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Old 14-03-2018, 13:37   #1
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Living aboard my 94' ex navy ship - NZ

Hi everyone,

Thank you for being so welcoming to the forums. I thought I would drop a quick intro.

I recently upgraded my boat from a 19' bayliner bowrider to a 94', 100 tonne ex navy ship which I now live aboard full time.

Currently I am out of the water ( back in next week) having completed 100 hours at the helm driving and getting to know her over the last 10 weeks.

While out I am having the bum sandblasted and repainted, engines having a tickle and tidying odd's like the water tanks, shaft seals etc. Also completing and trouble shooting some electrical stuff

The boat was in great condition, but like most boat owners i wanted to establish my own baseline and really check everything out.

She has had a superyacht fit out on the interior by one owner who has had her for 17 years since she left the navy.

Here is a bit of info on our boat:

Construction: Steel hull. Aluminium topsides. 10 watertight compartments (tankage and void spaces). 8 water tight compartments (cabins and engineering spaces) with water tight doors. Built in NZ by WECO in Whangarei for the NZ Navy in 1980.


Registration: New Zealand

Cabins: 3 x double all with island berths and ensuites. Plus 1 x twin 1 x crew 1 x single bunk on bridge.

Length overall:28.6m/94 ft

Beam: 6.2m/20.5 ft

Draft: 2.4m/7.8 ft

Displacement: 100 tons

Builder: Whangarei Engineering and Construction Company. WECO

Year: 1980

Engines: 2 x Cummins KT 1150 derated to 330hp each

Cruising speed: 9.5 knots (12.5 knots max.)

Generators: 1 x Cummins 50kw, 1 x Northern Lights generator 10kw/Victron inverter 9kw/200amp charger combo giving 19kw total. Both 400V 3 phase with 240V single phase transformers. Generators, inverters and transformers wired for 100% redundancy in case either system fails. 1040 amp hour 24v house batteries.

Charger: 400V 3 phase giving 50amp 24V backup.

Steering: Wagner with 2 x 3phase steering pumps and Comnav Auto Pilot.

Fuel capacity: 12,600 litres tankage (3,500 imp gallons; 4,200 US gallons)

Fuel pump: 3 phase Mono pump with hand pump backup from holding tanks to 1800 litre day tank giving gravity feed to engines.

Range: 3,500 nautical miles at cruising speed of 9.5 knots

Fresh water: 7,000 litres (1,500 imp gallons; 1,850 US gallons) with 2 x single phase pressure pumps

2 x 180litre hot water cylinders 1 is 240Volt and 1 heated from waste genny heat.

Water maker 220L per hour.


Holding tanks: Grey water 2,000 litres (440 imp gallons; 520 US gallons)

Black water 3000 Litres(650 imp gallons , 800US gallons)

Both with dock and stern discharge outlets.

Toilets: 4 x Raritan delux electric

GPS: Furuno fixed. 1 handheld. Lowrance plotter and PC plotter.

Plotter/Sounder/Radar: Lowrance HDS 12 with 4g radar.

Communications: VHF and Icon SSB radios, sailmail e-mail.

Stability: Stabilising flume tank

Laundry: Samsung 7KG front loader washing machine. F & P dryer.

Air conditioning and heating: 3.5KW domestic split system

Galley: Fully equipped home style galley with LG French door fridge freezer, dishwashers, twin sinks, electric kettle, Delongi coffee machine, bread maker, microwave, Bakbar commercial oven, 4 hotplate cooktop, large chest freezer, large walk in pantry, deep fryer etc.

Workshop: Dedicated workshop with Lathe, drill press, mig/tig steel and aluminium welder, large work bench and Vice plus tools required for most maintenance jobs including 5 yearly survey work.

Tender: 4.5M alloy pontoon boat with 2017 50hp outboard.
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Old 14-03-2018, 13:43   #2
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Wow!! Where do you put the sails?
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Old 14-03-2018, 14:15   #3
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Welcome Aboard CF!

Your boat sounds Grand.

But where are the photos???

I will send you some tips on how to post photos here.

Enjoy the forum and your ship!
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Old 14-03-2018, 14:22   #4
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What do we want? Pictures!

When do we want them? Now!
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Old 14-03-2018, 14:26   #5
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Sleaper... Boat sounds great! Would love to see some pics if you've got some.
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Old 14-03-2018, 14:28   #6
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You can also go to takapu.com to see details and photos
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Old 15-03-2018, 14:41   #7
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I have added photos to my album on my profile
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Old 15-03-2018, 16:17   #8
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Re: Living aboard my 94' ex navy ship - NZ

I took a look at the photos in your album on CF.
Unfortunately the images are very small size, so hard to appreciate the interior or details.

From what I saw, it appears to have been very nicely converted to yacht interior.
No doubt a boat that would make any owner proud.

By one measure, since you are 35 and have a boat that is about 3 times your age in length, you are doing things differently than most.

Bon Voyage!
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