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Going the Distance

Feb 14, 2013

TWO SIMILAR-SIZE EXPEDITION YACHTS FROM TWO SUCCESSFUL ASIAN BUILDERS SHOW THE EASTERN TAKE ON A WESTERN PASSION

TEXT BY MARILYN MOWER

While the idea of expedition yachts is a Western passion, 2012 saw the delivery of two expedition yachts of Far East origin 150-foot Mazu from Chinese builder Cheoy Lee and 148-foot Polaris from Horizon Yachts of Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Both are steel to the level of the main deck overhead with bulbous bows, both are tri-decks, both have long range. Both feature exteriors faired to yacht finish, yet restrained use of exterior wood means they are designed for less upkeep. Both feature vertical windows on the bridge for better visibility, a raised foredeck and full-beam superstructure forward. Both are designed for nine crew and 10 guests. Both were built on spec, but it’s there that the obvious similarities end. 

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February 2013 issue