Production has started on the first examples of the brand-new Explorer 40 from TECHNOHULL.
The 12m sport cruiser will combine the sort of thrilling ride for which the Greek company is known with a comfort and seakeeping that makes it ideal for family enjoyment. All wrapped up in an elegant, contemporary design that will turn heads. Expect to see the first Explorer 40 splash this summer.
The heart of the all-new model is TECHNOHULL®’s patented Dynastream hull, which was five years in the development by a dedicated in-house team of naval architects. The design employs 3 distinct steps in the hull, to channel in air and provide lift and unprecedented stability at all speeds. Variable stepped hulls are not new, but the hyper-ventilated Dynastream is 10-15 per cent more efficient than its previous hull shape, which was already a class-leader.
Through a rigorous process of CFD simulation, scale and full-sized tank testing, and the expertise of Davidson Stephens Laboratory in the United States, TECHNOHULL® has gained an unprecedented understanding of this technology. It is part of what allows the hull to plane at just 14mph.
What’s more, the super deep-V hull form gives the Explorer 40 true offshore capabilities. It deflects spray in even a heavy seaway and makes light of tough conditions. It has always been TECHNOHULL®’s goal to deliver safety and ease of handling at any speed. That’s why the Explorer 40 makes a perfect cruising platform for families.
TECHNOHULL® is known for its very high-performance RIBs, so naturally the Explorer 40 is an athlete at heart. Preliminary modelling suggests that the boat will be capable of 70mph-plus*, courtesy of a range of inboard and outboard propulsion options.
The boat will be introduced to the market with twin 350hp outboards. The top spec with inboards is 880hp, using two of Volvo’s new V6-440 hydraulic drives.
Room for comfort
But don’t be fooled by the 70mph top speed. The Explorer 40 is every inch a cruiser. TECHNOHULL® has made great efforts to ensure that the RIB is an ideal passage maker for families or groups of up to 10. Her sea kindly hull guarantees a dry, smooth ride, and it is so efficient that the Explorer 40 enjoys a range of 250nm-plus from the 750-litre fuel tank. Lunch in St Tropez, dinner in Monaco? No problem!
TECHNOHULL® has also worked hard to introduce spacious decks with distinct areas for different moments of the day. At the bow is a large sunpad and a deep, comfy seat, making this the best spot on board to relax in the sun. The modern, functional driving console amidships is well protected and offers two sports seats for the driver and a guest. Choose from further seating aft or a single, vast sunbed. Other options include a hard top for ultimate protection or a soft bimini.
Almost unprecedented for a RIB of this size, TECHNOHULL®’s designers have created room below the centre console for a day heads and a double bed. This carefully arranged accommodation offers real comfort for day cruising and longer passages. Refreshment comes as standard, with a wet bar, fridge and espresso machine, as well as top-quality Fusion Apollo entertainment system, with JL speakers.
As with any TECHNOHULL® model, most client wishes can be accommodated. Change the deck layout, specify your choice of hull colour or upholstery, or style the boat to match the mothership. The Explorer 40 would make an ideal chase boat for a superyacht. Not only can it follow you through all conditions with ease, but the full tube fender makes docking a stress-free experience.
It all adds up to hugely versatile sport cruiser with huge appeal across the boating spectrum. Its stability, speed and comfort will speak for themselves.
Displacement: 3,200 kg
Fuel: 750 lt
Water: 120 lt
Engine options: inboard/outboard
Max engines 2x627hp outboard