‘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 expedition support yacht
australis expedition support yacht interior

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

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 lab
• Dry lab
• Computer lab
• 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 of 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
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
Wet lab / dry labStainless steel tray 2M x 600mm x 35mm
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