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Yacht Style|Issue 58
Shipyards in Asia are expanding their range of yachts at both ends of the size scale, diversifying into power and sailing catamarans, and including this region among their target markets.
Nick Hung

CL Yachts’ display at this year’s Palm Beach International Boat Show includes the new CLB88 (also pictured on the opening spread in Hong Kong) is scheduled to show its flagship CLB88 and hull six of its popular CLB72 at this year’s Palm Beach International Boat Show in Florida from March CLYachts 25-28 as the brand from the historic Cheoy Lee yard headquartered in Hong Kong continues its remarkable journey.

However, CL Yachts is also using the year’s first major international boat show to reveal more details of its upcoming CLB65, which will be its new entry-level yacht and is being produced in the shipyard’s main production facility west of Zhuhai.

Set to debut in the fourth quarter of 2021, the CLB65 features a RINA-certified resin-infused composite hull designed by Howard Apollonio of Apollonio Naval Architecture in collaboration with structural engineer Gurit, the two design offices who both worked together successfully on the CLB72.

The yacht, which can be CE certified upon request, features strategic use of carbon-fibre, while the first unit will be configured with twin Volvo IPS1050 pods and feature an at-rest electric fin stabiliser.

CL Yachts has designed the exterior and layout in-house, with an aft galley among notable differences to other models in the CL Yachts range, while the “light and airy interior design scheme” is by Interiors by Carmen, which also worked on the CLB72. Notable features include opening saloon windows, while the lower deck features three staterooms and a convertible crew cabin.

As well as developing its smallest model, the builder has been constructing building its biggest model, with the much-anticipated CLX96 on schedule to launch this summer before it travels to the US for its world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from October 27-31.

The yacht is the first to feature both an exterior and interior by Milan-based Jozeph Forakis, while Americans Earl Alfaro and Albert Horsmon are responsible for naval architecture and structural engineering respectively.

Billed as an ‘SAV’ (Sea Activity Vessel), the CLX96 features a ‘workboat chic’ profile defined by trawler-style, reverse-angle windscreens on the main and upper decks. The reverse-angle design is even mirrored at the aft end of the main-deck superstructure, ensuring the yacht stands out from its competitors.

Other distinctive features include a vertical bow and a teardrop shaped hull that’s wider in the forward part than the aft, while cleverly designed exterior spaces include the foredecks on both the main and upper decks, known as Piazza del Sole and Terrazza Portoghese respectively.

“The design is unique, fresh, modern and exciting, and challenges the perception of what people expect from a motor yacht,” Forakis said.

Like the CLB88, the CLX96 is expected to move from the Zhuhai shipyard and make an appearance in Hong Kong before heading to the US. And also like the CLB88, the CLX96 has been crowned at the Good Design Awards organised by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design.

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