Sea Dragon

Vessel Capability

Sea Dragon is a 72ft (22m), 90,000lb displacement steel hulled sailing vessel built in the UK in 2000. Formerly known as CB 37, she is one of 11 second generation yachts built for the Global Challenge Race – one of the longest, most demanding ocean voyages ever made with an upwind, west-about 32,000km circumnavigation. In her new role, the boat provides a superb platform of rugged capability, capacity and efficiency with a naturally low environmental footprint – perfect for the type of remote sailing expeditions we do. The British Maritime and Coastal Agency rate Sea Dragon to the highest standard of Category 0 All Oceans. Designed to thrive in the Southern Ocean and safely handle the worlds worst sailing conditions, the boats were also specifically set up for volunteer crew with limited sailing experience. Today, those same qualities make her an exceptional platform for long-distance, remote expedition sailing. With a  crew capacity of 14, and a cruising speed of 10 knots she is a genuine ocean explorer.

We can accommodate up to 12 guest passengers in a combination of sea berths and double bunks. We have two heads with showers, a large well stocked galley, and a comfortable salon with seating for 14 people. We have a refrigerator and freezer to keep the crew in fresh food for the duration of the voyage. The vessel is equipped with twin iridium satellite phones, HF radio, and all the modern navigation equipment to keep you safe and connected despite being well offshore. The boat is equipped for coastal exploration with two Avon inflatable boats and a scuba compressor with diving equipment. We carry extensive on board medical capability and retain remote expert support through Medical Support Offshore and their team of highly experienced staff.

As a research vessel we have lab space, dissecting microscope, surface net trawling capability, and working deck space. With extensive sails, on-board fresh-water making, extended fuel reserves and almost 1kw of wind/solar power we can conduct long-range unsupported journeys  for substantially lower cost than traditionally shared research voyages on large motor vessels and ships.

Boat specifications:

  •  LOA 22m (72′). Beam 5.5m (20′), Draft 3.4m (10′)
  • Gross registered tonnage 57.24
  • Hull construction 50A mild steel with five watertight compartments and collision bulkheads
  • Cutter rig, North G2 asymmetric spinnaker, storm sails
  • Perkins M130C main diesel engine
  • Fischer-Panda 12kw auxiliary generator
  • Berthing: 11 single pipe berths, 3 double berths
  • Evolution flex shaft coupling, Flexo-Fold prop
  • 400watts solar and 400 watts of wind turbine renewable power coupled with over 1,500A main battery storage capacity
  • Spectra Farrallon 75gph water maker
  • 560 gallons Fuel, 450 gallons water capacity (4 tanks each)
  • Furuno NAVNET 3D main processors running MaxSea Time Zero navigation software
  • Maxwell VW3500 main windlass with three anchors
  • B&G instruments, autopilot and Interphase forward-looking sonar
  • ICOM HF radio with Pactor modem
  • Two independent Iridium base phones with XGate email and software
  • Large deck sun-canopy for use at anchor or in port
  • Twin reverse cycle heath/ air conditioning units to climate control below decks

Safety Systems:

  • 4×6 capacity Zodiac Xtrem offshore SOLAS life rafts
  • 406MHz Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon
  • Crew-overboard systems (4)
  • Furuno commercial AIS
  • GMDSS HF and VHF DSC systems
  • Foul weather gear and exposure suits for full crew complement
  • Spinlock deck work harness and tethers for all crew
  • UK MCA Offshore Medical kit and ongoing medical support via UK based medical professionals (MSOS)
  • DAN oxygen delivery system with 3000+ liters capacity

Expedition Support:

  • Avon 3.1meter and 4.65meter inflatable boats with 9.9hp and 25hp outboards
  • Bauer Dive Mate diesel air compressor to support SCUBA diving
  • Sherwood SCUBA dive gear – four complete sets
  • Twin Panasonic Tough book 52 laptops, HP laptop, salon video and audio support
  • 110VAC, 24 and 12V DC on board power
  • 30x Stereo dissecting microscope with camera port for Nikon D90
  • Twin spinnaker poles and powered main winch to support cargo lift and towing needs
  • Dedicated freezer

Global Challenge Race Video

We link you to these videos to show what the boats were designed to survive. This is their element. Do not, however, expect to see anything like these conditions.

Rough Weather

Rough Weather Sailing

 Other Members of the Challenge 72 Fleet

Ironbarque has made a home in California with the Collins family

Polar Bear Sails from England up to the Arctic on chartered adventures

La Jolla was last seen for sale on Yacht World

Big Spirit charters from the UK

Ocean Youth Trust Scotland has 2 boats in Scotland the Alba Explorer and Alba Endeavour

Tall Ships Youth Trust owns and operates 4 yachts as Tall Ships Challenger 1,2,3, and 4 in the Atlantic

Challenge Wales. “Challenge Wales is a wholly-owned project of Maiden Voyage, a charity dedicated to providing young people aged between 12 and 25 years old, and the young at heart, of Wales a chance to develop their self-esteem and life-skills of team working and communication through the experience of offshore sailing.”

Sea Dragon Layout

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Top Deck of the Sea Dragon