Steel Explorer Sailing Yacht
Designed by UK renowned naval architect David Thomas in conjunction with Bureau Veritas, the design brief was to create a world circumnavigating yacht that would safely and reliably go to the ends of the earth, a Range Rover of the oceans. Xplore started her life as one of the yachts in the British Steel Challenge around-the-world race.
Designed for ocean sailing and fine tuned for high latitudes and even polar regions, Xplore's accommodation of 6 separate cabins can house up to 14 people. The separate living spaces within the yacht mean that on longer extended voyages or projects, people can find their own space to work, live and relax.
As a proven business operation for ten years, the yacht is fully equipped and prepared as a "Turn Key" platform that will take you to your dream places and pay for it. Xplore comes with an existing website, marketing and social media. There is an extensive and detailed new owner training period to ensure a smooth transition into Xplore.
Steering system: Cast iron fin keel
Displacement: 38 ton
Ballast: 12 ton
Vertical clearance: 26 meter
Other: Xplore was designed to be exceptionally strong, built in the highest qualities of steels in order to face what any ocean might throw at it with absolute confidence.
She was being slipped in Europe for general maintenance and antifouling in May 2017.
Bureau Veritas continues as the survey and standards authority. In 2015 Xplore had the 5 year major out of water survey including hull plating testing, shaft removal, 2016 annual survey in water and Xplore is due for its 2017 survey in the middle of this year.
Material, colours: Solid timber trim with Warerite laminate surfaces and marine plywood
Curtains: Afrormosia and Maple bright work in accommodation Iroko bright work in navigation area
Cooker & fuel: 4 burner gas stove
Other: Xplore has 6 sleeping cabins, 4 cabins with 10 bunks forward of the navigation area, and 2 cabins located aft of the saloon with 4 berths.
Fixed bottom bunks are either single or 3/4 double, giving extensive storage space underneath. Top bunks are slung, fabric padded.
All bunks have lee cloths for sailing. Cabins have bunk lights and circulation fans. Boots storage, life jackets stowage and survival suits.
Xplore comes with extensive bedding, duvets, pillows, covers and towels.
Engine, electrics, water
Power: 130 HP
Number of identical engines: 1
Engine hours: 11.500
Fuel tanks: 1900 Ltr
Propulsion: Bruntons Auto Prop 3 blades (new in 2016)
Dynamo: Balmar 220Amp/24Volt (new in 2014)
Water tank & material: 1100 Ltr
Water maker: Aquafresh UK (AF1000 AC)
Rig and sails
Sailplan type: Cutter Rigged Sloop
Spars, stays: Dyform 14mm 1 x 25 stainless steel wire and 12mm 1 x 19 stainless steel wire (new in 2017)
Winches: 13 Harken self tailing winches, 2 x 66st, 7 x 56st, 2 x 53st, 2 x 32st
Sails material: Vectron sails (2015) and a delivery set made of Dacron
Genoa reefing system: Profurl C530 headsail and C430 Staysail, New 2007
Gennaker: Asymmetrical Spinnaker 1.75 / 2oz
Number of masts: Aluminium mast, 3 spreader (new in 1996)
Other: Xplore has an extensive and almost new sail inventory. Details available on request.
The deck layout was designed to be safe, seaman like, efficient and provide as much protection for the crew as practically possible, even in extreme conditions. The deck hatches are defended from wave action by plinths. Dorade vents keep the accommodation well ventilated even in extreme conditions. The aft cockpit is particularly comfortable and the central cockpit ideal for entertaining.
The deck equipment was selected and custom designed for efficiency, robustness and ease of maintenance. All the equipment used fully justified its selection and remains in excellent condition.
Navigation and electronics
Other: B&G Hydro 2000 system, boat speed log, wind direction and speed, heading through B&G fluxgate compass. 3 displays in navigation area, 1 x analogue 2 x digital. Cockpit 6 displays 2 x 20/20 digital, 1 x analogue, 3 by digital. Updated software and firm ware through B&G 2015.
Simrad professional GPS, MX610 new 2016
Magnavox professional GPS MX100
Dedicated PC nav system, 12 volt data brick, with Maxsea and Open CPN software with charts. The PC system also runs the Sat com C Easy mail, Iridium comms software, weather viewing program and boat information
AIS, Comar receiver displayed on navigation PC software
Iridium fixed installation satellite communications, new 2007 with external antenna new 2016.
Koden colour radar 32 mile, new 2010
Sailor, Sat com C Navtex and commercial grade satellite communication system, new 2016
Skanti VHF fixed mounted with Comrod external antenna, external Sony cockpit speaker.
Skanti MF / HF radio, 400 watts with Comrod external antenna whip
B&G auto pilot ACP2 course computer 24 volt new 2007, displays in navigation area and cockpit
Auto pilot custom designed in 2007 with Kobelt ram and Accusteer electric / hydraulic pack, housed starboard cockpit aft, in fully contained water proof compartment, full access
Icom, hand held VHF and charger in Saloon
HP printer (saloon located) USB to navigation area
Anchor windlass: 24 volt Lewmar 3000
Dinghy: Zodiac Mark 1 Classic 3.5 meter inflatable, with aluminium floors, new 2007.
Outboard engine: Yamaha 15 hp outboard with tank, new 2007.
Flares: Distress flairs, current for ocean going
Life jackets: 12 x MX marine inflatable life jackets and harnesses 150Kn
Other: 12 x immersion survival suites
Boarding / swim ladder, removable
Cockpit and side deck jack stays
MOB turnbuckle sling, lifting strop, scramble net, throwing line
Gas detection electronic system, galley and engine room serviced 2015
2 x full professional ocean going MCA standard medical kits and equipment, re-validated 2015 / 2016. Day medical kit in navigation area.
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