CL Yachts flagship CLX96 SAV makes world debut at FLIBS


The first 29.5 meter CLX96 SAV (Sea Activity Vessel) debuted at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The flagship of the CL Yachts range, the yacht has been specifically designed for the US market and has a rugged profile by Milanese designer Jozeph Forakis.

The contemporary styling of the yacht is by Jozeph Forakis

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CL Yachts approached Forakis, who was also responsible for the yacht’s interiors, in 2017 and asked him to “rethink yacht design and yachting experiences”.

“They gave me a clean slate to design a new vision for the yacht of today and tomorrow,” Forakis said. “With thorough research methodologies and a focus on intelligent design, complementing my passion for sailing and the imaginations and dreams of ‘outsiders’, the result is a vessel that departs from convention.”

The model’s industrial exterior styling borrows design cues from workboats, with a two-tier deckhouse and inverted windscreen that will allow it to handle rough seas much better than a traditionally angled windscreen. The yacht’s distinctive design also includes a bold inverted double angle profile.

“Unprecedented amounts of light stream inside – made possible by advanced composite structures with light, thin, and strong mullions allowing for oversized windows throughout,” says Forakis.

This change in design can be seen in the open living area where the absence of pillars allows an unobstructed view from the aft deck to the bow. This space also houses a country-style kitchen, with island and bar area, and a champagne lounge.

Accommodation is for eight people in four lower deck cabins. The beamed owner’s cabin features a striking skylight above the king-size bed as well as a his and hers bathroom forward. There is also a full beam VIP cabin which has a unique virtual skylight which shows live camera footage.

Other key features include an ‘air deck’ with alfresco dining aft and an expansive beach club with a submersible hydraulic swim platform.

Balancing speed and long-range performance, the CLX96 offers excellent interior volume, coupled with top speeds of between 24 and 25 knots at full speed and fully loaded. It is powered by two Caterpillar C32 engines.

“From the start, form and function were evaluated simultaneously to combine the bold geometry of the CLX96 with the appropriate hull form,” says the yacht’s naval architect, Earl Alfaro. “The result is a thoroughly modern vessel from the waterline, complemented by exceptional performance achieved through in-depth analysis of its hydrodynamic properties and an innovative approach to the application of proven principles in planing hull naval architecture.”

The yacht has a draft of 1.62 meters which will allow her access to shallow bays and is also fitted with 15,520 liter fuel tanks to ensure long distance cruising.


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