New 57m and 70m trimaran explorer concepts

British studio Nigel Irens Design has today revealed two unique trimaran explorer concepts designed in collaboration with the CMN shipyard and French designer Christophe Chedal-Anglay. Named the Origin 575 and the Xplore 70, the all-aluminium designs follow the launch of the Ocean Eagle series of power trimarans in which Nigel Irens Design and CMN previously collaborated on.

Accommodating up to 10 guests as well as a crew of eight, the interior arrangement of the 57.5 metre Origin 575 can be customised to suit owner’s requirements. There is deck space for a mini-submarine and a 4.5 metre tender, whilst the stern garage offers storage for a 6 metre tender and personal watercraft. She will have a range of 4,000 nm at a speed of 18 knots, and will offer a top speed of 27 knots.

The 70 metre Xplore 70 offers a larger platform with enhanced capabilities, additional space and a larger range of 5,000 nm. Also accommodating up to 10 guests as well as a crew of eight, she features a helicopter deck as well as space for larger tenders and a mini submarine. The additional deck space is able to accommodate containerised units ideal for rapid role enhancement whether it is a research laboratory, aquarium or a dive-centre.

Nigel Irens Design comments on the radical new configuration, highlighting the potential increase in comfort and efficiency when compared to traditional explorers: “With a firm emphasis on comfort, speed and ocean crossing capability, the new trimaran configuration is significantly more efficient than a conventional monohull at a given speed, leading to improvements in both fuel consumption and range, as well as an exceptional level of comfort - even in moderate to rough sea conditions.”

Thierry Regnault of CMN shipyard continues, “The trimaran architecture allows rapid ocean passage to remote destinations at reduced operating costs. The sea trials have also demonstrated a comfortable motion in moderate to rough sea states.”

By Gemma Fottles

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