Updated – 29th July 2016
The gleaming Explorer 58 Pilot House arrives at its new home in Norway. This three-cabin cruiser includes a range of bespoke interior and exterior fittings, fabrics and benchtops specifically requested by the owner, a highly knowledgeable yachtsman with extensive ship and boat building experience.
Original – 5th July 2016
The first of our 58-foot pilot house cruisers is on its way to its owner in Norway.
First announced in late 2014, the three-cabin (plus optional crew cabin) classic-style cruiser drew instant attention and already four have been ordered off-the-plan.
The second boat, already in build, will go to Sweden, the third to Hong Kong and the fourth to the Middle East.
The Explorer 58 Pilot House is a semi-displacement cruiser offering three cabins and two bathrooms with the master suite stretching across the full beam amidships.
Explorer CEO Mark Campion says: “We are a semi-custom builder and each of the boats on order has a range of variations.”
Hull No. 1, equipped with a pair of 480hp Cummins turbo diesel engines, cruises at up to 18 knots. By contrast, Hull No 3 will be delivered with a pair of 670hp Cummins turbo diesels, providing speeds up to 23 knots.
The first boat includes special interior and exterior fittings, fabrics and benchtops.
“Our client is a highly knowledgeable yachtsman with extensive ship and boat building experience,” explains Campion.
“Hull three, for client in Hong Kong, will be our first with dark blue gelcoat. We researched gel coat suppliers extensively before selecting Scott Bader. This company has a powerful reputation for quality dark colour gelcoats.
“The clients fell in love with the classic modern styling of the Explorer 58 Pilot House which he considers will be timeless.
“The galley layout is totally different from the first two to suit the client’s boating needs in the warm climates of Hong Kong. The port guest cabin will have four bunks for their children.”
This client has also opted for an Opacmare hydraulic swimming platform. The tender will be stored on the swim platform as they want the entire flybridge available for seating, entertaining and sun bathing.
Hull four, bound for the Middle East, features lighter Anigree timber interior with custom fabrics. It will have an extended swim platform, custom electric sun shades aft of the flybridge hardtop with custom sun shades for the bow area. This boat also has an electric sliding hatch in the hardtop so that this area opens up to the stars at night!
The saloon will have an additional sofa on the port side in lieu of a standard entertainment centre.
The new Explorer 58 Pilot House cruiser follows in the tradition of the marque as a long-distance blue-water cruiser, designed to support family and friends in comfort and style in most sea states and to provide a high level of luxury.