MAKKUM – KM Yachtbuilders has launched the expedition yacht Pelagic-77 and fitted it with two carbon masts. Called ‘Vinson of Antarctica,’ the 23.5m yacht is named after the highest mountain on the south pole continent. The yacht will be used for Antarctic charters and private cruising.
KM Yachtbuilders has more than 30 years of experience in building and finishing aluminum custom sailing yachts. It also supplies aluminum hulls for sailing and motor yachts up to 30m and aluminum parts for Royal Huisman and Feadship superyachts.
The yard started on the Pelagic-77 in mid-2019 and says finishing will take a few more weeks. Next are North Sea trial runs. After the handover, the yacht will first go to Norway. Later in the year, it will sail to its homeport of Puerto Williams in Chile.
The boat was drawn by Tony Castro Yacht Design and renowned yachtsman Skip Novak is a representative of the Pelagic Yachts charter company.
“This expedition ship was conceived and designed for high latitude expedition trips,” says Novak. “That means a high degree of self-reliance, practical ease while sailing and, of course, fitting into the Pelagic philosophy, i.e., simple systems that can be easily maintained even in the far-flung areas without specialist help.”
The modern, schooner-style yacht has a lifting keel in a fixed keel box. The sail area is distributed over the two masts. All sail systems, such as winches and jib rollers, can also be operated manually. The yacht has twin 150HP Yanmar engines. The yacht can accommodate eight guests and 3 crew members.
The large pilothouse has a comfortable living area. Upfront are six double cabins and two communal toilets and showers. With bamboo furniture, the style of the interior is light.