Yacht Class n°28 (march-april-may 2022)


As expected, the Italian shipyard Rosetti exhibited its first “pleasure” boat at the last Cannes Yachting Festival. The custom-built RSY 38m Explorer did not fail to interest, notably the yachting enthusiasts. The interior layout is far from classical, especially on the main deck. On the other hand, this four-deck qualify for long-distance cruising thanks to a more than transatlantic range.

Written by: Alain Brousse – Photos: All rights reserved

One thing is certain: if Rosetti Superyachts was only created in 2017, it is part of a soon-to-be century-old group (1925), Rosetti Marino (18 companies and 4 000 employees), specialising in the creation and production of commercial ships. The yachting department immediately benefited from the expertise of the professional sector in steel and aluminium construction. The first yacht was commissioned by an American shipowner who imposed his wishes on all aspects of the exterior and interior design and decoration. The whole process was supervised by Sergio Cutolo’s Hydro Tec (naval architecture and silhouette) and Burdissocapponi Yachts & Design (interior design). The result is this four-deck of 38 metres with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, named Explorer. This concept of “expedition” is more obvious in her capacity to “swallow” miles without refuelling than in her appearance: a flybridge with massive superstructures, suggesting a great habitability. Under the thrust of two 800 hp MAN diesel engines, and provided one is satisfied with a speed of 10 knots, the RSY 38m boasts a 5 000 miles range. Crossing the Atlantic is thus only a formality, by mild weather of course. However, according to her designer, Sergio Cutolo, her hull can withstand unfavourable sea conditions. This Explorer remains modest in terms of performance: 13.5 knots at maximum engine speed.

Welcoming exterior spaces

Before we even got on board, the management of Rosetti Superyachts had given us a flattering figure: 700 m2, i.e the living area of this 38-metre. Let’s start with the exterior and the stern with its teak-lined swim platform. A push on the remote control and the transom lifts up onto a storage area where can be installed a solarium with three or four seats, with headrests! This creates a beach club, an essential feature on a yacht of this length. Note that the tender sits on the aft terrace of the upper deck, against its launching crane. The 50 m2 cockpit overlooking the stern is entirely sheltered and will obviously be dedicated to relaxation thanks to a lounge / dining area. The foredeck is accessible via the upper deck, and there again, there is plenty of space to spend pleasant moments: two U-shaped settees for ten people and an adjacent sunpad. This same deck features an aft terrace that, once freed from the tender, can accommodate a lounge or deckchairs. The fourth deck, i.e. the “sundeck”, with its 70 m2 and its equipment, should delight the epicureans who can either opt for sunbathing on the aft solarium, a lunch for at least twelve around the table, with a bar and barbecue area opposite, or a refreshment in the forward freshwater pool. This Explorer is first dedicated to the pleasure of family cruising, as confirmed by her interiors.

A contemporary decoration 

Let’s start with the main deck that offers first a lounge area with two facing sofas, creating the semi-circle wanted by the owner. The central aisle leads to the dining table with ten chairs. On portside, a passageway leads to the main galley, with a sea view. The starboard partition is a cellar stocked with 60 bottles of the best wines according to the captain. The owner is apparently an amateur. He actually enjoys the forward part of this deck, which consists of a comfortable stateroom of 38m2 with king size bed, desk, dressing room, bathroom with two washbasins and, on starboard, a small terrace to enjoy the sea view, preferably at anchor. The guests of this 38-metre will be housed belowdecks in four en suite cabins, two doubles and two twins, of approximately 15 m2. The forward part of this level accommodates the crew area – five berths divided into three cabins, plus a messroom – accessible via a hatch on the foredeck or a staircase located at the end of the gangway on the main deck. Finally, the third deck, the upper one, is also user-friendly. It boasts pleasant interior fittings with a lounge with a sofa and two footstools and, then, on portside an open bar and, there: surprise! Part of the floor is made of transparent glass. This was a request only the owner can explain. Maybe it was to get a wider view of the place? Our visit then took us to the only control station: a 15 m2 interior wheelhouse whose large console with a dashboard is designed for an easy reading.
The Rosetti RSY 38m Explorer is the archetypal offshore yacht, designed in close collaboration with the owner for family cruising in maximum comfort. With this first unit, Rosetti Superyachts can look forward to a bright future in the custom yacht world. Actually, a second hull of this four-deck was signed in December.

Technical sheet

38,15 m
8,85 m
2,37 m
Fuel capacity
60 000 l
acier (coque) et alu (superstructures)
2 x MAN D2868 diesel
2 x 800 ch
Maximum speed
13,5 nds
Autonomy at
10 nds : 5 000 milles
Naval architect
Hydro Tec
Designer ext.
Hydro Tec
Interior designer
Burdissocapponi Yacht & Design
Rosetti Superyachts (Ravenne – Italie)

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