CHINA, Xiamen. Having got off to a promising start with design, management and shipyard all accounted for, the CMC yachts 155 project hit a snag when the proposed shipyard withdrew. Eighteen months after its initial conception the team behind the 155 project is casting its net wider and promoting more broadly.

The 47m CMC 155, with an exterior by Bury Design and interior by Julian Moore Design, is a superyacht created with two distinct markets in mind. The design can be adapted to suit the more traditional market (cruiser model), or it can be tailored to meet the expectations of the Chinese market (leisure model).

The 155’s narrow displacement hull, deck and superstructure will be made of marine grade aluminium and offers guest accommodation for up to 12 people (cruiser model) on three decks. There are four en suite cabins on the lower deck, a full beam VIP cabin (cruiser) above and an owner’s cabin on the top deck complete with 180-degree panoramic windows. This suite also features twin private balconies and a his and hers bathroom.

Leisure model - Main deck casino

The Chinese market traditionally makes use of internal spaces for social events, choosing to stay close to shore and welcome business or familial guests. With this in mind, the CMC 155 leisure model — in place of the full beam VIP cabin and owners lounge found on the cruiser model — houses a dedicated karaoke bar as well as a full day spa aft.

“We see China as an evolving and developing market,” comments Paul Bury of Bury Design. “It is difficult to sell into the market, but it is one that has many possibilities and opportunities. We are taking a long-term approach to this market.”

CMC 155

The different models also have different exterior options. Both the cruiser and the leisure models have two large hangars forward, each capable of launching, housing and retrieving seven-metre tenders. Forward of an aft bathing platform is a lazarette, typically used to store dingys and jet skis, the 155 lazarette can be used for a two-man submarine (cruiser) or as a beach club spa (leisure). The two-man, Triton 1000/2 submarine features a transparent pressure hull and is capable of descending to depths of 1000 feet. Alternatively the leisure model lives up to its name and provides a beach club spa replete with a Turkish bath, two steam showers, two day heads and a massage table.

Twin Caterpillar C32 engines drive conventional propellers while ABT TRACSTAR (stabilisation at rest) fin stabilisers coupled with the narrow hull form give the vessel good pitch control, even when at anchor.

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