Outer Reef Yachts has always maintained a clear set of goals: to build the most seaworthy, efficient, and robust
yachts available in the world, supported by service that is second to none. With dedication, experience, and
an openness to feedback, Outer Reef has continued to perfect its products and the process behind them. The result?
Award-winning yachts with the highest caliber of safety and bluewater capabilities available.
To truly 'know' an Outer Reef is to love an Outer Reef (as the old saying goes). Outer Reef owners, and those in
the media who put the brand's yachts to the test, will express their genuine confidence in Outer Reef time and
time again. This is why people stay in the Outer Reef Family for years on end.
And, this is why our latest story, one of adventure, beauty, challenge and awe, is such an important story to
share and no one can speak to this better than owner and captain Paul Hawran, owner of an
Outer Reef 88' Cockpit called ARGO. Hawran chose his Outer Reef after doing a significant amount of research
and comparison shopping, because of the caliber of quality Outer Reef offers in design, construction and service
instilled in Paul the necessary confidence to carry out his ambitious cruising plans including "[Alaska], the
Galapagos, and around Cape Horn, Patagonia, and the fabulous glaciers and fjords of Chile with (a yacht that
has) 3,500-gallon fuel capacity and twin Caterpillar C-18 Acert 1001 bhp engines, she can go the distance: 3,500
miles at her cruising displacement speed of 10 knots."
From the start of the process, Hawran worked hand-in-hand with Jeff Druek on the design and build of ARGO, knowing
that once he took delivery, getting to know her was critical. His 'shakedown cruise' started in Victoria, B.C.,
and through the Inside Passage "to see unique places, wildlife, and people." In an article in Northwest Yachting's
September 2016 issue, Mr. Hawran stated that having an understanding of "all system checks, handling characteristics,
engine sweet spots, sounds, performance, electronics, and our place among other boats," was critical when planning
a journey to Alaska and beyond, which would undoubtedly bring Hawran face-to-face with the roughest seas offshore
and put the yacht to the test.
Paul Hawran chose Outer Reef Yachts to accomplish what he set out to do - cruise his yacht in remote, untouched
areas including Alaska, Patagonia, and round Cape Horn. And to truly up the ante, our President and CEO Jeff
Druek was inspired by Hawran's ambitions and decided to join him and his crew on this magnificent trip around
The Horn. All who are entrenched in blue-water yachting can agree there is no greater testament to a product's
reliability than that of the company's owner physically participating in a cruise in the most unpredictable and
challenging waters in the world. Sailing around the Horn is widely regarded a major challenge in yachting.
By way of this story, and the countless others Outer Reef owners are happy to share, please take time to learn
more about our tested, proven, award-winning long range yachts through the eyes of genuine experience. Whether
it's Cape Horn, or the romantic French Riviera, you might relate to these owners' stories and have a better understanding
as to why an Outer Reef will make a dream cruise or expedition one that becomes a reality. Either way, we hope
you find this story to be an inspiration and an assurance that when you are ready to embark on your own journey,
Outer Reef yachts will be ready as well.