Finland's XO Boats has unveiled their first all-aluminum adventure yacht.
The all-new XO EXPLR 44 features a 100% aluminum superstructure made from 10/5 mm marine aluminum and comes equipped with triple 450 hp outboards or twin 600's to produce a top speed above 50 knots (57 mph). She will have a fuel capacity of 1800 liters (430 gallons).
The company also recently announced an agreement with diesel outboard maker Cox Marine. The UK company recently set a world speed record with their innovative CX0300 diesel outboard, although there's no confirmation yet the engine will be paired with the EXPLR 44.
The EXPLR 44 design marks XO's first foray into an adventure yacht design and will carry an LOA of 43'7" (13.4 m) with a 12'2" (3.7 m) beam and a 3'6" (1.05 m) draught.
”For a long while, XO Boats has had a number of passionate fans, who appreciate XO’s driving features, safety and high quality. As we have discussed with our customers and listened to their feedback, we saw that there was demand for a yacht-sized craft from XO."
"With this launch, we aim to meet the needs of more demanding and quality-conscious boaters, who also appreciate the elegance of EXPLR 44” said Erkki Talvela, CEO of XO Boats, in a company statement.
Thanks to its aluminum construction, the EXPLR 44 weighs 18,000 lbs (8268 kg) without engines. Other benefits to the usage of aluminum for both the hull and superstructure include vessel durability, resistance to corrosion, repairability, and lower long term maintenance costs.
In terms of design, XO's aesthetic is similar to some Nordic contemporaries with its sleek deep-V hulls and ultramodern interior, but also offers a unique blend of big water capability with luxury amenities.
The aft cabin has the option of an atrium, two single beds, or a large double with its own head. Up front is the owner cabin with a large double bed, shower compartment, ample headroom, space for changing, and stylish detailing. Both offer air conditioning.
With the design, we wanted to find ways to maximize the interior space. As result, we created two cabins which are equal in size – so there’s not just one owner cabin, but more like two luxurious suites. We also wanted to give extra stability to the yacht while maintaining the sporty outlook of an XO, which is why we lowered the center cabin.” said Jaakko Kantola, lead designer at XO.
”We believe that we have created something unique again by placing the second suite under the aft deck. No other yacht in this class seems to have an innovation like this.” he added.
Other perks include space for solar panels on the roof, along with rails for roof racks to accommodate bikes, a storage box, or other toys. Sunbeds in the bow and aft transform into lounging areas, allowing users to setup for social time at either end depending on their activity.
You can get the first look at the EXPLR 44, including shots showing the aluminum superstructure, below: