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Naval Yachts’ XPM78 explorer catamaran nears launch

27 May 2022• Written by Olivia Michel

Turkish shipyard Naval Yachts has released a construction update on the first hull in its XPM78 Catamaran series as it approaches its launch date in June.

The catamaran is the newest member of the XPM series of yachts by the yard, which comprises a collection of compact explorers including the 23.9 metre eXtreme eXploration Passage Maker. It will be CE A Open Class and MCA-certified.

A delivery date has been announced for summer 2022 and the yacht has been pictured in daylight for the first time as it was moved from its construction shed. 

The yacht is slated for delivery this summer.

Measuring 23.9 metres, the exterior design and naval architecture of the XPM78 Catamaran have been penned by Michael Schutte paired. The yacht is constructed entirely in 5083 marine-grade aluminium.

Interiors are styled by Karine Rousseau with accommodations laid out as two master cabins, two VIP cabins and one cabin for crew. On board highlights include a private owner’s study and a split-level saloon with five metre high ceilings, an internal balcony and panoramic views.

The generous aft deck is equipped with two swimming platforms plus there is storage space for a Zodiac tender.

A standout feature is the split-level saloon.

The catamaran will feature hybrid propulsion, pairing twin John Deere 500hp diesel engines two 50kw lithium battery-powered e-motors. Another eco-friendly feature of the design is a 50 square metre solar panel area which will generate up to 12.5kw an hour or 75kw a day with at least six hours of sunlight.

Under power, the XPM78 Catamaran will be able to reach top speeds of 14 knots with a cruising range of 1,200 nautical miles at 10 knots.

According to the builder, the yacht has been "built to safely cross high-latitude regions and oceans,” and “is capable of meeting all the demands and needs of adventure-loving sailors.” 

Also underway at Naval Yachts is the second 23.9 metre XPM 78 monohull and the first unit of the 25.4 metre XPM 85.