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Patrick Bray
Bray Yacht Design and Research
Bray 42m Ocean Explorer
This long-range motoryacht is the solution to the specific needs of an intrepid aviator/yachtsman, who not only requir
a helicopter landing deck on board, but a hangar as well. We accomplished this and more in our wide-body design t
has spacious accommodation for 10 guests and up to 10 crewmembers.
To be able to fit an EC 135 helicopter on a vessel this size is a tall order. To hangar it away in a fully-enclosed stowa
space without folding the rotor blades (for the ultimate in convenience) adds a whole new dimension to the project. T
innovative solution is a system that lowers the helicopter down into the hull and provides shallow trough-hatches for t
blades. In this way the owner’s helicopter can be protected from the ravages of saltwater corrosion while providing
open adventure deck for onboard activities - or a landing space for other friends flying in for a visit.
The hangar system places the helicopter into what would typically be the central engine room space, but in this case t
below-decks area is split into port and starboard mechanical bays either side of the hangar. Through the use of dies
electric propulsion we were able to fit a standard shafted drive system with the electric motors mounted on the pr
shafts below the sole plates. A standard diesel propulsion system utilizing Aquadrive couplings is also an option.
To further enhance the outdoor space, we have added a fold-down transom beach that, when lowered, reveals the f
width stairs to the main deck. These stairs are split on the centerline and may be lifted individually to access the lar
dinghy garage positioned aft of the hangar.
The lower deck accommodation space has four comfortable guest staterooms, each with full ensuite heads. Forward
the two-deck crew accommodation with separate cabins and heads as well as a crew lounge. This area has its own st
way from the lower deck up to the bridge with access at all three deck levels. The guests have their own three-deck st
way further aft. Across from the main-deck crew lounge and crew stairway is a large commercial galley. Directly aft
the owner’s stateroom to port (featuring closet-wall and spacious ensuite) head and the dining room to starboard, b
of which enjoy spectacu
views from the overs
hull windows. Aft, the f
width salon features co
fortable lounge areas w
270-degree views throu
the expansive windo
and sliding-glass doo
which lead onto the
adventure deck.
The upper deck has a lar
captain’s cabin with co
plete head and direct
cess to the bridge.
a settee for crew
(or guest appearances)
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