MCM co-founder Peter Wilson provides insight into his role as owner’s representative on a very special sailing yacht high latitudes project in build at KM Yachtbuilders in the Netherlands.
–The 23.5-metre Pelagic 77 is one of rare breed of sailing yacht designed specifically for navigating in polar seas.
-Design by Tony Castro for round-the-world racer and polar adventurer Skip Novak
-Conceived, designed and built to specific criteria: enhanced autonomy, ease of handling, simple sail plan, reliable onboard systems, robustness and workshop repairs station.
The 23.5-metre Pelagic 77 is one of rare breed of sailing yacht designed specifically for navigating in polar seas. Her very experienced owner wanted “an expedition yacht designed and built for sailing mainly in high latitudes” and he knew exactly who to go to for advice…
Round-the-world racer and polar adventurer Skip Novak is widely considered a world authority on high-latitude sailing. His specialist vessel, Pelagic Australis, was designed by yacht designer Tony Castro for operations in remote polar regions. The Pelagic 77, in build by aluminium specialists KM Yachtbuilders, is very much an evolution of that vessel, which since her launch in 2003 has covered thousands of ocean miles working as an expedition charter yacht in both the Arctic and Antarctic, including an attempt on the NW Passage.
“Skip, Tony and KM had already proved themselves to be a winning team, so why look any further?” says Peter Wilson. “As Skip is often at sea on expeditions, he needed a wingman on the ground to follow the project and MCM was delighted to oblige. 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.”
Standout features that highlight the yacht’s explorer vocation include:
“This project represents a number of firsts for MCM,” says Wilson. “Although I’ve known Tony for many years and Skip since our maxi racing days in the ‘80s, we’ve never had the opportunity to work together. Additionally, it’s also our first collaboration with KM Yachtbuilders, who have carved out a solid niche in building high quality, rugged, aluminium explorer yachts. This is a collaboration amongst a coterie of experienced people that oozes a shared enthusiasm to achieve something exceptional”
With all the aluminium work now complete and the interior constructed in the adjacent joinery department, the next stage of construction is to run the cables, piping, ducting for the mechanical, electrical, hydraulic systems, then start the interior outfitting followed by installation the deckhouse. The yacht is scheduled for completion before the end of the year when she will be put through her paces in the northern high latitudes. In these times, one could argue that such an explorer yacht that can travel to the far corners of the earth, is perhaps more appealing than ever!
Beam max: 6.31m
Draught max: 4.30m
Draught min: 2.15 m
Engines: 2 x Yanmar 118 kW propulsion engines
Fuel: 8210 lit.
Day tank fuel: 250 lit.
Fresh water: 3055 lit. B/G
Water: 1310 lit.
Utility/Waste/Oil: 200 lit.