A closer look at CLB88, motor yacht reimagined for the modern era
Tuesday, June 22, 2021 10:25 AM
When CL Yachts revealed CLB88, the new model was framed as the motor yacht reimagined; a quintessential vessel updated for the modern era. Working with Milan-based designer Jozeph Forakis, in CLB88 the esteemed yacht builder successfully produced a timeless vessel that simultaneously reminds us of the company’s traditions and reputation for authentic reliability while also delighting us with something exciting, bold, fresh and effortless. Critical acclaim and numerous accolades soon followed, with CLB88 receiving a Good Design Award, as well as a shortlisting for an International Yacht & Aviation Award and being a finalist for a Boat Design & Innovation Award.
CL Yachts is renowned for its expertise in smart engineering and ‘strategic optimization’ approach to construction material selection. CLB88 is meticulously built using a combination of carbon fiber and multiaxial fiberglass, the former being used for weight saving and at key structural points, and the resulting resin-infused hull is RINA certified.
When it comes to maximizing performance and range, CL Yachts uses honeycomb-cored furnishings and composite foam-backed stonework to reduce weight. Powered by twin Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesel engines, CLB88 delivers a range of over 400nm at a cruising speed of 22 knots, supplied by the 3,000-gallon fuel capacity, while it has a top speed over 25 knots.
Integral fiberglass fuel tanks add strength to the hull, acting as ballast for stability, and are more durable than aluminium alternatives. To ensure comfort for up to eight guests in four cabins, plus four crew, the floating framework isolates the interior from the hull and support members to minimize the sensation of noise and vibration, while the active interceptor system and optional gyro stabilization deliver a smooth and enjoyable ride.
Based on the philosophy that simplicity is the truest form of luxury, for CLB88 the design team used a deliberately limited yet rich palette of materials and colors, astutely combining noble and natural materials – from wood, leather and stone – with high-tech and high-performance materials like carbon fiber, Corian and Fenix.
A Personal Tour Of The CLB88 With International Designer Jozeph Forakis
“For me, good design is like peeling back the layers of an onion,” comments Forakis, an Industrial Design graduate from Rhode Island School of Design and the Domus Academy in Milan who has worked in a host of sectors from wearable tech and cutting-edge aviation to furniture and lighting. “You get your first impressions of something the moment that you see it and experience it. But then, as you dig deeper and spend more time with it or on it, these initial thoughts should be reinforced through your interaction with the yacht. A beautifully designed yacht should engage those who experience it on an emotional level.”
Below, Forakis takes us on a personal tour of CLB88 while highlighting some of his most memorable design features and details onboard.