer Type Motor Yachts

Cutting edge hybrid battery propulsion technology with fully custom exterior

These two customized yachts may look different, but are in fact the same design, with an exterior customized according to the Owner’s preferences. They were very keen to give a distinctive look to the vessel and several configurations of superstructures were developed with particular focus on personal expression. 

The yacht is designed to be operated by only 2 persons in keeping with trends towards short handed operation, and this is also reflected in the luxurious accommodation for up to 12 persons which can be any mix of crew and passengers. 

The reinforced steel hulls and aluminium superstructures will allow the yachts to navigate the Baltic and North Atlantic all year round. 

These designs will be available for repeat constructions of similar yachts. 

GA 24 M Super Yacht Explorer

The hybrid propulsion system consists of diesel main engines and back-up batteries. The batteries allow the yacht to slip quietly into a busy marina, manoeuvre and berth without any harmful emissions or engine noise. As an additional feature in order to save fuel, when cruising at lower speed, the hybrid system supports operating with one main engine only. In this propulsion mode, two shafts and propellers continuously propel the yacht.


Founder and former Owners of communication technology company Thrane & Thrane A/S, Mr. Lars Thrane and Mr. Per Blinkenberg-Thrane, have entrusted the design development of two cutting edge technology Explorer Type Motor Yachts to KNUD E. HANSEN A/S. 

KNUD E. HANSEN A/S has developed the Concept and Basic Design as well as specifications in close collaboration with the experienced owners. Furthermore, flag state discussions, shipyard evaluation and contract discussions were undertaken by KNUD E. HANSEN A/S. 


The two Yachts are designed with identical diesel hybrid CPP (Controllable Pitch Propeller) propulsion system. 

A revolutionary diesel electric system - HyPS, developed by a sister company to Holland Jachtbouw, will be integrated in both yachts. 

The system-technology connects the propulsion Permanent Magnet synchronous machines to an electrical DC-BUS system in combination with a variable speed generator set, a heavy duty light weight Li-ion battery system and shore power supply lines. Furthermore, the main (electric) consumers are connected on the power-consumer side of the DC-BUS system.

 13144 - DBC Marine - 24 Mt Yacht - V1-V2-lgo

Dynamic Positioning (DP)

GPS and sensors based DP systems will automatically maintain the yachts position, by using its propellers, rudders and side thrusters during anchoring and harbor calls. 

Stabilizers system

The DC–BUS powered stabilizer system is based on two sets of active hydraulic driven semi balanced foils (Fins). Each of the four fins are individually operated and work together in order to reduce roll and pitch during anchoring and cruising conditions in order to obtain maximum comfort conditions.         

Special attention has been given to following features: 

  • Hull form and propulsion
  • Maneuverability and navigation
  • Seakeeping performance 
  • Optimum flexibility and redundancy in propulsion 
  • Fuel efficiency and endurance 
  • Luxury and comfort
  • Noise and vibration
  • Short hand friendly operation  
  • Super yacht finish

Main Dimensions

  • Length o.a.: 26.05 m
  • Length p.p.: 23.20 m
  • Breadth moulded: 6.50 m
  • Depth to Main Deck: 3.50 m
  • Draught (design): 1.75 m
  • Scantling draft: 2.00 m 

The design and IP-rights belong to newly established Danish company Poseidon Shipbuilding ApS, who has signed a sales and marketing agreement with DBC Marine ApS, Denmark, for the world market.

The construction of the first two vessels has been awarded to Holland Jachtbouw (HJB) who has a distinguished record in building super yachts. The dedicated team at HJB has been engaged in the development of the contract specifications for this project.

New building No. 099 and 100.

The yachts are designed to be in compliance with Lloyd's Register Classification Society Rules and Danish Flag Regulations. 

KNUD E. HANSEN A/S project number 13144. 

Please contact::

Per Blinkenberg-Thrane, Partner Poseidon Shipbuilding ApS:

E-Mail: Per@Blinkenberg-Thrane.dk

Jens Harrsen, Senior Naval Architect, KNUD E. HANSEN A/S:

Mobile: +45 5060 5951 e-mail: jeh@knudehansen.com

Lars Haagen Hansen, Business Development, KNUD E. HANSEN A/S:

Mobile: +4530830840 E-mail: lhh@knudehansen.com