Twisted T47 Explorer Unveiled

Credit: Solnet Handbook

The Twisted T47 Explorer has been unveiled by Archipelago Expedition Yachts (Archipelago), a prestigious recreational boat builder, and Twisted Marine, a business that specialises in marine engineering and resto-mods.

The Archipelago 47, a motor catamaran created with naval architect Chartwell Marine, is the inspiration for the Twisted T47 Explorer, as reported by Solnet Handbook.

TWISTED T47 explorer key features:

  • Range of 3000 nm+
  • Accommodation for up to eight people
  • Speed of up to 30 knots
  • Prices start at £1.6m
  • Ocean-capable

Performance upgrades and custom modifications include:

  • Higher performance and improved top speed and cruising speed with Volvo Penta or Yanmar engine propulsion options
  • Twisted styling with bespoke Twisted colour options and matching top sides
  • Reconfigured interior and cockpit styling, focusing on improved ergonomics and technology enhancements.
  • The latest technology, including night-vision cameras for easy docking
  • A ground-up approach enabling bespoke design and engineering service, making the T47 Explorer a truly tailor-made product

Luxury adventurer

The T47 Explorer by Archipelago Expedition Yachts fills a niche in the luxury boat market by offering a multihull design capable of ocean voyages, a segment typically dominated by monohulls. With a focus on exploration, this 47-foot catamaran provides a balance between speed, performance, and long-distance capabilities. Twisted Marine, collaborating with Archipelago, is drawn to the vessel’s aluminium hull construction, adventure-oriented features, and extended range. They aim to enhance the base product, creating a genuinely unparalleled craft that can achieve impressive speeds and be customized to individual user requirements. The T47 Explorer opens up a world of possibilities, from Arctic Circle expeditions to leisurely trips along sunny Mediterranean beaches.

Unique combination of commercial and luxury

Dr Stephen Weatherley, the Founder and Managing Director of Archipelago Expedition Yachts, has a deeply personal history in boating and a strong passion for creating new opportunities in the luxury yacht industry. He envisioned the Archipelago 47 as a unique combination of a commercial “go anywhere, do anything” vessel and a luxurious, family-friendly interior. The collaboration with Twisted Marine aligns with this approach, as Twisted’s ethos of improving practical working vehicles resonates well with Archipelago’s vision. The team is excited about this partnership.

The Archipelago 47 stands out by blending the seaworthiness of a high-power multihull commercial craft with an innovative design that offers ample space and luxury for families. Its sustainable aluminium double-hull structure ensures stability at sea, delivering a smoother ride and providing extra living space. Archipelago’s philosophy revolves around sustainability and accessibility, offering hybrid and customizable options to promote environmentally friendly adventuring for future yacht owners.

Drawing lessons 

Cross-application of experience is essential to advancing technical capabilities in line with sustainability in the marine industry, continued Andy Page, Director and Naval Architect at Chartwell Marine. Expertise in naval architecture is not confined to a single area of the maritime industry; instead, it can be used to advance other sectors by drawing on lessons from one type of vessel.


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Source: Solent Handbook