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Circa Marine Launches 24m Adventure Cruiser

Named after an albatross species, this 24-meter aluminum explorer vessel is New Zealand designed and built.

New Zealand shipyard Circa Marine has announced the launch of its all-new 24-meter adventure cruiser. The all-aluminum Mollymawk is named after an albatross species native to the Southern Hemisphere, and is New Zealand designed and built.

Sporting a rugged, unpainted exterior with a custom Circa shimmering surface finish, the Circa 24m Series are available to IMO Cat 0 and customizable with multiple cabin configurations and limitless styling options. According to the builder, the Circa 24m cruises effortlessly at 11 knots, allowing long ocean passages in safety and comfort with multiple redundancies across its systems. Large-capacity lithium storage batteries and an array of highly efficient solar panels ensure ample backup power for extended periods at anchor.

Construction of the second vessel, Deo Juvante is already in process, and will be delivered to comply with CE certification. Deo Juvante has a four-cabin accommodation layout plus several custom features differing from Hull No. 1. 

A smaller 20m model and a 30m model are also on the drawing board. 

"We are seeing worldwide interest into both the 24m and the smaller 20m design, and we are excited about the future of these 'all-Kiwi' designed and built range of adventure cruisers," said Peter Barnard, Circa Marine's market development manager. "The solid aluminum unpainted exterior, coupled with the very high standard of interior finishing and the ability for the customer to configure the accommodation and living spaces their exact requirements is a contributing factor to the success we are seeing."

"Safety is paramount, so we made sure the structures were designed to exceed LR Special Service Craft code with G6 notation (unlimited offshore)," Barnard said. "Watertight subdivision is also to class requirements, including collision bulkhead. All boats can be registered to class rules and CE if required."

According to Circa Marine, each vessel has the hull design and systems to comfortably handle adverse conditions at sea with reserve horsepower to provide the ability to outrun a storm, if need be. The efficient hull form and driveline have the ability to cover large distances with a low carbon footprint: A large gen-set and upgraded alternators, as well as efficient solar collection, ensure multiple sources to supply energy to the large lithium battery bank for energy storage. They also have a desalination plant for making fresh water at sea, which gives owners the ability to live and travel off-grid for extended periods with only the need to add food provisions and fuel. Each boat has multiple redundancies across essential systems to provide confidence on long ocean passages, and an extensive insulation package to ensure comfort at high latitudes.

"We are discussing various options with potential clients, including the addition of a kite sail, gyro stabilization and a hybrid version with extensive solar collection and upgraded battery storage," Barnard said. 

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