One of two CL Yachts fashions that premiered on the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show final October, CLB65 is a totally completely different proposition to the flagship CLX96 that debuted alongside it. For starters, it’s for patrons keener on island-hopping than doing a continuous, 1,000-mile voyage.
I’d contemplate homeowners of this motor yacht to be boaters slightly than yachties, for one large motive: CLB65 might be dealt with by a pair with many sea miles below their belts, though CL Yachts has included a captain’s stateroom on the rear of the boat.
Even although it’s the newborn of the CL Yachts portfolio, the inside measurement is spectacular because it’s constructed on the CLB72 sistership’s hull. Along with the 65ft 9in general size is a 19ft 10in beam, which is 2-3ft wider than many European-built fashions of comparable size. That provides as much as lots of additional residing area.
The exterior areas supply beneficiant areas with good layouts that ought to please any cruising couple. The aft cockpit has a desk and lounge, whereas the 2 facet walkways result in a lounge and sunbed in entrance. This bow space is important as a result of it’s divided between socialising and the working finish for anchoring. The excessive stainless rails are designed for transferring round safely in uneven seas.
The flybridge additionally has loads of room to roam, with a hardtop, higher helm station, two separate lounging zones, outside grill and open space on the rear. The deck can simply accommodate 10 to fifteen visitors.
There’s additionally an outsized swim platform on the stern for both carrying a young, or simply offering easy accessibility to the water. It’s about 4ft deep and spans nearly the complete beam of the hull, so three or 4 visitors in bathing fits may use it as one other place to hang around, not less than in calm seas.
Hull primary at Fort Lauderdale was powered by twin Volvo Penta 1050s with IPS drives. This customary engine possibility will ship a prime finish of about 27 knots, which given the IPS manoeuvrability, is extremely respectable. If you desire a bit extra oomph at prime finish, upgraded Volvo IPS 1350s are additionally obtainable.
A Boat for Boaters
My first impressions of the inside, with its galley aft, facet aft cupboards and ahead saloon, have been blended. The white upholstery and different supplies, blended with the walnut woodwork, have been good, brilliant and purposeful, however primary in comparison with a few of the model’s Italian and British rivals.
But then it hit me: this boat doesn’t need to be flashy or ultramodern. It must be sensible for that boating couple wanting to make use of it as a second house on the water. It doesn’t want the Italian marble, the leather-clad partitions or mirrored insets to enchantment to that real-boater couple, who would possibly properly be embarrassed by the surplus anyway.
There was a pleasant sense of simplicity about the primary deck, particularly within the open-plan saloon ahead and eating space starboard of the aft galley. Due to the rear opening window and cockpit door, each inside and exterior might be joined for eating, so two teams can eat concurrently if there are lots of visitors.
The galley has a convection range, giant fridge, freezer and sink, with home windows that give the chef an ocean view. Just ahead, portside, is a big lounge with a C-shaped couch and a desk beside an electrical up/down window.
To starboard, the raised helm platform with two seats permits a measure of privateness for driving the yacht, which provides wonderful navigation, because of the giant home windows and easy-read consoles on the sprint.
Behind the helm is a storage cupboard with a white prime that matches the remainder of the inside. You may spend many hours on this saloon, both below approach or at anchor. The design agency Interiors by Carmen created two interiors for the boat, the walnut model we considered and one other with hickory.
Light & Bright
On the decrease deck, the three staterooms are divided right into a VIP ahead, a midships master bedroom, and a twin cabin, all with en-suite loos.
The grasp is a good-looking mixture of walnut cupboards, drawers and trim, with a queen-sized mattress positioned within the centre. The en-suite options two trendy spherical sinks, giant rest room, and an infinite glassed-in bathe with sufficient area for a wooden bench for seating. Details like this emphasise the 65’s liveability.
Considering it’s within the bow, the VIP can also be generously sized, with the mattress within the centre and cabinetry round. The head, whereas not as giant as within the grasp, additionally has a glassed-in bathe space (once more with picket bench seat) that delivers on the sense of area. To port, a twin visitor cabin with en-suite rest room rounds out the lodging.
From the crew cabin accessed from the swim platform, I had an opportunity to peek contained in the engine room, and whereas it was clear and tidy, headroom was tight, which is barely problematic when you’re a cruiser who likes to do preventative upkeep. Still, all issues thought-about, it’s a minor downside contemplating the good format of the remainder of the yacht.
With its standard profile and staid inside, CLB65 isn’t the flashiest new boat on the water, however then once more, who desires that? The of us who need this boat will recognize the beneficiant spacing in each the outside and inside, plus the down-to-earth format that can make it straightforward for a cruising couple to navigate.
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