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Old 10-14-2008, 03:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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From old to new - Yacht Conversions

Has anyone got some interesting stories, designs and pics of old vessels(Fishing and military,etc) that has been converted into something tastefull yet functional. We have seen the typical disasterous attempts by some in the Rogues thread, but there are many success stories out there, so lets hear about them folks. One that I really like is the conversion of SuRi...absolutely stunning.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:44 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My personal favorite converted vessel would likely be Plan B (ex Flinders), which was originally a hydrographic vessel launched in 1973.

Plan B in Lauderdale.

Plan B in Gibralter.
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Old 10-14-2008, 04:57 PM   #3 (permalink)
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WOW, some awsome design work there. I love the boat deck at the stern, and plenty room has been left for entertaining on the remaining 3 decks..the top one being a helo pad I presume. One can see this was a high end job..paint finishes and fittings. Def a very far cry from the backyard fibreglass attempts that plague most conversions.
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Before... anyone have any afters?
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They're called a Huckins
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Old 10-14-2008, 08:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I had suddenly had a McHales Navy flashback.

That'd be awesome though... a PT yacht.
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Ha! Good one... there's more than a kernel of truth to that.
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There was one in Malta in the mid 70's. Still looked very military. She could slip along at a fair clip but tended in bounce rather badly in anything over a moderate sea.
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Here is one of such conversions that can described as a success, but it does lack that WOW factor. The vessel pictured here is the Nautilus, ex SAS Nautilus, a Ford Class Seaward defence vessel.
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Old 10-15-2008, 05:42 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Hi,

Here is one for you:

http://www.yachtforums.com/forums/ge...ht-plan-b.html
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Old 10-15-2008, 06:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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This thread has been moved to the General Discussion Forum. Please keep images under 640 pixels. I have reduced your pics above.
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Old 10-15-2008, 07:24 AM   #12 (permalink)
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The Abu Dhabi MAR Shipyard is working on converting a couple of retired Royal Navy Frigates into yachts. They are only 135 and 141 meters. I wonder what they would do when the Nimitz launches its last plane?
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The most impressive aspect of Plan B(ex-Flinders) is her faired hull which I'll wager took an awful lot of 'mud' & manpower to accomplish.

As regards the PT Boats, since they were constructed of wood--plywood for some, double-planked mahogany for others--not only was time not their friend, but after VJ Day, many were just burned up by the Allied military who did not wish to be burdened by their upkeep costs (who said the Navy was dumb).
Hence, the handful of PTs in existence today are museum pieces.

Primarily powered by triple Packard V-12s, converted from aircraft engines (1500HP each) displacing over 40 liters, they could cruise at 23 kts and top out at over 40 kts where the boat would burn 500gph, good enough for six hours when carrying a full 3000gal load of av gas.
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Speaking of PT boats, in 1957 my mother purchased an 85' ASR (Air-Sea-Rescue), powered by triple Packards. She paid $20,000 for the boat in Gulfport, MS and spent the next 2 years converting it to a private vessel. The Packards were removed and replaced with twin-gas engines. Sorry, I don't know the particulars.

While on the hard, a gentleman took an interest in the project and spent some time discussing a new deckhouse design with my mom. A week later, he sent her drawings and she liked it so much, she not only used the design... she married him.

He designed me two years later and my mom built me.
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He designed me two years later and my mom built me.
Your design is technically a collaborative effort. The labor was definitely all hers though. LOL
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