AroUnd the horn

Yachts International - - Making Waves -

Outer Reef Yachts, known for semi-cus­tom, long-range, blue­wa­ter mo­to­ry­achts, says 88-foot (27-me­ter) Outer Reef Cock­pit Mo­to­ry­acht argo has rounded Cape Horn. The ex­cit­ing leg of a more ex­ten­sive trip in­cluded argo owner Paul Hawran and Outer Reef Pres­i­dent and CEO Jeff Druek, who faced un­pre­dictable con­di­tions that can chal­lenge even the most sea­soned yachts­men.

In build­ing argo, the owner’s brief sought a rugged ves­sel able to with­stand the fury of Mother Na­ture. With argo built to Ocean Cat­e­gory A stan­dards for Un­re­stricted Nav­i­ga­tion, her am­bi­tious cruis­ing itin­er­ary in­cludes Alaska, the Gala­pa­gos, Cape Horn, Patag­o­nia and the glaciers and fjords of Chile. With a 3,500-gal­lon fuel ca­pac­ity and twin Cater­pil­lar C-18 Acerts, argo has a range of 3,500 nau­ti­cal miles at 10 knots. Hawran’s am­bi­tious itin­er­ary in­spired Druek to join him on the jour­ney. “For me, as the founder of Outer Reef Yachts, round­ing the Horn was a cul­mi­na­tion of what I at­tempted to achieve many years ago as I built the com­pany,” Druek stated in a press re­lease. “It was a proud mo­ment for Outer Reef as a team—a true demon­stra­tion of the ro­bust­ness of the yachts we build—but for me per­son­ally, it was an even more ful­fill­ing mo­ment to see the sense of joy and ac­com­plish­ment on the face of my client and friend, [hav­ing helped] him make his dream a re­al­ity.”

“My near life­time am­bi­tion of get­ting to Cape Horn didn’t re­ally strike me un­til sev­eral days af­ter cir­cling and step­ping on Cape Horn,” Hawran said. “I know many other boaters have trav­eled here, but this was my per­sonal Mount Ever­est.” Fol­low the voy­age: out­er­reefy­achts.com/ex­pe­di­tion-yacht-ad­ven­ture-to-cape-horn

Omi­nous skies re­mind the crew of Argo of the un­pre­dictable con­di­tions yachts­men can face round­ing the Horn. be­low: Outer Reef ’s Jeff Druek with Argo owner Paul Hawran. bot­tom: 88-foot Argo un­der­way.

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