Pelagic Yachts 77

This design is an evolution of the Pelagic Australis concept, which was the result of Skip Novak's first 14 years of high latitude sailing. Since her build and launch in 2003 Pelagic Australis has enjoyed a further 15 demanding years as an expedition charter vessel in both the Arctic and Antarctic including an attempt on the NW Passage.

Pelagic 77 Vinson of Antarctica the story so far video


Yachting World video featuring Skip's guided tour of Pelagic 77 Vinson of Antarctica

Skip interviewed about the Pelagic 77

Video of the concept for Pelagic 77

Video of Pelagic 77 interior

The Pelagic 77 expedition vessel is an evolution from Pelagic Australis and was conceived and designed for expedition sailing mainly in high latitudes. This implies enhanced autonomy, ease of handling with respect to sail areas and of course, given our Pelagic philosophy, simple systems that a yacht crew, operating in remote areas can service without specialist help.

LOA 23.52 m
LWL 20.40 m
Beam Max 6.31 m
Draught Max 4.30 m
Draught Min 2.15 m

Tankage ( litres)
Fuel: 8124 lt.
Fresh Water: 3137 lt.
B/G Water: 1115 lt.
Utility/Waste/Oil: 943 lt.
Day Tank fuel: 248 lt.

The vessel was constructed at KM Yachtbuilders at Makkum in The Netherlands. The hull was turned on 1 November 2019 and sea trials began in April 2021. See video of turning and video and pictures of transfer from the hull building shed to the fitout shed below and various shots of the construction process below:

Out of the hull building shed

Moving to the fitting out shed, rudders and keel fitted and antifouling applied

Tight squeeze into the fit out shed

Snug and ready for fit out

Interior piping and wiring being fitted looking forward

Interior piping and wiring being fitted looking aft

Ready to leave the fit out shed. Picture Guy Fleury

Into the daylight. Picture Guy Fleury

Fitting the centreboard. Picture Guy Fleury

Ready for launc. Picture Guy Fleury

Launch in progress. Picture Guy Fleury

On the water and the rig goes in. Picture Guy Fleury

Pelagic 77 General Arrangemnet

Pilot house from port

Saloon from comms station

Saloon from aft port corner

Port mid and forward cabins

Port head looking aft

Galley looking from aft

Sail plan


Pelagic 77. Picture below Guy Fleury