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My brother-in-law passed away three weeks ago in southern Chile. He left behind two large sailboats, which he used to take scientists to remote areas around the tip of South America - climatologists, geologists, etc. The larger of the boats is 70 feet long and has a specially designed hull for the rough waters of Patagonia - it is said to be able to sleep 15 people. The attached picture is of this boat.
We are not sailors and have no idea about how to find people who might be interested in such specialized boats. Any advice would be very much appreciated!
Donald
 

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There are 2500 people in the "town" where the boats are located - which is the last stop before Antarctica - so I don't expect to find many interested parties. Is it hard to find a way to have boats sailed by competent crews to less remote locations? How? Many thanks for any recommendations.

I do have some information on the larger boat and expect to have more after an up-coming trip there. I believe it was built in Germany and is one of only two of its type.

If/when I take up sailing, I suspect it won't be to explore the treacherous waters of Patagonia!:) I'm thinking the Caribbean might be better suited to my disposition!!
 

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Thanks to all for the advice. I have sent a message to Skip Novak. There are people in town who are taking care of the boats, but I don't think anyone has the skill necessary to captain the boats or the resources to buy them. We will find out more when we visit there next week. I have searched, to no avail, for nearby brokers - the closest seems to be in Valparaiso, which is a very long way north, almost all the way to Santiago. I still wonder how one contacts a potential crew - or is that something a broker would handle?
As for the "smell test," my brother-in-law had no spouse, no children and no will, which is why my wife has been legally appointed as executor for his estate. She and I are fluent Spanish speakers. We now have a Chilean lawyer, who will be advising us on that country's inheritance laws. I posted this question to a sailing forum precisely because I have no relevant experience and hoped that people on this site could help. I'm sorry if any of the readers feel that this was inappropriate, but hope that you all might have some sympathy for the difficult position my family faces.
 

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Very helpful re. delivery crew!
We are finding a bit more about the larger boat, including that it was built in 1992 by a German firm called WF Aluminium Yachtbau GmbH. It is 65.7 feet long, has a reinforced hull and added pilot house. I'll certainly have a clearer idea after our upcoming trip - I only wish it weren't the start of really bad weather in that part of the world!
Thanks to all who have responded!
 

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It will be a challenge to get the boats "uncluttered," since they are currently moored off-shore and the weather is really terrible - high winds and rain all day! Also, my brother-in-law was a bit of a pack rat, so I suspect there will be lots of stuff in the way of a good photograph. We'll do our level best!
Does anyone have any suggestions regarding an organization called "Ocean Cruising Club"? A family member has a friend in that group and we have received some contact information for a port officer in Ushuaia, which is the nearest sizable community (although in Argentina, not Chile). The idea is that scientific expeditions set off from that city for trips to Antarctica and there may be charter companies interested in a properly outfitted boat for that purpose.

I want to thank everyone who has responded to my inquiry. We really did feel as though we were "sailing blind"!
 

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Apologies for the long absence. The trip to Patagonia went well, but the return was complicated by my wife getting the measles - yes, the measles - along the way. Days in the hospital and we are slowly getting back to real life!
We now know more about the larger boat, the Ocean Tramp, and we learned that a local person in Puerto Williams is interested in the smaller - good thing, because it is in bad shape. The OT has been well maintained and was just about to go out on an expedition when my brother in law died. She is 20 meters long, with a beam of 6 meters and draft of 2.1 meters. She was built in Germany in 1997 at Euro Aluship - one of just two designed for sail training in the North Atlantic. Her hull is aluminum, double thick, and she weighs 45 tons. The engine, a 230 HP Perkins diesel with 32 inch prop, is supported by a fuel capacity of 4,000 liters, meaning she has a range of 4,000 nautical miles. She is described as a Cutter Rig Ketch with an additional pilot house. The water capacity is 5,000 liters. She can sleep 15 and has 5 heads. There are 4 sails: main, mizzen, roller furling jib and genoa. She has 14 tons of lead in the keel and is very stable. Lots of extra equipment on board, including 3 radars, 2 echo sounders, 3 gps units, 3 zodiacs with 15 HP outboards.
As for sea worthiness, my brother in law sailed her from the Falklands to a tiny island, Tristan de Cuna, in the far south Atlantic and directly back to Uruguay. Very hard seas and troublesome winds/currents on the return. The total trip was about 5,000 nautical miles, all in the name of geological science!
Now we just have to figure out what is a reasonable price and where she can be taken for a full inspection - we're thinking nearby Ushuaia.
Once again, my thanks to all who offered such concrete advice. You helped us sort through some of the possibilities.
DJ
 
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