The 46.5-metre sailing catamaran ArtExplorer has been launched by The Italian Sea Group (TISG) from its Marina di Carrara facilities. The project marks the first to be built under the Perini Navi brand since its acquisition by TISG in late 2021, and is on track to become the largest aluminium sailing catamaran in the world.
Set to debut at the Monaco Yacht Show, the yacht will be used as a floating art gallery that will undertake a two-year voyage to showcase "artistic experiences" to the world, according to TISG. Both interior and exterior design are by French architect Axel de Beaufort.
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. Speaking previously to BOAT International, the yacht's owner shared his ambitious cruising plans for the project as well as the eco-minded intentions behind it.
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.
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".
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."
There are three further Perini Navis in build, including a 60-metre ketch, a 56-metre ketch and a 47-metre sloop.