CL Yachts CLX96 SAV Reinventing the Motoryacht; Rise of the Sea Activity Vessel Review by Carl Camper In the yachting universe, recognizable design elements generally convey a brand while polarizing designs often create a stir. It's an elusive emotional quotient that isn't clearly defined. So what happens when a super-modern superstructure collides with a commercial workboat bow? Is it an emerging design trend or a one-hit wonder? Before you decide, step inside the CLX96 SAV or Sea Activity Vessel, an acronym spawned by this clean-sheet, floating biosphere where interior and exterior space expand to become an infinite number. This boat was built to make walls disappear, leaving you immersed in your surroundings and discarding the notion that no man is an island. In September of 2022, the CL team invited me to join them for a seatrial of the CLX96. Onboard were CL's sales director Panu Virtanen, naval architect Earl Alfaro and project manager Hans Lo, who is a multi-generational boat builder and family member at Cheoy Lee. Short of wicking fibers, these gentlemen had a hand in every aspect of the build. A quick refresher: CL Yachts is the midsize yacht division of Cheoy Lee, a commercial shipyard with over a century of yacht building excellence. CL Yachts was established to take the brand in a bold new direction, essentially deconstructing and reinventing the types of motoryachts they produce. To plot this, CL enlisted Milan-based Jozeph Forakis to pen the lines of the future; both in & out. Forakis did the design work, but Vero-based naval architect Earl Alfaro (who originally worked with Tom Fexas) did the calculations to float the boat and Al Horsmon engineered the structural design.