Second Naval Yachts XPM 78 begins construction

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Naval Yachts launches second hull in XPM78 series Vanguard

10 November 2023 • Written by Dea Jusufi

Naval Yachts has launched the second hull in its 23.8-metre aluminium explorer series, Vanguard. Sea trials are slated to start in early December, though the Turkish shipyard has already reported "excellent fuel consumption" while cruising.

Unlike the first XPM78 hull Mobius, which was finished in unpainted aluminium and delivered last year, the second in the series sports a vibrant orange hull. 

Described as an "extreme exploration passage maker", Vanguard is the first to be fitted with a hybrid system – including two electric motors and a 120kWh battery pack.

The explorer series is designed and engineered by Dennis Harjaama of Artnautica Yacht Design with an interior curated by the in-house design team at Naval Yachts. The second hull was commissioned by an experienced American owner and features a number of changes to the general layout, accommodating six guests across three cabins, with a larger saloon and flybridge.

"[Vanguard is] capable of 7,000-[nautical]-mile range on a single fuelling and designed for short-handed operation (our family). She is certified to operate to 80 degrees latitude north in the summer months. That will take us to the Arctic ice shelf," the owner said.

Vanguard's electric mode range is 20 nautical miles when pared back to seven knots. She is also equipped with a rotor type stabilising system and an integrated and "advanced" navigation and automation package.

This announcement follows the launch of the first unit Mobius in February, now with her owner in the US following delivery from the shipyard in Antalya.

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