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Old 19-06-2009, 18:54   #1
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New Concept Cat from Boeing

This new cat (Called the SPX for "Sea Based X-Band Radar") currently on the way to North Korea seems to have a lot of advantages as a potential cruising cat:

Plenty of bridge deck clearance to avoid wave slap

Excellent stability - especially with ballast tanks flooded to increase draft from 10M to 30M. No rolling at anchor - even in mid ocean.

Engine noise a long, long way from accommodations

Combination dinghy davit and helipad

Good bracing between hulls

Fits on Dockwise transports

Dual hybrid drive provides cruising speed of 8 knots from 12 megawatt genset.

Charter layout sleeps 85

Excellent radar - can track a baseball in San Francisco from the Chesapeake (I'm not making this up!) so tracking missiles over Pyongyang should be easy.
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Old 19-06-2009, 19:01   #2
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A hybrid eh? Well, that explains the speed and the complexity.
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Old 19-06-2009, 19:04   #3
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How did knottybuoyz miss getting this in his Nautical Oddities thread?

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Go to windward well but I think she would burn more than a few gallons an hour.
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Proving again that cats are pretty!
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Just don't plan on walking on deck if you plan on having more children....
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More than that to worry about.

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Just don't plan on walking on deck if you plan on having more children....
If memory serves, radar uses microwaves, you'd be fried in a few seconds.
Lol.
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Just don't plan on walking on deck if you plan on having more children....
Seriously I have cancer just looking at that thing.
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I wonder how high it points with that odd looking sail.
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