Yacht shoppers at this week’s Cannes Yachting Festival are getting the first opportunity to see the first full-displacement XP small-superyacht series from Numarine. Minella, delivered earlier this summer, may be “just” 85 feet (25.68 meters), but this Numarine 26XP incorporates some big-yacht—and big-voyage—thinking.
The Turkish shipyard decided to tap into the long-range cruising market with the XP series. But, it did so a little different. For instance, the 26XP and her bigger sister, the 32XP, feature strikingly angular, modern styling. Their lines are by Can Yalman, a longtime collaborator, while naval architecture is by Umberto Tagliavini, yet another longtime design partner. In addition, the Numarine 26XP can come as a semi-displacement or a displacement yacht. The first 26XP, christened Gioia, is semi-displacement. She saw delivery shortly before Minella made it into her owners’ hands.
Minella is capable of taking her owners far and wide. The shipyard says she tops out at 13½ knots and cruises at 9 knots. At just one knot slower, she sees a range of 3,000 nautical miles, too. Simultaneously, Minella keeps the atmosphere onboard calm and quiet. The owners wanted to augment the already strong attention that Numarine pays to sound and vibration control. The shipyard works with Silent Line, a company specializing in the super-size superyacht market. So, the owners requested a battery system to run air conditioning while sleeping or at anchor.
When this Numarine 26XP is at anchor, or heading to a destination, the owners and six guests can spread out on the flying bridge. “Spread out” is the key phrase: The series incorporates a far-larger-than-normal flying bridge. In fact, it stretches almost 53 feet (16 meters), essentially two-thirds of Minella’s LOA. Even better, everyone gets about 1,076 square feet (100 square meters) of space up here. That becomes more special when the tender, which stows aft, goes in the water.
Enjoy this armchair tour of Minella: