Yanmar’s flagship cruiser, the X47 Express Cruiser, has won the 2021 Good Design Award from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.
The X47 was developed as a cruiser that proposes a new marine style where families can enjoy and “island hopping” lifestyle as they travel at high speed from the marina to spend time together on uninhabited islands or at sea. Yanmar has utilized its deep experience in marine engineering technology to realise an exciting vessel that marries tremendous performance and luxury.
With a maximum speed of 40 knots (approx. 74 km/h), the Express Cruiser is powered by three high-power clean diesel engines with sterndrive units in an arrangement that is more compact compared to normal engines, to maximize living space in the boat.
The streamlined cabin shape with reduced height not only has nimble sports car-like styling, but also offers aerodynamic performance at high speeds in a design that is less susceptible to the wind.
The X47 pioneers a new genre of motor yachts equipped with living space for relaxed and free travel around the islands. Through the application of marine technology and thorough interaction with the user, Yanmar has managed to combine functionality with aesthetics and comfort. The arrangement of engines facilitates a spacious interior, creating a comfortable area for suites, kitchens, and lounges, and by keeping the height of the hull down, it is possible to pursue the fun of the boat itself, with sporty styling and running performance.
In addition, the use of a clean diesel engine reduces exhaust emissions, making the boat more environmentally friendly and allows people to tour the islands with peace of mind. The design is highly acclaimed for its ability to bring people closer to the sea and islands through technology and design, and for proposing a new, more exciting way to spend time.