The Explorer version
More and more people are dreaming of sailing the northern seas and even the arctic. In response to market demand and direct questions from various customers, we have designed an Explorer version for the new Puffin® 58. The Puffin® 58 Explorer is a robust yacht, which can be completely equipped for the arctic. Other Puffins® in the new range will also be available as Explorer version.
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Puffin® yachts are designed by Olivier van Meer and built by VMG Yachtbuilders. The keywords for the development of the Puffin® range were: space, speed, easy to handle, able to dry out, strong and safe. Puffins® are always build in aluminium. Although the concept is very specific and unique, each Puffin® is fully customized to the wish of her owner combined with the huge experience of the puffin history. What connects all Puffins® however, is the individual execution, the detailed guidance by the designer and the very high quality and perfection of the builder.
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|Puffin® 58 Explorer
|Draft (fixed keel-centreboard)
|180 m / 4.37 m
|Displacement at ½ load
|1000 L + water maker
|BLACK WATER TANK
|2 x 1.400 L = 2.800 L
|Fuel day tank
|1 x 200 L
|2 x John Deere 4045AFM85, 2 x 125 hp (IMO, EPA and RCD compliant)
ZF68A reduction gear
|Wheel, mechanical direct drive
|SAIL AREA standard
|Calculations in progress
We have given specific experience based attention to the strength of the hull, which is extreme. The result is a hull that can dry out on any bottom and can face serious ice conditions as well as dealing with eventual collisions with floating objects.
Davits-Solar panels-sun protection unit
This heavy duty and custom designed aluminium construction serves the tender, the solar panels and gives protection from the sun. All antenna’s that not necessarily have to be position in the mast will be positioned on it.
The first real decksaloon
The Puffin® design was one of the first sailing yachts in the Netherlands and around with a real spacious deck saloon. This means that one has a panoramic 360 degree view while seated or standing in the deck saloon.
From this ‘heart’ of the Puffin® the transition to the cockpit, dodger and galley downstairs merge so smoothly that they belong together as a whole. This creates a large, comfortable and seaworthy living space.
Cockpit & shelter
A safe and comfortable cockpit with a fixed shelter (dodger) aft of the deck saloon. This shelter is smoothly connected to the deck saloon with a professional watertight door.
It is open to the cockpit but can be closed by 2 doors and from here the yacht can be steered from a heated and safe protected dodger.
All openings, including the main entrance, can be closed really watertight by means of professional hatches and doors.
The 5 bulkheads; fore peak bulkhead, forward bulkhead, mast bulkhead, fwd. engine room bulkhead and aft peak bulkhead (forward of the rudder bearing) create 6 water tight compartments. This layout of compartments keeps the yacht afloat in case one of the compartments are flooded.
The Ultimate Centerboard (option)
In his sailing life, Olivier has learned that the most beautiful places are always where the draft of your ship often does not allow you. He knows better than anyone what a keel has to endure. The development of his centerboard arose from these experiences. The system, which has been proven for several decades now, is based on simplicity and robustness.
The proof of its robustness is the fact that after 20 years of worldwide use by about 60 Puffins® (and other of our even bigger yachts) , 1 webbing sling has been replaced for the first time. Furthermore, never a defect or damage.
On this specific Explorer version the rudder and propellers are well protected by the extreme strong fixed part of the keel, which also enables her to dry out on any bottom.
The building of a Puffin® yacht is always a semi-custom project. Fixed are the outspoken characteristics like the bowsprit, window shape, slightly negative stern and tumble home. All of these details together guarantee for excellent sailing characteristics and its sturdy, classic looks. Apart from that anything is open for discussion with the designer. As a logical result every Puffin® is different and unique in its kind.