Global Explorer 68, the globetrotting boat (21m) from Brazil


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The new Brazilian bluewater Global Explorer 68

The Brazilian shipyard MCP, active in yacht production for more than 40 years, has unveiled its latest creation: the Global Explorer 68. A boat that is causing discussion because of its design choices. A bluewater definitely out of the chorus!

Global Explorer 68 – Made in Brazil

It is a 21-meter sailboat with a hull constructed entirely of 5083 aluminum (certified by Lloyd’s Register); the choice of this material is dictated by the manufacturer’s desire to create a boat that is able to sail around the world, in all weather conditions, in the greatest possible comfort. Here, then, is the choice of aluminum for the hull, which is extremely light and strong, durable, nonflammable, and up to 10 times more rigid than fiberglass hulls.

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Deck and details

The superstructures, on the other hand, are made of low-density composite material, which ensures lightness and contributes to the high performance of this extraordinary sailing yacht. This 68-footer also features a retractable keel that, moved by a compact hydraulic mechanism, reduces the boat’s draft to 1.85 m.

Another highlight of this design is the fully enclosed engine room, with a high ceiling to allow standing work, with convenient access through a watertight door with manual lockers, watertight aluminum bulkheads: this is a more unique than rare feature of its kind, since it is practically impossible to find on another sailboat an engine room that allows such easy operation on systems.

The exterior design, especially in the deck area, is reminiscent of a trawler: a clearly recognizable structure overhanging the deckhouse line, large windows, and an enclosed salon are exclusive to a boat designed for year-round sailing.

Global Explorer 68 – Interior

Inside, in fact, there is also a second command post with panoramic sea views and controls for the autopilot, navigation electronics, engine levers, and anchor winch control. This second station is incorporated into a large living room with a double opposing sofa and fold-down table that can be transformed into a bed or comfortable chaise longue if needed.

Below deck, on the other hand, the layout gives truly remarkable spaces; a superyacht-worthy master stateroom with ensuite bathroom in the bow, two double cabins on the bulwarks and another double cabin in the stern, plus a fully equipped galley.

There is no shortage of a garage for the tender, with hydraulically folding tailgate. Looking at the boat, one cannot help but notice the mast positioned far forward, resulting in a wide mainsail and a small area headsail.

The design was entrusted to the shipyard’s in-house studio, and the signatures are by engineers Damien Chaves and Manoel Chaves, passionate sailors.

Federico Lanfranchi

Global Explorer 68 – Data Sheet

Length f.t.: 20.80 m
Width: 5.50 m
Max draught: 4.15 m
Displacement: 38.1 t
Fuel: 2.640 l
Water: 2.370 l
Engine: YANMAR 4LV 195 HP




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