Madrid-based studio Barracuda Yacht Design has unveiled a new 44-metre (144-foot) sailing yacht concept. The majestic sloop – the Sailing Explorer – has been designed using the expertise the firm has gained from its experience with racing yachts and the America’s Cup.
Barracuda’s new concept is aimed at sailing fanatics wanting a fully formed vessel for long voyages and family expeditions. As well as a striking blend of form and functionality for lengthy periods at sea, Sailing Explorer will also boast high-end comforts and top-quality safety features.
In addition, she will benefit from a longer fuel range than similar-sized yachts, allowing for extended trips at a much lower cost.
Guest accommodation is large and airy, with plentiful storage options – there are four staterooms, able to be configured to either twin or double layouts, with a master suite at the stern beneath the steering cockpit. Crew quarters are also spacious, more so than average models in this size range, and an engine room below deck includes its own dedicated control room.
Crew and guests will be able to manoeuvre the Sailing Explorer with ease in all weather conditions thanks to indoor and outdoor steering options. If at the bridge inside the main deckhouse, skylights provide useful views of the sail and its position. A self-tacking jib and furling gennaker and boom ensure that the sail plan is easy to use.
The fixed keel and bulb, set below the waterline, make sure that the Sailing Explorer requires less maintenance time while on her travels. A moderate draft also affords simple access to shallower cruising grounds, and water ballasts – incorporated into the vessel’s exterior lines – assist in limiting the heel to approximately 10 degrees.
For more information, visit Barracuda Yacht Design.