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Explorer Motor Yachts in Hong Kong has announced that the Explorer 58 Pilot House, the first 58-footer of a new generation of pilot house cruiser range, nears completion at the company’s yard in China.

The company will begin sea trials in March and expects to deliver cruiser to its Norwegian owner in May.

The unit is a semi-displacement cruiser with three cabins and two bathrooms and master suite stretching across the full beam amidships.

Four units have been ordered off the plan since the company unveiled the model in late 2014. Hull #2 is destined to Sweden, the third to Hong Kong and the fourth to the Middle East.

Explorer CEO Mark Campion

Explorer CEO Mark Campion

“Markets across the world gave us a powerful vote of confidence with this new-generation model and its sister 50-foot pilot house,” says Explorer CEO Mark Campion.

“We are a semi-custom builder and each of the boats on order has a range of variations,” he adds.

Hull #1 is equipped with a pair of 480hp Cummins turbo diesel engines and capable to cruise at up to 18 knots. By contrast, hull #3 will be delivered with a pair of 670hp Cummins turbo diesels, providing speeds up to 23 knots.

Hull three will be Explorer’s first with dark blue gel coat. “We researched gel coat suppliers extensively before selecting Scott Bader. This company has a powerful reputation for quality dark colour gel coats,” Explorer says in a statement.

The client has also opted for an extended Opacmare hydraulic swimming platform. The tender will be stored on the swim platform as they want the entire flybridge available for seating, entertaining and sun bathing.

The fourth unit, bound for the Middle East, will have an extended swim platform, custom electric sun shades aft of the flybridge hardtop with custom sun shades for the bow area. This boat also has an electric sliding hatch in the hardtop.