The 75-foot ice-strengthened sailing vessel S/V Australis is a sturdy, seasoned veteran of polar waters and our base for nearly two weeks of exploration across the Drake Passage and along the Antarctic Peninsula and its islands. Based in the Southern hemisphere, Australis is a steel-hulled, fully rigged motor sailor powered by a 180hp Gardner diesel engine, which can carry her along at a speed of 8+ knots. Carrying a full range of safety, operational and navigational equipment, Australis is also equipped with two Zodiac tenders. Full safety rails around the deck ensure safety in rough weather, and for less experienced sailors.
The interior of the vessel is cozy yet comfortable. Four cabins accommodate a maximum of nine passengers. All bunks have removable sides for rough weather. Bathroom facilities are shared. Guests can relax in the saloon, equipped with TV, DVD, VCR and CD player, and whose generous table seats 12 comfortably. The well-equipped galley features a cooktop, oven, microwave, toaster, double sink with hot and cold running water, and three full-sized fridge/freezers. A washer and dryer are available on board. The vessel has 240 volt electricity throughout (110 volt conversion available).
On deck, the large outdoor cockpit area has a removable sun shade, and there’s a BBQ and hot water shower on the aft deck. A crow's nest with ladder access offers 360-views and unmatched wildlife viewing.
The Australis' state-of-the-art integrated navigation system utilizes computer charts, autopilot and GPS, with radar and depth sounder. Communications equipment consists of HF radio, satellite phone and email, weather fax and VHF for close communications. The heated, fully enclosed bridge is a great place for watching wildlife when cold weather precludes being on deck.