Our New Expedition Yacht

A tough aluminum sailboat to explore high latitudes
and support scientific and adventure expeditions ...

About the boat

Plans & Specifications

UPDATE 3 OCTOBER 2003:

We spent a week doing systems trials, and were very pleased that everything went well -- engine trials, keel lifting up and down both on the electric winch and the backup hand winch, rudder lifting up and down, anchoring, etc.

We even saw our first seal from Seal's deck ...

Then we began to prepare for our unconventional haul-out -- by scoot and wrecker truck -- to bring her home to the workshop for a winter of carpentry.

Launching the scoot and positioning Seal over it:

Hamish and Mal Sandberg launching the scoot



using Seal to position the scoot


mud, mud, glorious mud ...



positioned over scoot, waiting for the tide to drop Seal down on top
(the lobster pot buoys mark the corners of the scoot for alignment)


low tide, attached to the scoot


Hamish in the keel case, tightening Seal down onto the scoot


waiting for the tide


half a ton of water ballast to help push the bow down when we pull her in at high water



the tractor team


ready to go


haul away!




Photos from the build:

14 JUL || 17 JUL || 3 AUG || 17 AUG || 28 AUG || 12 SEP || 28 SEP || 13 OCT

23 NOV || 14 DEC || 1 JAN

24 SEP (launch) || 3 OCT (scoot) || 3 OCT (positioning) || 3 OCT (haulout)

16 APRIL (interior)

About the boat

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