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Ends of the Earth

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Explorer Yacht Checklist

☐ Construction:

    The hull should be a full displacement form for efficiency and range and all steel for durability and strength

☐ Accommodations:

    Guests and crew will stay onboard for longer periods so sufficient living and stowage space and well-laid-out routing for guests and crew are important, as is extra room for local pilots or guides.

    HVAC systems should be oversized to handle extreme climates.

☐ Tankage:

    For long voyages and to avoid the need to top up tanks in places with poor-quality fuel. Kingship’s Ocean SUV line has three models with sufficient tankage to yield ranges from 5,000 to 9,500 NM.

☐ Reduncancy:

    Complex installations tend to have more problems, and service is not always available. Thus all key equipment such as heating and air conditioning systems, watermakers, and nvigational electronics should have backups.

☐ Tenders:

    Because guests will want to do exploring of their own, tenders should be large and provide protection from the elements.

To learn more about explorer yachts from their owners and captains, read “Ends of the Earth” here.


  • Boat Type: Megayacht (> 80')

This article originally appeared in the January 2012 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.