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‘AUSTRALIS’

Based in the Southern Hemisphere ‘AUSTRALIS’ is a steel hulled, fully rigged motor sailor registered as a commercial – Category 0 (zero – Unrestricted) vessel. She carries a comprehensive range of safety, operational and navigational equipment. A 180hp Gardner diesel engine powers the vessel and she is equipped with 2 zodiac tenders. She sails beautifully and has a powerful engine to push her along at 8+ knots when needed.

Australis sailplan
Australis cabin layout
Yacht Australis Antarctica sailing

Waterline:
At 23m (75′) and with either a full set of sails up or the powerful 180hp Gardiner engine pushing her along the vessel offers a wonderful sailing experience or a quick passage if time is of the essence.

yacht Australis under sail

Under way:
‘Australis’ is a motor sailor and will always travel under motor with sail assisted. Full safety rails make her a very safe craft in rough weather and for less experienced sailors.

Wheelhouse starboard1

Navigation:
‘Australis’ is equipped with state of the art navigation, GPS, radar, hydrographic and communication equipment allowing us to travel in the most remote waters on the planet.

Saloon

Saloon:
The generous saloon table seats 12 in comfort and share the days exciting stories. There is also a media centre to watch documentaries or view each others photos.

Galley outside

Galley:
The galley is very much part of the social area and is much like a standard household kitchen with modern appliances. Bon appetit…

Galley inside

Galley:
Cooktop, oven, microwave, toaster, kettle/jug, double sink with hot and cold running water. There’s a day fridge in the galley plus three full sized fridge/freezers on board. Bon appetit…

Double cabin1

Double and single cabins:
‘Australis’ has three cabins of three and one of two. With a maximum of 9 passengers this means there’ll be a spare bunk for storage. The lower double beds have timber dividers for those who don’t want to get too friendly. All bunks have removable sides for rough weather.

Single cabin

Singles cabins:
‘Australis’ has three cabins of three and one of two. With a maximum of 9 passengers this means there’ll be a spare bunk for storage. The lower double beds have timber dividers for those who don’t want to get too friendly. All bunks have removable sides for rough weather.

Bathroom

Bathroom:
There is a seperate bathroom for passengers which is spacious, clean and light. It includes a seperate shower and a standard marine toilet.

Drinks on deck

On Deck:
Solid safety rails all round provide a safe and comfortable deck area. The cockpit area is fitted with cradles for single and double sea kayaks when required.

Forecastle:
Loads of storage space!! This area has 2.5m headroom and ample storage for specialist or bulky equipment. This area has room for items up to 4.4m long. There’s a lifting rig available for lifting heavy items into this hold.

The view from above

Up top:
A crows nest at the first spreaders offers a safe position for photography and wildlife spotting.

Parked in ice

Strong:
Being custom made for high latitude voyages ‘Australis’ is well proven in heavy ice conditions, even breaking ice on occations.

Antarctic BBQ

Aussie BBQ:
An essential part of equipment onboard ‘Australis’ is the Aussie BBQ, providing wholesome meals, good fun and often solutions to the worlds greatest problems… all with a beer in hand.

Cargo hatch

Cargo hatch:
The forward cargo hatch has an opening hatch size of 2.6 metres x 2.2 metres… so we can load some seriously large pieces of equipment!

Specifications & Features
• Engines:
– Main 180hp Gardner marine diesel engine (130.6kw)
– Generator 13.5kva Onan diesel powered (240 volt)
– Generator back up 27kva Yanmar diesel powered (240 volt)
• 9 large, comfortable passenger berths
• Safety rails all round
• Crows nest with ladder access
• Deck lights for efficient night work
• Lifting rig for loading heavy items on board
• Water maker (desalinator) 2 Lt per min.
• Massive equipment storage space – in the forecastle for items up to 4.4m long (with headroom of 2.5m) or on deck (in cradles) for larger items. Below decks there’s plenty of cupboard and storage space
• Current design Kayak 2 x singles
• Current design Kayak 1 x double
• Bombard Commando C3 – 15hp Yamaha
• Bombard Commando C4 – 15hp Yamaha
• 450 Lt storage tank for outboard fuel
• Cargo hatch with an opening of 2.6 metres x 2.2 metres

Living:
• 240 volt electricity throughout (110 volt conversion available)
• Heating/air conditioning throughout
• Large saloon area
• Covered outdoor saloon area
• Flat screen TV
• Separate guest toilet, bathroom and hot shower
• Washing machine and dryer
• Ice maker – 56kg capacity
• Outdoor BBQ on rear deck

Electronics:
• Full navigation equipment:
• Radar – Furuno, commercial grade
• Depth sounder – Furuno, commercial grade
• GPS – Furuno GP32
• Auto pilot – TMQ
• World-wide integrated electronic charts
• Iridium OpenPort internet – via WiFi on any device – individual email addresses available
• Iridium OpenPort separate guests phone
• Iridium satellite phone
• Radios – HF (long distance) and marine VHF (close range)
• 6 x VHF marine hand held radios

Scientific Installations
• Wet / Dry lab   (Please request in advance)
• Computer lab   (Please request in advance)
• Freezer (390 Lt at −18 °C) & refrigerator (largest 450 Lt at 4 °C) storage capabilities
• Desalinated water
• Forecasting:
– Wind speed and direction
– Air temperature
– Barometric pressure
– Relative humidity
– Precipitation
– Cloud cover
– Snow fall
– Sea surface temperature
– Sea state
– Swell direction height & whitecap probability
• NOAA satellite live weather imagery receiving capability world over:
– Accurate coastline overlay on all pictures.
– Thermal readout/image colouring.
– Integrated Ocean depth 2 nml intervals & land elevation display.
– Overlay wind information.
• ENVISAT satellite real time ice extent imagery
– Mapping ice sheet characteristics and dynamics.
– Mapping sea ice distribution and dynamics.
– Spatial resolution of 150m
– Accurate coastline overlay overlay on all pictures.
– 100km swath.
– GIS enabled (GPS overlay for vessel to navigate on directly.
• Customised topographic cartography for specific Mountaineering or scientific expedition needs
• Customised satellite SWATH to order on location & real time satellite imagery

Hydrographic Installations
WinchMax line pull: 680 Kg
Max line speed: 118 mt/min
Motor: Hydraulic 15″ Cuin 104-1434 Char-Lynn
Discs: 355 mm Stainless Steel
Splitter: Bronze
Rope600 M
8 mm Dyneema double braid (SWL) 2800 kg (Please request in advance)
Sidescan SonarDeam width 95 M
Depth 30 M
2D & 3D bathymetric mapping – real time display & recording
DualBeam Eco sounderDepth 450 M
Frequency 200/83/455 kHz
2D & 3D bathymetric mapping – real time display & recording
SingleBeam Eco sounderCommercial Furuno Ecosounder FCV-295
Commercial Furuno Transducer 200/50 kHz
2D & 3D bathymetric mapping – real time display & recording
A-frameStern and side (Please request in advance)
Wet lab / dry labStainless steel tray 2M x 600mm x 35mm (Please request in advance)
Bottom, Sediment, Benthic Grab sampler – Van Veen GrabSample volume: 5 Lt (Please request in advance)
Sample area: 150mm x 290mm
Material: Stainless steel
Weight: 20kg
Expedition Installations
Kayaks2 x Singles (Current Design – Storm)
1 x Single (Prijon – Youkon Expedition)
1 x Double (Current Design – Crosswind)
TendersBombard Commando C3 – 15hp Yamaha
Bombard Commando C4 – 15hp Yamaha
Dive equipment Cultri-sub MCH-6 dive compressor
Bauer Oceanus E1 dive compressor
Honda Hooka (surface fed air) 2 x 100M
Dive weight
CartographyCustomised topographic cartography for specific Mountaineering or scientific expedition needs
Customised satellite SWATH to order on location & real time satellite imagery