Icebird is ideally suited to chartering in Antarctica with an ice reinforced aluminium construction, 6 water tight compartments and a heated double glazed pilot house saloon offering all round views of the spectacular scenery scrolling past as the yacht is under way. Icebird is insulated throughout and climate controlled with reticulated hot water radiators and air conditioning. Even the bathrooms have heated towel rails. A large garage in the aft compartment allows plenty of storage for a large aluminium hulled rigid inflatable boat as well as skis, kayaks, dive gear and other equipment for making the most of the exciting destinations Icebird will be visiting.
Icebird is equipped with an indestructible Aero-rig, a 100ft rotating carbon spar with fixed boom, a serious no-fuss sailing rig that is eminently suitable for sailing the Southern Ocean. Icebird can be tacked or gybed with just a turn of the wheel, and with her 3.3m keel down she will tack through 80 degrees, or run down wind with ease, her sails set square to the wind. Icebird is a very special yacht built in one of the best European yards to a very high specification which included preparation for Antarctic and Arctic waters, and she is registered under her St Vincent’s and Grenadines flag for commercial charter. Icebird is classified for operating in all oceans including Arctic and Antarctic waters.
Icebird is a highly specified aluminium Van de Stadt 61 custom built by the Trintella Shipyard in the Netherlands for high latitude conditions and ice. She is an extremely strong, heavy-duty expedition yacht that will carry her crew in comfort, safety, and speed, worldwide from the Arctic Ocean to the tropical islands of the South Pacific and on to Antarctica. The enclosed pilot house provides comprehensive navigation, pilotage, and monitoring systems and keeps the sailor in warm dry comfort with spectacular all round vision and her crew get to enjoy living in “a Room with a View”.
The ‘Room with a View” – Double glazed Pilot House offers all round vision while sailing.
A large and superbly well-equipped galley provides the cook with large refrigeration storage and spacious facilities for gourmet cooking.
The lower saloon serves as the office, second navigation area, and media/entertainment area. The wrap around leather lounge provides relaxation space for cocktails, conversation or movies.
Icebird’s ‘Aero-rig’ is a free standing and rotating carbon rig built by Carbo Spars of the UK.
To date no Aero-rig has ever been lost and these rigs have a reputation for being indestructible. The Aero-rigged yachts Paratii and Paratii 2 have both circumnavigated Antarctica below 60 degrees south and weathered extreme conditions. They are also simple to sail, very efficient and require very little maintenance, with minimal potential for icing....ideal for shorthanded sailing.
Two well-appointed bathrooms include heated towel rails and are serviced by a large capacity water maker and hot water system.
The large garage accommodates an aluminium hulled rigid inflatable tender with 15hp engine, as well as many other items including dive compressor, kayaking gear, skis and equipment for specialized expeditions.
Icebird’s Aero-rig has many purposes...a place to get away from it all!....or excellent vantage point.