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Expedition Yacht Adventure to Patagonia

At Outer Reef Yachts we endeavor to make every one of our present and future owners' wishes come true. We collaborate with each owner to uncover their lifestyle needs and to build a yacht that is a conduit to the things that make you happy - whether it is an obsession with deep sea fishing in Australia, experiencing breathtaking sunrises and sunsets in The Med, or exploring Patagonia like Paul Hawran, the owner and captain of 88' (27 meter) Outer Reef M/Y ARGO.

Expedition M/Y ARGO Patagonia Video

Map of the Journey

ARGO's journey started with a shakedown cruise to Alaska, and proceeded down to San Diego, Puerto Vallarta Mexico, Los Suenos in Costa Rica, cleared into Chile at Puerto Iquique, proceeded to Port Tortel, explored northern and southern Patagonia over a period of approximately 30 days, continued on to Puerto Williams, and successfully rounded Cape Horn early February. ARGO continued her journey heading up to Tierra del Fuego, and worked back up the west coast of Chile with a stopover in Peru and a visit to Machu Picchu. The owner took a flight over to the Galapagos, followed by another flight to explore a portion of the Amazon River. October 2017 found ARGO transitioning through the Panama Canal, and in 2018, she will spending 6-8 months in the Caribbean, and heading to the Med thereafter.


  • Neptune
    May 2019
  • Boote Exclusiv
    January 2019
  • Southern Boating
    January 2019
  • Ocean
    July/August 2018
  • Soundings
    April 2018
  • Boats International
    November 2017

Photo Gallery of the Journey


The Story

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 and captain 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.



There is a peacefulness you get here travelling by boat, combined with exploring somewhere not too many people have been. I like seeing raw beauty rather than the tourist attractions.

Paul Hawran, Owner and Captain of Outer Reef 880 M/Y ARGO

...The trip isn't all beer drinking, sunbathing and toasting with glacial ice - far from it. Most owners would skip passages like Golfo de Penas and meet the boat elsewhere, but Hawran isn't most owners. This is one of the few areas on the route that is exposed to the open Pacific, and we have a rough few days on the aptly named Golfo, but sturdy Argo handles it well.

Risa Merl, Boat International article "The Deepest South" Nov 2017 Issue

When people think of Patagonia, they might picture the Argentinian pampas and gauchos. They are often surprised to find that more of Patagonia resides in Chile and most of that is waterways and islands. Yacht owners come to Chile's Patagonia for the ruggedness - to see the glaciers, the whales, the deserted beauty.

Carlos Miquel, Regional Director of South American Super Yacht Support Services

We travel not to escape life but for life not to escape us.


A ship in a harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are for.

William G.T. Shedd

When I asked the owner what he liked best about his ORY 880, he reflected for just a moment. The resounding answer: the emphasis on stability.

Zuzana Prochazka, Sea Magazine, May 2016 Issue

We build boats for those who have boated long enough to know what they want. They're experienced, cruise extensively and want a say in the design process.

Mike Schlichtig, General Manager of Outer Reef Yachts

I often wonder how owners can buy a multi-million dollar yacht and then just keep it in the marina... Maybe I'm opinionated but I think you ought to use it to the fullest.

Paul Hawran, Owner and Captain of ARGO 88 Cockpit Motoryacht


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