Renowned Damien II 52 steel schooner, designed by Michel Joubert and purpose built for high latitude expeditions, Philos has proven herself in the most demanding environments on the planet including 2 transits of the Northwest Passage and many expeditions to Antarctica. Heavily constructed by Meta in France, Philos has an electric fully retractable swing keel which reduces her draft to only 3 when raised. The design enables the vessel to be raised up by the pressure of ice rather than crushed, and there is excellent rudder and drive train protection. The schooner rig ensures easy handling with less crew and fast passage making with speeds often in excess of 10 knots. Engine is a 75 hp Perkins 4.236 diesel, serviced regularly.
Accommodation includes 2 double cabins plus 3 good sized single berths, a well equipped galley, enclosed bathroom and huge dinette. The focsle has a water-tight collision bulkhead and serves as a large storage area and workshop.
Philos is equipped with long range fuel and water tanks, diesel cabin heating, comprehensive electronics and vast storage.
Inventory is extensive and includes:
- portable Honda genset
- wind generator
- Coursemaster auto-pilot
- Heavy duty anchor windlass with approx. 80m chain
- Furuno radar with back-up
- GPS/plotter with back-up
- Large screen colour sounder
- HF and VHF radios
- Weather monitoring systems
- Wind speed and direction
- 220v through inverter
- Bombard Commando C3 RIB with 15 hp Yamaha
- Headsail furler, spare headsails and MPS
Philos performs beautifully in the harshest of conditions and is a pleasure to sail, even in adverse weather. Included in her impressive inventory is a huge array of spare parts and sundry equipment for serious cruising.