My name is Pelagic 77 and I do not fear the ice, in fact I challenge it. PHOTOS

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Tony Castro, MCM Yachts and Skip Novak. These three names are enough to give the measure of interest in what is simmering in the pot. Don’t you know them? We briefly explain who they are. The former is a designer famous for his often unconventional boats. The second is a company that specializes in representing owners throughout the design and construction process of their strictly custom yacht; the third is a skipper, journalist and lover of extreme adventures. The first will design it, the second will jointly oversee the construction with KM Yachtbuilders, and the third will sail on a boat to be called Pelagic 77, expressly designed to travel among the ice in the coldest and most inhospitable seas on earth.

There is already a successful precedent, the 22.5-meter Pelagic Australis, which Novak has used for exploration voyages to the polar seas. Now the size goes up slightly to 23.52, but the concept of the boat does not change, it simply takes on more modern and updated connotations.

The rig will be schooner style, a choice dictated by the fact that the boat will need to be able to sail in a very wide range of conditions, with the need to have the option of numerous sail plan configurations as required.

Instead, the submerged volumes will be rather small, in order to be able to pass more easily through icy areas with a hull that, given the numerous reinforcing ribs, in the intentions should be non-deformable i.e., able to pass smoothly through a thick ice floe.

L.f.t. : 23.52m
Gall. length: 20.40m
Width:6.31m
Draft 2.15/4.30 m

www.mcmnewport.com

www.kmy.nl

 

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