Ben Wallis operates an international charter service with the fully equipped 75′ steel-hulled motor sailor ‘AUSTRALIS’ and the 52′ steel-hulled yacht ‘PHILOS’. Both vessels are purpose built for high latitude expedition sailing.
‘AUSTRALIS’ – based in the Southern hemisphere is set up for both hard working commercial projects and laid-back luxury cruising. She is fully equipped to support expeditions, film crews, scientists, photographers, mountaineers, skiers, snowboarders, artists, bird watchers, divers, sightseers and adventurers of all descriptions. In addition to all the luxuries of a well appointed cruising vessel, she has large storage areas for equipment and a workshop. She carries 9 passengers and the crew and is registered as a commercial – Category 0 (zero – Unrestricted) vessel.
‘PHILOS’ – based in the Northern hemisphere is set up for both small projects & laid-back cruising. She is a steel-hulled, schooner rigged yacht & carries a comprehensive range of safety, operational and navigational equipment to support expeditions, film crews, scientists, photographers, mountaineers, skiers, snowboarders, artists, bird watchers, divers, sightseers and adventurers of all descriptions. She carries 5 passengers and the crew.
WHERE AND WHEN
Ben operates year round bouncing between the summer in the southern polar region during October to April and the summer in the northern polar region during July to September.
Ben is also open to suggestions for trips to other parts of the world !!
Our rates are variable depending on destination:
‘AUSTRALIS’ – based in the Southern hemisphere – eg. Antarctica & the Island of South Georgia. Please enquirer for pricing. The glacial regions of Patagonia, Beagle Canal, Cape Horn & Falkland Islands AUD$3,983 per day. Prices include food, fuel, port and permit fees. Most trips have a minimum duration, please check the destination pages for details.
‘PHILOS’ – based in the Northern hemisphere – eg. Greenland, Svalbard, North West Passage and the Arctic AUD $2,040 per day (to charter the entire vessel. This works out at AUD $408 per person). This includes food, fuel, port and permit fees.
Vessel Tracking – ‘Australis’ has a satellite tracking device fitted so if you have family and/or friends onboard you can track their progress during the voyage anywhere in the world.