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Construction begins on AvA Yachts new Kando85 explorer model

18 June 2024 • Written by Holly Margerrison

Construction has begun on AvA Yachts' new 25.7-metre Kando85 explorer model. A keel-laying ceremony was held at the Turkish shipyard's facilities in Antalya earlier this month with Kando85 investors SRW Yachting. The Kando85 is for sale with a scheduled delivery date of summer 2025 ahead of her debut appearance at the Cannes Yachting Festival.

Constructed with a steel hull and aluminium superstructure, the Kando85 is a full-displacement motor yacht capable of long-distance cruising. Boasting an interior volume of 200 GT, the yacht's standard internal configuration is a four-cabin arrangement with a main deck forward master suite.

Atilla Küçükdiker, chairman and founder of AvA Yachts said: "Our ‘soft’ launch last year of the Kando80 demonstrated very strong interest in a proper global explorer in this size range. It’s at the right size point to be able to be either a fully crewed yacht or for an experienced couple or family to run it themselves or with minimal crew operation."

He continued: "The Kando85 has been developed from the 80 and is super strong with an underwater steel thickness of eight to 10mm and multiple watertight bulkheads for ultimate safety. With Turkey able to offer a really significant quality yacht construction price advantage, potential buyers will be pleasantly surprised to see how much quality explorer superyacht bang they can get for their buck.”

Svein Willadssen from SRW Yachting commented: “To call the Kando85 a pocket explorer would not do her justice. She’s a superbly well-equipped ultra-safe oceangoing explorer superyacht. We know very well AvA Yachts’ ultra-high quality of construction and excellent finished product and we see the potential of the Kando85 as phenomenal."

He added: "It is hoped this will be the first of many Kando85s whereby we can establish a series production operation offering the very best of all worlds; the ultimate oceangoing comfort yacht, the proven engineered platform and efficiencies of scale, and whilst still being able to offer layout and customisation options unparallelled in this size range."

Powered by twin Volvo Penta D13MG 408 hp engines the Kando85 will reach a maximum speed of 11 knots. At a cruising speed of 10 knots a range of over 4000 nautical miles is achieved.

According to BOATPro, AvA Yachts currently has a Kando110 currently in build, also part of the explorer series. 

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