AvA Yachts starts construction of Kando85 explorer

A keel-laying ceremony for the 25.7-metre Kando85 explorer has been held at the AvA Yachts yard in Turkish Antalya
June 19 2024 • by Roman Lyamtsev 3 minutes to read
Kando85's keel-laying ceremony

The new model will join the Kando series of long-range explorer yachts from the Turkish shipyard, already featuring models of 23.9 to 46.7 metres long

Just like her sisters, the displacement Kando85 will have a steel hull and an alluminium superstructure. The vessel will have an overall length of 25.7 metres (with a waterline length under 24 metres), a beam of 7.50 m, and an interior volume of about 200 GT.

Kando85's keel-laying ceremony
Kando85's keel-laying ceremony

According to the yard, the vessel can be operated privately as an owner-operated vessel or by a crew, while the main focus will be on her autonomy. It is expected that with a fuel capacity of 24000 litres and fuel consumption 63 litres per hour at a cruising speed of 10 knots, her range will be over 4000 nautical miles. At an economical speed of 9 knots with a fuel consumption of 45 litres per hour the range will be over 5000 nautical miles. 

At an economical speed of 9 knots the Kando85 will have a range of over 5000 nautical miles
At an economical speed of 9 knots the Kando85 will have a range of over 5000 nautical miles

The Kando85 will be powered by twin Volvo Penta D13MG engines of 408 hp each, which can deliver a top speed of 11 knots. 

The standard configuration is a four-cabin layout with a master suite on the main deck. 

“Our ‘soft’ launch last year of the Kando80 demonstrated very strong interest in a proper global explorer in this size range. It’s at the right size point to be able to be either a fully crewed yacht or for an experienced couple or family to run it themselves or with minimal crew operation. The Kando85 has been developed from the 80 and is super strong with an underwater steel thickness of 8-10mm and multiple watertight bulkheads for ultimate safety. With Turkey able to offer a really significant quality yacht construction price advantage, potential buyers will be pleasantly surprised to see how much quality explorer superyacht bang they can get for their buck”, said Atilla Küçükdiker, Chairman and Founder of AvA Yachts. 

The Kando85 will be equipped with a hydraulic bathing platform
The Kando85 will be equipped with a hydraulic bathing platform

The delivery of the first Kando85 unit is scheduled for the summer of 2025, after which the yacht will be officially unveiled at autumn shows.

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