Whether polar icebreaker, dive support vessel, luxurious yacht, or nimble sailing craft, EYOS will guide you to the best expedition yacht for your charter. In this ongoing series, we ask what makes the yachts we regularly work with so special.

There are few yachts built to truly take on the ocean in search of the wild. Hanse Explorer has proven she can do it all for over fifteen years, seeking depth of adventure in high sea crossings, gracefully maneuvering through glacial bays, and exploring pristine reef systems to find perfection in the most remote places. That is why she is among our favorite expedition yachts for all points between the Arctic and Antarctic.

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“Hanse just packs a tremendous amount into a 48m yacht; she has a large Owner’s suite and accompanying deck; seven guest cabins; 15 crew; a generous sundeck with Jacuzzi. She is well laid out– there is easy access to the bridge and to the bow, perfect for watching wildlife, and her lounge and dining room have large windows to bring the outside in. You feel connected with the environment wherever you go on her. But more than anything, it is that expedition spirit – the sense from everyone onboard, from the Captain on down, to go the extra mile to deliver a great experience on shore even through difficult navigation conditions, that shares the passion for expeditions and destinations. Hanse is an expedition yacht through and through, an extraordinary platform that will deliver where other yachts can’t.” – Ben Lyons, EYOS CEO

“Our clients have had SO MANY adventures on Hanse…..she has always been our most popular charter yacht; and for good reason. From the heart of the tropics to the limits of the polar regions she is an unrelenting performer, equally at home in either environment or anywhere in between. She is incredibly fit for purpose in the very role she was created for; underpinning luxury experiences in the world’s most remote and pristine places.” – Rob McCallum, EYOS Co-Founder

“It’s impossible to define what makes the perfect expedition ship. Ask 20 people and you’ll likely have 40 answers. But there seems to be a general agreement that, for her size, Hanse Explorer is about as close as you are going to get. Given that she is not big and showy, and isn’t laden down with toys, what is it that this ship has that others don’t? I like to think of it as a quiet competence, not something that is in-your-face but is judged on performance and track record. That’s from afar. Close up, and on board, she’s all about connecting you with the destination. She’s small enough that it’s never more than a few steps to being out on deck. Or boarding a Zodiac. And you always know where you are – large windows are a feature of the lounge and dining room. The bridge is a great place to hang out and there’s easy access to the forward decks. Wherever you want to go, polar or tropical, Hanse Explorer is a great way to get there. She’s like baby bear’s porridge in the story of Goldilocks – just right.” – Richard White, EYOS Expedition Leader

“What I like about the Hanse Explorer is the spirit we have onboard. We always want to push our limits and push the boundaries. We want to do real expeditions. We never do anything conventional and we always want to do the best. Having a tool like Hanse is the biggest gift in the world because we can play with it. She is not your typical luxury white boat, but this is also not really what we want or what we need. She has the highest ice class, she is extremely maneuverable, and she can go into serious conditions. She is built to withstand any sea conditions. And that’s what we do. We have our own spirit in what we do.” – Jens Köthen, Captain of Hanse Explorer