Platinum Marine Services in collaboration with Bray Yacht Design and Research announced the launch of their new 125’ / 38 m Ocean Explorer series. The new yacht series is in response to current market demand for capable world cruising and long range efficient exploration yacht designs.
Platinum’s Ocean Explorer 125 features bold styling and colour scheme. This model will be the workhorse of the two new designs, having a large open aft deck called the “Adventure Deck” due to its ability to carry a helicopter, submarine, or large fishing tenders. Tim Charles, Platinum’s General Manager, says, “We wanted to create a vessel that would stand out as unique and functional whether at the dock or on open water”.
The second in the series, the Explorer Yacht is suitable for an owner looking for a vessel that is able to “go anywhere” but favors a larger interior living area than the Explorer. The main deck is fitted with oversize hull side windows that are also featured in the full-beam owner’s stateroom. Directly aft is the large gallery with a focus on gourmet meal preparation. The formal dining room features views from the oversize windows.
Both vessels have the master suite on the main deck with four full guest staterooms on the lower level. There are accommodations for up to six crew members. The yachts are designed to maximize visual cruising by maximizing window size and natural light creating the perfect exploring vessel.
Platinum Marine’s General Manager Tim Charles states “Our decision to work with the Bray group was based on their dedication and proven results in building long range super efficient cruisers. They are industry leaders in their field of work. By working from a solid and well engineered starting point, we are able to move rapidly into the construction phase with an owner who has custom requirements for his vessel.”
The semi-displacement hull with a draft of 7 ft was model-tested at the Ocean Engineering Centre in Vancouver, B.C. for both power selection and sea keeping with excellent results. The bulbous bow and dynamic hull shape is a continuation of the award winning work Patrick Bray, Naval Architect, has been doing with super fuel-efficient hull technology. The vessels will have a range of 6,500 miles at a 12 knot cruise and a top speed of 20 knots. The fixed active stabilizers, bow and stern thrusters, and twin screws protected by large shaft skegs are a part of that development. A bi-foil (fixed wing) under each prop provides passive trim control and reduces pitching. Propulsion will be provided by two C32 CATS driving 50” props. Bray says “Platinum understands the benefits of hull efficiency and where the future of yachting is moving - to long-range cruising. Their shipyard capabilities are key to helping us continue to grow this area of our business.”
Platinum Marine is a full service shipyard located in Vancouver, BC Canada. The Refit & Repair Division can handle vessels up to 135’ in its 45,000 square foot construction and repair facility. With over 80 experienced tradesmen, the company is capable of handling some of the most technical projects in North America. “Platinum has established a good reputation in the custom build environment and our open book approach to Project Management has lead to many repeat customers.” says Dave Marsden, Platinum Operations Manager.
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