H.A.R.D Yachts’ 97 Arctic Explorer

The builder’s concept is an expedition-style yacht designed to handle icy waters.

December 22, 2017
H.A.R.D. Yachts, 97 Arctic Explorer
The H.A.R.D. 97 Arctic Explorer is constructed from fiberglass composite with Kevlar reinforcement. Courtesy H.A.R.D. Yachts

Atlantic Yacht & Ship introduces H.A.R.D. (Historic Armour Reinforced Design) Yachts with a 97-foot Arctic Explorer concept. Designed by J.C. Espinosa, with naval architecture by Nick Boksa, the H.A.R.D. 97 Arctic Explorer will be built at Chinese builder HeySea’s shipyard. The 96-foot-10-inch expedition-style yacht is designed for strength and safety in the ice, but her relatively shallow 6-foot draft and “beachable” hull design will make her capable of cruising anywhere, the builder says.

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The H.A.R.D. 97 Arctic Explorer’s arrangement. Courtesy H.A.R.D. Yachts

H.A.R.D Yachts’ vision is to use design and construction methods from ship-building through the ages, particularly from arctic explorations. According to the builder, steel, or “armor,” cladding goes back to 1,000 A.D. and H.A.R.D. Yachts’ building principles are based on its development. The builder was also inspired by the 1993 sailing yacht Teel’s use of Kevlar laminates. The 97-footer is built of fiberglass with Kevlar reinforcement and stainless-steel cladding around the bow, waterline and other high-stress areas. Lamination is solid below the waterline with core composite above.

“H.A.R.D. Yachts has a corporate mission to scientifically produce the strongest, the most seaworthy, and safest possible vessels for their intended use. The present project under study now, is a rugged expedition style hull form that has a modern superstructure and general arrangement.”



H.A.R.D. Yachts refers to its yachts as inclusive. “Our founders have history building wheel chair accessible yachts with lifts and elevators in key locations to offer maximum mobility,” the builder says. The 97 Arctic Explorer accommodates with a ramp for dock-to-deck boarding and an elevator that travels between 3 decks.

Learn more here.

Contact a representative: Joe Marino, [email protected]; Doug Hoogs, [email protected]

H.A.R.D. Yachts, 97 Arctic Explorer
The H.A.R.D 97 Arctic Explorer. Courtesy H.A.R.D. Yachts
Quick Specs
LOA 96’10”
Beam 25’6″
Draft 6’2″
Displacement 180 tons at half load
Power Twin 1,000 hp Caterpillar C-18 engines
Cruise Speed 12 knots
Range 3,000 nautical miles at 10 knots

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