About Pelagic Yachts

Pelagic Yachts' expedition designs are a distillation of Skip Novak’s experience since 1987 of high latitude cruising and expedition sailing, and the collaboration with Tony Castro, the prolific UK based naval architect well known for his eclectic portfolio.

Pelagic Australis, the well known high latitude expedition vessel launched in 2003, was the result of Novak’s experience on his original Pelagic built in 1987, while operating in southern South American waters including the Antarctica Peninsula and the sub Antarctic island of South Georgia. The lessons learned from the first 14 years on the Pelagic were taken on board and working together with Tony Castro a bigger and refined design resulted in the present 23 meter/74 foot vessel. Since launching she has been chartering nine months straight out of each southern season including two Arctic seasons, during the last ten years, operating without issues, which is an accolade in itself.

The original philosophy adopted over two decades ago is unchanged. Reliability, robustness in all aspects, strong motoring capability, adequate fuel carrying capacity and simplicity of the systems are what defines the Pelagic concept. The purpose is to make long range cruising in remote areas a workable, safe and enjoyable experience.

The range suitable for All Seasons – All Oceans consists of three models of 55, 74 and 82 feet, which can be customized to some extent depending on the owner’s requirements.

In addition to designing the vessels Pelagic Yachts can provide build procurement and project management offering a turnkey solution.



Although the designs featured are a starting point, all of them can be customized to some extent based on the owner’s specific requirements. Bespoke projects for bigger vessels are also possible, both power and sail. All our design proposals include concept drawings, lines plans, sail plans, GA’s, construction plans and systems schematics.


Part of the design process, a full specification is provided that a builder can accurately tender on. This can never be too detailed.

Build Procurement

With our extensive knowledge and network of builders worldwide, we can obtain tenders from a variety of construction facilities taking into account currency fluctuations as a major consideration for a cost effective build.

Project Management

In the critical design and planning stages, and then onsite at the constructor’s facility, we can provide guidance throughout from contractual engagement with the builder to sea trials and delivery.

Consultancy for Refits and Modifications to Existing Vessels

Adaptations for expedition style cruising are possible with the correct knowledge base. We can provide advice and guidance to help clients make the right choice for purchasing an existing vessel and then project manage appropriate modifications.



Pelagic Australis rafted up with Pelagic in Antarctica