✤Through-deck alluminium mast by Canclini with double spreaders and running stays
✤5 winches at the mast
✤Harken Mod. 3 jib furling system
✤2 yankee I m² 65
✤2 yankee II m² 45
✤1 jib m² 22
✤1 jib m² 16
✤1 storm jib m² 9
✤1 gennaker m² 130
✤2 full-batten main with harken-type cars
✤2 Lewmar 75ST yankee sheet winches
✤2 Lewmar 45ST jib sheet winches
✤2 40ST main sheet winches
✤2 40ST boom brake winches
✤Zodiac Futura Mark 2C FR inflatable floor boat
✤Tohatsu 8 HP outboard engine
✤Suzuki 2 HP outboard engine
✤Crow nest at the lower spreaders
✤Aft roll-bar for antennas support
✤Oceanographic A-frame aft, max load 150 KG
✤Large working platform aft
✤2 X 18 mm mooring line rolls aft (150 m each)
✤Hydraulic centreboard allows access and navigation in shallow waters
✤Full size canvas dodger and bimini with fixed windscreen
✤Complete hull and deck insulation (10cm p.u.foam)
✤2 aft cabins with double berths
✤1 forecabin with 4 berths (not in use during ocean navigation)
✤2 cabins amidships with twin berths
✤3 heads with electric toilets and hot water, all complete with shower
✤Work desk area with 3 fixed seats
✤Octagonal saloon table
✤Full size navigation area with chart locker
✤Galley with 4 gas fires and oven
✤Double inox sink
✤Double box fridge (80 L) and freezer (60 L)
✤Electrical Supply 24 V CC, 12 V DC, 220 V AC
✤2 X inverters 24 V CC/13.8V DC –30 A
✤Inverter 24 V DC/220 V AC – 1500 W
✤WEBASTO air heating system
✤WEBASTO hot water
✤Heating system connected to engine and hot water
✤REFLEKS diesel stove
✤Hot water tank (40 L 220 V / Engine / WEBASTO)
✤Fresh water tanks 1,600 L
✤Fuel tanks 2.000 L (approximate range 2,000 miles)
✤Diesel generator 220 V AC 3 KVA
✤Double station Robertson AP25 autopilot
✤Colour chart plotter SEIWA MARLIN 15'
✤Navigational insturments Simrad IS15W (log, speed, depth and wind)
✤Colour forward looking sonar echopilot
✤C-map chart navigation sw
✤EPIRB with GPS
✤VHF GMDSS radio (see Communication details)
✤GMDSS satellite system (see Communication details)
✤Certified for 12 persons, minimum crew 1 person
✤Two Solas approved oceanic liferaft for 8 people
✤Zodiac Sail 275 N PFD's for 12 people
✤Strobe lights for 12 people
✤Sailor 144 VHF radio
✤Sailor 5022 GMDSS VHF radio
✤Icom IC710 150W SSB radio
✤Icom IC718 SSB HAM radio
✤2 portable Icom ICM1 VHF radios
✤INMARSAT satellite communication system fleet 77 GMDSS (voice, fax, data 56KBS)
✤HF PACTOR-III modem (e.g. for Sailmail e-mail and weatherfax)
Best Explorer is a steel cutter with a full length of 15.17 metres. It was designed by the Giorgetti and Magrini Studio and built in 1984. The boat is classified as 100 A 1.1 by RINA (which means it is in perfect repair). Its displacement is around 25 tonnes with a minimum draught of 1.4 metres and a centreboard which, when fully lowered, has a draught of 2.9 metres.
The centreboard permits approaches and navigation in shallow waterways which are often encountered in the north. The bow has been reinforced and is stainless steel with a thickness of 6mm compared to the 5mm of the rest of the hull. Navigating in ice packs you can hit sheets of ice quite violently yet the hull has never been damaged. There is an ample supply of sails mostly in pairs. The sail working surface area to the north (mainsail and Yankee 2) is 80 square metres and the mainsails are full batten. A mainsail for storms is also present (with its track) and a storm jib.
The interior is caulked with 10 cm of foam. The sky lights are protected with removable polycarbonate which avoids condensation. The boat is heated by three independent systems, among which a stove that doesn’t require electricity to function. There are 5 cabins; the bow one is used as a storeroom and a technical area during long routes. The other four cabins have 2 berths each, the two back ones are doubles. There are 3 washrooms with showers and hot and cold water
The galley has a propane stove with four elements, an oven and grill (which isn't influenced by the cold). There is a refrigerator and a freezer. The dining area has two tables; one that seats eight and the other four, which is normally used for writing and working on the computer. In the charts table area, reserved for the skipper, are all the instruments and the electrical control panel.
There is also a radio and satellite communication system, one of which is high-speed. The 12V plug (the on-board system is 24V) is an inverter to generate small amounts of 220V power. Best Explorer's radio system consists of a dual system of both SSB and VHF radios. One of the SSB radios is set up for digital communication via modem. One of the VHF ones is a high-speed satellite radio suitable for GMDSS, an emergency communication system. The instruments have all the standard necessities for navigation. There are two graphic plotters for mapping, one internal and the other external near the steering gear. The automatic pilot is controllable internally and externally.
Its motor is an 95 HP SOLE, while an independent generator provides a voltage of 220V power for charging of the batteries and for other on board uses. There are five gas tanks for a total of 1,800 litres and two water tanks that hold a total of 1,600 litres. The motorized cruising speed is 7 knots with an autonomy of 2,000 miles. The mast has a top for observing ice and animals.
On the mast there is a crow's nest for spotting ice, reefs and animals. The cockpit is covered and can be completely sealed. At the stern there is a roll-bar that supports all the antennas and the radar. At the stern pulpit there are two fixed outboard motors while the dinghy, which holds five people, is secured on the bow bridge. The pulpit also has two fixed rolls of mooring lines of 120 and 150 metres. Back at the stern is a platform to manoeuvre the dinghy and a portal for raising loads from the sea. The boats equipment includes two SOLAS life rafts (like the ones for ships) that hold eight people each, self-inflatable 275N life belts with manual pull cord for everyone, EPIRB transmitter and radar responder, as well as two VHF portable radios and the standard emergency signals. For anchoring there are two winches, one at the bow and one at the stern, with 100 and 60 metres of 10 mm chain respectively, a 35 kg CQR bower anchor and a 30 kg Danforth anchor, plus two 16 kg grapnels to back anchor.
Steel Cutter with centerboard
Project: Giorgetti & Magrini
Shipyard CND Milano
LOA 15,17 m., 17,00 m. with aft plank
Breadth 4,34 m.
Depth 1,40/2,90 m.
Engine Solé Diesel SM-105, 95 hp at 2500 rpm
Sails 181 m².