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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.

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.

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

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 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.

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

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.

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

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:
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