There’s so much to tell you about the Mitchell Yachts Explorer.
A simple, small, lightweight yacht — the minimum necessary to get you where you want to go in speed and safety — opening up the adventure of independent exploration. The sea-going equivalent of a mountain bike and tent, Explorer is designed for exhilarating sailing, with ample storage space for cruising provisions, and a cabin for two.
The Swing Bulb Keel Concept
The Swing Bulb Keel has so many advantages it is difficult to grasp them all in one go. What is interesting is that many of these advantages have a knock-on affect on other aspects of performance, so that when they are all added up, it provides considerably higher performance and stability.
Tests since 2004 included lake trials, sea trials to F6, open class racing, a 160-mile cruise from Devon to Wales across the Bristol Channel, and a test report by Practical Boat Owner magazine.
Self-Build projects are quite feasible with a plywood single-chine hull. However there is a lot more to Explorer than a dinghy: there’s the cabin, hatch, lockers and heavier construction, particularly the load-bearing keel case. Therefore material costs and build time will be considerably greater. But you do end up with a small yacht!
Explorer provides a means of recreation and travel which is completely zero-emission. She can be used to explore the coasts of the Britain and Ireland, and by coastal hopping, even the continent.
Explorer lines plan
I was told about someone who had built a 12ft (3.66m) yacht entirely out of scraps, and was sailing around the world. I was so inspired by the story that I decided to build my own boat...
Mitchell Yachts Ltd • Rat’s Castle • Clovelly • Bideford • Devon EX39 5TF • 0845 3455075 • Email
Mitchell Yachts Ltd. is registered in the U.K. • Company No 5256127 • Registered office: 12 Chingswell Street, Bideford, Devon EX39 2NF