Art afloat

The Italian Sea Group has launched the first sailing catamaran of the Perini Navi fleet, the S/Y Art Explorer.

06 September 2023


Art Explorer, the world’s largest aluminium sailing catamaran, will have its world premiere from 27 to 30 September at the Monaco Yacht Show 2023. A unique, cutting-edge project, Art Explorer is a true sailing museum, the first and only one of its kind, which for two years will take artistic experiences and strong environmental awareness around the world.

Designed by architect Axel De Beaufort, who oversaw the exterior and interior design, Art Explorer has a total length of 47 metres, an exceptional beam of 17.3 metres and an impressive all-carbon sail plan with a 55-metre mast.

The flybridge will be used for virtual exhibitions, workshops, and conferences, while the main gallery will house Icons, an inaugural digital exhibit on the representation of women in the Mediterranean managed by Nomi Daucé, curator of archaeology at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

On the roof of the deckhouse,  65 square metres of solar panels have been installed, allowing an instantaneous production of 12 kW and a total energy accumulation of more than 200 kW each day. This system is backed up by a lithium battery bank, which enables zero-emission electricity generation for more than six hours at full load.


The yacht has Green Class notation and all exhaust gases are fitted with catalytic filters to decrease emissions and particulate matter. All manoeuvres in and out of the harbour, as well as in protected areas, will be carried out in full electric mode.

With its powerful, fully automated sail plan that can be operated by a single person, the catamaran can easily sail at a speed of 10 knots even in very low wind conditions. Following the first two years of sailing dedicated to art, the catamaran will also be available for charter.

“Perini Navi Art Explorer is an innovative project on a technical, engineering and human level that represents a further milestone made possible by the continuous stylistic and technological research as well as the professionalism of the entire team that realised the project,” comments Giovanni Costantino, Founder & CEO of The Italian Sea Group.

“A work that demonstrates our ability to be protagonists also in the large sailing segment, as well as pioneers of cutting-edge solutions aimed at significantly reducing the environmental impact of yachts.

“Art Explorer is the result of continuous investment in the study and research of systems to reduce emissions and contribute to improving air quality and the health of our seas.

“A little over a year after the acquisition of Perini Navi and the launch of the new Genesis fleet, The Italian Sea Group confirms Perini Navi’s ultra-high level positioning as a world player in large sailing yachts.”

Three more Perini Navi yachts are currently under construction: a 60-metre ketch with naval architecture by Ron Holland and exterior and interior design by French architect Rémi Tessier, due for delivery at the end of 2024; a 56-metre ketch with naval architecture and exterior design by Malcolm McKeon and interior design by Winch Design, due for delivery in July 2025; and a 47-metre sloop, design by Centro Stile TISG, due for delivery in 2025.



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