CCN’s explorer yacht K40 in build

Work in progress

Italian yard Cerri Cantieri Navali has released the first images of the build process of explorer yacht K40, also known as M/Y Kanga.

The K40 – the Series-K flagship – is a Light Ice Class vessel, commissioned by Floating Life in October 2015 for an American owner who wishes to cruise in polar latitudes.

The first of two projects currently underway at the yard, the four-deck K40 has a length overall of almost 41 meters, with a maximum beam of 9.4 meters. Extremely reliable, easy to run and maintain, a steel hull reinforced in accordance with the Light Ice Class and an aluminum superstructure, all under 500 GT.

Differing from most expedition yachts, the K40 will have a very different exterior finish. The layers to be applied will have a total thickness of only 4mm, compared to the usual 10 to 20mm. This will give the K40 a much more beautiful appearance and a perfectly smooth hull without the usual imperfections of steel plate construction.

The yacht will be able to accommodate 12 guests in five cabins and the owner's suite. The crew quarters have the capacity to sleep 11 staff.

Power will be provided by two 1,450 hp Caterpillar C32 ACERT diesel engines. Top speed will be 16 knots. Cruising at ten knots, K40 will have a maximum range of 5,400 nautical miles.