atlat yachts explorer 150 revealed

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Atla Yachts reveals new Explorer 150 model during Monaco Yacht Show

27 September 2023 • Written by Holly Margerrison

Atla Yachts has revealed its first 45.2-metre yacht Explorer 150, with the first hull scheduled for delivery in 2026. It will be listed for sale exclusively with Y.CO.

The brand is an amalgamation of Dutch builder Zwijnenburg Yachting and Swedish team Mannerfelt Design. Based in the Netherlands, Zwijnenburg Yachting formerly existed only as a hull builder for renowned shipyards Feadship and Oceanco

It was responsible for the construction of the hulls for Koru and Black Pearl, and completed the refits of Brazil and U-81. Now, it is branching out with its own brand, Atla Yachts, in collaboration with Mannerfelt Design, starting with a 499 GT semi-custom yacht with a build time of two and a half years. 

Martijn Nobel, marketing director at Zwijnenburg, said: "We arranged our own brand so we could have our own story, together with a designer, that separates us from our other activities. What's special is there's naval architecture as a backbone to our designs, the boats don't just look nice, they are based in proven structures."

The result is a yacht based on comfort and Scandinavian design, along with an efficient hull shape that requires only 350kW at cruising speed. The yacht’s primary fuel is HVO, a more conscious option when it comes to cruising, and there is also a possibility to have a methanol engine or fuel cell. Owners can also opt for a hybrid system which features a battery room.

Mannerfelt Design will be responsible for the slender exterior and airy interior, which will be heightened by floor-to-ceiling windows and an open, central staircase.

Key spaces on board will include a large pool on the main aft deck, al fresco dining on the bridge deck and a sun deck featuring sunbathing space, circular seating and a bar. Designed with a six-cabin layout for 12 guests, the master cabin will be located on the main deck and there will be five guest cabins on the lower deck – all of which can be adapted to suit the owner’s requirements.

Propelled by a diesel-electric engine, the 45.2-metre yacht will have an oceangoing range of 4,000 nautical miles at cruising speed for maximum adventure potential. There is also provision for a seven-metre tender and two Jet Skis.

Chief designer Ted Mannerfelt was a car designer for Jaguar cars and has had experience in designing powerboats. He said: "This is a new brand we started because we wanted to show the yachting industry that we are trying to be environmentally friendly. [The boat] has got amazing efficiency, it needs 300 Kw driving at 9 knots. I have helped a lot of brands doing pleasure yachts, so when I entered yachting I wanted to create something new."

Max Bulley of the Y.CO Sales Team added: “The yacht is a triumphant collaboration between Mannerfelt and family-run builders Zwijnenburg Yachting. Their semi-custom platform offers the freedom to customize features, for instance, the cabin layout or the capacity for carrying exploration equipment such as extra tenders or vehicles. And, the short build time of two and a half years means it isn’t a long wait for the adventures to begin.”

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