Outer Reef Yachts Rounds Cape Horn Aboard M/Y Argo

Outer Reef Yachts, expert builder of long range, bluewater motoryachts, proudly announces completion of a successful journey around Cabo de Hornos, or Cape Horn, safely aboard ARGO an 88’ (27 meter) Outer Reef Cockpit Motoryacht. In early February, 2017, ARGO rounded the steep slab of rock located on an island off the tip of South America, where the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans collide. Part of a more extensive trip, Paul Hawran, owner of ARGO, and Outer Reef President and CEO, Jeff Druek, successfully carried out the once in a lifetime journey as the Outer Reef Yacht nobly battled the unpredictable conditions known to boaters as a major challenge in yachting.

After several years of research and comparison shopping, Hawran chose Outer Reef to design and build his future yacht as he felt that within its class, it was the most ruggedly built to withstand the fury of Mother Nature. Built to Ocean, category A Standards, “Unrestricted Navigation,” Outer Reef is synonymous with stability and safety. With this necessary confidence, Hawran’s ambitious cruising itinerary included “[Alaska], the Galapagos, and around Cape Horn, Patagonia, and the fabulous glaciers and fjords of Chile aboard (ARGO, a yacht that has) a 3,500-gallon fuel capacity and twin Caterpillar C-18 Acert 1001 bhp engines. She can go the distance: 3,500 miles at her cruising displacement speed of 10 knots.”

From the start of the build process, Hawran worked hand-in-hand with Druek on the design and build of ARGO. Hawran knew that once he took delivery, getting to know ARGO was critical when planning a journey which would undoubtedly bring him face-to-face with the roughest seas in the world, while putting the yacht to the ultimate test.

To truly up the ante, Outer Reef Yachts President and CEO Jeff Druek was inspired by Hawran’s ambitions and decided to join him around The Horn. There is no greater testament to a product’s reliability than that of the company’s owner physically participating in a journey through such unpredictable and challenging waters. When asked for his thoughts regarding the trip, Druek stated: “For me as the founder of Outer Reef Yachts, ‘Rounding of the Horn’ was a culmination of what I attempted to achieve many years ago as I built this company. It was a very proud moment for Outer Reef as a team – a true demonstration of the robustness of the yachts we build – but for me personally, it was an even more fulfilling moment to see the sense of joy and accomplishment on the face of my client and friend, Paul Hawran, while witnessing him make his dream a reality.”

Hawran stated, “My near lifetime ambition of getting to Cape Horn didn’t really strike me until several days after circling and stepping on Cape Horn. I know many other boaters have traveled here but this was MY Mount Everest. The journey was difficult and at times felt unsurmountable, but knowing that Captain Randy Ives of Outer Reef Yachts was there day or night, 24/7…made the voyage possible…”

For more information regarding this Cape Horn journey and the Outer Reef Yachts collection, please visit Outer Reef Yachts at the Palm Beach Boat Show, March 23-26th, or contact: +1 954-767-8305 info@outerreefyachts.com


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