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New Yachts: CL Yachts CLB88

CL Yachts calls its CLB88 the “motoryacht reimagined.”

October 15, 2020
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CL Yachts CLB88
The CLB88 is the first new model for CL Yachts. A 96-footer is under construction. Courtesy CL Yachts

Look at the CL Yachts CLB88 in profile, and you’ll notice a combination of key design elements.

There’s the fine entry and high freeboard forward, and the form transitions into a straight sheerline gently descending in height as it stretches aft, resolving at the cockpit. The subtle drop helps create a relatively aggressive profile. It’s a look that the CLB88′s raked windows forward enhance, and that the lean-forward look of the hardtop and flybridge supports. The yacht’s amalgam of shapes creates 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, reducing weight and maintaining strength. The hull form is reinforced by a 3,000-gallon integral fuel tank, essentially creating a double-hull bottom.

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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 quiet ride.

This motoryacht’s ride could be spirited as well. Twin 1,600 hp Caterpillar C32 Acerts reportedly push it to a 25-knot top hop.

CL Yachts CLB88
The main deck has a constant connection to the sea with nearly 360 degrees of glass. Ambient light adds to the sense of interior volume. The salon has an L shaped settee to port with two loose chairs across, and there is formal dining for six guests forward of the sitting area. Courtesy CL Yachts

This yacht has four staterooms, plus two crew cabins. There are five guest heads and one crew head. The master stateroom is full-beam amidships.

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A lower helm and country kitchen are forward on the main deck, with the dinette across from the helm. The CLB88′s flybridge is set up for alfresco meals with L-shaped seating and a table to port, as well as a bar with five stools to starboard. Forward on centerline is the helm station, and to port is companion seating. Far aft is room for chaise-style chairs and a davit.

The CLB88 is for yachtsmen ready to transition to a crewed vessel. It has room for a cruising family, offers solid performance, has an open floor plan, and is a bluewater build with a high level of customization.

Take the next step: clyachts.com

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