Bray Yacht Design and Research have unveiled this new 40m Ice Class Explorer. This vessel will have a steel hull and an aluminium superstructure. Powered by twin CAT C12.9, she will have a 11,500 nautical miles range at 12 knots.
Onboard are all the comforts that you would expect in a world class yacht. The main section of the flybridge is covered by a hard top and can be heated or cooled as required for use in all hemispheres, and features a large dining area and bar.
The master suite encompasses the entire aft half of the bridge deck allowing for stunning views along with a large private deck space. Extensive use of glass creates an atmosphere that provides for ongoing interactions with the surrounding environment. The main salon and dining area incorporate large feature windows which slide open to bring the outdoors in. Fold-down glass bulwarks create balconies to port and starboard over the water providing an uninterrupted view of exotic land and seascapes.
The main aft deck is a highly flexible platform that can accommodate a wide variety of support craft. There is room to comfortably fit a 32’ (9.5M) primary tender, a 24’ (7.3M) secondary tender, plus a number of small water craft – or instead the owner could select a submarine and smaller tenders. Along with all of these options, the deck also accommodates a helicopter landing pad. When all the water craft are deployed the boat deck is transformed into a huge beach area with easy water access.
The lower deck features four spacious guest cabins with extra-large port lights to provide enhanced natural light and viewing.
The OCEAN ROVER’s mission profile demands that she has exceptional crew accommodations to handle the extended passage and remote area operations. For traditional cruising areas she can operate with a smaller crew. However, she can accommodate all of the additional crew members necessary (and often not considered when creating a world exploration vessel) such as dive instructors, fishing guides, pilots, nannies, security personnel, etc.
Input for this project was provided by John DeCaro of All Ocean Yachts, Captain Winston Clarke (previously of “Bigfish”), Michael Kirschstein of Kirschstein Design and David Darwent of D2 Project Management, bringing a superb balance of expertise and practical experience to the design and build that is rare to find. The design team is dedicated to making all aspects of operation efficient and “GREEN” by incorporating proven procedures and utilizing and developing cutting edge technologies. To this end, the OCEAN ROVER will incorporate extensive solar cells, shaft generators, and the new TESLA battery power supply system, thus enabling reduction of the generator sizes and enhanced operation of the vessel in a wide variety of operating parameters. And of course our advance hull technology for fuel efficiency and seakeeping.
Photos: Courtesy of Bray Yacht Design