Sunday, February 25

New Explorer 62 Heading for U.S.

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The new Explorer Yachts 62 made its debut at the Düsseldorf show in January, and will head to the U.S. in time for the Fort Lauderdale show in October.

Explorer Yachts are made at the LOY Sri yard in Bergamo, Italy, and they’re the brainchild of Riccardo Radice, the former owner of the Sessa yard. The 62 is the product of considerable R&D and testing, and is meant to be a safe and comfortable long-range cruiser. Explorer is working on a 92 that will be ready in two years.

Powered by two 600-hp Volvo IPS800 pod drives, the 62 has a top speed of 24 knots and a cruising speed of 16 knots. At 11 knots, it has a range of 700 nm.

The Explorer 62 is marked by the amount of space on all three decks, inside and out, and by large windows that seem to make that space even larger. It also is marked by the location of the lower helm, which is farther forward than is usual on a yacht this size. The idea is that it’s safer for the captain to be farther forward so he or she can have better visibility for whatever lies ahead.

It also has a creative glass staircase aft that leads from the cockpit up to the flybridge. The steps are teak, but the background is glass, so that the staircase does not block the aft visibility of the captain from the lower helm.

The beach club at the stern provides access to the water; a garage is centered there for a tender or water toys. It opens with an upward-folding glass door.

The salon is open, with sofas and an entertainment center. The galley is forward, on the port side, opposite the helm. The entire area is surrounded by large, opening windows.

Up top, the flybridge has another social area with seats and a table, a small galley and sun lounges aft, in addition to the upper helm. The hardtop has slats that you can adjust so you can get exactly the amount of sunshine or fresh air that you want.

Below, the master cabin is amidships, with a double bed, a desk/vanity, walk-in closet and an en suite head and shower. The VIP cabin is in the bow with a double bed, and two smaller cabins are set a bit aft.

Specs.: LOA: 60’8”; Beam: 17’; Draft: 4’6”; Disp.: 66,139 lbs.; Fuel: 740 gals.; Water: 238 gals.; Power: 2×600-hp Volvo IPS800 pod drives. Read more:



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