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ONBOARD ORYXX, BENETEAU 523
The Beneteau Oceanis Clipper 523 was manufactured in 2006 in France. Her racer/cruiser design makes her as fast through the water as she is comfortable to live on.
With four cabins – two aft, one forward, and one crew – she can easily sleep six guests and two crew members.
Her shallow bulbous keel makes her ideal for navigating shallow bays and reef systems while still giving her a sleek racing performance.
She has a 20-meter tall mast, two sets of spreaders, a forestay and two backstays. A Yanmar 100Hp inboard diesel engine with a folding propeller helps her maneuver in port and ensures we don’t get left behind on those calm days.
Our boat is primarily fiberglass, with a teak cockpit and a wooden interior. She is kitted out with a fully battened mainsail, a roller fuller genoa, and an asymmetrical spinnaker. She is currently registered in the BVI’s for our Caribbean yacht charters with the ability to cruise anywhere in the world – the possibilities are endless onboard Oryxx!
Where did we get the name Oryxx?
Native to South Africa, Max’s homeland, Oryx antelope prefer near-desert conditions and can survive without water for long periods. Newborn calves are able to run with the herd immediately after birth, showing their strong perseverance. Both males and females possess permanent horns which are straight and narrow, curving backwards like a scimitar. The horns are lethal and have been known to even kill lions.
When Max’s parents first bought a sailboat in South Africa back in 1985, they ended up in Namibia, teaching themselves to sail. With a bit of experience and knowledge on what they needed, they performed a refit of their boat and ended up living there for a while. During that time they fell in love with the Oryx that resided in the region and eventually named the boat after these swift animals.
After Hurricane Irma in 2017, our boat was damaged and forced us into a complete refit – similar to the one Max’s parents went through. In honor of his parent’s story and the rebirth of our boat, we have named her Oryxx, with two x’s, as she is the second!
Cruising speed: 7-8 knots
Full Batten Main Sail
Engine: Yanmar 100hp
Genset: Volvo Penta 10kw
AC Units onboard