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Taking Luxury Off the Beaten Path

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If you’re keen to cruise the waters of the Antarctic, never fear…there’s a yacht for that. If your to-do list includes island hopping in the most remote locales of the Pacific Ocean, you don’t have to miss the opportunity. Explorer yachts can accomplish these itineraries and many more. Along with the ability to cruise the world’s most exceptional environments, explorer yachts also have the facility to store on board not only large tenders, but also a vast array of toys, many of which traditional yachts simply can’t accommodate. Furthermore, the layout of explorer yachts offers added comfort for all on board. Master staterooms can be found on the lower deck amidships, which is the most stable location. You won’t lose a night’s sleep during an overnight passage in any location.

Traveling to the ends of the earth on board an explorer yacht truly is a family bonding experience. Watching your children discover the world as you cruise from destination to destination not only brings the family closer, but it also offers a unique teaching opportunity. Many explorer yachts have space for teachers or professors to join the trip; children are able to continue their education whist at sea during a circumnavigation. These types of explorer trips foster curiosity, exposing all on board to learning opportunities not only about the ocean and environment, but also about cultures from around the world. Traveling on an explorer yacht is like taking your home with you wherever you go. Families, especially those with younger children, are able to feel at ease when exploring the world’s most remote locales as they are all together, traveling with an entourage.

Northrop & Johnson is proud to have for sale two of the world’s premier explorer yachts, M/Y SAFIRA and M/Y ZEEPAARD — both of which will be on hand at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from October 30 to November 3, 2014.

Newcastle Marine’s 39-meter M/Y SAFIRA is not just an explorer yacht, but she’s a true “green machine.” Sparkman & Stephens won an award for the impeccable naval architecture of SAFIRA, whose Caterpillar power, ice-strengthened steel hull and Schottel Azipod drives ensure she is both safe and economical when traversing some of the world’s most unique locales. When SAFIRA charters in Greenland, whale watching, dog sledding, incredible cold-water scuba diving and relaxing in volcanic hot springs are all on offer in the land of fire and ice. SAFIRA’s 25-foot tender and her vast onboard toy chest, including paddleboards, kayaks, towable toys and snorkeling gear, are at your disposal as you explore. SAFIRA’s hull was built to break through ice on the sea surface without fail. If glacier walks, heli-skiing, and watching the midnight sun from the Jacuzzi are on your bucket list, an explorer yacht is for you. 

Additionally, if circumnavigating the world is on your radar, an explorer yacht can take you to the ends of the earth and back. From 2009 to 2012, JFA France’s 37-meter ZEEPAARD spent three years on a world tour, following the equator from Nice to Nice, going west. She visited 39 countries and traveled 50,000 miles. Without losing ANY OF the comforts of a superyacht, ZEEPARD was able to traverse further-afield locales that other yachts would not be able to access. Additionally, she has spent time in the Galapagos Islands where nature and scientific intrigue meet. ZEEPAARD’s 25-foot tender and extensive water-toy inventory, including Sea-Doos, kayaks, diving gear, snorkeling gear, a Hobiecat, BIC open sailboats and more, give you access to swimming with seals off the coast or patrolling the shoreline for giant Galapagos tortoises. After returning from the circumnavigation, ZEEPAARD underwent a refit, complete with a coat of fresh paint. Her owner has decided his passion was to build a larger hybrid-style explorer yacht leaving ZEEPAARD in impeccable condition for another go ‘round the world. She is aggressively for sale — plans for the new yacht also are on board for inspection. ZEEPARD is comfortable, economical and well proven. She provides a window to the world in the utmost comfort, style and safety.

Explorer yachts can take you to the ends of the earth in search of life’s biggest adventures. From volcano luging to diving the world’s most incredible reefs to visiting with penguins in Antarctic, when you own an explorer yacht, your wildest dreams can become a reality without sacrificing safety or luxury.

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