Virgin Atlantic

Car Details
Boat type Power
Make Virgin
Model Atlantic
Year 1985
Fuel type Diesel
Hull material Aluminium
Seller Note

Overview Virgin Atlantic Challenger II – Designed by Sonny Levi and Peter Birkett, and built in Lowestoft Boatyard, VAC II was built in 1985 to break the transatlantic record after an unsuccessful attempt by VAC 1. Powered by twin MTU V12 2000hp turbo charged diesel engines driving 980mm surface-piercing props, she can hit a top speed of circa 50 knots. Having now been painstakingly restored to her former glory, VAC II offers a unique opportunity to secure part of Britain’s maritime heritage.
Please contact Ancasta Plymouth for further information and viewing arrangements.

Commissioned by Sir Richard Branson for the historic Blue Riband Transatlantic Challenge
Built in 1985 by Brooke Yachts, Lowestoft
Designed by Sonny Levi & Peter Birkett (Naval Architect)
Project coordinator: Chris Witty
Chief Engineer: Pete Downie
Originally launched by Princess Michael of Kent on 14th May, 1986
Part 1 British Registered

Aluminium hull, deck + superstructure
Refurbished in 2013 by current Owner including:
Hull and topside fully prepared and painted with Joton paint system
Hull internally pressure washed and cleaned

4 x lift outs and refits/annual maintenance since 2013 – Last May 2018: hull inspection, antifoul, anodes, shaft clearances, props dressed. Spare propellers fitted to aft of vessel. Additional engine spares on board.

Coding currently suspended voluntarily by Owner, as not currently required commercially. Coding through MECAL. However, all LSA/FFA to coding requirements still fitted, except 1 x liferaft (Owner willing to recode if required dependant upon sale price and by negotiation).

Note – current Owner would also conduct any future works for new Owner if required, subject to separate negotiation and costing’s.

Simrad NSO system with 3 x 17″ monitors
2 x 4G broadband radars
Sat compass
Simrad AP70 autopilot with remote
Comar Class A AIS
ER CCTV system with 4 x cameras
Icom M423 fixed VHF
Sailor RT2047 fixed VHF
2 x portable Icom M23 VHF radios
Garmin 750s plotter/sounder
hand bearing compass
GPRS boat track system
ER call system
Main/Aux navigation lights

Main and secondary anchor fitted

SAFETY EQUIPMENT (meets MCA Cat 2 coding requirements)
ER bulkhead completed
ER fitted with Firemaster A60 insulation (deck head and down to hull bottom)
Stat X fire detection and monitoring system fitted and commissioned
Portable diesel driven 1.5″ bilge fire pump fitted
Fwd electric Rule 3700 bilge pump fitted with associated pipework and closing valves
3 x bilge level monitors fitted
2 x 8man ISO liferafts
150N Inflatable lifejackets
2 x lifebuoys
Throwing line
KIM mob rescue system
Webbing rescue ladder
Radar reflectors
4 x 6L AFFF ext,
4 x 4kg DP ext code flags
Cat C and HSE first aid kits
Rescue harness
Helicopter sling
Centre aft deck hand rail fitted
Full on board Safety management system and training manuals