CL Yachts CLB88, evolutionary project
The new CLB88, a 27-meter motoryacht, built by the young yet experienced boatyard CL Yachts, is a concentrate of innovation, design and engineering. It grew out of a partnership with designer Jozeph Forakis, who was asked to rethink the classic flybridge motoryacht
Contemporary design, with bold solutions and cutting-edge materials according to today’s trends. Built by CL Yachts, a new yacht builder that harnesses the power of innovation, design, smart engineering, high-performance construction materials, with a keen eye for sustainability, CLB88 is a sturdy and reliable craft, with a performance for this class of yachts, reaching a respectable top speed of 25 knots. Conceived in collaboration with virtuoso and versatile designer Jozeph Forakis, the CLB88 is his first experience in the nautical field, this 27-meter yacht has already earned the “GOOD DESIGN” Award. “Being my first design in the nautical field, we started from a blank sheet, looking for a new holistic approach to yacht design, a philosophy I share with the shipyard. Yacht design has its own complex rules with challenges that can be compared to playing 5-dimensional chess!
This design also comes from careful observations carried out during my past experiences on board, where I have always felt the primary need to keep the sea under my gaze from everywhere on the boat.” Contact with the sea is truly guaranteed on all sides. Starting from the flybridge, for instance, where the second helm station is also located. It’s a terrace for sunbathing, to enjoy navigation in relaxation on comfortable sofas, or for sitting at the bar on ergonomic stools, also designed by Forakis with materials suitable for intensive use, in teak and marine-grade stainless steel. Teak is everywhere, underlining the marine adaptation of the outdoor spaces.
The interiors have been designed to make the most of natural light: two glass sliding doors connect the cockpit and the large open living space living. “It’s like a New York loft,” explains the designer, “but bearing in mind that you’re on an object that navigates through space and time, rather than a villa on land. The design is clean, elegant, modern without being trendy. Rather it’s a timeless style that is welcoming and offers great relaxation. Sunlight is central to the design. We tried to exploit it to sculpt the space.” Large windows surround the superstructure and allow visual contact with the sea.
The teak ceiling echoes the planks on the floor, creating a geometric pattern that amplifies the spatial depth. The open-plan space includes a living area with sofas and a dining area with a table; the latter positioned so that all diners enjoy the view of the sea. At the stern, the sides and also the front through the sliding glass kitchen divider. All the cabins, located on the lower deck, are elegant and welcoming. They are finished with advanced materials with Corian tops, stainless steel details and tinted glass and all have soundproofing panels, for silent and comfortable cruises.