Codename: XSV 17 Thunder Child
This is a story about a yacht which is almost impossible to capsize. Actually, if you really wanted to try to sink it, you would have to use some serious torpedo weapons. Guns would definitely need to be involved.
This 17-meter monster is actually a very fast and very capable boat, designed for naval, law enforcement and offshore patrol forces. Thunder Child is powered by a pair of Caterpillar C12.9 turbocharged, supercharged and intercooler diesel engines which produce 1,000hp each. These engines make this motor yacht powered with 2,000 horsepower, which means it can achieve speeds above 60mph (100kmh) with ease. Definitely an extremely powered boat.
The yacht is constructed from advanced lightweight FRP cored composites. Needless to say, it is equipped with all the fancy gadgets you might need like HD Radar, VHF radio communications, AIS, and GPS systems. Thunder Child is packed with fuel tanks of 5,000+L and is capable of reaching the range of over 750 nautical miles.
The design of Thunder Child is a story that speaks for itself. If we have to imagine the next James Bond powerboat, we believe that this monster would perfectly fit. In fact, if we compare this one with (in our opinion) the two most famous James Bond boats to date – Glastron Carlson CV23HT and Lotus Esprit Turbo Sub – Thunder Child would easily take first place. Together with a Lotus Sub of course.
One year ago, Thunder Child set a new world record “Long Way Round” Circumnavigation of Ireland via Rockall. Rockall is a desolate islet located 500 kilometers off the coast of Ireland. Safehaven Marine, designers and builders of Thunder Child, picked this extreme route surely for a reason. It involves a 2,067 kilometer journey and a 1,000 kilometer open ocean crossing across the North Atlantic. This is one of the roughest and most notorious seas on the planet.
In the light of all this information, Safehaven Marine set the Thunder Child as definitely one of the most desirable and prestigious motor yachts of today.