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New Hull Protection Breakthrough for Superyachts

Photograph of live penguin on an ice floe. There is a red-hulled ship in the background. There are footprints in the snow near the penguin.



The British Antarctic survey ship, RSS Ernest Shackleton, drydocked recently in Denmark.  Her hull stunned the shipyard engineers and paint specialists.  The ship spent two seasons battering her way through ice up to 2.5 meters thick.  A high content of abrasive gravel and volcanic lava exists in the ice. Amazement seizes the inspection team.  The hull coating stayed virtually intact and undamaged.



This is in strong contrast to the Shackleton’s previous drydocking. Specifically, almost the entire hull with a conventional ice-going underwater hull coating, was practically stripped. Bare, unprotected steel exists.



The difference lay in the fact that when the Shackleton left drydock in 2009, the hull was newly coated with Ecospeed, a glass flake vinyl ester resin underwater hull coating proven to have extraordinary anti-corrosion strength and flexibility.

The success of the new underwater hull coating on the Shackleton heralds a breakthrough in icebreaker protection.  Some observers foresee this as an opportunity for the expansion of Arctic luxury yacht charter

Profile photo of superyacht motoring between ice floes.

BIG FISH – McMullen & Wing Superyacht


Leading the way for cold-water expedition yacht charters is motor yacht BIG FISH.  This 45-meter explorer is a 2010 build.  Her owner wants a yacht that travels to remote parts of the world. In addition, also has a contemporary, open style with floor-to-ceiling windows. Designed by Greg Marshall and built at the McMullen & Wing yard in Auckland, Big Fish visited Antarctica as part of her virgin circumnavigation of the globe.


Interest in expedition yacht charters has increased in recent years, according to industry maven Jana L. Sheeder, President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters.

“We see more expedition-style yachts enter the market each season,” says Sheeder.  “Exploration vessels like motor yacht BIG FISH are opening the door to a new world of charter possibilities.  The new Ecospeed hull coating technology could mean even more yachts will be able to safely visit remote cruising grounds in both the Arctic and Antarctic. I can’t think of a better way to learn about nature and our endangered wildlife.” 


In conclusion, motor yacht BIG FISH will participate in the upcoming 2011 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS).  To tour this yacht and other luxury yacht charter vessels during the show, contact the 1-800 Yacht Charters booking department at for further details.

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Ms. Jana Sheeder is President of 1-800 Yacht Charters. Providing The Superyacht Experience(tm) since 1976. Private luxury yacht charter vacations in the Mediterranean, Caribbean, Bahamas, South Pacific, South Florida, Miami and The Florida Keys, Italian Rivera, Belize. Megayacht charter company focused on generosity, Pay It Forward, Random Acts of Kindness, Giftivism, giving back to the ocean, to the needy, and the environment with every superyachting charter. Providing eco-friendly alternatives while on yacht charters and known for 6-star customer service, experience, and generosity.

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