Motorboat & Yachting: The latest yacht listed for sale by Berthon’s global brokerage is a terrifying $7.5m stealth boat called Ghost.
Costing a cool $7.5m (roughly £5m), Ghost is a stealth boat built that sports a low radar signature geometry, and can seat 14 people in its 38ft ‘Mission Bay’, plus two more in the cockpit.
The catamaran hull was built in 2009 by Juliet Marine and when it was first launched Bloomberg called it “too innovative for the Pentagon”.
Power comes from twin Lycoming T53 gas turbines running two 2,000hp engines, while the articulated wings should make light work of even the roughest conditions.
Gregory Sancoff, founder of Juliet Marine, said of the ride: “It’s such a smooth ride, you can sit there and drink your coffee going through six-foot swells.”
Ghost is currently moored in Portsmouth, Rhode Island, but comes with a tandem trailer and can be disassembled should you need to tow it across enemy territory.
With a price tag this pricey, it may be a little late to ask Santa for one this Christmas, but we can’t think of a better way to terrorise your local harbourmaster.
To see more pictures of the Ghost stealth boat from Juliet Marine, click on the slideshow above and for more information, see the full listing on the Berthon website.
Motorboat & Yachting: Newquay Airport launched its Coastguard helicopter this week, after Bristow Helicopters delivered its first new model to the Cornish base.
In a ceremony held at the Cornish search and rescue base, the new arrival was welcomed by Coastguard officials and special guests.
Richard Parkes, director of maritime operations at the Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA), said: “I am immensely proud to welcome the Newquay civilian base to the service.”
He also paid tribute to many decades of “outstanding work” from the base’s predecessor RNAS Culdrose.
The Newquay Coastguard helicopter base will be led by chief pilot Captain Mark Coupland, who served for 18 years in the Royal Navy before joining Bristow Helicopters in 2002.
Captain Coupland added: “The whole team here at the base feels very privileged to be involved in delivering this vital public service and we are looking forward to getting started.”
The Newquay base will start receiving taskings from the Aeronautical Rescue Coordination Centre (ARCC) in January.
The introduction of new Coastguard helicopters from Bristow is part of a ten-year £1.9bn contact that was awarded to the private company by the government in March 2013.
The first Bristow Helicopters model went into service at Humberside and Inverness in April 2015.