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Archipelago Yachts reveals first 24m+ explorer model for "visionary owner"

14 May 2024 • Written by Dea Jusufi

Archipelago Yachts has unveiled a new 24-metre model called the Archipelago 80. The first unit is being built "for a visionary owner", according to founder Dr Stephen Weatherley, and once delivered shall become the flagship of the British shipyard's leisure expedition range.

The explorer yacht will be owner-operated and is designed with a Chartwell Marine hull form utilised extensively in the offshore wind industry. The high-capacity helipad is a particularly noteworthy feature considering the model's size bracket, with the roof area also able to accommodate solar panels or extra storage, facilitated by a Palfinger crane.

The model has an 11-metre beam

The cockpit will feature an expansive "working area" equipped with tie-down points that can accommodate expedition gear or superyacht toys. The crane and reinforced deck structure can facilitate the transportation of a six-metre ISO container, a personal submersible, an amphibious vehicle and various heavy-duty equipment. Alternatively, it can be left free for leisure activities, including game fishing.

High bulwarks improve safety during navigation

Meanwhile, the open-plan main saloon is arranged with a bar and a day galley said to offer "panoramic views". Accommodation is found within the hulls, as is the main galley and crew quarters. The wheelhouse serves as an adaptable living space, featuring another bar and an entertainment area on its shaded balcony. There is also the option to install a hot tub.

"This model represents ultimate versatility in a sub-24-metre, owner-operator platform, and the embodiment of our commitment to delivering exceptional experiences on the water," added Weatherley. "I am very excited to see this project come to life and welcome the customer on board for some unforgettable journeys at sea."

The Archipelago 80 will be powered by a diesel-electric system for a maximum speed of 28-30 knots. A paravane kite can also be deployed for decreased fuel consumption, while an optional generator will equip the yacht with an additional 180kW of electrical power.

Earlier this year, Archipelago Yachts was chosen as one of 33 successful applicants for £33 million in government funding. The prize will enable the progression of a new methanol-powered leisure vessel from Archipelago, the design for which was revealed in late 2023.

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