Adventure Sailing

Join one of our seven adventure sailing trips in 2019 as we explore the Pacific!

Expedition Charters

Looking for an experienced crew to take your team on their next expedition?

What We Do

Pangaea Exploration operates expedition and research charters throughout the world’s oceans. In between these voyages, we offer up our superb platform and our excellent crew to the public for sail training and adventure sailing voyages.

If you’ve ever dreamed of crossing an ocean, visiting remote tropical islands, or just taking an out of the ordinary sailing vacation, this could be the opportunity of a lifetime. Our guests are normally split 50/50 between sailors looking for a bit of blue water and adventurers who have never stepped foot on a boat in their lives. We offer adventure sailing voyages ranging in length between 1 and 4 weeks, anything from coastal cruising exploring islands to crossing oceans and learning celestial navigation.

In our work as a research vessel, we have worked with some of the world’s leading researchers and institutions. Work conducted on board has spanned from microplastics to coral, and water sampling to whales. We were an integral part of discovering the existence of microplastic pollution in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, have supported many diving trips, whether to find un-charted seamounts off the coast of Brazil or help in the search for “super reefs” in the Pacific. We have been a film platform for television programs on humpback whales and marine toxicology, as well as spending time in fresh water, sailing to the center of the North American continent through the Great Lakes.

Our Mission

At Pangaea, we strongly believe in the importance of connecting people with the sea. To that end, we have two main priorities: research expeditions and adventure sailing voyages. First, we provide a more affordable and eco-friendly platform for researchers to reach remote regions. Traditionally, these types of projects would need to be conducted on board large ships, costing up to 10 times more per day to operate and consuming more fuel in an hour than we do in a year. Secondly, we feel strongly that if people get a chance to get out on the ocean and experience it the way we do, they will better understand the importance of the sea. With this in mind, we offer adventure sailing voyages that provide this opportunity to people who range from complete beginners to experienced sailors.

Our Crew & Experience

We have been operating Sea Dragon throughout the Atlantic and Pacific for the past 10 years building an excellent reputation for safe, effective & efficient sailing voyages. Our experienced crew has covered over 185,000 nautical miles – not only developing a strong background in sailing education but also the skills to effectively and safely sail anywhere in the world. With sailing experience from Chicago to Stockholm, Africa to Patagonia, Greenland to Japan – our crew are excited to have you on board and share their knowledge of the world’s waterways.

Sea Dragon

We sail throughout the world’s oceans aboard Sea Dragon, our 72ft expedition yacht. Sea Dragon was built as one of twelve steel ships for the British Steel Global Challenge, the toughest yacht race in the world. She has circumnavigated the world twice – both times upwind in the southern Ocean. Sea Dragon has gone through extensive refits in order to be more suitable as a teaching and research platform while maintaining her true rugged heritage. Sea Dragon can carry up to 15 people on unsupported voyages up to two months in length in any of the world’s oceans.

Ship's Log

Them Boatyard Blues

Them Boatyard Blues

There’s an old saying that goes “Ships and sailors rot in the harbor.” While we’re in the shipyard here in San Diego, Sea Dragon is definitely doing the opposite of rotting, but some days her crew struggles a bit. We’re nearing the end of our nearly month-long haulout, and we can’t wait to get back in the water. It’s been nice living “normal” lives for a while, but we’re ready to have Sea Dragon afloat once more, where she belongs.

While we’ve been out of the water, here are some of the projects we’ve been working on:

Had our 12 scuba tanks serviced!

Refilled our Medical Oxygen and renewed our medical kit

Serviced our 4 6 person Zodiac SOLAS life rafts, our Spinlock Deckvest PFDs, our immersion suits and fire extinguishers

Replace the batteries (surprisingly finicky – 8 rechargeable AA batteries soldered together in series) on the tracker, so you can always tell where we are on the website (LINK).

Rust-busted over 40 spots in the bilges – Critical to keep a steel boat’s paint in good shape to prevent corrosion.

Inspecting the Crash Bulkhead

Re-varnished a lot of interior trim.

Replaced the lower and middle rudder bearings and fully inspected the rudder, skeg, and stock.

New Bottom Bearing for Rudder

Re-painted the rudder’s partial skeg

New Bottom Paint – We’re continuing to use water-based bottom paint, as it’s much nicer to apply, easy to prep & clean, and better for the atmosphere.

Replated one section of hull and stringer underneath the starboard head – too much dripping from showers over the past 20 years!

Marked our 400′ of anchor chain

Replaced the bolts on our 125# Mantus Anchor

Removed the propeller and shaft, carefully inspected both, and re-installed with new cutless bearings.

Inspected and replaced three of the top keelbolts that attache the keel to the hull, and all of the bottom keelbolts that attach the bulb to the keel. Every one came out in great condition, but needed to be inspected for corrosion none the less

Top Keelbolts – looking good!
Bottom Keelbolts!

This week we’re going to be finishing up paint work and then moving on to rigging, deck cleanup, and general voyage preparation for the summer. Look forward to sailing with you all soon!