BY Nick Walton on 22 Nov 2023

ARTEXPLORER, the world’s first floating museum and largest aluminium sailing catamaran, is now available for charter with Fraser Yachts in 2024.

The ARTEXPLORER project, which was commissioned by Frédéric Jousset, a French entrepreneur and philanthropist, will undertake a two-year voyage showcasing her immersive art collection for free in 15 ports throughout the Mediterranean, beginning with Marseille in 2024. The vessel is presently in its final stages of outfitting, in preparation for its launch in early 2024.

ARTEXPLORER, the world’s first floating museum and largest aluminium sailing catamaran, is now available for charter with Fraser Yachts in 2024.

Credit: Benoit Linero

Jousset is one of France’s largest art patrons and has served as a board member for The Louvre and Beaux-Arts de Paris; ARTEXPLORER is a project from his Art Explora Foundation, which he founded in 2019 to promote access to art culture. Exhibitions onboard include an inaugural digital exhibit by Nomi Daucé, curator of archaeology at the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and a sonic odyssey through the Med presented by French sound institute IRCAM.

ARTEXPLORER, the world’s first floating museum and largest aluminium sailing catamaran, is now available for charter with Fraser Yachts in 2024.

Credit: Benoit Linero

The 46.5m custom-built sailing yacht ARTEXPLORER, built by Perini Navi shipyard in Italy, will also be available for private charter in the Med next summer. In addition to an expansive main deck, elevating the charter experience for her guests, she boasts six staterooms, three of which are situated on the main deck along with an opulent Master Suite, and accommodates 12 guests.

Key aspects of the vessel, which features interior and exterior design by French architect Axel de Beaufort and has been designed to efficiently sail even in low wind conditions, include 60 sqm of solar panels located on the deckhouse, capable of generating up to 200 kilowatts of energy per day, as well as lithium batteries and state-of-the-art exhaust filters to reduce emissions and fuel consumption; and a fully-automated all-carbon sail that can be operated by a single person.

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