Lynx Yachts’ Crossover 27 model brings together the best of two worlds: offering the robustness, versatility and generous storage space of a support vessel alongside the comfort and elegance of a superyacht. This makes her ideal for the next generation of adventurous owners who want to make the most of their time at sea through watersports or exploration. The vessel’s concept design and engineering were completed in-house and she features exterior design by Dutch studio Bernd Weel, interiors by the French designer Franck Darnet and naval architecture by the Alkmaar-based studio Diana Yacht Design.
Measuring 27.3 metres and delivered to her owner earlier this year, Avontuur is the first Crossover 27 to be built by Lynx Yachts, incorporating numerous custom elements into her layout to meet the requirements of her outdoorsy American owner. Befitting her name ‘Avontuur’ (the Dutch word for adventure), the concept behind the vessel was to maximise tender and toy storage, whilst still keeping the look and feel of a superyacht.
Franck Darnet explains the concept behind the interior design: “We were aiming to create something which is pleasant to live on, not just to look at. This is a very important through-line in all of our designs, as I am also a sailor so have spent a lot of time on a boat over the years! Not only this, but we wanted to create something which uses the best quality materials, but is still easy to maintain and durable.”
Avontuur’s interiors feature heavy use of oak wood and white stone, as well as ‘raw concrete’ colours in the bathroom for a clean, modern and timeless effect. As her designer highlights: “The last thing I wanted was to create some kind of ‘fashion’ interior where you have to throw everything away after only a few years because it’s no longer on trend. With the interior of Avontuur, I feel that it will stand the test of time and still look contemporary in 10-15 years’ time.”
He continues: “What I am most proud of on this project is the perspective you get when you look from the aft of the boat, all the way to the forward part of the boat. You can see all of the aft part from the galley in one clear view – which is quite rare to find on a yacht. This also means that there is a huge amount of light coming into the interior of the boat, which creates a wonderful atmosphere on board.”
The vessel’s initial layout from the yard included four staterooms, comprising an owner’s cabin, a VIP cabin, and two twin cabins with the crew quarters located aft of the engine room. However, Avontuur’s owner opted for a different configuration, featuring just three guest cabins and also integrating the crew quarters into her guest space.
Features of note on board Avontuur include her large light-filled main deck saloon, as well as her 70-square-metre multi-purpose main deck, which can easily be transformed into a generous entertainment area when clear of her toys – an Air Nautique G23 and a five-metre RIB.
As well as being equipped with a crane, the sundeck is also home to two Yamaha Waverunners and two stand-up jetskis. The lazarette/toy storage provides ample space to fulfil all of the owner’s watersports needs, with room for stand-up paddleboards, surfboards, canoes, scuba diving equipment and more. As her owner explains: “This boat is fantastic because it is so freeing – after a lifetime of struggling with storage for my gear, this boat allows me to keep everything on it all the time and do whatever I want, whenever I want.”
Performance-wise, Avontuur has a maximum speed of 14 knots, a cruising speed of 12.5 knots, and benefits from an impressive eco range of 3,000 nautical miles. The vessel’s power is provided by twin Caterpillar C12.9 – 2 x 850hpat 2300 rpm engines.
The Crossover 27 will make her debut at this year’s Cannes Yachting Festival before heading to the USA with her owner at the end of the season.
Type: Displacement crossover yacht
Length overall: 27.30 m
Length waterline: 26.30 m (at design draft)
Beam Moulded: 7.10 m
Draft (estimated full load): 1.90 m
Displacement (estimated full load): 130 tons
Gross tonnage (estimate): 150 GT
Hull material: Steel
S / Structure material: Aluminium
Concept design and engineering: Lynx Yachts
Naval architecture design: Diana Yacht Design
Exterior design: Bernd Weel Design
Interior design: Franck Darnet Design & Lynx Yachts
Main engines: 2 x Caterpillar C12.9 – 2 x 850 hp at 2300 rpm
Speed: 14 knots
Cruising speed: 12.5 knots
Range @ 10 knots (eco): 3,000 nm
Accommodation – Standard: 2 master cabins, 2 guest cabins, 2 crew cabins, salon on main deck
Accommodation – Avontuur: 1 master cabin, 2 guest cabins, 2 crew cabins, salon on main deck
Technical storage: Galley on main deck, lazarette, surf & toy storage, laundry, linen store, general storage, provision storage
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