on 8 Mar 2023
The second hull of Naval Yachts’ XPM78 explorer yacht model has been launched in an eye-catching colour scheme.
The XPM78 Vanguard, the second of three 78-foot yachts being built at the company’s yard in Antalya and which has been constructed for an American owner with extensive maritime industry experience, features a design language that represents a compromise between husband and wife.
“Taking our family to sea for a year or more was always about compromise,” says the owner in a statement. “One significant area of that compromise was between me, an ex-seagoing engineer with simple, practical leanings, and my wife Sebrina, with her bent for aesthetics and the elegance of design. Put another way, I’d happily moor next to a Hull trawlerman, and my spouse is more likely comfortable in an up-market Mediterranean marina.”
The result was foregoing the low maintenance, damage resistant unpainted marine grade aluminium, and later a colour scheme inspired by US and UK naval marine tradition, and instead opting for an iteration that was less shy and more visible, one that took its cues from every rescue and pilot boat on the planet.
The Vanguard’s resulting “rescue orange” hull, accentuated by touches of black and grey, offered a modern contrast that’s visible with an untrained eye from the maximum distance possible, in any weather condition, and with any background rock, ice, or foliage.
In addition, the owners stipulated a number of changes to the general layout, with the yacht not accommodating six guests across three cabins, and boasting both a larger saloon and flybridge.
The XPM series, designed by Dennis Harjamaa of Artnautica Design, which envisioned both the LRC and XPM explorer yacht ranges, is capable of a 7,000-mile range on a single fuelling and is certified to operate to 80 degrees latitude north in the summer months, making the Arctic ice reachable. Made from 100% aluminum, these rugged and capable vessels are sized from 58, 65, 78, and 85 feet LOA with displacements to 70,000 kg dry, and are tough enough to cross oceans and fast enough to captivate adventurers.
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