Bering Yachts has unveiled its plans for a steel-hulled 72-foot expedition vessel with aluminum superstructure. Conceived to be a modern oceangoing explorer, the B72 is an evolution of the builder's 65-foot model, and is based on the same technical platform. From the early renderings, it also appears to retain the 65's rugged expedition-style lines—with the bow presenting less overhang and the transom close to vertical.
Featured on the main deck is a full-beam galley, designed to double as a social gathering zone. The raised pilothouse is well-protected from the elements by a windscreen of toughened 19mm glass.
The lower deck layout and guest accommodations come with several options. The standard layout has three guest cabins and a full-beam master suite forward. Optionally, the vessel can be reconfigured to a 5 or even 6-cabin layout with or without a crew cabin.
The bridge deck has ample room for one large or two smaller tenders (plus the davit). Other open-air entertaining areas are the aft cockpit, with al fresco dining, and a sun lounge on the foredeck.
The oceangoing B72 will have a displacement of 118 tons (260,000 lbs.) and a fuel capacity of 4,500 gallons. Powered by twin Cummins 327-hp diesels, it projects to have a feasible range of more than 5,000 nm at a cruising speed of 7 knots.
Compact, yet spacious and comfortable with plenty of stowage for voyaging off the beaten track, the B72 seems well appointed for extended cruising with friends and family, with or without crew.