She is the brainchild of Jean-François Ruchonnet, a passionate sailor who is also the watchmaker behind Cabestan timepieces and other famed models. Ruchonnet says he wanted a superyacht that would be a spirited performer, provide no-heel sailing, have luxury amenities, yet also be far more maneuverable than most multihulls inside the confines of a harbor.
This led him to found UltraLuxum and to partner with Jean-Jacques Coste, the naval architect known for his work on catamarans.
Described as a ’variable-geometry’ sailing yacht, the CXL will have a beam that reduces by half when in harbor configuration.
The beam’s dimensions will be 23m (75ft) in full sailing mode, and just 11m (36ft) when the hull beams retract alongside the center hull. Entering shallow-water areas shouldn’t be a problem either, given the draft of less than 1.8m (6ft).
The sloop-rigged CXL will sport a 55m (180ft) rotating carbon fibre wing mast, a carbon fibre furling boom, and a fully battened mainsail measuring 3,875ft2 (360m2).
Under power, which may include a hybrid system with a lithium-ion battery bank, the CXL is expected to achieve a 15kt top end. Further tied to environmentally friendly operation, the megayacht will feature solar panels.
Those eco-friendly features are complemented by a pledge to adhere to Wood Forever’s guidelines. Established by Prince Albert II of Monaco, Wood Forever helps builders and designers source ethically responsible timbers. This means ones that aren’t illegally logged and don’t contribute to deforestation. All decking and decorative wood paneling throughout the yacht will be sourced in compliance.
Also related to the interior, Swarovski is contributing lighting and some furnishings. The rest is being taken care of by Coste Design & Partners and UltraLuxum’s co-owner, Jessica Sbaraglia. Just two guest staterooms will join the master, and just one crew cabin will be aboard as well. Outdoor amenities abound: a shaded lounging area aft on the main deck, and sunning space, a hot tub, and dining on the flying bridge. The lazarette will house diving equipment and toys, of course.
Bluewater Yachting is the central agent for the composite and carbon fiber UltraLuxum CXL. Interested parties should also note that she’ll built at the Tamsen Maritim shipyard of Tamsen Yachts
and meet Bureau Veritas classification.