YANMAR’S X47 EXPRESS CRUISER has won the 2021 Good Design Award from the Japan Institute of Design Promotion.

The X47 was developed for families to enjoy an ‘island hopping’ lifestyle – high speed from the marina to favourite island destinations.

With a maximum speed of 40 knots (74 km/h), the Express Cruiser is powered by three high-power clean diesel engines with sterndrive units in an arrangement that is more compact compared to normal engines.

The streamlined cabin top offers aerodynamic performance at high speeds in a design that is less susceptible to the wind.

Judges’ comments:  “The X47 pioneers a new genre of speedboats …The use of a clean diesel engine reduces exhaust emissions, making the boat more environmentally friendly and allows people to tour the islands with peace of mind. The design is highly acclaimed for its ability to bring people closer to the sea and islands through technology and design, and for proposing a new, more exciting way to spend time.”