This years Monaco Yacht Show brought new innovation with the unveiling of the Ultraluxum CXL
The CXL concept is the brain child of Jean-François Ruchonnet, founding partner of Ultraluxum, a Monaco-based yacht design firm and was developed by designer Jean-Jacques Coste of Coste Design & Partners. With a length of 48 metres, the sloop-rigged trimaran could become the largest multihull superyacht in the world.
The concept’s main innovation is its folding hull beams, which can reduce its overall width from 23 metres in a sailing configuration to 11 metres in harbour configuration. Seen on small boats in the 1970s this is not a new idea, but it is a first for a trimaran of this size, with the dual benefits of comfortable stability at sea with no heeling and easy access to harbours and marinas.
Bureau Veritas classed, the CXL will be built in sandwich epoxy resin and carbon fibre, with an overall weight of 110 tons. She will have a 55 metre mast and a total sail area of 1,200 square metres, giving top speeds of between 20 and 25 knots. Diesel-electric propulsion will be an option, enabling her to reach 15 knots under engines, with a 40 per cent reduction in fuel consumption compared to a monohull of the same size, she is built to superyacht standards inside and out.
The triple-deck, sloop-rigged trimaran is billed as providing all the amenities of a motor yacht with the thrill of a high-speed sailing yacht. It will have a powerful rig equipped with a 55-metre, high modulus rotating carbon wing mast, a carbon furling boom and is set to be the largest sailing yacht to be equipped with folding hull beams.
The feature helps reduce beam from 23 metres to 11 metres in ‘harbour mode’.
The modern interior is equipped with state of the art domotic control and high-end entertainment system including flat screen TV, audio and video on demand, high-speed Internet access and much more.