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Real Ships Expedition 77′ Just After Launch in Alabama
Real Ships, of Bayou La Batre, Alabama, confirmed this week that it has successfully launched the first Expedition 77′ steel yacht at its shipyard in Bayou La Batre. The new trawler, named Aventura by its owner, is dockside now undergoing final outfitting and decorating, a process which will last a couple of weeks. At that point, sea trials will begin in the Gulf of Mexico with the aim of having the boat ready for its public debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in late October.

The company name says it all when it comes time to describe its yachts. These are serious, solid, steel ships intended to go anywhere and to do it for a long, long time. Virtually all key systems have redundant backups, or alternate sources. The more than 5,400 gallons of fuel will take her transatlantic at 10-11 knots, and easily transpacific at 7-8 knots, all the while in the safety and security of a ship that displaces 115 tons, according to Real Ships President Joe Johnson.

The Expedition 77′ is powered by twin big-block John Deere 6125AFM, Tier Two Powertech diesels, with a continuous duty rating of 341 HP each and a max RPM of 1800. The hull features specially shaped prop keels, with boxed bar skets protecting the propellers and securing the rudders. The vessel can sit upright on three keels if ocean levels drop that low for some reason. Two 32 kW Kohler generators provide electricity to the various systems aboard.

The vessel features an aft-house design with the pilot house on the upper level and a raked electronics mast atop the pilothouse. Amidships on the main deck is the huge hydraulic davit. The hull features 3/8″ steel plate on the bottom and the keel and stem are 1.5″ by 10″ plate.  The house is 1/4″ aluminum plate and the yacht conforms to both ABS and ABYC standards. The hull is finely faired and finished in Awlgrip®.Real Ships New Expedition 77' Dockside After Launch

The interior continues the ship-feel, with 7′ headroom throughout. Four staterooms and 4.5 heads are in the standard plan, with tile and marble in the heads and glorious, old-growth teak throughout the interior.

We will do a full review of the Expedition 77′ during the Fort Lauderdale Show, with a nice, big photo gallery to accompany the full report. In the meantime, call the bankers and get started on the financing for this global mobile home. Base price, including normal allowances for outfitting and decorating, is approximately $4.5 million. Given the state-of-the-art welding and finishing techniques employed, and the nearly limitless lifetime and safety afforded by a steel ship, that may be the lowest price this yacht ever fetches.

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