CL Yachts Introduces the CLB88

The CLB88 is a modern motoryacht with a stout build and family-friendly layout.

Looking at the CL Yachts CLB88 in profile, it’s easy to see the successful blending of several key design elements.

Note the yacht’s fine entry and high freeboard forward, and how the form transitions into the straight sheer line that gently descends in height as it stretches aft, resolving at the cockpit. The subtle drop helps create a relatively aggressive profile. It’s a look that’s enhanced by the CLB88’s raked windows forward, and the lean-forward look of the hardtop and supports on the flybridge. It’s an amalgam of shapes creating a singular, salty aesthetic.

Beneath the seafaring look is function. The yacht has a resin-infused build in a combination of fiberglass and carbon fiber, to help reduce weight and maintain strength. In total, the CLB88 has a 175,000-pound displacement. The hull form is reinforced by a 3,000-gallon integral fuel tank, essentially creating a double-hull bottom.

The CLB88’s interior is “floated” too, meaning interior elements are not directly tied into the yacht’s support structure, resulting in reduced vibration and what should be a relatively quiet ride.

This motoryacht’s ride could also be spirited, when desired. The yacht has twin 1,600 hp Caterpillar C32 Acert diesels that reportedly push it to a 25-knot top hop.

For large cruising families, the CLB88 is outfitted with four guest staterooms, plus two crew cabins. There are five guest heads and one crew head. The master stateroom is full-beam amidships with three guest staterooms accommodating six guests. The crew cabins are abaft the engine room.

A constant connection to the sea is found on the main deck where the salon, formal dining table and helm forward are surrounded by nearly 360 degrees of glass. The light passing through the glass adds to the CLB88’s sense of interior volume. The salon is outfitted with an L-shaped settee to port and loose chairs across, both are within earshot of the dining table for six guests.

There is a lower helm and country kitchen forward. The helm-to starboard-has a double-wide seat and there is side-deck access via a pantograph-style door to starboard. Across from the helm is a dinette for breakfast with a view. Just abaft the dinette is the galley, which easily services the salon and the country kitchen.

In addition to the interior entertainment spaces, the CLB88’s flybridge is outfitted for alfresco meals with L-shaped seating and a table to port, and a bar with five stools to starboard. Forward on centerline is the helm station, and to port is companion seating for two guests. All the way aft is real estate for a pair of chaise-style chairs and a davit for a tender.

The CLB88 is a vessel for yachtsmen ready to transition from owner-operator to a full- or part-time crew. The yacht has room for the growing cruising family, admirable performance, an open floor plan, a bluewater-worthy build and the ability to customize to an owner’s desires.

Schedule to launch this summer, look for the CL Yachts CLB88 at the fall boat shows.

Published by: Yachting Magazine