New-build contract for Balk Shipyard...

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New-build contract for Balk Shipyard...

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She’s a Felix Buytendijk-designed ice-class explorer.


In Holland, the Balk Shipyard in Urk and Felix Buytendijk Yacht Design in Zoelen are cooperating on a new 36.4m (119ft) explorer yacht. Designed to deliver a range of 3,500 nautical miles, this vessel will be ice-classed and provide accommodation for up to eight guests and a crew of five.
She will have just one main engine, a 1,500hp Cat, that will push her up to a maximum 13 knots. However, beyond a bowthruster, she will have a Schottel-type sternthruster that will provide back-up for the main engine and generators.
She will be capable of carrying a 7.6m (25ft) tender and 4.6m (15ft) MOB tender. Her boat crane will reach 16m (52ft 6in).
The interior will be 'no nonsense', but will provide everything one would expect of a vessel of this size
The work on hull and superstructure will be finished early 2011 and delivery is scheduled for the end of 2011.
Her maiden voyage has been planned from Spitsbergen to Nova Zembla, commencing spring 2012.

Basic Spec — Balk/Buytendijk 36.4m Explorer...
LOA: 36.4m (119ft)
LWL: 33.5m (110ft)
Beam: 7.80m (25ft 7in)
Draught: 2.85m (9ft 4in)
Main Engine: 1 x Caterpillar 3512 (1,500hp)
Max Speed: 13 knots
Cruise Speed: 10 knots
Construction: Steel/aluminium
Design: Felix Buytendijk Yacht Design

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