From a sustainable standpoint, the boat’s ability to travel under sail guarantees a low fuel consumption, while solar panels on the roof support the hotel load. Most significantly for Cortés Solari, who has dedicated 12 years to researching the negative effects maritime traffic has on whales, vibrations and noise levels are kept to a minimum, helped by the boat’s quiet DMS stabilisation system.
When it comes to the naval architecture, Hoekstra points out: “You must regard her as a motorboat, because hydrodynamically it makes no sense otherwise, but it means she isn’t fully optimised for sailing high to the wind. However, she’s incredibly good at seakeeping when running on engine with a virtually unlimited range. When sailing, you follow the wind and there’s practically no rolling or heeling. A quick twist on the angle of the propellers sees her reach up to 14 knots.”
The interior aesthetic by Assler takes on a Scandinavian chic vibe, with bare woods sourced from sustainably managed forests and natural fabrics by Sunbrella. The master suite features hand-woven tapestries and loose furniture sourced from Belgium, while the joinery and carpentry were undertaken by Navik.
The build was carried out by Navik Patagonia’s Chilean workforce, supported by a host of international suppliers and partners to bring the best in yachting techniques, including a fully engineered build package supplied by Vripack. The result is a comfortable, stable explorer capable of cruising remote regions with minimal impact on the oceans.
The boat’s maiden voyage saw it cruise around Chiloé Island in the Gulf of Corcovado in north Patagonia, and she took on northern Patagonia’s icefields for the second. Since then, the boat has cruised around southern Chile three times with Cortés Solari at the helm. In terms of prototypes, Cachalote is a true success.