A Numarine Yachts Experience | Discovering the 32 Meter XP
Updated: Oct 24, 2021
by Captain Daryn Dalton
The Bahamas to Istanbul
While on-trip in the Bahamas, a call came through that I had a flight booked to Turkey – to go see a yard that is building a 32 Meter Explorer Vessel – the 32XP.
Jumping at the opportunity to check off another country that I had not yet visited and to see the build process of a Turkish yard – we departed the Bahamas immediately in order to make it back to Miami in time for my direct flight to Istanbul. I had been assured by Jack Nitabach of Numarine North America that all I needed to do was get my Turkish Visa online, make the Miami – Istanbul flight in time and he had all the rest of the details ironed out.
Upon arrival, I was picked up by the Numarine driver in a black Mercedes van and taken to Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler perched on a picturesque hillside overlooking the bridge that separates Asia from Europe. After a quick essential trip to the rooftop for a breathtaking sunset, I set off for dinner at Lucca to meet the Numarine team.
Omer, the Owner and Founder of Numarine; Orhun, the Marketing and Sales director; and Jack Nitabach, the Chief of US Distribution and Service – were my hosts. It was a great insight into the driving machines behind the Numarine brand. Instantly it was evident that Omer was passionate about his product and intimately involved in the details that mattered to him – as a long time boat owner and enthusiast himself. His main interests being speed, silence and lines – I believe in that order.
Discovering the 32XP
The following day was an early trip out to the Numarine yard to see the production of the 32 XP. I was greeted by Hull #2 in the shed behind the gate and was immediately struck by the volume. The yard employs roughly 200 employees and during my visit – had roughly 5 projects on the go in all stages – including Omers new personal 26XP. The yard is clean, functional and busy. First stop was the bustling carpentry department, before exiting to the various stage builds and then parts room stocked and stacked to the ceiling with everything from Sea Bobs to stabilizers fins, latches and doorknobs to propellers. The huge cafeteria where all employees share the lunch break is impressive and boasts large visual progress reports of each of their build projects on the wall.
I was then introduced to Malcolm Hutchison, the technical director and one of the numerous designers – while trying my very first Turkish coffee. He was going to take me through the nooks and crannies of the 32-meter explorer I had come to see. Again the volume jumped out at me as we entered up through the beach club to the main deck aft.
My goal was to find as many flaws as possible and spot the shortcuts that are able to give this vessel its €8,750,000 price tag.
Hull #2 was approximately 3 months from launch in its 12-month build process. It was actually a great time to visit as it had the balance of being able to inspect framing, wiring and plumbing etc. without any of the panels, carpentry or overheads. The engine room was busy receiving its twin CAT C18 715bhp through a “soft” spot in the boat deck and main salon. An interesting concept is that the port side of the vessel has a wider deck than the Starboard side. It is unnoticeable but offers a grand feeling when entering the preferred port side tie without stealing any space from the main salon. The walk around on the boat deck is wide enough for two people to pass without brushing shoulders. It is space like this that give this 32 Meter the feel of a 40 Meter yacht. Heading into the main salon it was hard to miss the large carbon fibre support beams. This is part of an effort to reduce the weight of the vessel by 4 tonnes and further lowering the center of gravity. Making our way through the 6 stateroom-299 GT vessel everything is exposed – giving great detail into the construction and workmanship. My goal was to find as many flaws as possible and spot the shortcuts that are able to give this vessel its €8,750,000 price tag.
We are asked to move as 6 men bring past a large slab of textured marble that you cannot help but reach out and touch. Below in the guest and crew accommodations, the product of one of Omer’s passions is revealed — sound insulation. Each cabin is a box floating within another box insulated by soundproofing. Under every cabin is a layer of sound insulation mat and in every bulkhead and wall is a sandwich of sound absorbing layered material and rubber to dampen any sound. As I look up at the way the overhead floats behind yet another layer of soundproofing on specially designed rubber mounts to eliminate any vibration to the cabins – I realize I cannot hear the carpenters and fitters in the space above.
The bridge deck is an open canvas. Hull #1 has a master cabin and hull #2 is going for the more conventional Skylounge option. The first option seemed a bit foreign to me but it made a lot of sense after I saw it firsthand. This has also shown Numarines ability to customize each 32XP to the owners’ needs. They draw the line at changing any structural members and as long as the exterior lines are kept – they are pretty much open to anything.
The vessel is built to RINA Classification and is built as an Expedition Yacht with a 4000 nautical mile range – including enough storage to take care of the deepest stretches of the imagination. This became very evident once we got back down to ground level and looked at her from the keel up. With 6.5ft draft and wheels set protected above a solid keel running forward to the bulbous bow. Fins from the CMC stabilizers, both for underway and at anchor, extrude out at amidships. A hydraulic 45KW bow thruster provides 650KG of thrust and accompanied by a 30KW stern thruster set in a tunnel just forward of the wheels to provide another 470KG of thrust. Rudders are maneuvered by a robust electro-hydraulic steering system.
Off for a quick bite to eat at a local café where we met the very charismatic Ali who assists with the marketing for Numarine before making way for the Viaport Marina to see the latest 26XP as she got her photo shoot done. The lines of the 26XP are striking and she could be immediately spotted from the entrance of the marina. As the camera and yachts crew got ready for departure, I explored.
Quality and details on interior finishings are amongst my clients highest priority so this was an initial focus. She showed large spaces, including a generous sized enclosed galley and a separate wheelhouse which is not common on a vessel this size. The guest cabins were finished beautifully with all the detail you could expect from a larger yacht. The cabin layout was clever with a very large and spacious VIP up forward to compliment the full beam master. The details and interior design down in the cabins I felt exceeded other vessels of this size. We threw off the lines and set out into the glassy and overcast surroundings without much of a sea to feel her out but she ran true, solid and quiet.
The next Morning Omer was outside the hotel at 5 am to pick us up for the airport and our short trip to Gocek. Sitting next to Omer on the plane gave me some good time to speak candidly with him. While discussing quality vs cost and some of the teething problems that every new vessel will experience he said this to me, “We have made mistakes like every boat builder but never made a mistake on purpose, they have always been genuine mistakes and never because of a shortcut or saving.” The consistency of full welds at frames and plating as well as polished stainless steel brackets and drip trays under pumps (that would never really even been seen) showed that cutting costs was not a top priority for the Numarine yard.
The fresh morning travelling through the rural mountain villages was a great break from the flatness of South Florida. We came down a winding road and stopped for a quick photo op on a peak where we could see Omers 34ft tender waiting down on the quiet little dock below.
After a quick stop at a waterside bakery, we rounded the bay to the sight of Omers’ Numarine 78HT tied stern-to in the crystal clear water. We were treated to a traditional breakfast onboard consisting of delicious local cheeses, bread and fresh produce, before a quick swim and visit to see Hull #1 in Gocek. The Technohull with twin 400 Mercury Racing outboards was indeed the way to beat the mountainous rocky roads. It walked the talk as we topped out at 80 MPH en route.