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Expedition Yachts and Trawlers

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Expedition yachts, also known as explorers, are long-range ocean-going vessels built for ocean crossings and long journeys in diverse weather conditions. Trawler-type yachts are a special case of expedition yachts. The design of recreational trawlers resembles that of commercial trawlers used for ocean fishing. Just like their commercial ancestors, trawler yachts have full displacement steel hulls and raised pilothouses with reverse raked glass. The raked-forward windshield is not only about aesthetics but also has actual functional advantages. Water flows faster off the reverse sloped windshield allowing the helmsman to see better in bad weather. It also helps avoid the reflection of the control panel in the glass at night and cuts glare during the day.

As expedition yachts and trawlers are designed for long journeys, they should be very fuel-efficient, autonomous, safe and maintainable.  Some boat builders, such as Nordhavn Yachts, equip their yachts with backup engines and duplicate all life support systems, so that a breakdown could not disable a vessel in the middle of the ocean. Desalinators and water purifiers are a must onboard an ocean-crossing vessel.

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How are expedition motor yachts and trawler yachts built?

Most expedition yachts and trawler yachts have full-displacement hulls with deep draft, making them not so fast, but stable and efficient. Steel is the most common material for the hull, and aluminum — for the superstructure. Some of the recent explorer yacht builds also use composite materials for the hull.

Expedition yachts and trawlers have to carry a lot of fuel, water, and other supplies on board, that's why they are usually larger than 60 ft. Fuel reserves on board should be good for a range of about 5,000 miles at speeds up to 10 knots.

If the yacht is intended to sail in high latitudes, then her hull must be polar code B compliant. The Polar Code compliance indicates that the vessel has the ability to withstand flooding if the hull is damaged by ice.  

What types of engines are used on expedition yachts and trawlers?

Maintainability and reliability being crucial requirements to an explorer yacht's propulsion systems, they usually consist of tried-and-true setups with diesel engines and shaft-driven propellers. Heavy-duty diesel engines such as CAT, MAN and John Deere, that can run smoothly for a long time, are used on expedition yachts and trawlers. Twin Engines and twin generators are installed so that if one of them fails, the yacht will remain underway.

Over the last years, though, yacht builders have also developed and built explorer yachts with hybrid propulsion systems, where diesels are complemented by electric motors and batteries, allowing for emission-free motoring, for example, in environmentally sensitive areas.