South Seas Explorer

  • 60'
  • 2000
  • Vanuatu, Florida, United States
  • $549,000


This Kurt Hughes 60 is a true bluewater passagemaker.

Generous bridgedeck clearance ( 1200 mm) gives a smooth ride even in rough seas.

The beamy hull shapes give excellent load carrying capacity yet still allow 200+nm days with ease.

The central wheelhouse enables a clear view of the boat from a protected vantage point and easy access to the sail controls as well as the saloon.

The selftacking jib allows the helmsman to tack the boat without aid, and short tacking up a channel or through an entrance is a breeze.

Reefing down and sail hoisting and trimming are all done from the safety of the deep cockpit, using the Anderson ST winches (1 electric)

The fully retractable 3 bladed propellers give great performance both when motoring and sailing.

The 2m carbonfibre centerboards make this multihull go to weather and tack like a mono.

The minimum draft of 450mm gives access to lagoons and estuaries that others can only envy, as well as easy beachability.

Equipped for ocean cruising with extensive safety gear, huge captive reel winch for easy anchoring, and a parachute anchor.

Lying in Vanuatu, owner willing to assist with delivery if required.

Additional Specs, Equipment and Information:

Boat Name
South Seas Explorer

Engine 1:
Engine Brand: Nissan
Engine Model: BD30
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Power: 100 HP

Engine 2:
Engine Brand: Nissan
Engine Model: BD30
Engine Type: Inboard
Engine/Fuel Type: Diesel
Engine Power: 100 HP

Equipment and Specifications

Length: 18 metres (60 foot )
Beam: 9 metres (30 foot)
Draft: Variable from 0.450m to 2m
Mast height: 23 metres
Weight: 14T
Hull Material : Foam sandwich divinycel and triaxial cloths using SP Systems laminating resins.
Carbon centreboards and rudders.

Inside fittings:
Sleeps 14
4 double cabins, four quarter berths and two single bunks.
Two Heads with electric toilets
1 shower
Main saloon includes large galley, dining table for 14.
Additional wrap around settee and navigation table.

Building Details:

Built to NZ survey from USCG approved plans

Engines and props:

2x Nissan BD30 diesel engines, 4 cyl direct injection 3 litre with Eaton variable displacement hydraulic pumps driving 3 blade 20” x 20”propellers on retractable drives.

Rigging Details and Sail Wardrobe:

New 2011 Yachtspars alloy mast, single line reefing, Hydranet Sailcloth mainsail 109 sq m (1180 sq ft), self tacking Dimension Sailcloth jib 40.5 sq m (436 sq ft) on furlex furler, all lines led under bridgedeck and on to Anderson 46ST winches on aft beam with high load spinlock jammers for halyards.
240 sq m Gennaker on Bamar Rollgen Furler is tacked to retractable prod and sheets back to Anderson 52ST 2 speed winches.
Storm trysail can be rigged on separate mast track for easy deployment.
Storm Jib has soft hanks on to a Dyneema forestay.

Anchoring Details: :Large captive reel anchor drum holding 30m of 13mm chain and approx 400m of 20mm nylon warp, including 300m of warp for parachute anchor. Driven by electric Maxwell 4500 series anchor winch with controls forward and in wheelhouse. 40kg Delta Anchor on central bow roller and large Danforth Anchor in locker

Fixtures and fittings:
Oven: 2 burner LPG marine oven with grill and BBQ plate in cockpit able to be relocated to galley.

Stove top: 4 burner LPG in galley

Water Heating: LPG Rinnai califont .
3 x 9kg LPG cylinders stowed in approved locker.

Refrigeration Capacity: Danfoss 12v system with 50L top opening freezer and 100L front opening fridge able to be reduced to 50L fridge for low power consumption

Water Tanks: 8 x 100L plastic tanks located amidships in bilges. All able to be turned off separately

Black Water Tank: 150L holding tank with breather in port hull, discharge via air pressure.


90 amp alternator on port engine and 40 amp alternator on stbd, with manually selectable output control. 2x 100 ah AGM staring batts and 6 x 2V 1300 ah Gel Batts. All circuits able to be isolated and cross connected.
200 watt solar panel array.
Kawasaki 1400W portable genset
Trace 1.5 Kw inverter charger.
Freshwater pump, saltwater pump,.


PC based chart plotter, Codan SSB, Uniden VHF, handheld waterproof VHF, Furuno 15nm radar, Humminbird depthsounder, TMQ autopilot, Nexus wind instruments, Garmin GPS

Dinghy and Outboard:

3.5m Zodiac RIB with 15hp Suzuki outboard on 5m by 1.5m rack that lowers into the water and stows high between the sterns at above bridgedeck level.

Safety Equipment:

As required for NZ and Vanuatu surveys. 6 man CSM liferaft. 70 lifejackets, MOB float, 3 life rings with light, drogue etc. Jack lines on deck for offshore, large diam parachute anchor with warp. 2 x EPIRBs 6 x Parachute flares, 4 x smoke flares, 4 x orange handhelds, compass, firehose, 4 bilge pumps with alarms and float switches, portable 240v electric emergency bilge pump and 2 portable manual bilge pumps.


Centrally located wheelhouse with single wheel and engine controls giving good all round visibility and access to cockpit and line controls. Also has a settee berth and is closeable to give great protection from the elements.
5 Weaver 500x500 opening hatches.
10 portholes, opening ports in heads.
Under bridgedeck ventilation flaps that can be opened in wet weather

Main Strengths:

Generous 1260mm bridgedeck clearance makes this catamaran particularly suited for comfortable blue water passage making.
The large but efficient hull shapes give her great load carrying capacity as well as excellent hull speeds.
Her hull layouts are ideal for both charter and private use.
Retractable rudders, centerboards and drive legs allow for shallow water access and beaching.
Efficient centerboards give excellent windward performance.


This vessel is currently in Vanuatu and is registered, licensed, and operating as a charter vessel.
Includes spares too numerous to list.


  • Basic Information
  • Dimensions
  • Speed / Weight
  • Accomodations
  • Hull & Deck
  • Engine Information
  • Builder: KURT HUGHS
  • Category: Catamaran
  • Model: KHSD 60 Catamaran
  • Model Year: 2000
  • YearBuilt: 2000
  • Year Refit: N/A
  • Refit Type: N/A
  • Tax Paid: N/A
  • Country: United States
  • Registration #: N/A
  • Coast Guard #: N/A
  • Vessel Top: N/A
  • Fly Bridge: No
  • Cockpit: No
  • Helipad: No
  • Accomodations: Guest SR/S: 4/0 - Crew R/B/S: 0/0/0
  • LOA: 60' 0" (18.29m)
  • LWL: --
  • LOD: --
  • Beam: 30' 0" (9.14m)
  • Min Draft: --
  • Max Draft: --
  • Clearance: 75' 5" (22.99m)
  • MFG Length: --
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  • Displacement: --
  • Gross Tonnage: 14 Ton
  • Water Capacity: 211 Gallons
  • Holding Tank: 39 Gallons
  • Fuel Capacity: --
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  • Berths: N/A
  • Heads: N/A
  • Sleeps: N/A
  • State Rooms: 4
  • Crew Berths: N/A
  • Crew Sleeps: N/A
  • Crew Heads: N/A
  • Captains Quarters: No
  • Hull ID: N/A
  • Hull Material: Fiberglass
  • Deck Material: N/A
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  • Project Manager: N/A
  • Hull Designer: N/A
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  • Exterior Designer: N/A
  • Interior Designer: N/A
  • Manufacturer: Nissan
  • Model: BD30
  • Engine Count: Twin
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Fuel Type: Diesel