The much-anticipated CL Yachts CLX96 underwent a successful sea trial in January. CLX96 was able to reach a top speed between 24 to 25 knots at full load condition with weights simulating tender and owner’s gear. ‘Our captain reports that the boat handled well and was very responsive to the helm. Two thrusters at the bow and stern provided a much higher level of confidence when docking. We have ourselves a yacht that operates smoothly throughout her RPM range. Thanks to her stabilization options, including a Quick MC56 gyrostabilizer and Sidepower fins, she is very steady in a seaway as well,’ says Lo.
With her striking yet graceful lines and an open layout that simply feels expansive, CLX96 challenges preconceptions of how a motor yacht should be. ‘CLX96 is a concerted effort to mark the real deal behind our brand,’ says Martin Lo, the company’s director. ‘We wanted a fresh approach to the norm, and we did that by allowing designer Jozeph Forakis the freedom to create something different and unique, while holding true to our core values of quality, innovation and uncompromising seaworthiness.’
CL Yachts CLX96, while built for an international clientele, is exceptionally outfitted for the U.S. market. Her rugged, eye-catching lines, penned by Milan-based designer Jozeph Forakis, will no doubt appeal to American sensibilities. She takes some of her design cues from workboats, with a two-level deckhouse and an inverted windshield that will clear rough water much more quickly than a traditionally raked windshield. The design also helps keep the yacht’s interior cool by reducing any greenhouse effect given by overhanging glass.
True to its crossover aesthetic, CLX96 has both speed and long range performance ready for whatever adventures await her owner. A focus on interior volume will also keep passengers happy, with enormous decks on which to luxuriate while underway—with private spaces to steal away for a quiet cup of coffee or a moment with a book. When the yacht needs to get to port quickly, it can make an impressive 24-25 knots at full speed and full load.
CLX96’s innovative design and unparalleled performance has not escaped the eyes of contest judges worldwide. It’s already won a GOOD DESIGN Award 2020, a Bronze A’ Design Award 2021, and the prestigious award from the International Yacht & Aviation Awards 2021.
Photos CL Yachts, Lightseed Studio