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Captain of steel-hulled icebreaker ready for adventure

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Capt. Pablo Benjumeda has only been on the M/Y Steel since October 2015, but he knows of her worldly knowledge. The 180-foot icebreaker is a unique vessel docked at Deep Harbour marina at Island Gardens in Miami and is on display to potential buyers during the Yachts Miami Beach show which continues through Feb. 15.

With a reinforced rounded steel hull designed to cut through ice, a look inside this yacht built at Pendennis Shipyard Limited in Cornwall, UK in 2008, reveals vintage artwork, thick Cuban mahogany wood, and traditional brass hardware that requires constant attention from detail-oriented deckhands.

The Ice Class 1A vessel is MCA compliant and it sails under the Cayman Islands flag.

Capt. Pablo Benjumeda took the helm of the M/Y Steel in October 2015. The icebreaker is on display to potential buyers and brokers at Deep Harbour at Island Gardens in Miami through Feb. 15. The yacht has a classic interior featuring crafted Cuban mahogany wood and can circumnavigate the globe on three fuel stops. PHOTO BY SUZETTE COOK

Capt. Pablo Benjumeda took the helm of the M/Y Steel in October 2015. The icebreaker is on display to potential buyers and brokers at Deep Harbour at Island Gardens in Miami through Feb. 15. The yacht has a classic interior featuring crafted Cuban mahogany wood and can circumnavigate the globe on three fuel stops. PHOTO BY SUZETTE COOK

“It’s been all around the world,” Benjumeda said. He listed Patagonia and Chile as recent places the vessel has visited. “We are thinking of going to the North Sea, Norway, Baltic Sea,” Benjumeda said.

“We have a plan to go to Russia, St. Petersburg. This boat can be sailing in ice and we can go up to 85 degrees latitude,” he said.

Legally, he said the yacht can go to the north areas of the globe.

“We have ice propellers, so we can go everywhere,” he said. “We have a heating system for the diesel, the water, we have heated floors, we have the advantage of being able to go to that area with having a lot of comfort.

When it comes to operations, he said the boat is very simple.

“It’s not a fast boat, but we can go all around the world and circumnavigate the world with three stops for fuel,” Capt. Benjumeda said as he stood on the bridge.

“It’s a boat to be not tied on the docks. We are a boat to be always at anchor, always in remote places, having adventure on the sea and discovering new places,” he added.

“I’ve been on sailing yachts all of my life,” he said. “So this is a real nice compromise for me.”

For more information about M/Y Steel, visit pendennis.com/yachts/steel

Suzette Cook is Editor of The Triton. Comments on this story are welcome at suzette@the-triton.com. For more info on the Yachts Miami Beach boat show visit www.showmanagement.com.

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