New Naiad Expedition 15 Unveiled
The first of a new series of rigid hull inflatables from Naiad, the Expedition Fifteen has been introduced. It’s been designed to be an offshore-capable boat based on the company’s experience with the company’s military and rescue-boat pedigree. In a statement, Naiad said the Expedition Fifteen is “appointed with premium finishes and options that support extended adventures for the intrepid traveler.”
Ready for Adventure
The Expedition Fifteen is the product of a collaboration led by Naiad New Zealand and is under construction on the East Coast of Australia. It is built with the southern hemisphere conditions in mind. The Whiskey Project Group’s Ryan Carmichael said the boat was designed for explorers who want high standards of performance and safety.
She measures 48.9’ (14.9 m) long overall with a (14.6’) 4.45m beam and a maximum draft of approximately 2’6” .8 m. Dry weight is estimated at 10.3 tons (22,707.61 lbs.). When powered by triple 600-hp Mercury V12 Verado outboards, the Expedition Fifteen is expected to top 50 knots. With a 660.4-gallon (2,500-liter) fuel capacity, the Expedition Fifteen is expected to have a range of more than 500 nautical miles at 25 knots. She also carries 92.5 gallons (350 liters) of fresh water.
The aluminum hull has closely spaced frames and stringers with foam filling the voids in between. Naiad said her shallow draft will let the boat navigate shallow areas. The Expedition Fifteen’s helm has joystick piloting, shock mitigating seats, night vision, radar, triple sounders, AIS and a full electronics suite.
Additionally, the Expedition Fifteen has a water purification system, generator, solar panels and extensive refrigeration. The bow has seating for six as well as other lounge areas. Belowdecks, a fully enclosed air-conditioned cabin and full galley will keep the owning couple comfortable during weekend getaways.