The Arctic Tern I is available for sale

Asking price: US$ 260,000

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Pushing through ice in the Eastern Canadian Arctic.

Sailing across Baffin Bay, from Greenland to Bylot Island.

Crew and icebergs along the coast of Labrador.

Sails up! Making 6 knots on our way to Cape Hatt, Baffin Island, Nunavut.

Registered in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada, Arctic Tern I is a polar expedition sailboat – strong, safe, nimble, and equipped to go just about anywhere. At 47 feet and with a retractable and shoal draft keel (draws only 1.2m with keel up), she is versatile, cost-effective, nimble and flexible – able to access coastal areas that are hazardous to the navigation of traditional Arctic expedition craft.

Designed and built in 1993 specifically for polar work, she has safely voyaged in high latitudes, both in the Arctic and the Antarctic. Her steel hull and full complement of modern navigation and telecommunications gear make her a tough, reliable, and safe platform for just about anything. She is an expedition craft, tough and functional but comfortable.

Students on Ice had taken her to Greenland and the Eastern Canadian Arctic in the last 3 years, supporting scientific and film projects in the North and accommodating up to 7 people onboard. Although ideal for the type of work we were doing up to now, we are selling her to invest in a larger vessel that will be more suitable for our future projects with groups of students.

Since owned by Students on Ice, Arctic Tern 1 has been run (and loved) by the same crew: Grant Redvers and Pascale Otis (

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Specifications & Inventory


2010: Extensive refit, surveyed, insured and compliant with Canadian regulations Architect: Caroff Duflos Model: Super Disko 47 Shipyard: Chantier Brument, Boissy L’Aillerie, France. Year of construction: 1993. LOA: 14.32m. Beam: 4.70m. Draft: 1.2m (keel up), 3.4m (keel down). Gross tonnage: 18.31. Material: Steel. Rig: Cutter. Current port of registry: Iqaluit, Canada. Current registration: 833657. MMSI: 316015134. Call sign: CFN 6108. Previous owner: Dixie Dansercoer (

The Arctic Tern I is a fully-equiped polar expedition sailboat. It has sailed to the Arctic and Antarctic.

ENGINE, new in 2013

Make: Yanmar Model: 4JH4-HTE Brake power: 65 KW.

BOW THRUSTER, new in 2010

Make: Vetus. Model: 75 kgf. Grill on both sides to prevent ice from entering tube. Installed new control panel at helm, 2014.

The bow thruster was installed in 2010 and allows great maneuverability in tight spaces.

Electrics, Fuel, & Instruments


AC Power: 110V & 220V. DC Power: 12V. Battery monitor: Blue Sea Systems voltmeter. Solar panels:  1m2Alternators: 1 x Hitachi 12V, 65amp (charges start battery). 1 x Mastervolt 12V/130amp (charges house batteries). Charger: Mastervolt, Model: 12/80-2, Input: 230 or 120V, Output: 12V, 80amp. Inverters: 1 x Mastervolt, Model: 12/1200, 1200 watt, Input: 12V, Output: 230V. 2 x Eliminator, 400 watt, Input 12V, Output 120V. 2 x 110V power extension cables. Shore power plug, North American, 30A 125V.


Diesel: 2 tanks (approx 200L ea.) plus 8 x 20L plastic gerry containers (160L). Total capacity approximately 560L. (approx. motoring range: 186 hours, or 900 odd miles at 5kts). Twin RACOR 900FH series filters from diesel tanks. Petrol: 1 x outboard fuel can, 2 x 20L plastic gerry containers (total capacity 60L). Propane: 5 x 9kg steel cylinders.


Chart plotter / vhf: Standard Horizon CPV550. *new in 2012. C-Map charts: Great Lakes incl. Canadian northeast coast and approaches, Canadian Arctic north and east, Greenland & Iceland. Radar: Raytheon Pathfinder SL70. GPS: Furuno GPS Navigator. Handheld GPS: 1 x Garmin GPS Map 62, 1 x Garmin Oregon 2000. AIS: em-trak B100, class B transmitter and receiver with antenna splitter. Autopilots: Raymarine SmartPilot ST60002. Windpilot, Pacific servopendulum. Wind, depth, temp, log instruments: Autohelm Tridata ST50 (note: wind and depth not operating). Lowrance Elite 4 back-up depth sounder. HawkEye H22PX handheld depth sounder.

Most instruments were installed in 2012 and 2013. All are functional.

Communication, Heating, Refrigeration, & Accommodation


Satellite: Iridium OpenPort (*new in 2012); Handheld Iridium model 9555. Fixed vhf: Standard Horizon CPV550 (as above). Handheld vhf: 4 x ICOM IC-M24 waterproof. SPOT Satellite GPS messenger.


Dickinson Lofoten diesel heater & stove top. 60L fuel tank. Spare chimney top and extensions. Works in 50 knots of wind. Quickly heats main cabin to a comfortable 20C even when temperature is near freezing outside. Also great for cooking. Dickinson Radex 2, fan heater for forward cabin (2 fans with independent switches for low and high settings), connected to engine cooling circuit. Works extremely well. *both new in 2012.


Mobicool, 12V portable cooler, 24 litres.


Forward: 4 single bunk (with lee cloths) Mid-ships: 1 single bunk (with lee cloth) Aft: 1 double cabin. Also possible to sleep one person in lounge. Mattresses on all bunks, pillows, pillow cases, sheets, blankets.

The forward cabin can sleep 4 people comfortably (lee cloths on each bunk). All passengers have access to a storage unit. The mattresses were custom-made in 2012.

Galley, Head & Deck


Fully equipped and functional. 2 sinks and draining counter top. Pull-up counter extension to extend working space. Cooker: 2 burner gimballed propane stove with oven. Works very well. Utensils: Full assortment of pots, pans, plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, cutlery for 10 people. Ready to go! Freshwater supply (electric pump and tap, 2 separate water tanks: 160L + 180L) Saltwater supply (foot pump)


Large space, fully renovated in 2010: New sump pump, toilet, sink, tap, storage. Toilet: Jabsco manual toilet. Tap: Freshwater supply (separate 90L tank) Shower: Cold freshwater supply. Floor drain and functional sump pump.


Winches: 2 x Anderson ST66 (Genoa sheets), 1 x Anderson ST40 (furling line), 2 x Anderson ST46, with Spinlock XTS jammers (main sheet, keel, traveller, storm jib), 2 x Anderson ST46 mast winches (halyards), 1 x Anderson ST40 mast winch (reefing line). 5 x winch handles (3 floating). Selection of pulleys (mainly Harken), shackles and general deck hardware. Hatches: Goiot.

The spacious stainless steel deck is in very good condition. There is room to store the tender, kayak, Jerrycans and much much more!

Ground Tackle, Mooring & Lines, and Sails


Main – 1 x 33kg Rocna anchor with 123m of 3/8 Grade 43 high test chain. Never dragged… not once! Spare – 1 x 20 kg CQR anchor
 with 110m of 3/8 BBB chain. Also works very well. Spare – 1 x Danforth anchor Windlass: Lofrans 12V. Model: Tigres.

At the bow: Lofran windlass, Rocna anchor (33Kg) and 123m of 3/8 Grade 43 high test chain.


Full assortment of mooring lines, fenders, spare rope and lines. Shore lines: 3 x 100m, 30mm three strand polypropylene line. Very good condition.


All in very good condition. Main (3 slab reefs). Battens. Genoa (furling). Staysail (hank on). Storm jib (hank on). Spinnaker.

Water & Wastewater, Survival & Safety, & Tender


Freshwater: 3 tanks (180L+160L+90L) plus 5 x 20L plastic gerry containers. Total capacity: 530L Jabsco water pumps supply galley and head. Seawater: Foot-pump to galley. Blackwater: 160L holding tank with Jabsco self priming macerator pump, deck pump out and direct overboard discharge options. Greywater: Rule, rule-a-matic plus shower sump. Level detectors: Xintex LLM-2 (two tank level detector). To be installed.  


PFD’s: 7 x Mustang hydrostatic, Model: MD3154, with lanyards. *new in 2009 and 2012. Liferaft: 1 x Transocean, Class 2, 8 person. Inspection due 2015. 2 x life rings. 1 x throw line. 2 x MOB buoys. 3 x deck knives. EPIRB’s: 2 x ACR 406 MHz, Model RLB-38. Immersion suits: 7 x Mustang Ice Commander, IC9001. *new in 2009. Foul weather clothing: 7 x high visibility foul weather jackets. Fire extinguishers: 7 x ABC multipurpose dry powder fire extinguishers. Flares: Orion Ultimate kit (expires 2013-14), plus large selection of ‘expired’ flares. Comprehensive first aid kit plus smaller shore kit. Propane detector / valve: Xintex S-1A. Combination smoke & carbon monoxide detector. Bilge pumps: 2 x electric 12V rule pumps, 1 x manual diaphragm pump. Emergency tiller.


Make: Zodiac, 3.1m. Outboard: Yamaha F15AMH, 15hp, 4 stroke, short shaft. Works very well. Grapnel anchor. 4 x oars. 2 x foot pumps. Manual bilge pump. Shore survival kit (including tent, sleeping bags, first aid, flares). Spares: propeller, fuel line, filters, spark plugs, repair kit.

Spare Parts, Miscellaneous


* Very well equipped with spare parts, tools, etc. Seawater circulation pump. Raw water pump. Hitachi alternator, 12V/65amp. Mastervolt alternator, 12V/130amp. Eliminator 200W inverter, input 12V, output 120V. Selection of engine disposables, including filters, belts, thermostats, impellers. Whale foot pump (galley seawater supply). Jabsco 12V water pump. Rule bilge pump. Spare set of steering cables.


Portable generator: Yamaha EF1000iS, petrol powered. BBQ: Stainless steel, propane one burner. Propane camping stove, one burner. Climbing harness. Selection of fishing gear. 4 x large tarpaulins. Rope and rung style swim ladder. Steel dive bottle. 2 x freshwater hoses. Canvas bimini over half of cockpit. Canvas boat cover with aluminum frame. 2 x Binoculars. 1 x Night-Vision binoculars. Navigation ‘tools’: dividers, Breton plotter etc. Charts: various (St-Lawrence River, Greenland, Eastern Canadian Arctic, Labrador) Library: various (St-Lawrence River, Greenland, Eastern Canadian Arctic, Labrador) 1 x portable Jabsco vane pump suitable for fuel transfer. Comprehensive selection of power tools & manual tools. Good supply of general maintenance and repair material.


The domain “” is also available for sale.

Bird surveys with the Canadian Wildlife Service, Bylot Island.

Iceberg along the coast of Baffin Island.

Calm anchorage on the West coast of Greenland.

Filming orcas and narwhal with the BBC in Tremblay Sound, Baffin Island, for the “Wild Canada” series.

Students on Ice is an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and the Arctic. For 14 years, providing students, educators and scientists from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities, helping them foster a new understanding and respect for the planet.


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