Virgin Atlantic Challenger II - Designed by Sonny Levi and Peter Birkett, and built in Lowestoft Boatyard, VAC II was built in 1985 to break the transatlantic record after an unsuccessful attempt by VAC 1. Powered by twin MTU V12 2000hp turbo charged diesel engines driving 980mm surface-piercing props, she can hit a top speed of circa 50 knots. Having now been painstakingly restored to her former glory, VAC II offers a unique opportunity to secure part of Britain's maritime heritage.
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NAVIGATION EQUIPMENT (NEW 2013):
Simrad NSO system with 3 x 17" monitors
2 x 4G broadband radars
Simrad AP70 autopilot with remote
Comar Class A AIS
ER CCTV system with 4 x cameras
Icom M423 fixed VHF
Sailor RT2047 fixed VHF
2 x portable Icom M23 VHF radios
Garmin 750s plotter/sounder
hand bearing compass
GPRS boat track system
ER call system
Main/Aux navigation lights
Main and secondary anchor fitted
SAFETY EQUIPMENT (meets MCA Cat 2 coding requirements)
ER bulkhead completed
ER fitted with Firemaster A60 insulation (deck head and down to hull bottom)
Stat X fire detection and monitoring system fitted and commissioned
Portable diesel driven 1.5" bilge fire pump fitted
Fwd electric Rule 3700 bilge pump fitted with associated pipework and closing valves
3 x bilge level monitors fitted
2 x 8man ISO liferafts
150N Inflatable lifejackets
2 x lifebuoys
KIM mob rescue system
Webbing rescue ladder
4 x 6L AFFF ext,
4 x 4kg DP ext code flags
Cat C and HSE first aid kits
Centre aft deck hand rail fitted
Full on board Safety management system and training manuals
VIRGIN ATLANTIC CHALLENGER II (VAC II)
Commissioned by Sir Richard Branson for the historic Blue Riband Transatlantic Challenge
Built in 1985 by Brooke Yachts, Lowestoft
Designed by Sonny Levi & Peter Birkett (Naval Architect)
Project coordinator: Chris Witty
Chief Engineer: Pete Downie
Originally launched by Princess Michael of Kent on 14th May, 1986
Part 1 British Registered
Aluminium hull, deck + superstructure
Refurbished in 2013 by current Owner including:
Hull and topside fully prepared and painted with Joton paint system
Hull internally pressure washed and cleaned
4 x lift outs and refits/annual maintenance since 2013 - Last May 2018: hull inspection, antifoul, anodes, shaft clearances, props dressed. Spare propellers fitted to aft of vessel. Additional engine spares on board.
Coding currently suspended voluntarily by Owner, as not currently required commercially. Coding through MECAL. However, all LSA/FFA to coding requirements still fitted, except 1 x liferaft (Owner willing to recode if required dependant upon sale price and by negotiation).
Note - current Owner would also conduct any future works for new Owner if required, subject to separate negotiation and costing's.
TWIN MTU V12 396 TB 93 2000HP TURBO CHARGED DIESEL ENGINES
Engines fully inspected by MTU Palma
Engines annually serviced - Last May 2018 (oil/filters/fuel filters) by Universal Marine Services. Also, saltwater intake valves serviced and new intake pipes, sea strainers cleaned.
Engine hours: 985 (as of Jan 2019)
1960 mHP (1440 kw) at 2100 rpm
Pair of ZF BW 455 flange-mounted gearboxes
2013 works included:
Injectors serviced and compression tested
Oil samples taken
Oil/filters changed UK
ER air intake system fitted (300mm 24v axial fan system with fire dampers)
4 x ER exhaust system fans fitted with damper arrangement
New turbo intake hoses
Dressed SBM five-bladed surface-piercing nickel alloy bronzed propellers of 980mm diameter
Trim tabs serviced
Hydraulic steering system checked
4 x 3.5t fuel tanks, bladder bags extracted and fully reinstated as solid tanks with West System Epoxy, aluminium manholes and baffle system
Fitted with Offshore system digital tank monitoring system and manual dip ports
Closing valves fitted to underside of tanks
Fuel system and electronic closing valves reinstated
2 x banks of batteries (24v starting) with local isolators with a common battery change over breaker.
Main domestic panel in the saloon with a basic change over to each bank that operates the domestic electrics.
Virgin Airways cabin livery and upholstery.
Heads compartment fitted with new electric toilet.
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