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Pelagic 77 expedition sailing yacht hits the water

23 February 2021By Miranda Blazeby

The 23.5 metre expedition sailing yacht Pelagic 77 has been launched and christened Vinson of Antarctica, named after the highest mountain in Antarctica.

The yacht hit the water on Monday morning at the Makkum shipyard of KM YachtBuilders where the vessel has been under construction since summer 2019. With a robust fixed keel and a reinforced hull and deck structure reinforced to withstand ice, the Pelagic 77 was built for sailing in high latitudes, according to owner's representative MCM. 

The aluminium work is now complete
Credit: Guy Fleury/KMY

The yacht is designed by Tony Castro Design and is penned as an evolution of the 22.5 metre Pelagic Australis, which was the result of adventurer Skip Novak's first 14 years of high latitude sailing.

Speaking about the design, MCM founder Peter Wilson said: "An expedition sailing yacht has to be designed and built to specific criteria, including enhanced autonomy, ease of handling, a simple sail plan and reliable onboard systems – and robust. The Pelagic 77 has been conceived with all these factors in mind.”

Credit: Guy Fleury/KMY

Vinson of Antarctica features two carbon masts so that the sail area is distributed and all sail systems, such as winches and jib rollers, can still be operated by hand. Elsewhere, the yacht features twin engines with well-protected propellers, a workshop forward to allow running repairs at sea and a diesel stove in the aft saloon.

The yacht, which has a beam of 6.2 metres, has an interior design populated with bamboo furniture. It features a large pilothouse with a comfortable living area and galley aft, which makes up the majority of the guest areas. The accommodation quarters meanwhile consists of six double cabins forward of the pilothouse.

Vinson of Antarctica will now head to the North Atlantic where she will undertake sea trials. The vessel will then be used for charter trips based out of Puerto Williams in South Chile as well as for private use by her experienced, Chilean owner.

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