Numarine had quite a day last week.
In an impressive feat of engineering and planning, the Istanbul, Turkey-based shipyard launched three 85-footers on the same day — all were the four-stateroom, flybridge-equipped 26XP.
Hulls number 6 through 8 — each weighing approximately 132,000 pounds — rolled out of the yard on gigantic trailers, carefully towed to their berths in the early morning to be delivered to their new owners.
The occasion also marks the first 26XP to be built on a planing hull with larger, 1,200-hp powerplants. The first seven vessels were ordered with displacement, bulbous bow-equipped hulls.
Company founder and chairman Omer Malaz was pleased that despite the worldwide pandemic, they were able to meet deadlines while ensuring staff was working under strict guidelines to prevent the spread of covid-19.
“These efforts allowed us to lead the projects in strict accordance with the schedule,” Malaz said in a statement, “I’m happy that we have built three more amazing 26XP explorer yachts and I’m sure they will bring a lot of joy of autonomous long-range cruising to the owners.”
According to the builder, their order book remains packed for the 26XP series, with three sold and currently under construction. Numarine expects to deliver these vessels in the fall of 2020 and early next year.