...and another quest was born...
The SeaMaster is a yacht
designed for the work of blakexpeditions
, an organisation begun by the late Sir Peter Blake
which investigates the impact of global warming
and other environmental issue
s, and is supported by the United Nations
. She was designed by a pair of French naval architect
s, Luc Bouvet
and Olivier Petit
, and is powerful enough to cut through relatively dense ice field
SeaMaster has a rounded reinforced aluminium hull
which allows her to function as an ice-breaker ship
, as her design prevents her from being crushed by ice pack pressure
Specific features of SeaMaster allow her to sail close to shoreline
s - a shallow draft
, a set of retractable centerboard
s, tunnel mounted propeller
s and a retractable rudder
. Aside from the ability to sail close to shorelines, she can also sail close to ice
(or through it), and when pressed into an extreme situation, she can actually sit on top of ice!
Visibility is not a problem for the crew of SeaMaster, as there is a 25 meter high crows nest
which allows a panoramic view
of her surroundings. She has an extensive power-only range of approximately 10,000 nautical mile
s, and is also quick under sail. A 10 metre beam
provides a roomy and stable working area for her expedition crew
SeaMaster is a schooner
with two 27 metre mast
She has a length of 36 metres, and a beam of 10 metres.
She is constructed from 16mm and 25mm aluminium which allow work in polar conditions, and has two retractable centreboards.
SeaMaster has an impressive sail area
of 400 metres square, and is also powers by two MWM 350hp main engine
s (with tunnel mounted propellers).
Power is supplied by two MWM 22kW (220V) generator
s, and her under-power range is 10,000 nautical miles. A desalinator unit
provides fresh water
- Sir Peter Blake (he has not been replaced yet, following last year's tragedy on board SeaMaster in the Amazon river
, where he was murder
ed whilst trying to defend the ship against pirate
- Don Robertson
and Dive Master
- Errol Olphert
- Jean Prat
- Alistair Moore
- Marc Lonergan
2000 - South America
& Antipodes Islands
2001 - Antarctic Peninsula
, South America, Amazon River.
2002 - Amazon River, Bermuda
, Baffin Island
, Lancaster Sound
2003 - North West Passage
Information Source: blakexpeditions.com
A daily SeaMaster log
(and log archive) is availiable on the above site.
In memory of Sir Peter, a great man...