CLB65 Asia premiere begins in Hong Kong
CL Yachts has kicked off CLB65’s Asia premiere, which offers personal tours of the flybridge motor yacht in Hong Kong until June 24. By Andrew Dembina.
View from the bow of hull two in Hong Kong
CL Yachts’ almost three-week Asia premiere of CLB65 (click for Review) recently commenced at its Hong Kong headquarters in Lai Chi Kok and is scheduled to last from June 5-24 (click to book a viewing).
The CLB line’s third model, which was preceded by CLB72 and CLB88, had its world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show last October. Hull two is the first to show in Asia, with responses to the 64ft 6in flybridge motor yacht already appearing positive.
Forward end of the flybridge
A few steps above its notably long hydraulic swim platform is a cosy cockpit. This connects to the saloon that, with its near-20ft beam, appears voluminous beyond the space offered in similar-length luxury motor yacht by many leading European brands.
Despite this extra volume and CL Yachts’ comprehensive use of resin coating across the superstructure and hull, the yacht can access shallow waters due to a 4ft 9in draft created by clever naval architecture by US-based Howard Apollonio, structural carbon-fibre, and the use of lightweight interior fittings and furnishing.
Aft galley and dining, and forward saloon
The expansive flybridge features a large seating area opposite a fully-equipped wet bar including barbecue and fridge. Two well-appointed helm stations – on the flybridge and in the saloon – plus wing docking control stations on both sides of the cockpit allow piloting and docking versatility. Twin Volvo Penta IPS 1050 engines are fitted in a spacious engine room, while 1350s are an option.
Created with family use in mind, CLB65 has a layout optimised for multiple activity options on board. The first aft galley on a CL Yachts model is a natural gathering spot and sits between the forward raised saloon and the aft cockpit, where the glass door and adjacent windows can be opened to create an airy, indoor-outdoor connection.
Master suite midships
The lower deck has three en-suite cabins comprising a generous full-beam master suite that’s well illuminated by large windows, a VIP stateroom in the bow, and a guest cabin with twin beds that can convert into a double.
Martin Lo, Director of CL Yachts, says the shipyard is developing a four-cabin option, which he thinks will be among features that appeal to owners in Asia-Pacific, where CL Yachts has dealers in Hong Kong, Singapore, UAE and Australia.
VIP suite in the bow
“A four-stateroom version is in the design process, which we think may be appealing,” Lo says. “The simplicity and practicality of exterior and interior design and materials, and the openness and great sea views from indoors also make this model very usable and enjoyable.”
There are plans for hull two to tour the region, but these are pending visits scheduled in Hong Kong with dealers flying in to inspect CLB65 and discuss possibilities.