Inside the In-Build Expedition Sailing Yacht Pelagic 77
by Miranda Blazeby
More details have been released on the in-build 23.5 metre expedition sailing yacht Pelagic 77 currently under construction at KM YachtBuilders.
With a robust fixed keel and a reinforced hull and deck structure reinforced to withstand ice, the Pelagic 77 was designed and built for sailing "mainly in high latitudes", according to owner's representative MCM.
The yacht is designed by Tony Castro Design and described as "an evolution of the 22.5 metre Pelagic Autralis", also designed by Castro.
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.”
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 pilot house and 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.
MCM also gave a construction update on the progress of the in-build yacht, revealing that the aluminium work is now complete and the interior is underway in the Dutch yard's joinery department.
The next stage will see the mechanical, electrical and hydraulic systems installed before interior outfitting takes place. The deckhouse will be installed once outfitting is completed.
The Pelagic 77 is due for completion by the end of this year at which point its "experienced owner" will head to the northern high latitudes.
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