Hanse Explorer has been added to the brokerage list of Fraser Yachts with an asking price of €13,500,000.
A true adventure yacht, she is the only purpose built ice class expedition yacht on today’s market, but she will need a refit if superyacht standards of accommodation are required.
The 48-metre yacht, was built originally as Hanseatic Explorer to train professional seamen, including officers, engineers and chefs, whilst simultaneously offering up to 12 passengers the opportunity to experience a very different kind of luxury adventure. The idea was to allow passengers to participate as much as they wish in day-to-day life on board a luxury yacht – from ship navigation and itinerary planning to learning how to make soup in a Force 12 gale.
Ship owner and businessman, Peter Harren, was the man behind this new concept in expedition cruising and, in November 2004, Fassmer, a German shipbuilding company specialising in navy and high speed vessels, was commissioned with her development, design and build. Harren had identified what he saw as a major problem in the shipping industry; they were not seeing the same growth pattern in the levels of well-trained staff as they were in the number of new ships being constructed. As the owner of almost 40 vessels, Harren is well aware of the contribution a well-trained crew can make, not only towards the smooth running of a ship but also the safety and service on board and ultimately the costs. His solution to the problem involved designing and building a brand new luxury vessel with the aim of actively supporting the training of professional seamen, whilst at the same time offering up to 12 passengers the opportunity to experience a very different luxury adventure.
Hanse Explorer was designed and built to the highest specification with a view to operating ‘real’ expeditions. With a length of 48 metres, a shallow draft of 4.40 metres and an E3 ice-class, she can sail and land in areas where many vessels, other than private yachts, cannot. The vessel carries up to 12 passengers. All of the six interior designed guest cabins are tastefully fitted to a good passenger ship standard and come complete with powerful rain shower systems in the ensuite bathrooms and the most up to date electronics equipment including satellite phone and a large flat screen, ideal for working on digital photographs.