Inace’s 135-foot Explorer, Veronika, combines classic yacht styling with all the equipment needed for serious exploration. For example, the fast displacement hull designed by architect John Overing has double the bow height of a typical cruising yacht, which gives Veronika improved seaworthiness in big seas.
The boat was commissioned by an owner who is moving up from a 95-foot aft-house design. He wants to be on board for extended cruises of up to three months at a time and wanted something bigger and more seaworthy. His wife still wanted a “yachty” looking boat. As the old saying goes, “Happy wife, happy life,” so this hybrid design was developed.
“We created a magnificent boat that incorporates the yacht look with the exploration sensibilities,” said John DeCaro, the owner of All Ocean Yachts in Fort Lauderdale, who is also the project manager for the boat. It’s scheduled to be delivered in spring 2011.
A pair of Cat continuous-duty K-rated engines, designed for low fuel consumption and good endurance, provide the propulsion. The boat carries 22,500 gallons of fuel and 3,000 gallons of fresh water, plus Veronika has an extensive watermaking system.
For a vessel of this size, the cruising speed of 16 knots is impressive, as is the 6,000-mile range. Extended range at lower speeds for maximum efficiency is 8,000 miles. “It’s a bridge between a light yacht and an explorer yacht,” explained DeCaro. Twin 22-foot tenders will take care of ferrying duty.
Veronika’s master stateroom is 780 square feet on the deck level, and there are a total of six cabins, including one that converts to a fitness center. Crew requirements call for seven people. All Ocean Yachts, (954) 671-0107; www.buyexploreryachts.com