128' NEWCASTLE MARINE EXPEDITION YACHT "SAFIRA"
|Type: ||Expedition Yacht
||Builder:||NEWCASTLE MARINE INC.
|Length:||128' 11" (39.29M)
||Hull Config: ||Full Displacement
||28' 10" (8.79M)
||Twin, 3508, Cat C32 Tier 3 800 HP
|Drive System:||Schottel Rudder propeller Azipod drives
||Fuel Cap:||13,200 g (49,967 l)
||4500 NM @ 9 Knots
|Tonnage: ||Gross: 425
|Classifications: ||ABS classed and MCA unrestricted with an Ice Strengthened steel hull, ABS D0 Ice Class compliant
I recently inspected SAFIRA again at the Palm Beach boat show. First let me start by saying she is in EXCELLENT CONDITION and has had a number of very nice interior and exterior upgrades made by this owner.
Let's start by talking a bit about the information at the top of the page. On most reports this is normally just the common info and tells us the basics about the boat. However, with SAFIRA it reveals quite a bit more. Some of what it shows is why this vessel was so expensive to build. The build cost was over 30% more than the present asking price. The main engines are C32 Cats and they were a great choice for many reasons, but while not ultra expensive they are not cheap. The drive system they are attached to and the way they are mounted are where a great deal of money went. Schottel Azipod drives are many times more expensive than a standard shaft system. This is a very high end commercial system which offers a number of benefits. It is very durable, extremely efficient when mounted as it is in SAFIRA, it is very quiet and it is highly maneuverable. The Schottel drive system integrates into the automated positioning system (DPS) so the boat can remain in place for extended periods of time without anchoring. This system integrates the drive system, the thruster, autopilot and GPS to control the boat.
Safira on the Dock
As you would expect with a vessel of this size, it is built to Class and MCA. What stands out in this line is the ABS D0 Ice Class. There is quite a bit that has to be added to a vessel to meet this class and to keep it in class. The requirements for strength, design and systems are extensive. This is again where the Schottel drive system comes into play, as it is a protected and approved system. There are upgrades in heating, seawater and other areas also. If you would like to get a more complete idea please click on the link below:
Design Considerations for Operation of Coast Guard Cutters and
Combatants in the Arctic
Expedition Yacht Safira Under Way
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The other point of interest is the Gross Tonnage of the vessel. Gross Tonnage is a measurement of the volume of the boat, while displacement is the weight. The gross tonnage of SAFIRA is 425 which is well above average for a vessel of this length. How does this affect cost? The cost to build the interior of a yacht is one of the high expense areas, more volume = more interior furniture and fitting out = more cost.
Expedition Yacht Safira
So, this first section gives us a lot of information regarding cost to build, cost to replace and quality of outfitting. When you go through the full specifications of the boat you will see that all of the equipment is very high quality, over sized and robust.
The interior finish is very high quality, and a great deal of thought and effort was put into all of the furnishings. The boat not only has the comforts for long distance cruising but it has the features, storage and equipment to do it very well. The electronics and navigation suites are all you would expect to find in this class of vessel and more. The Galley is large and professionally equipped with excellent dry storage and cold storage.
The owner's cabin is midships on the lower deck and is very ample for a vessel of this size, with excellent storage and hanging locker space. There are comfortable crew quarters and areas with good crew flow and separation from the guests.
Flybridge Featuring Jacuzzi, Lounging Areas and Wet Bar
Expedition Yacht Safira- Note Tender Storage Forward, Sun Lounging Upper Deck
She carries a number of tenders including a 25' Hunt Harrier inboard diesel and a sailing dinghy.
Over all Safira is a sophisticated, high quality, high volume explorer outfitted to the best of standards and ready to go anywhere in the world.
Please contact me for more information and recent photos or just to discuss Safira or other Explorer Yachts on the market.
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All speeds, capacities, consumption, hours, measurements, etc are approximate or estimated. Specifications provided for information only as particulars herein obtained are from sources available but are not guaranteed. Remarks and other statements may be personal opinions and may not be relied upon for purchase. Buyer should instruct his agent/supervisor to check all details for accuracy. Offered subject to prior sale, price/inventory change, or withdrawal from market without notice.