Uncharted territory

CL Yachts, the luxury performance division of Cheoy Lee, debuts the 29.26 metre explorer yacht CLX96.

15 December 2020


The CLX96, described as a luxury performance Sea Activity Vessel, has a beam of 7.32 metres and draft of 1.62 metres. Naval architecture comes courtesy of Earl Alfaro while Albert Horsmon is behind the structural engineering.

It was designed by Milan-based designer Jozeph Forakis.

“Three years ago, CL Yachts reached beyond the industry and asked me to rethink yacht design. I approached the project with a focus on smart design, and my outsider’s imagination and dreams. The result is a vessel that is a departure from convention. CLX96 was created to push the boundaries of innovation and yachting experiences, with flowing indoor and outdoor spaces, and enhanced marine capabilities,” states Forakis.

“Visually, she is very distinctive with her bold ‘double- reverse-angle’ profile and iconic ‘wing-like’ flybridge bulwark – these elements were born from a holistic, functional reconsideration of the way to live on a yacht, and not just for the sake looking different.”

The vessel displays an authentic styling, with a mix of classical, luxurious, and modern materials.


The design focuses on a fluidity of space and movement to create a connection between interiors and exteriors spaces, in turn creating a generous sensation of volume.

There is accommodation for eight guests on four lower deck cabins, including a full beam owner’s stateroom and VIP, and an additional two crew cabins.

“Before we began designing CLX96, we looked at the yachting experience with fresh eyes from the inside out – analyzing everything from the habits of modern explorers at sea to our own heritage as a company.

This allowed us to approach the design in a truly holistic way; deconstructing the traditional motor yacht as we know it, and putting it back together again,” explains Martin Lo, director of CL Yachts.

While CLX96 stands apart on its own merits as a cross-over vessel, it reflects the CL Yachts’ overall brand. The CL fleet includes the CLA series – a sportier, compact collection that excels in efficiency and performance, and the CLB series – a range that draws upon traditional yachting hallmarks and family- friendly design.

The CLX96 will powered by twin Caterpillar C32 engines, with a top speed of 27 knots and cruising speed of 22 knots.



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