Thai shipyard Marsun has delivered the 34.14 metre classically-styled monohull schooner Vela following successful sea trials.
The yacht was delivered on August 7 following a two year build process and has already departed for the Maldives. Designed inside and out by Langan Design, Vela was a repeat commission from the study abroad organisation Seamester.
The steel-hulled yacht is the sister ship to Seamester’s existing yacht Argo, which was launched in 2006 and has since gone on to complete six circumnavigations.
As such, her vital statistics will include a 7.62 metre beam and a maximum draught of 3.08 metres. Accommodation on board is for up to 26 guests split across eight cabins, while the crew quarters allows for a staff of up to seven people.
Working in association with the University of South Florida, Seamester offers study abroad and gap year voyages ranging from 20 to 90 days on board both 34 metre Argo and the 26.8 metre Ocean Star.
“We thought this was the perfect time to diversify our offering and get another boat that can plough the world’s oceans," Mike Meighan, co-founder and executive director of Seamester, previously told Boat International.
Auxiliary power will come from a single diesel engine for a top speed of 10.50 knots. When trimmed back to her cruising speed of nine knots, Vela will be capable of extended cruising under power, thanks to a total fuel capacity of 12,000 litres.