CL Yachts has confirmed that its first in-build 29.26 metre yacht, the CLX96, is nearing completion.
The shipyard also announced that the launch of the superyacht is set for July 2021, with its first public appearance expected at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
Director of CL Yachts, Martin Lo, said: “The CLX96 showcases the expert knowhow of CL Yachts and represents our brand value.
“In order to be competitive in today’s market, you need to be daring and we believe that the CLX96 is a bold challenge of the status quo in its category."
Described by the builder as a “luxury performance SAV” (Sea Activity Vessel), the CLX96 features a RINA-classified FRP composite hull, and has a beam of 7.32 metres and draft of 1.62 metres. Naval architecture comes courtesy of Earl Alfaro while Albert Horsmon is behind the structural engineering.
Interiors and exteriors have been pennded by Milan-based designer Jozeph Forakis with “modern explorers” in mind. Key features on board include a “sky deck” with al fresco dining aft and an expansive beach club with a hydraulic, submerging swim platform.
Speaking about the project, Lo said: “Before we began designing CLX96, we looked at the yachting experience with fresh eyes from the inside out – analysing everything from the habits of modern explorers at sea to our own heritage as a company.”
The result is a design that focuses on the “harmonious fluidity of space and movement that blurs the outside with the in”, the builder said.
Forakis added: “CLX96 was created to push the boundaries of innovation and yachting experiences, with flowing indoor and outdoor spaces, and enhanced marine capabilities.”
Elsewhere, the design has focused on maximising interior space, which includes accommodation for eight guests in four lower deck cabins, including a full beam owner’s stateroom and VIP. The yacht is also equipped with two crew cabins while the interior includes a mix of “classical, luxurious and modern” materials.
Power will come from twin Caterpillar C32 engines for a top speed of 27 knots and cruising speed of 22 knots.