The 55-metre Cobra concept by Bering Yachts pushes the design envelope while retaining the US brand’s signature focus on functionality and superior design.
“The Cobra is a new type of explorer vessel based on a steel hull that can be adapted to various sizes,” says Alexei Mikhailov, founder and President of Bering Yachts. “Most yachts lack truly big and safe open-deck areas, and what they do have is usually confined to the aft cockpit or the flybridge. With Cobra we wanted to overcome that drawback and the complete upper deck is entirely devoted to open-air entertaining, dining and partying.”
The main feature of the upper deck is the very large oval swimming pool forward, which has a transparent bottom positioned directly above the main salon below. The touch-and-go helipad is big enough to take twin-engine helicopters, or even passenger drones. In the extreme bow is a cosy observation ‘nest’ for private, panoramic relaxation.
A design highlight is the semi-circular wheelhouse on the flybridge that is cantilevered over the upper deck. Behind the wheelhouse is a sky lounge and bar with glass walls and ceiling for outstanding panoramic views.
An elevator and spiral staircase span the four deck levels. On main deck there is the principle salon and master stateroom with two fixed balconies. The lower deck comprises four ensuite guest suites and the crew accommodation.
The enormous beach club/tender garage in the stern has fold-down platforms on both sides that extend the beam to 15 metres. When the tenders are deployed the area is transformed into a water-level beach area with ceiling heights of almost 4 metres and room to take a car or amphibious vehicle.
At 55 metres in length overall, Cobra has a maximum beam of 9 metres and is rated below 500GT. The reverse bow is a dynamic design feature, but also increases the waterline length for faster hull speeds. There is a possibility to have a hybrid propulsion package on the yacht. A top speed of the yacht is expected to be 17 knots, a cruising speed – 12 knots, and oceanic range at cruising speed is 5,000 nm. At speed of 10 knots the range will be 10,000 nm plus.
Bering Yachts is renowned for its full-displacement, steel-hulled yachts that combine the autonomy and rugged construction of explorers with the spacious comfort of modern superyachts. Cobra is a daring concept that takes that philosophy to its next-generation conclusion.