Safety First

Whatever you believe causes global warming, it seems that the storms are getting worse every year. The Green Explorer (GE) vessels are designed and built to deal with the storms, which are yet to come.  Your “Green 4×4 of the Sea” will safely get you there – and back!

Too many yachts – and far too many lives – have been lost, sacrificed on the altar of weight savings, speed, shallow draft and “style”. We have decided not to blindly follow many of these – often unsafe – trends and practices, which can have especially catastrophic consequences when sailing in the high latitudes. Instead, we are producing an ultra-modern, but tried and tested classic, with emphasis on safety, sea-worthiness, comfort and space. Add to that the capability of being able to sail around the world, through all climates, whilst enjoying all mod cons – without burning any fuel.
We are content in the knowledge that we will only win races, when less sea-worthy and less strong yachts will either have to stay in port – or run serious risks of breaking down should they be caught out in bad weather.
When you go to sea in remote high latitude areas – bringing your family and friends with you – the safety of the vessel should be your main overriding concern. Below, we have listed our most important safety features and priorities:

Inspired by Colin Archer – Safety in Design
The Colin Archer rescue boats are generally considered to be the most sea-worthy and strong sailing vessels in the world.
The GE vessels will be the biggest and most comfortable, high quality, Colin Archer inspired, steel sailing yachts ever built.
Colin Archer designed 70 yachts, 60 pilot boats, 72 other vessels and 14 sailing rescue boats. The rescue boats patrolled the Norwegian North Atlantic coast under sail during the strong winter storms. The first of these boats – and the smallest – the RS1 Colin Archer, had no engine and was only 14m long, but it rescued 67 ships, saved the lives of 236 people and assisted another 1522 vessels during its 40 years of active service in the early 20th century. Built in 1893, RS1 Colin Archer still sails in Norway today, 120 years later, as does by far most of the ships Colin Archer made 75-110 years ago.
The most notable single ship built by Colin Archer was probably “Fram” , which participated both in Fridtjof Nansen’s expeditions to the North Pole, survived two winters in the ice up there and, later, in Roald Amundsen’s historic first expedition to the South Pole; Fram is now preserved in the Fram Museum on Bygdøy, Oslo, Norway.


Colin Archer’s Rescue Boat – RS 10 “Christiania” – in a squall

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Colin Archer’s Rescue Boat – RS14 “Stavanger”

R.I.N.A. Charter Class – MCA REG YC Certified – Ice Class 1D – Unrestricted Navigation
GE vessel design, including sea-worthiness, strength, materials and workmanship are all independently verified and certified the Italian classification Society R.I.N.A. with the notations: RINA Charter Class, Unrestricted Navigation, MCA REG YC and Ice Class 1D, Unrestricted Navigation.

Stability and Point of Vanishing Stability
The GE vessels are self-righting all the way up to 180 degrees. In comparison, most modern single hull yachts are only self-righting up to around max 135 degrees. Big catamarans and trimarans turn over and remain upside down after heeling just over 90 degrees. The hull of a GE vessel is divided into 8 watertight and fireproof steel compartments accessible through class approved watertight steel doors.

Materials and Workmanship
The ice re-enforced, double super-insulated hulls are made from up to 15mm “arctic steel”, which does not become brittle and prone to cracks in sub-zero temperatures. The exterior steel plates are meticulously sandblasted to SA2.5+ and protected with Hempel’s “ice-breaker” primers and coatings immediately afterwards. Treated in this way, undamaged exterior paint above the waterline and all interior undamaged paint, should be maintenance-free for 10+ years.

dragon049The hull was built upside down in 3 sections. Here the stern and mid-section are joined:
A perfect fit.

dragon006Every third frame is a T-frame, 30mm x 120mm to resist ice impact and ice pressure.

dragon048Plating on bow section being completed and external welding seams ground to level

Quadruple Redundant Propulsion Systems
Each GE vessel has four propulsion options:
1. The sails, which are fully automated, operated by electric furlers and captive winches, all with both electric and manual back-up systems.
2. The 300kW/550rpm, direct-drive, PM electric motor can be powered silently by the 240kWh battery bank for up to 6 hours (9 hours in an emergency). This water-cooled, brushless motor has only one moving part and a torque of 4000+ NM, starting from 0 rpm. Compared to systems propelled by a diesel engine/gearbox combination with hundreds of moving parts, our risk of breakdowns is dramatically reduced. A directly driven electric motor with multiple redundant electric power supplies is the safest propulsion solution available – and most icebreakers and big cruise ships use the same systems.
3 & 4. Lastly, the electric motor and all vital electric systems can be powered by any one of our two redundant 183kW emergency and back-up diesel generators, each of which gives the Green Explorer vessels a cruising range of up to 4000km.

Crew Qualifications and Experience
Our crews will be highly qualified in their various fields and each of them will have at least one or two further qualifications, such as navigation, technical, first aid, fire fighting and communications certificates and experience. In this way, there is a built-in redundancy and should any crew member fall ill or suffer an accident, someone else will be able to take over. The permanent crew members on each vessel will have local knowledge and experience of the sailing areas. When the Green Explorer Society is fully up and running, a complete spare crew will always be on standby.

Navigation and Communication Systems
Forward-looking sonar makes it easy to avoid hidden underwater obstacles such as rocks when approaching anchorages or half-submerged icebergs or lost containers when at sea. Our vessels are fully equipped with all the latest communication and emergency equipment. Each vessel has two redundant fresh water makers with ultra-low power consumption, each capable of producing 160 liters clean drinking water from seawater per hour and needing only 600Wh to do so.

Life Saving Equipment
A GE vessel is equipped with two approved 8-persons, insulated arctic life rafts, which will keep you warm in the cold and cool in the tropics.
The vessels will also have sufficient high-quality, arctic survival suits and life vests for all passengers and crew, life belts, lines and buoys, Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRB), Emergency Locator Transmitters (ELT), Personal Locator Beacons (PLB), and Maritime Survivor Locator Devices (MSLD) will all be available in sufficient quantities.

Fire Safety – Detection and Firefighting
Unlike vessels built from wood, fibreglass, carbon fibre or aluminium, a steel hull will itself not burn, but will remain floating should a major fire not be controllable. All soft materials, the wooden walls and the furniture will be impregnated with approved fire-retardant agents. All crew members will have successfully completed certified firefighting and first aid courses. Our vessels are equipped with abundant fire- and smoke detectors, fire fighting equipment, such as sprinkler systems, fire extinguishers, fire hoses and fire-proof suits equipped with breathing apparatus.

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