Sunday, February 25

New Vandal Explorers: “Less is More”

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Vandal Marine in The Netherlands just announced that they’re introducing a new Explorer series at the Cannes show, starting Sept. 6.

The new 46-foot offshore boats have foils for speed and fuel efficiency. They also embrace the company’s philosophy that “less is more” with a cool, industrial-chic look and without any of the extraneous bells and whistles that have been added to a lot of other new boats recently.

The company says the new Explorers “enhance the sense of adventure by removing unnecessary complications,” and that they have everything you need while eliminating everything you can do without.

The result is a fast, rugged, efficient boat with a smooth ride and exceptional seakeeping abilities in all kinds of weather. The boats have an asymmetrical aluminum hull form.

The foil is a passive addition to the catamaran hull and has no moving parts. Vandal says the foils reduce fuel consumption by 25 to 30 percent, while producing a smooth ride with less spray and more stability.

Power comes from two 425-hp Yamaha outboards. Top speed is 40 knots; range is 240 nm at a 31-knot cruising speed.

Despite the minimalist philosophy, the Explorers have many creature comforts, including a six- or eight-person dining area, a large master cabin with a head and shower, a complete outdoor galley, two sets of sun pads, and lots of lounging areas, including one on the flybridge. There are spaces to carry a tender and adventure gear ranging from bikes to SUPs and diving equipment.

The boats are built to be environmentally friendly. High-efficiency batteries and solar panels can power the house systems at anchor. An onboard waste incinerator minimizes black-water discharge.  And Vandal uses recycled materials when possible; recycled sails now serve as storage bags, for example. Read more:


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