Barracuda Yacht Design’s new 44m Sailing Explorer superyacht concept

Written by Charl van Rooy

In an attempt to offer die-hard sailing clients a ready-to-go sailing yacht to take around the world on long ocean voyages and off-the-beaten-track family adventures, Barracuda Yacht Design have developed a new 44-metre sloop with that exact function in mind. The project is built on the experience the studio has gained during the America’s Cup campaign and presents clients a well-designed and thought-out platform that is packed with next-level comfort, safety and storage features.Barracuda Yacht Design Sailing ExplorerPhoto: Barracuda Yacht Design

Built for the long and open road, the Sailing Explorer not only offers a longer fuel range than other yachts in its size range but matches this ability with superior storage and livable spaces on board that are more suited to spending long periods at sea. Crew are also well taken care off in a large and spacious crew area with an engine room that comes with its own control room.

When it comes to the sailing of the vessel, the crew and owner have indoor and outdoor steering positions to choose from depending on weather conditions. When sailing from the bridge inside the deckhouse, skylights above the wheelhouse still give a good view of the sail position. A self-tacking jib and furling gennaker and boom make for an easy-to-handle sail plan. Barracuda Yacht Design Sailing ExplorerPhoto: Barracuda Yacht Design

A fixed keel and bulb below the waterline set the Sailing Explorer up for less maintenance on her travels into the unknown as well as a moderate draft for reliable access into some of the most exclusive cruising grounds around the world. In addition to the keel, water ballasts are incorporated into the sheer lines of the yacht that will help limit the ship's heel to around 10 degrees.

Inside, guests have spacious cabins to retire to at the end of the day. Four guest staterooms can each be converted between a double and twin configuration with a full-beam master suite at the stern below the steering cockpit.

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