New build and brokerage Explorer Yachts, Trawler Yachts and Expedition Yachts for sale. With so many builders and yacht brokers marketing "Explorer Yachts" for sale it is worth considering what an Explorer Yacht or Expedition Vessel actually is when navigating the yacht sales market and when talking with your yacht broker.
The market has now evolved considerably with new generation of global explorers and expedition yachts intended to cruise the world’s oceans whilst being every bit as comfortable as the most refined luxury yachts. Interest in such world cruiser vessels has also been a major trend in the yacht brokerage and yacht charter market.
In general, an explorer yacht is a motor yacht designed and built for a longer range of a minimum 4,000 nautical miles, capable of handling extreme sea conditions of wind and waves, in culmination with the ability to carry larger tenders and toys in comparison to yachts in the same size range.
At the more extreme end yachts may be "Ice Classed" to ensure safe navigation in Polar regions. The requirement for long range therefore generally requires an explorer yacht design to have much larger fuel tanks, smaller engines and much lower fuel consumption. The ability to handle rough sea conditions generally requires a displacement hull form, a steel hull, and a superstructure from aluminium.
To be operational for long periods many miles from home (no use trying to cross the Atlantic with an empty freezer) or to operate in far off charter destinations requires considerable storage capacity and a corresponding high volume or Gross Tonnage compared to the overall length of the yacht. Crew areas must be designed to take into account many months at sea.
Special attention must be paid to noise and vibration to ensure that such ocean yachts are extremely quiet. Reliability and independence are vital factors in an explorer yacht: this means large and easy to access engine rooms, over -engineered and accessible systems and technical spaces similar to commercial vessels to ensure that the vessel can be kept running at all times. The sturdiness and seaworthiness required to take on all seas requires design characteristics that allow the vessel to be able to take on rough seas.
So design considerations to look out for when looking at explorer yachts for sale may include bigger freeing ports on the fore-deck (to allow water to escape quickly), reverse sheer windows (allowing greater visibility, stronger, less vulnerable glass) a Portuguese bridge (to protect the pilot house and also crew access to the forward areas of the yacht), with wide side decks and high gunwales to allow safe movement around the vessel in all conditions. Indeed, it could be said that the “explorer yacht”, far from being a separate specialised category of yacht is in fact the ideal luxury cruising yacht.
For more than 15 years, from our base on the Mediterranean coast of France near the Italian border, our yacht brokerage team has imported, project-managed, purchased and sold through the rest of the world ocean going vessels ranging from trawler yacht to the largest explorer yachts.
Nowadays one can build a new explorer yacht at very competitive prices and there is a developing brokerage market in used vessels from builders such as Inace Yachts, Cantiere Delle Marche and Ocean King.
Our brokers are experts in the explorer yacht market. We exhibit annually at events such as the Cannes Yachting Festival and are in daily contact with yacht builders, naval architects, exterior designers. We can share valuable market intelligence with your yacht manager or exterior designer to advise on all aspects of explorer yacht construction or in selling your yacht.
We hope that you enjoy your yachts search and browsing the extensive selection of pre-owned featured yachts and long range motor yachts for sale.