Perini Navi Art Explorer on the water

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Perini Navi delivers world's largest sailing catamaran ArtExplorer

15 March 2024 • Written by Katia Damborsky and Dea Jusufi

Perini Navi's 46.5-metre ArtExplorer has been delivered as the world's largest aluminium sailing catamaran. The yacht is now moored in Malta, according to BOATPro.

The yacht will be used as a floating art gallery that will undertake a two-year voyage to showcase "artistic experiences" to the world. Her owner, French businessman Frédéric Jousset, has shared his ambitious plans for the yacht, including Malta, Venice (for the Biennale) Marseille and Morocco. You can listen to the special podcast interview with the owner below. 

Credit: Benoit Linero/Fraser
Accommodation is for 12 guests across six cabins, three of which are on the main deck
Credit: Benoit Linero/Fraser

The yard has explained that the yacht's flybridge will be used for virtual exhibitions, workshops and conferences, while the main saloon will house an art gallery, including an inaugural digital exhibit that was helmed by Nomi Daucé, curator of archaeology at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

After her two-year trip, the yacht will be available for private yacht charter. Both interior and exterior design are by French architect Axel de Beaufort.

Credit: Benoit Linero/Fraser
Credit: Benoit Linero/Fraser

Sustainable considerations include a 65-square-metre sheet of solar panels on the deckhouse, which produces 12 kilowatts of power instantaneously and 200 kilowatts of energy per day. Lithium batteries allow for zero-emission electricity generation for more than six hours at full load, and the exhaust systems are fitted with filters that aim to "decrease emissions and particulate matter".

Technical numbers include a 17.3-metre beam and a 55-metre mast. A fully automated all-carbon sail plan can be operated by a single person, meaning the catamaran can sail at a speed of ten knots even in low wind conditions.

Credit: Benoit Linero/Fraser
Credit: Benoit Linero/Fraser

The order of the yacht, which is project managed by Fraser, was finalised in 2021. Speaking previously about the project, Laurent Bredy, Fraser's head of project management, said: "This is by far one of the most ambitious, creative and far-reaching projects I have had the pleasure to be involved in in my career to date."

Giovanni Costantino, founder and CEO of TISG said that the project was innovative on a "technical, engineering and human level" and "represents a further milestone made possible by the continuous stylistic and technological research as well as the professionalism of the entire team that realised the project".

Credit: Benoit Linero/Fraser
Credit: Benoit Linero/Fraser

He continued: "A work that demonstrates our ability to be protagonists also in the large sailing segment, as well as pioneers of cutting-edge solutions aimed at significantly reducing the environmental impact of yachts. Art Explorer is the result of continuous investment in the study and research of systems to reduce emissions and contribute to improving air quality and the health of our seas."

ArtExplorer marks the first unit to be built under the Perini Navi brand since its acquisition by The Italian Sea Group (TISG) in late 2021.

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