Archipelago unveils 24m explorer yacht

Archipelago 80.

Archipelago Yachts has launched its newest vessel, the Archipelago 80.

Now the largest leisure vessel in the boatbuilder’s lineup, the 24-metre 80 was built upon a Chartwell Marine hull form utilised extensively in the offshore wind industry. The boat is described as a ‘go-anywhere, do-anything’ vessel, and can be owner-operated.

The 80 is equipped with a fuel capacity of up to 20,000 litres and a payload capacity of 16 tonnes. The vessel offers an optional helipad on the top deck. It has a top speed of 28 knots, thanks to twin e-Motion hybrid diesel-electric systems, featuring 1300hp MAN diesels and 250kW electric propulsors.

“The Archipelago 80 represents ultimate versatility in a sub-24m owner-operator platform, and the embodiment of our commitment to delivering exceptional experiences on the water,” says Stephen Weatherley, founder of Archipelago.

“The vessel was designed for a visionary owner who shares our passion for pushing the boundaries of boating. I am very excited to see this project come to life and welcome the customer onboard for some unforgettable journeys at sea.”

Archipelago 80

The cockpit of the Archipelago 80 has an expansive working area equipped with tie-down points, crafted to accommodate expedition gear or superyacht toys.

Its knuckle boom Palfinger crane and reinforced deck structure allow the transportation of a 20-foot ISO container, personal submersible, amphibious vehicle, or various heavy-duty equipment.

Alternatively, the cockpit can be left free for leisure activities like sunbathing, outdoor lounging, or indulging in game fishing.

High bulwarks envelop the sides for added safety. Moving towards the bow, an optional davit-style crane stands ready to hoist RIBs, jet skis, or similar equipment.

The vessel offers the option of integrating a hot tub into its structure, along with the ability to deploy a paravane kite for decreased fuel consumption and redundancy. A Portuguese bridge provides additional security, while the boat’s significant roof area accommodates solar panels or extra storage facilitated by the knuckle boom crane.

Inside, the Archipelago 80 has a spacious, open-plan salon complete with a bar and day galley. This area affords guests panoramic views while unwinding or dining onboard.

Archipelago 80.

Within the hulls, a customisable array of cabins caters to guests and crew, complemented by a main galley and a combined laundry or workspace, accessible from either the living quarters or the cockpit. Archipelago says the wheelhouse serves as an adaptable living space, featuring a bar and entertaining area on its shaded balcony.

The news comes just weeks after Archipelago Yachts hit 157 per cent of its funding target, following an investment round via crowdfunding site Crowdcube.

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