The naval architects at the Madrid-based Barracuda Yacht Design have developed a new 44-metre sailing explorer yacht aimed at satisfying clients who wish to take long ocean voyages around the world.
The new project takes advantage of the experience gained by the renowned studio during America’s Cup campaign, resulting into a cleverly designed sailing platform offering next-level comfort, safety and storage features.
The sailing explorer provides the owners with a longer fuel range than other yachts in her size range while matching this ability with a well-thought layout which maximises spaces both for storage and living onboard in a way that is suitable to spending long periods at sea.
Inside, guests are accommodated in spacious cabins: four guest staterooms can each be converted between a double and twin configuration with a full-beam master suite at the stern below the steering cockpit. The crew is also accommodated in a spacious crew area with an engine room that comes with its own control room.
The crew and owner are provided with both indoor and outdoor steering positions to choose from depending on weather conditions. When sailing from the bridge inside the deckhouse, skylights above the wheelhouse still give a good view of the sail position. A self-tacking jib and furling gennaker and boom make for an easy-to-handle sail plan.
A fixed keel and bulb below the waterline set the sailing explorer up for less maintenance on her travels into the unknown as well as a moderate draft for reliable access into some of the most exclusive cruising grounds around the world. In addition to the keel, water ballasts are incorporated into the sheer lines of the yacht that will help limit the ship’s heel to around 10 degrees.