Turkish builder plans new, larger model and possible new shipyard

Turkish yacht-builder Numarine has reported strong sales performance for its XP series of explorer yachts. The company is currently hosting the global launch of its 26XP model at the Cannes Yachting Festival, along with the European launch of its 32XP model. A new, larger model is now being developed and a new shipyard may be required.

Omer Malaz, Numarine’s CEO, said the company is working on an XP45 model for which the naval architecture is completed. “There has been a good amount of interest in the XP45, including some from owners of the XP32. If we sign an order or more, as we hope, then we will have to have a new shipyard with sea access because it will be too big to move from our current build facility,” said Malaz in Cannes.

“We have three locations in mind for a possible new shipyard – if we get an XP45 order – that are near to our current site,” he added.

As to future strategy, taking account of the success of the XP series, Malaz indicated that he plans to retain the company’s smaller Fast yachts services for now but may switch to the XP model at some point in the future. The Fast series currently has models of 18.3m (60ft), 21.3m (70ft) and 23.8m (78ft).

As for the 26XP, two yachts have been delivered so far and a third will be completed in February 2019. Numbers 4 and 5 are in build for delivery next year. The first XP32 was delivered last month and the second will be completed in October with the third in build.

Both the 26XP and 32XP are designed inside and outside by the shipyard’s long-term collaborator Can Yalman. Naval architecture is by Umberto Tagliavini, another perennial partner of the yard.

Both yachts have a range of more than 3,000Nm and the XP26 comes in both a displacement and semi-displacement format. The boats have similar futuristic design with angular windows and a vertical bow that carry the XP Series DNA. They exceed latest standards of noise and vibration reduction.

On this point, Numarine took great care in eliminating or reducing all sources of noise and vibration. The on-board systems that resolve these issues are from the shipyard’s partner Silent Line – a noise and vibration expert for luxury yachts, commercial vessels, and industrial and architectural projects.

The 26XP has four large guest cabins below with a master suite amidships. There are also two twin cabins and a VIP cabin. The 2.5-deck yacht has an extensive main saloon with full-height windows. Outside spaces include a bow area and swim platform, and a large flybridge. This extends about two-thirds of the hull’s length, so it is around 16m long and just under 100sq m. It’s big enough to provide storage space for a 5.5m tender.

In its displacement version, the 26XP has a maximum speed of 13.5kt and a cruising speed of 9kt. An efficient hull offers greater fuel autonomy up to 3,000Nm at 8kt. In semi-planning version, the yacht carries more powerful engines and can reach up to 28kt.

The 32XP is just under the 300 GT category limit. The model has a steel hull and GRP superstructure which gives wide scope for customisation. The yacht is easy to manage, thanks to the user-friendly interface developed by Energy Solutions. She accommodates up to 12 guests.

The interior of the 32XP is fully customised to reflect the owner’s preferences in terms of layout, design, fabrics and materials. The main deck of the 32XP offers a generous cockpit with a sunpad area, an expansive 48sq m saloon, a large kitchen and separate gym. On the lower deck, the layout offers two VIP cabins mid-ship and a pair of double cabins, all with ensuite bathrooms and over 85sq m of living space.

The owner’s cabin on the upper deck has over 40sq m of living space. The aft part of the deck accommodates a 9m RIB tender and two PWCs in navigation. The total external area on the upper deck is 129sq m, while the flybridge offers another 60sq m of entertainment space.

With its efficient displacement hull, the 32XP has a top speed of 14kt, a cruising speed of 12kt and a 4,000Nm range at 9kt.