Ice bound blue water cruiser turned over in ceremony at Dutch yard

Friday the 13th was not an unlucky day in Makkum, Holland. Owen Clarke’s latest design, a custom 20m aluminium lifting keel blue water cruising yacht, designed specifically for high latitude cruising and expeditions was turned at the yard of KM Yacht-Builders

Due to be launched in August 2018, Qilak has been designed to anticipate future regulations for high latitude cruising including double bottom diesel tanks, insulated from the exterior hull skin. Other innovative features include furling sails on halyard locks to enable removal and significant reduction in aero drag at anchorage/moorings in high winds. Her owners are experienced high latitude sailors and have also built on the experience of Owen Clarke’s history of sailing in the Southern Ocean and Greenland waters. Additional input and review has been provided by Antarctic cruising and expedition specialists

The final design is distinctly functional; particularly the pilot house which has twin interior watch-keeping positions with ‘clear screen’ viewing through reverse angled windows, for the same reasons this is a feature in pilot and lifeboats the world over. The bow area is dominated by the space required for two ‘over-sized’ 80kg anchors, each with the holding power capable of grounding the yacht in excess of 60kts of wind.
At the aft end of the yacht a ‘beach ramp’/door provides access to a garage containing a quick launch/recovery system for a small RIB. Two secondary inflatable tenders are stowed in the forepeak and there is space on the foredeck for quick recovery of any of the above in adverse conditions.

Qilak will be available for commercial or private charter from the Autumn of 2018 and will be available in the North or Southern Hemispheres, depending on enquiries received. Her owner’s future plans include Spitzbergen, North West Passage,  Greenland, Antarctica, Chile Canals, Falkland Islands and South Georgia cruising itineraries as well as availability for scientific, commercial and expedition charters.

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