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News: New expedition (explorer) motor yacht design in collaboration with Platinum Marine Services and Bray Yacht Design and Research

December 10, 2008 by Yachtie
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Platinum Marine Services have collaborated with Bray Yacht Design and Research in launching a new 38m explorer yacht (expedition yacht) the Ocean Explorer Series. There has been an increasing demand and interest for motor yachts able to conduct long-range cruising and exploration trips to all parts of the world with interactive equipment.

The new yacht design allows for two different configurations – the second with more internal space. Both yachts have a large open area aft, aptly called the ‘Adventure Deck’, due to the ability to carry a helicopter, submarine, or even large fishing tenders.

The expedition yacht’s main deck includes oversized hull windows which continue into the full beam width owner’s stateroom. This enables the best possible cruising and exploring experience and views. She also has a large gallery aft, with a focus on gourmet meals to be served in the formal dining room with its views from the over-sized windows. The master suite or owner’s accommodation will be situated on the main deck, with four guest staterooms on the lower level and room for six.

She is a semi-displacement hull and has a draft of 7ft and was model tested at Ocean Engineering Centre in Vancouver, B.C. for both power selection and sea keeping, with excellent results. Platinum Marine Services state that her bulbous bow and dynamic hull shape continues the super fuel-efficient hull technology of the award winning work Naval Architect, Patrick Bray.

The explorer yacht has a 6,500 mile range at a 12 knot cruise speed and a top speed of 20 knots. This is provided by two C32 CAT deisel engines driving 50” props. As with most modern luxury yachts she will also be fitted with active stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters to improve the comfort and safety onboard, with the twin screws protected by large shaft skegs. This expedition yacht design is also improved further with a bi-foil (fixed wing) under each prop which provides passive trim control and reduces the yacht pitching.

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