Two dramatic new explorer trimaran concepts by Nigel Irens Design
by Simon Hardie
Nigel Irens Design has introduced two new trimaran explorer yacht concepts as part of a collaboration with CMN Shipyard and French designer Christophe Chedal-Anglay. The 57.5 metre Origin 575 and the 70 metre Xplore 70 are inspiring yacht concepts that display a dramatic new style of explorer yacht design.
According to the Nigel Irens team, the design focuses on comfort, speed and ocean crossing capability. The trimaran setup is more efficient than a conventional mono hull, with improved range and fuel consumption. The extra hulls provide increased stability and comfort, with the overall beam at around 20 metres.
Both yachts are designed on the same platform, feature an all-aluminium construction and have a customisable interior arrangement, but due to the differing lengths there are some variations.
The Origin 575 is proposed with accommodation for 10 guests and eight crew. This 57.5 metre version has space on the aft deck to carry a mini-submarine; a sought after addition to any explorer yacht. There is also space for a 4.5 metre tender on deck, while a tender garage below offers further storage for a 6 metre tender and personal watercraft.
Four Scania D116 45M engines will power the Origin 575 to an estimated top speed of 27 knots. It is also expected to be capable of covering 4,000 nautical miles at an impressive 18 knots.
The larger 70 metre version, the Xplore 70, offers a larger platform than the Origin 575. The increased size means a greater range of 5000 nautical miles at 18 knots, while the four MTU 10V2000 M84 main engines can power it to a projected max speed of 27.5 knots.
The extra deck space can accommodate larger tenders, a submarine and also a helicopter deck. The larger area could also be used to accommodate containerised units with proposed uses such as a research laboratory, aquarium or a dive-centre. More interior volume also means there is space to accommodate up to 12 guests.
Nigel Irens is well known for designing record-breaking multihulls such as Ellen MacArthur’s 23m trimaran B&Q Castorama. His British design studio also develops yachts for any owner in search of a vessel for a specific purpose, such as the Vantage 86 performance catamaran that is being built by Green Marine.
Nigel Irens said “I have had the pleasure of travelling many thousands of miles in powered trimarans and am passionate about sharing that experience with owners who want to be part of this exciting development.”