Yachts of the expedition class
Quite often, speaking of expedition yachts or yacht-explorers, people mean different. Someone considers the criterion of the expedition yacht to be a recognizable sharply outlined silhouette inherent in the classic trawler yachts. Someone is talking about the material of the hull or about the fuel reserves. So what is an "expeditionary yacht" and what are the "control points" that should be?
Motor Expedition Yachts
1. First of all, the project.
Wishing to receive the yacht of the expedition class, make sure that the yacht has been designed properly. Your safety in case of possible extreme weather conditions should be a priority when creating a project. The yacht project should be designed by competent marine engineers, checked and approved by the European Classification Society. For example, the yachts designed by our design office are approved and certified by the Italian RINA CO. The length and breadth of the vessel, the displacement, correctly designed watertight bulkheads, seaworthiness, stability and many other parameters should be taken into account and calculated by the specialist in order for the project to really match category A - the area of navigation is unlimited.
2. Yacht hull material
As material of the hull for the expedition yacht, steel is most often used. This material shows extremely high strength characteristics. It is not for nothing that expeditionary yachts are given the so-called "ice class", which testifies to the reference reliability and safety of the ship. The steel displacement displacement hull for the ice-class forwarding motor yacht is what, as they say, "must have", if one of your priorities is safety and reliability. Also not uncommon in the creation of the case is the use of aluminum alloys. Adherents of aluminum speak about such advantages of this material, as weight reduction, increase of seaworthiness, decrease in the charge of fuel. In our experience - the best indicators are given by combining these materials. A robust steel casing and aluminum superstructure make it possible to achieve optimum weight values, to show excellent seaworthiness and economy. For example, an expedition motor yacht BSY 90 with a length of 27.6 meters at a cruising speed of 10 knots showed a consumption of only 60 liters per hour.
Forming the list of equipment with shipyard specialists, you should understand that reliability, ease of operation and maintenance is the guarantee of your comfortable and safe journey on the expedition yacht. Choosing equipment for your yacht, you must trust the specialists of the shipyard and the staff of the classification society. Your knowledge and experience "I at myself so did in a country house" can not always be adapted to operate a yacht in the sea under different weather conditions.
4. Comfort and safety.
The yacht of the expedition class from just a large yacht with a good supply of fuel is distinguished by the possibility of its operation under a variety of weather conditions, sometimes even extreme ones. A beautiful designer interior should be combined with yacht practicality. All elements of your interior must be adapted to the possibility of traveling through the stormy sea. All furniture should be fixed, all boxes, lockers, doors and doors must have an appropriate stopper. Literally everything on the yacht of the expedition class should be designed and equipped so that even after the storm your ship looked the same as before. So you should pay attention not only to the air conditioning system on the yacht, but also to the heating system. Do not believe if you are trying to convince yourself that air-conditioning "heat-cold" is enough for you. Based on their practical experience - on the yacht must be installed heating system, which effectively works at a good "negative" temperature.
5. Fuel supply
This is a very important point. Speaking of the expeditionary yacht as a displacement ship on which you are traveling with a comfortable cruising speed of 10 knots, it is worth remembering that the fuel reserves under this regime should be enough for 3,500 nautical miles. If the project allows, then more can be done (for example, one of the constructed Black Sea Yachts shipyard, the BSY 98 expedition yacht was designed with a power reserve of 5,000 nautical miles), but 3500 is the necessary standard that should be.
6. Rescue means.
Your safety should be in the first place. In the sea, anything can happen, therefore, no matter how reliable and safe your yacht is, it must be equipped with life-saving equipment in accordance with special regulations. Not only life jackets, but also satellite communication systems, special signal buoys, which are activated when entering the water, a self-expanding life raft and much more.
Reliability, safety, comfort - these three qualities should be combined with a real yacht of the expedition class. And then your travels will be full of new impressions and wonderful rest.
Expedition sailing yachts
Expedition sailing yachts can be approached with the same basic evaluation criteria as for the motor: the project, the hull material, equipment, comfort, safety. On sailing yachts is not so important such a huge stock of fuel - the volume of fuel tanks to go 1000 nautical miles under the engine you will be enough. But it is worth noting that on the sailing yacht of the expedition class you need to have an additional set of storm sails designed for work in extreme conditions.
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