Converted navy frigate 141Swift first wetting

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  1. watchkeeper

    watchkeeper Previous Member

    The company set up in 2008 to convert the de commissioned Swift frigates 141 & 135 to yachts this month launched the 141,2 yrs later than first announced.
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  2. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    Nice job
     
  3. BPL
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    What was the budget approx.?
     
  4. swabbie

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    Original budget was USD120m for the 144m Swift and USD100m for the 135m Swift.

    I believe the $120m was blown out big time by design changes, production problems and subcontractor failures.

    One of the advantages of ruling an oil rich as an absolute ruler, you can spend all the public income you want without having to justify it.
     
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    Thanks Swabbie. Our AF1 plane cost 500m. You can't put a price on a yacht ;)
     
  6. kach22i
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    I think they did a pretty good job.

    Do you have any "before pictures"?
     
  7. mydauphin
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    I am in love... Look at those shafts...
     
  8. rxcomposite
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    Nice to know they have finally finished it. Saw it in Abu Dhabi while the hull is being gutted out.
     
  9. hoytedow
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    Do you have any pictures of it being gutted?
     
  10. rxcomposite
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    I don't have any pictures Hoyt. Security was tight even as it was being worked on in the open area.

    I know though that the hull is steel and the superstructure is composite which came in sections from the U.S.

    The aft deck was lengthened to accomodate the amenities. Great work of the Naval Architech/Designer to transform the decommissioned frigate into a great looking yacht.
     
  11. Lister

    Lister Previous Member

    The noise of this aft overhang hitting the small waves when at anchor must be very annoying.
    It looks like the modern version of the Christina, but with several designers from the stem to the stern. A touch of Lazzara for the pilot house, a Ford Mondeo on top of it, a Wally for the aft deck.


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  12. kach22i
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    I found some construction progress photos here:
    http://www.compositesworld.com/articles/from-frigate-to-luxury-gigayacht
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    What it looked like prior to the conversion.
    http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums/showthread.php?128677-Warship-converted-to-mega-luxury-yacht
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    http://megayachtconcepts.weebly.com/abu-dhabi-mar.html
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  13. cthippo
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    cthippo Senior Member

    So did they keep anything besides the hull? Was any money really saved?
     
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    BPL Senior Member

    "Her modern diesel power and variable-pitch propellers assure a top speed
    of 26 knots, cruising speed of 20 knots."
    Yas ranks sixth in overall length among the world’s private yachts."
    http://www.abudhabimar.com/home/news.html
     

  15. mydauphin
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    If they kept military hull and running gear, and removed the upper structure and replaced with lighter composites, she may be a little faster.
     
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