The Great Southern Route : 2010 - 2011
CIRCUMNAVIGATION - A SHORT HISTORY 016 | GSR transformations of this kind ranged from pilot boats and purse-seiners to trawlers and small warships. These craft were initially branded discovery, or exploration yachts before becoming more universally known as expedition yachts and purpose-built vessels of this type now represent a much larger percentage of new motor yacht output from yards around the world. If you want to sail across the Pacific in comfort, you can do so in anything from a big ketch from Alloy Yachts to a smaller sloop from Swan. And of course you can follow in Captain Slocum's wake and embark in a modest 37-footer, the modern version of which will offer much more tolerable accommodation than Spray ever could. In a motor yacht, range is the thing whether you're on board a Benetti or a Feadship, a Delta or a Schweers, along with dependable machinery and structural integrity, particularly if you're going to encounter ice. Jack Setton wanted to do it all, which was entirely in character for the man who had led the field in the burgeoning hi-fi and audio market of the 1970s and 1980s and who would continue to invest time and money in some of the most avant-garde communications and electronics inventions and technologies of the late twentieth chartering and the improvement of facilities for visiting yachts outside traditional Mediterranean cruising grounds created opportunities for owners as well as for a new generation of professional crew. These different destinations helped the business grow to accommodate clients whose preferences might include anything from Alaska to Antarctica, or from Palma to Papeete. Furthermore, many of the post-war owners and charterers had businesses of their own to run and the advent of compact and reliable satellite communications systems allowed them to stay in touch. Other recent and relevant developments for those wishing to go further than the Mediterranean and the Caribbean in a summer and winter cycle include advances in automated sail handling, which enable smaller crews to manage larger sailing yachts and progress in naval architecture and propulsion systems, which benefits all yachts in terms of volume and economy of operation. By the 1990's, the desire to visit extremes of latitude, as well as to enjoy the fashionable ports and warm islands in between had led to the imaginative conversion of deep-sea tugs and other commercial (as well as a few naval) vessels capable of carrying larger tenders and en route to Suez, which she reached on 25th April 1877. By the time another 60 years had elapsed, Nahlin, the 1,574 ton, steam-turbine-driven beauty designed by G. L. Watson and built by John Brown & Co of Clydebank, Scotland for Lady Yule would have circled the world too and she ventured as far south as New Zealand. Remarkably, this yacht would survive after many years spent languishing on the River Danube where she served as a restaurant and, having originally been returned to England in 1999, is still undergoing restoration in Germany. In spite of its relatively rapid resurgence at the end of the First World War, grand yachting took much longer to recover at the end of the Second World War. Quite a few motor yachts had been commandeered by their Governments and had been lost to mines or in enemy action and some of the larger sailing vessels had surrendered their keels, which were used to make munitions. Owners were faced with higher income taxes and death duties and many of the young men who might have succeeded the pre-war skippers and sailors had been killed or injured. Eventually those with the wherewithal to enjoy yachting started to return to it and the advent of In the early 1900's Nahlin cruised as far south as New Zealand.
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