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Expedition M/Y “Northern Sun”

Northern Sun has been transformed from a fisheries research vessel into a luxurious long range expedition yacht. She was taken back to bare steel inside and out and completely rebuilt with new lagging, wiring, plumbing, electronics, generators, air condition, cabinetry, furnishings, bathrooms, galley, cranes, tenders, teak decks, fully faired and painted in Awlgrip.

Her teak laid Sun Deck is completely private above the Bridge. It boasts a 4 man Spa Pool, an abundance of sun lounging areas, a bar fridge, ice maker and sink and her deck furniture stores neatly inside the funnel at the rear of the deck.

Easy stairs on the port side lead down to the Bridge Deck which has a beautiful wide Portuguese style teak deck passing in front of the bridge and leading aft port side and stbd to the Boat/Heli Deck aft.

Life rafts stow neatly outboard and there are 2 recessed fire hydrants outside the bridge wing doors. The 2 wing controls are housed in separate boxes which close flush into the bulwark when not in use. The Boat/Heli Deck is painted with non slip paint and has stainless steel safety rails all around. A 2 tonnes Stromme crane is mounted centrally aft of the funnel and can lower either tender port side or stbd into the water. Again the funnel is cleverly used to house the crane hydraulic pack and radio

Access to the Bridge is from port and stbd wing doors or from an internal corridor. The navigation equipment has been sensibly thought out and positioned by her very experienced captain.

A full list of equipment is detailed under bridge equipment. The windscreens have a negative angle to reduce glare, and two have all clear screens for inclement weather. The all around visibility is excellent. An easy
bench seat on port side with small coffee table allows guests and owner to enjoy the view whilst cruising. There is a chart table with drawers on port side and a good sized worktop on the stbd side.

As well as the latest navigation equipment, there is also a flag locker with full set of signal flags. A Waeco drinks fridge is neatly located on the stbd aft wall. Leading aft from the Bridge on the stbd side, the corridor takes you first to a fully equipped Radio Room and then to a generously sized Captain’s Cabin, equipped with television, telephone, drinks fridge and Ensuite Bathroom.

The Corridor then leads further aft to stairs down to the Main Deck. At the top of the stairs is a fire control panel, a locker with remote fuel shut off pulls and cables, a PABX telephone control box and the Nera Fleet 77 control box. At the bottom of the stairs is a Pantry giving a three-way access to the stbd Side Deck, inboard to the Crew Stairway or aft into the Salon. The Pantry has a U-Line ice maker, American Home fridge, hand basin and lockers.

Concentrating on the exterior, the Forward Working Main Deck is painted non slip white. There is a duel hydraulic windlass with 2 x 1500 lbs anchors and access hatch to the chain lockers. A large hydraulically raised hatch gives access to the garage where the crew tender or jet skis can be stowed out of the way using the on deck Bezensoni crane. A smaller hatch gives crew access to the garage from the deck and from here a separate corridor leads aft to the Crew Mess or forward to the Bosun’s Locker. There is a separate compartment for the bowthruster hydraulic pack, emergency diesel driven bilge or fire pump and hydraulic windlass power pack.

Back on deck, teak decks lead in front of the Salon and aft on port side and stbd. At mid ships are two reception doors to the Salon with well located side boarding ladders mounted flush into the bulwarks. Fire hydrants and life rings are nicely recessed into the bulwarks and superstructure and there is a hot and cold shower on the stbd side to rinse off after a swim.

Moving further aft, down the wide Side Decks with beautifully varnished caprails, you reach the Aft Deck Area with fitted seating and large varnished table for al fresco dining. Either side of the seating, two impressive stairways join to lead down as one, to the teak laid Bathing Platform, making a very practical and attractive transom for stern to mooring. A hydraulic passerelle stows neatly inside on the stbd side, whilst the hot and cold shower stows away on the port side.

The Main Deck interior has a full length Saloon giving fantastic visibility all around, with three clearly defined areas. Forward is the Piano Salon with an excellent view ahead. At mid ships is a plush Lounge Area with pop-up flat screen television and Bose Surround Home Theatre system. There is a day toilet off to port and a wide corridor leading to the Aft Viewing Salon with panoramic views of the aft deck and beyond. The floor is finished in a beautiful dark Nara wood and two Barrique wine fridges store your favourite wines.

The Main Deck has two separate stairwells to access the Owners and Guest Cabins. From the Middle Lounge, a central stairwell leads down and forward to the Dining Room on the port side and Owners Study on the stbd side. The dining table seats 10 in comfort and is well equipped to stow crockery and glassware. The Study has an open plan style and has a comfy chair and foot stool for relaxing; with a separate writing desk and chair.
Moving forward on the stbd side, you enter the full-beam, very impressive Owners Cabin with king sized bed, sofa and separate vanity unit. There are plenty of hanging lockers, a safe, flat screen television and Bose Surround speaker system. The Ensuite Bathroom is huge, boasting a two person Spa Pool and separate shower.

Moving aft from the Study, a corridor leads to a good sized Twin Guest Cabin with Ensuite Bathroom.

From the Dining Room, a door leads into a Pantry and further aft into the Galley. The Pantry has a Fisher & Paykel fridge, U-Line ice maker, Barrique wine fridge, Miele dishwasher and sink. The Galley is well equipped with Miele oven, microwave, plate warmer, 2 Viking 4-ring hobs and 2 Viking ovens, an industrial extractor fan, a Sub Zero fridge freezer and double sink unit. There is also a large walk-in fridge and freezer outside the Galley in the Crew Corridor.

Moving further aft, down the Crew Corridor, is the Engine Room Control Room and, further aft, a door leads to the aft Guest Cabins. These cabins can also be accessed by a Guest Stairwell on the port side near the Aft Viewing Salon.

The Aft Guest Cabins comprise of 4 guest cabins, 2 twin, 2 double, all with ensuite bathrooms, televisions, DVD players and telephone intercoms. Much consideration was given to guest and crew circulation to maintain maximum guest privacy. Crew enter the Lower Deck Crew Mess and Cabins from the Galley Corridor or from the Bosun’s
Locker forward. The Crew Mess is well equipped with large table, Sharp TV, DVD player, Digital Multiplex recorder, Fisher & Paykel fridge, Whirlpool microwave, U-Line ice maker, Miele dishwasher, Furuno VHF, and camera monitor for the 4 security cameras.

Crew Cabins are well appointed with ensuite bathrooms per the layout plan. The Laundry is aft of the Crew Mess and equipped with 3 Miele WT104 washers, 3 Miele T422C dryers, a Miele D815D roller ironing press and plenty of storage for linen. Access to the stabilizer fin and hydraulic pack and frequency converter is from the Laundry. The Engine Room is in superb condition. The equipment has either been overhauled or renewed. New equipment includes: 2 Sea Recovery water makers (6 tonnes per day each), 6 Cruisair airconditioning compressors with Smart random selector on demand, Head Hunter toilet system, 2 x 170KW Tritex generator, on demand fresh water pumps, air compressor for engine starting system.

The work shop has a lathe, bench drill, grinder, work bench and vice, 2 hot water tanks, plenty of tools and is air-conditioned. The entire area is a show piece.


Northern Sun is ready for a New Owner to take her over, add their personal touches provision the yacht and go worldwide cruising. She is a very stable lady with long range capabilities. At USD15,000,000, she represents excellent value for money.

BUILDER : Narasaki Shipyard, Japan YEAR : 1976 / 2007
(Completely Refitted)
TYPE : Expedition Motor Yacht MATERIAL : STEEL
L.O.A. : 167’ 50.9M BEAM : 29’6” 9M
ENGINE : 2 x 900HP Yanmar SPEED : Cruising - 10.5 Knots
with Single Kamome CPP Max - 13.0 Knots
ACCOMMODATION : 12 in 6 Cabins CREW : 13 in 8 Cabins

Type : Displacement
Materials : Steel with aluminium funnel, sundeck + masts
Hull Form : Full displacement
Deck Fitting/ Rails etc : Stainless steel + teak cap rails
Colours : Blue hull, white superstructure
Length Overall : 50.9 meter / 167 feet
Beam : 9.0 meter / 29 feet 6 inches
Draft : 5.0 meter / 16 feet 5’
Tonnage : 930 tonnes (displ.) (laden)/715T (light)/GRT 703/ NT211
Fuel Capacity : 140 Tonnes
Water Capacity : 45 Tonnes
Max : 13.0 knots
Cruising : 10.5 knots
Engine : 2 x 900HP Yanmar 6G-UT
Generator : 2 x TRI Power 170KW each + 2 x 300KW Taiyo shaft alternators
Power : 440V / 3 Phase / 60 Hz
Stabilizers : Naiad Fixed Fin
Air Conditioning : Cruisair throughout 576,000 BTU (New 2007)
Heating : Reverse cycle airconditioning
Bilge System : Manual
Waste : Taiyo Sewage Treatment Plant + Head Hunter toilet system (New 2007)
Bowthruster : Kamome CPP TC-200 110KW
Sterntrhuster : Tunnel Thruster Model 30 TT125H 110KW (New 2007)
Water Maker : 2 x Sea Recovery 6.8 Tonnes per day (New 2007)
Radar : Furuno x 2 units
Autopilot : Hakushin Gyro
VHF : Furuno FM 3000 x 2
Other : See Bridge Equipment
Anchor : 3 x 680 KG
Bathing Platform : Teak laid
Aft Cockpit : Teak laid flush with salon
Life Saving Equipment : 4 x 15 man Solas life rafts / EPIRB / 2 x Sart’s
Fire Extinguishers : Hand held throughout + remote control CO2 in Engine Room + smoke
detectors throughout
Searchlight : On Main Mast
Controls : In Bridge with port and stbd wing controls
Tenders : 1 x Seat 219 GRP rigid Tender with 174 Steyr inboard diesel +
Bravo One drive (New 2007)
1 x ACS 6.8M Hammerhead R.I.B. with 164 Steyr inboard diesel and
Alamarin 230 Waterjet drive (New 2007)
1 x 3.6M RIB Hammerhead crew tender (New 2007)
See attached.
ACCOMMODATION : For 12 persons in 6 cabins + 13 crew

BUILDERS/ DATE Narasaki Shipyard, Muroran, Hokkaido, Japan / Hull No. S–895
Launched March 1976, First registered 3rd July 1976.
CLASS Built to/under ‘JG’ (Japanese Government) standard/supervision
MAJOR REBUILD/ Location - Harbour Yacht Services, Subic Bay &
CONVERSION / Keppel Shipyard, Batangas, Philippines
DATE July 2006 to October 2007
Steel superstructure to Bridge Deck – Aluminium Sun Deck
Teak decks.
TANK CAPACITIES Fresh Water - 45 tonnes
Fuel - 140 tonnes
SPEED (Subject to End-of-Refit Sea Trial )
Max. - 13 knots / Economic Cruising - 10.5 knots.
RANGE (Based previous operational experience) 8,000 n.miles approx.
@ cruising spd. 10.5 knots.
Machinery and Engine Room:
Main Engines
2 X 900 HP YANMAR Diesel engines Model 6G-UT (original 1976)
* Port engine Ser. No. FGG 0236 / (JG Reg. no. 76228)
Last major overhaul (under JG supervision) – 2002;
* Stbd engine Ser. No. FGG 0235 / (JG Reg. no. 76229)
Last major overhaul (under JG supervision) – 2003.
Running hours – 62,000 hours approx.
Clutching independently (singly or jointly) into single propeller shaft,
with Kamome Controllable Pitch Propellor (original 1976)
Type CPC-65, Ser. no. CP 2089

Bowthruster :
110 kW / Kamome – controllable pitch prop. (original 1976)
Type TC-20, Ser. No. T-80,
Sternthruster :
Tunnel thruster - Model 30 TT125H, 110kW, with electro-hydraulic power pack.
(new 2007)
Generators :
both Yanmar M/E’s driving shaft alternators, 440v/3-phase/60Hz (original 1976)
2 X Tripower generators Model TPMAA (new 2007), using Cummins engines
model 6CTA8.3D, generating 440v/3-phase/60Hz - 170kW, with customized sound
shields. (new 2007); port 744 hrs, stbd 540 hrs.
Switchboard 440v/3-phase/60Hz - Synchronising panel board for new generators (new
2007) in Engine Control Room
Air-Conditioning Chillers – ‘Cruisair’ two units FMTC6HEC (new 2007), comprising
MTC96EC. 96,000 BTU/hr modular tempering units (3 per system), totaling 576.000
BTU, with multi-unit control panel. Local ‘Cruisair’ handlers and SMX II local
controllers throughout ship. (new 2007)
Water Makers
‘Sea Recovery’ reverse osmosis – two units ‘Aquamatic 1800-2’ rated at 6.8 tones per
day. Multi media filter, Ph neutralizer, U.V. sterilizer. (new 2007)
Oily-Water Separator Model YSF-Q-0.5
Eng. Room Bench drill, 1 lathe, 1 work bench + vice, 1 grinder
Stabilisers Naiad ‘fixed fin’ stabilizer system (new 2007) - units located outboard of
Laundry (stbd) and Ch. Engineer’s Cabin (port) on Crew Deck.
Steering flat Original electro-hydraulic steering system (1976)
Shore power multi frequency converter transformer(new 2007)

Bridge : C.P. prop./Bowthruster and Sternthruster controls on main console -
together with Bridge Wing maneuvering stations.
: Hakushin gyro, autopilot and rudder indicator (original 1976)
: Radar - Furuno ‘FAR 2137S’ (10 cm) 20” screen/ 30 KW, with
9-ft antenna, 96 mile range
- Furuno ‘FAR 2117 (3 cm) 20 screen/ 12 kW, 6.5-ft antenna (new 2007)
96 mile range
: Electronic Chart System/Plotter - Transas / ECIS 3000 (new 2007)
with TX 97 charts for Asia/Pacifica.
: Satellite Compass - Furuno ‘SC 602’
: Doppler Log - Furuno ‘DS-80’ (new 2007)
: Echo-Sounder - Furuno ‘FE 700’ (new 2007)
: 2 GPS Navigator receivers - Furuno ‘GP 150’ (new 2007)
: A.I.S. - Furuno ‘FA 150’ (new 2007)
: Wind Indicator - R M Young 05103 (new 2007)
: 2 X marine VHF’s - Furuno FM 3000 (new 2007)
: 1 X Ground-to-Air VHF - Icom ‘IC-A200M (for helicopter ops - new 2007)
: Int. flags cabinet
: 4 x Kenwood portable VHF sets
: Chart table + drawers
: Sanshin search light control
: Naiad stabilizer control panel
: Inventory of paper charts and nautical publications.
: Waeco refrigerator
Ship’s Office/
Radio Room
: GMDSS Radio Set-Up for ‘Area A2’ operation - (new 2007)
: X VHF - Furuno ‘FM 8500’ (25W)
: X MF/HF - Furuno ‘FS 1570’ (150W)
: 1 X ‘Sat C’ - Furuno ‘Felcom 15’
: Inmarsat NERA ‘Fleet 77’
: ‘Mini M’ - Skanti ‘FA 1501’
: GPS recorder Furuno ‘GP150’ (New 2007)
: Navtex (paperless) - Furuno ‘NX 700B’ (new 2007)
: Weatherfax (paperless) - Furuno ‘FAX 30’ (new 2007)
: Ship’s main PC / Dell Optiplex 745 with Epson CX6900F Printer (new 2007)
Alleyway : Fire Detection system panel (new 2007)
: Remote Control for Engine Room CO2 Fire Extinguishing System (new 2007)

Other : Ship’s telephone system/PABX (new 2007)
: Fire, Bilge & service pumps (original 1976)
: Additional emergency fire pump/secondary bilge pump for Crew Accom (new 2007)
: Fire hoses, nozzles, etc..
: Side companionways/ Stern passerelle (new 2007)
: Anchor windlass / two bower anchors,
and one spare - located in fwd hold. (all original 1976)
: Mooring capstans aft (new 2007)
: Satellite TV ‘Seatel’
: 1 x ‘SEAT 219’ fiberglass ‘rigid’ tender - (built in SEAT Boat Co., Pattaya, Thailand)
with Steyr 174 inboard diesel and ‘Bravo One’ drive. (new 2007)
: 1 X ACS 6.8m ‘Hammerhead’ RIB - (built in A.C.S., Subic)
with Steyr 164 inboard diesel and ‘Alamarin 230 waterjet’ drive. (new 2007)
: 1 x 3.6M Hammerhead RIB crew tender

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