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Ulstein reveals new CX127 expedition yacht concept

24 February 2021• Written by Olivia Michel

Ulstein Group has revealed a first look at its new 139-metre CX127 superyacht concept, one of a number of new projects announced by the Norwegian shipbuilder.

The CX127 is outfitted with Ulstein’s X-BOW feature, first seen on explorer yacht Olivia O, which was launched by the builder in 2020. 

The signature inverted-bow shape by Ulstein has been developed to support comfortable crossings in even the harshest of waters. The unique curvature reduces external impact and resistance by extending the waterline to full hull height and therefore splitting waves instead of crushing them when cruising. In doing so, the X-BOW also reduces sea spray on decks, improves efficiency and prevents general wear and tear of the hull.

Designed as Ulstein’s “ultimate research and expedition yacht”, the CX127 differs from other models by being equipped with a number of amenities designed for serious marine exploration. With the X-BOW design increasing foreship volume, the yacht has more interior space per overall hull length for high-tech science equipment.

Potential features available on board include sophisticated scientific facilities and laboratories outfitted for research purposes, two helicopter decks and a hanger for undertaking sea or land-based expeditions and both ROV and AUV submarines for deep sea missions. The CX127 is also equipped with a crane, A-frame and moon pools for launching tenders, subs and other technical equipment.

The 16,000GT superyacht has a beam of 25 metres and offers accommodation for 12 guests alongside a fleet of 120 crew members. There is also room for a bow lounge, multiple swimming pools on each deck and al fresco dining and drinks areas on board.

The model is customisable to the owner’s desires, and propulsion options can be adjusted to make the yacht zero emissions to reduce its environmental footprint while cruising the furthest corners of the earth.