Eco-Friendly Expeditions

New 129-foot, ice-strengthened Safira to charter from Iceland to South Pacific.

129 Newcastle motoryacht Safira
The 129-foot Newcastle Safira is an eco-friendly expedition yacht with plans to charter around the world.Courtesy Burgess Yachts

Burgess Yachts has just welcomed the brand-new, 129-foot Newcastle Safira to the world's charter fleet. She is a true global explorer with an ice-strengthened steel hull, eco-friendly features and an owner who is planning to offer itineraries everywhere from Iceland to the South Pacific.

"Safira is a high-specification vessel, as impressive in her technology, design and styling as in her commitment to an environmentally conscious approach to superyachting," Burgess stated in a press release. "In commissioning the yacht, her experienced owners sought to balance comfort, quality and style with a reduced carbon footprint."

Safira is powered by Schottel Rudder Propeller Azipod drives that are 20 percent more efficient than conventional shafts. Her 660-bhp Caterpillar C32 Accert engines can run on 15 percent biodiesel fuel, and energy-efficient electrical specs allow for smaller generators that also reduce fuel burn. Safira has a range of 8,000 miles when cruising at 8.5 knots. Even the 25-foot Hunt Harrier tender is fuel efficient, burning just 9 gph at 30 knots.

Continuing the eco-friendly theme,_ Safira_’s decks, which look like teak, are built with Esthec, a composite Dutch product that also provides sound insulation for lower decks. Safira also has a GPS-enabled Quantum Zero dynamic positioning system that lets her stay in place without dropping anchor on sensitive coral or other fragile eco-systems.

Safira accommodates 10 guests in five cabins, including a full-beam master suite that Burgess says is "located deliberately belowdecks amidships, the position of least movement onboard." The company then makes reference to countless other competing charter yachts whose master suites are forward on the main deck, calling Safira's traditional alternative "perfect for those who prefer staterooms for sleeping rather than admiring the views."

Before heading off into the great beyond, Safira is going to be available for charter this summer in New England, where the lowest weekly base rate will be $119,000. She also is listed for sale through Burgess at an asking price of $32 million.

Learn more at www.burgessyachts.com.