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Explorer Yachts for Sale

Purpose-built to travel long distances, explorer yachts are an adventurer’s ideal vessel. With limited need to dock in ports throughout journeys, they are designed to cruise some of the world’s most remote locations. Simply the perfect expedition yacht for those that wish to avoid tourist hotspots and explore some of the secluded beauty that the world has to offer.

What are the defining features of an explorer yacht?

Whilst the exact features on an explorer yacht for sale will differ depending on its intended use - for example, a yacht designed to cruise Antarctica is likely to be vastly different to one intended for more tropical locations - there are some features that clearly define explorer yachts.

1. Seaworthiness

From rough seas to harsh weather, explorer yachts are designed to keep guests comfortable through the most extreme of conditions. Their robust hull (usually full displacement to cut through the water) puts explorer yachts in a better position to cruise through what can sometimes be considered treacherous waters, all whilst limiting the rock of the boat to ensure maximum stability and safety for guests on board.

2. Designed for distance

Explorer yachts are not your average superyacht. With superior navigation autonomy, and generous fuel tank capacity, long range expedition yachts can generally travel 5,000 nautical miles or more before needing to dock for fuel or servicing - that’s the equivalent of 9,260 km!

These yachts are also made with durable, hard-wearing materials to limit the wear and tear you would expect from harsh cruising conditions. As a result, the explorer yacht requires regular maintenance and servicing to ensure it can withstand the longer voyages.

"NORTHERN SUN explorer yacht"

3. Ample internal space

Since these yachts are designed for longer voyages, they usually have generous internal storage space for luggage, equipment, and supplies, both for guests and the crew. This often includes spare parts and provisions for the journey, alongside basic maintenance, and travel supplies.

4. Sufficient speed

Whilst the average cruising speed of an explorer yacht sits at around 10 knots, you also need to know that these yachts can move faster if needed to escape a storm or make up time in a tight itinerary. Modern explorer yachts are now pushing the boundaries of what’s previously been possible in the realm of speed, allowing some to reach around 14 knots when needed thanks to fast displacement hull designs and higher horsepower.

5. Steel hull

Strength, stability, and sturdiness are all critical features of a modern explorer yacht. With a steel hull, these yachts can withstand rough waters as well as the impact of additional debris that may be encountered whilst cruising. They are also easier to repair should they be damaged, as remote ports may not have access to industry-leading yacht service and repair facilities.

Top 5 Explorer Yachts for Sale

If it’s adventure, luxury, and exploration in the utmost comfort that you seek, then look no further. An expedition yacht offers all the decadence, relaxation and indulgence you expect from a superyacht, combined with high performance, stability, and stamina for once-in-a-lifetime adventures.

Ready to take the plunge? Here is a selection of some of the top explorer yachts for sale currently on the market at Ocean Independence:



51m - Narasaki Zosen

A majestic explorer yacht with uncompromising go-anywhere ability, NORTHERN SUN is the perfect vessel to explore the remote corners of the world. Take her cruising around Australia and the Whitsundays, or discover the many hidden treasures of South East Asia. Her oriental design influences, robust structure and long-distance cruising make this Narasaki yacht a true gem of the yachting world.

Asking price: EUR 14,724,000

NORTHERN SUN explorer yacht



68m - Hawk Yachts

Robust and ocean-ready, this 68-metre superyacht expedition vessel was built with function and practicality in mind. Her 6,800 mile range gives you the freedom to explore many far-off locations, and accommodating 14 guests over a spacious five decks, HAWK RANGER 68 will safely and comfortably allow you and your guests to visit any location, no matter the conditions.

Asking price: EUR 49,500,000

HAWK RANGER 68 explorer yacht



48m - Hawk Yachts

Built alongside award-winning naval architect Laurent Giles, this pioneering explorer yacht features six staterooms across five decks and generous communal spaces both inside and on-deck. Due for delivery in 2023 and boasting an impressive 48 metres in length and 690 GT in volume, this innovative vessel is perfect for ice-class voyages and remote island adventures.

Asking price: EUR 23,500,000

CAPE HAWK 690 explorer yacht rendering



38m - Ocea SA

Also due for delivery in 2023, this modern explorer yacht combines sleek aesthetics with uncompromising stability and strength. Offering smooth cruising and comfort with four staterooms, and all that latest technology and equipment on board, she makes the perfect family explorer yacht.

Asking price: EUR 13,500,000

DARNET 38M modern explorer yacht rendering

Like what you see? If you are interested in an explorer yacht for sale contact our team of yacht brokers.

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