New Cheoy Lee Alpha 76 Flybridge features switchable SmartGlass

Windows that go from transparent to opaque at the flick of a switch are the standout feature of a brand new flybridge cruiser from resurgent Hong Kong shipyard Cheoy Lee.

The SmartGlass windows surrounding the saloon as well as the oversized porthole in the master cabin all use digital transitioning to reduce glare, solar gain and UV rays as well as protect the occupants’ privacy when in port or at anchor.

The Alpha 76 Express Flybridge is the first flybridge boat in a new line of rakish performance cruisers designed by the renowned naval architect Michael Peters.

Based on the same hull as last year’s 76 Express sportscruiser, it features a dramatic new interior by Luiz de Basto.

Moving the galley up into the saloon has freed up space below decks for three double ensuite cabins and a separate laundry room. The pick of these is an enormous full-beam master suite with a walk-in wardrobe and bathroom.

Up on deck there’s an unusual hot tub aft of the main cockpit and a fashionable bow seating area and that all-important new flybridge shaded by a fixed GRP canopy.

A pair of 1,200hp MTU V12 diesel engines linked to ZF pod drives should give a top speed of up to 36 knots as well as the convenience of joystick berthing.

The boat is being sold in Europe through Cheoy Lee Riviera in the South of France.

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