Boat Details

Ocean Sailing Yacht of Exception, 20 metres

World exploring, adventure sail training, or expeditions

  • Designed and built for safe and comfortable world ocean sailing
  • Simplicity of systems, for short-handed sailing
  • Proven reliability and performance
  • Bureau Veritas standards for "Unlimited Navigation Area"
  • Maintained and serviced in meticulous order



  • Rarely do sailing yachts meet the reality and expectations of being "World Capable". Xplore is one of those rare creations.
  • Designed by UK renowned naval architect David Thomas in conjunction with Bureau Vertitas, the design brief was to create a world circumnavigating yacht that would safely and reliably go to the ends of the earth, a Range Rover of the oceans.
  • Xplore has been owned and run for 10 years by a professional mariner and sailor who's attention to detail and maintenance standards, mean that Xplore is ready to continue great sailing adventures and projects.


General Description

  • Designed for ocean sailing and fine tuned for high latitudes and polar regions, Xplore's accommodation in 6 separate cabins can house up to 14 people. The separate living spaces within the yacht mean that on longer extended voyages or projects, people can find their own space to work, live and relax.
  • Xplore was designed to be exceptionally strong, built in the highest qualities of steels in order to face what any ocean might throw at it with absolute confidence.


Business Details (Optional)

  • As a proven business operation for ten years, the yacht is fully equipped and prepared as a "Turn Key" package that will take you to your dream places, and pay for it.
  • Xplore comes with an existing website (http://www.xplore-expeditions.com/), marketing and social media. There is an extensive, and detailed new owner training period to ensure a smooth transition into Xplore.
  • Currently in Bureau Veritas survey (unlimited navigation area).


Key Boat Specifications


LOA: 20.03m

LWL: 17.76m

Beam: 5.26m

Draft: 2.82m

Displacement: 38 tons



Fuel: 1900 litres

Water: 1100 litres


Sail Areas:

Including 100% fore triangle: 179.49 sq m

Main: 86.01 sq m

Yankee No 1: 98.04 sq m

Spinnaker: 351.17 sq m


Design Construction and Standards:

Designer: David Thomas

Builder: Devonport Yachts Ltd UK

Build Date: 1992

Design Approval: Bureau Veritas

Current Survey Classification: Unlimited Navigation Area, BV 2017


Full yacht Specifications:  http://www.xplore-expeditions.com/uploads/2/6/6/9/26698887/xplore_full_specifications_may_2017.pdf

Video: https://youtu.be/QpnD8HuyOVM

Contact: xplore-expeditions@gmail.com

Galley Equipment

The galley is a well designed and extremely practical area aft, adjacent to the saloon, with a full sized 4 burner gas stove top in a custom design gimballed with safety fiddles. A bulkhead mounted SMEV gas oven and grill provides great meals in port or at sea, in a safe and secure area. Excellent light from port lights and hatches in the Galley and Saloon.
Galley bench space is ample for preparation and serving for even a large team and twin sinks makes the balance right. Xplore comes with professional cooking and serving equipment, plus dishes, plates, bowls and utensils. 



  • Xplore has 6 sleeping cabins, 4 cabins with 10 bunks forward of the navigation area, and 2 cabins located aft of the saloon with 4 berths.  Fixed bottom bunks are either single or 3/4 double, giving extensive storage space underneath. Top bunks are slung, fabric padded.  All bunks have lee cloths for sailing. Cabins have bunk lights and circulation fans. Boots storage, life jackets stowage and survival suits. Xplore comes with extensive bedding, duvets, pillows, covers and towels. 



  • Xplore has 2 heads located forward giving bathroom, toilet with shower facilities, hot and cold water and personal storage space for a full compliment.  Practical Rhinestrom toilets and Whale pumps ensure simple and reliable systems. Dorade ventilation and Lewmar hatches.



  • The saloon is a warm and comfortable area that can sit up to 12 people around the substantial table. Good meals or leisure time reading from the library, the stereo system with multiple inputs makes this area of "Xplore" a place to share memorable times.


Navigation Area

  • A key central and interlinking area, the navigation deck saloon gives excellent visibility with windows on all sides fitted with 8mm Lexan for utter confidence. Fitted with seating spaces, this area welcomes people and gives a comfortable sailing saloon or entertainment area in the heart of the navigation area. 
  • The navigation chart area is fully equipped with latest technology for safe world sailing and communications. The chart table is spacious enough for large paper navigation charts and  chart storage. The electronic chart systems is PC based with a dedicated 24 volt "data brick", multiple navigation chart programs and weather information at your finger tips. 


Wet Weather Gear Compartment

  • The wet weather gear compartment, located to port directly next to the companion way gives extensive hanging space for wet clothing. This compartment has separate housing for the water maker, generator and heating systems.

Additional Equipment

Safety & Emergency Equipment

  • EPIRB, Sailor 406 
  • Zodiac Solas Class A, 6 person life rafts x 2, with hydrostatic releases, current survey 2016  /2017 
  • 12 x MX marine inflatable life jackets and harnesses 150Kn 
  • 12 x immersion survival suites 
  • Emergency tiller 
  • Boarding / swim ladder, removable  
  • Cockpit and side deck jack stays 
  • MOB turnbuckle sling, lifting strop, scramble net, throwing line 
  • 6 x fire extinguishers 
  • 1 x fixed engine room fire system 
  • Fire and smoke detectors in both engine areas 
  • Emergency fire fighting pump and hoses 
  • Gas detection electronic system, galley and engine room serviced 2015 
  • Bilge remote alarm system in two areas 
  • Bilge pumping systems, 2 x manual, 1 x electric 
  • Distress flairs, current for ocean going
  • Binoculars 
  • 2 x Waterproof torches 
  • 2 x Life rings with drogues, lights and danbouys 


Medical Kits

  • 2 x full professional ocean going MCA standard medical kits and equipment, re-validated 2015 / 2016.
  • Day medical kit in navigation area.  



  • Zodiac Mark 1 Classic 3.5 meter inflatable, with aluminium floors, new 2007. Yamaha 15 hp outboard with tank, new 2007. 



Main engine spares 

  • Gen-set spares 
  • Auto pilot spares 
  • B&G spares 
  • Water maker spares and filters 
  • Heater spares 
  • Hot water cylinder element 
  • Plumbing spares 
  • Electrical spares 
  • Rigging spares 
  • Deck hardwear spares 
  • Lewmar hatch spares 
  • Harken winch spares 
  • Propeller spares 
  • Spare fixed 3 blade propeller 
  • Bainbridge batten system spares 
  • Sail repair kit and materials


Other spares

  • Full equipment manuals 
  • Detailed service and maintenance history records
  • Extensive tools and maintenance equipment 
  • Maintenance lubricates and supplies 
  • Paints and varnish, supplies are kept on board
  • Forepeak food storage boxes 
  • Dinghy fuel storage containers x 2 
  • 3 x 11kg LPG gas bottles

Navigation Systems

- B&G Hydro 2000 system, boat speed log, wind direction and speed, heading through B&G fluxgate compass. 3 displays in navigation area, 1 x analogue 2 x digital. Cockpit 6 displays 2 x 20/20 digital, 1 x analogue, 3 by digital. Updated software and firm ware through B&G 2015. 
- Simrad professional GPS, MX610 new 2016 
- Magnavox professional GPS MX100 
- Dedicated PC nav system, 12 volt data brick, with Maxsea and Open CPN software with charts. The PC system also runs the Sat com C Easy mail, Iridium comms software, weather viewing program and boat information 
- AIS, Comar receiver displayed on navigation PC software 
- Iridium fixed installation satellite communications, new 2007 with external antenna new 2016. 
- Sailor, Sat com C Navtex and commercial grade satellite communication system, new 2016 
- Skanti VHF fixed mounted with Comrod external antenna, external Sony cockpit speake
- Skanti MF / HF radio, 400 watts with Comrod external antenna whip
- Digital barometer 
- B&G auto pilot ACP2 course computer 24 volt new 2007, displays in navigation area and cockpit 
- Auto pilot custom designed in 2007 with Kobelt ram and Accusteer electric / hydraulic pack, housed starboard cockpit aft, in fully contained water proof compartment, full access 
- Stereo, Sony CD, Radio and USB system with 2 Sony speakers in saloon, and 2 Sony water proof speakers cockpit mounted

- Icom, hand held VHF and charger in Saloon 

- HP printer (saloon located) USB to navigation area

Mechanical Equipment

  • Main Engine: Perkins M130C Hp naturally aspirated in line 6 cylinder, new 1996 this engine continues to be a smooth and reliable propulsion system. The engine room has full and easy access to all parts of the engine and systems. Serviced every 200 hours with full records. Main engine running hours: 11,500h 
  • Gear box: PRM UK 302-D 2:1 ratio hydraulic box, flexible shaft coupling, PSS carbon shaft seal 
  • Propeller: Brunton Auto Prop, 3 blade full feathering system, new 2016 
  • Shaft break system: Simple and efficient, feathering the Brunton Auto prop allows for quiet and no drag whilst under sail, and no need to un-lock for engine start up. 
  • Gen-set: Perkins 103-10 series 3 cylinder 27Hp, full rebuild December 2009, this generator system drives a Balmar 220 Amp 24 volt alternator (new 2012) with Balmar "smart regulator". The gen-set also powers the water maker high pressure pump "Cat 3 cylinder ceramic". Gen-set running hours 2,700h 
  • Water maker: Aquafresh UK, 160 to 180 litres per hour reverse osmosis, 20 and 5 micron filters. New 2007. 
  • Fuel filtration: 1 "Separ" pre filter from the 5 main tanks to the day tank, second Separ filter from day tank to engines. Each engine has its dedicated fuel filters. Fuel transfer to day tank is done by a Jabsco 24 volt pump with return flow to tank being used overflow. 
  • Heating: 2 x Eberspacher D4 diesel / electric heaters give blown dry air heating or air ventilation throughout "Xplore", 24 volt, new in 2009, duct work fully replaced, regularly serviced. 
  • Plumbing: Hot and cold water systems are pressurised by Jabsco 24 volt pump, accumulator new 2007, water filter and supplied to heads, showers and galley. 75 Litre hot water cylinder in twin coil new 2007, heated by main engine and gen-set, an electrical heating coil within the cylinder for shore power hot water. 
  • Electrical: Professional electrical panel near the chart table gives easy access and display to systems. Xplore is primarily 24 volts throughout, Victron multi Inverter / charger gives 220 volt and 40 amp charging on shore power, including a Victron remote control panel in the navigation area. Outlets in navigation area and saloon.  Xantrex battery monitor shows battery levels for house and engine start batteries. Mastervolt 110 volt inverter, outlets in galley and saloon. 12 volt converters in navigation area and saloon areas. 
  • Batteries: House batteries replaced May 2015, 6 x 320 amp deep cycle AGM sealed batteries giving 960 amp hours @ 24 volts. Main engine start batteries, 2 x sealed cell batteries, 120amp @ 24 volt Gen-set start battery, 12 volt @ 90amp 
  • Lighting Systems: Xplore has 24 volt lighting systems for all navigation requirements, fore deck and aft cockpit flood lights and masthead LED tri colour with anchor light. Below decks there are LED lighting in key areas and night sailing red LED lights, engine rooms are lit for easy maintenance.

Total Power

130.0 kw


  • BuilderBoatYard
  • DesignerDavid Thomas
  • LocationFrance
  • Built1992
  • Price£429,481
  • Length20.4 m
  • Hull MaterialSteel
  • Cruising Speed8 kn
  • Max Speed12 kn
  • Beam1.59 m
  • Water Tank Capacity242 gal
  • Fuel Tank Capacity385 gal
  • Engine 1
    • Model: Perkins
    • Fuel Type: diesel
    • Propeller Type: Inboard

Contact Seller

Stephen Wilkins
United Kingdom
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