Explorer Motor Yachts in Hong Kong has recently completed the first stage of build for its new 14m (46ft) Pilot House model. CEO Mark Campion said the company has seen strong demand for its classic style midsize motoryachts.

“We are putting additional resources into development of the 46 Pilot House to meet demand,” he says.

The move follows the success of the yard’s 50 Pilot House launched in 2014, with five boats already sold around the world, including deliveries to Australia, South-east Asia and Europe.

Campion said the new model is the smallest of its Pilot House series, providing an attractive next step for the many 40-foot sedan flybridge owners around the world.

“The Explorer 40 has been an outstanding success,” says Campion. “Now the 46 Pilot House offers an additional dimension of space and luxury.”

The new boat is available with either a standard two-cabin configuration or three cabins. The two-cabin version includes a full beam master suite.

Explorer Motor Yachts portfolio comprises two ranges:

  • Sedan bridge with a main deck on which the lounge, galley and helm are on a single level
  • Pilot House in which the dedicated enclosed bridge is a few steps up from the lounge and galley, providing greater forward visibility, particularly for voyaging in ocean swells.

Both designs include an external flybridge.

Explorer 46 PH

Main deck and accommodation layout

Main deck and accommodation layout

The main saloon of the Explorer 46 PH includes a U-shape galley amidships and a leather dinette aft opposite two tub chairs. The pilot house forward is three steps up from the main saloon deck. It includes guest seating and a table aft, a single helm seat and port side chart table.

Access to the accommodation suite is via a curved staircase from the pilot house.

This new cruiser includes two cabins in a standard configuration with an option for a three-cabin layout. The standard two-cabin version master suite spreads across the beam of the boat amidships with the bathroom on the starboard side. The guest stateroom and en-suite are forward.

In the three-cabin layout, the master stateroom is forward with an expanded bathroom. Bunk cabins are amidships sharing a second bathroom.

The boat is power by a single Cummins turbo-diesel engine rated to 250hp. The builder says that a twin engine model is also available.

Access to the engine room is through a large hatch in the aft cockpit. Twin water and fuel tanks are on either side of the engine to assist balance and ballast. A genset is immediately aft of the engine and the battery banks are conveniently located aft of the hatch.