Inace Yachts recently splashed the steel-hulled 98 Explorer seen here, one of six models from 78 to 135 feet that it has under construction.
The yacht is for a client of John DeCaro of All Ocean Yachts, who is also the representative for the Brazilian builder. The 98 Explorer was designed by Jon Overing, featuring a raised pilothouse and round-bilge hull form fitted with a bulbous bow. She has classic appeal, with extra touches like a softer transom profile and a fixed hardtop shading the extra steering station and seating area on the flying bridge.
Intended for a 12-knot top speed (half load) powered by twin 600-hp Caterpillar C18-A engines, the 98 Explorer reportedly performed well on sea trials and stability tests. In fact, DeCaro, who was present for the tests, says, “When we put her beam to the seas, she demonstrated a very comfortable, lady-like motion in the short steep seas off Fortaleza.” He further notes that the Quantum zero-speed stabilizers weren’t engaged.
Inside, Michael Kirschstein and the owner selected raised-panel American cherry for the decor. The full-beam (23’6”) master and three guest staterooms are all below decks, freeing up the main deck for relaxing and dining. The general arrangement also calls for a full-beam galley with dinette. Two crew staterooms are provided: one off the lazarette, and one fully forward on the lower deck. The forward stateroom is further adjacent to a laundry area, which has a staircase leading up to the pilothouse.
The Inace 98 Explorer is being built in compliance with both ABS classification and MCA standards. Finishing touches are still being applied, but the yacht is expected to premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.