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50m converted naval ship Plan B sold

20 December 2023 • Written by Gabrielle Lazaridis

The 50-metre explorer yacht Plan B has been sold by Merle A. Wood of Merle Wood & Associates representing the buyer and Will Christie of Christie Yachts representing the seller. 

Plan B started life in the Southern Hemisphere, built as an Australian naval ship in 1973 and later transformed into a full-fledged explorer. Built in steel and Lloyd's classed, she has cruised extensively in her lifetime to the Arctic Circle, Patagonia, New Zealand, Galapagos Islands, Easter Islands and Myanmar.

She still retains a military-style profile with a gunmetal grey hull and superstructure and has benefited from significant upgrades under her current ownership between 2018 and 2023. 

Plan B was last asking $14,900,000.

The main deck aft serves as the primary gathering area for guests with a shaded dining table for ten, a sit-up bar and a configuration of sofas, coffee tables and chairs. At night, the space transforms into a cinema under the stars with a 150-inch screen and a DLP HD Projector.

A secondary exterior lounge can be found on the bridge deck above, this time offering an indoor-outdoor dining space with retractable floor-to-ceiling windows that can be closed for protection in inclement weather or opened to allow for a sea breeze to accompany diners. This winter garden is finished with intricate wooden detailing and animal print furnishings, also seen throughout the vessel.

Plan B's explorer credentials are evident, not only in her rugged appearance but her Airbus H145 helicopter found stowed on the sundeck. The reinforced helicopter deck has refuelling capabilities for longer passages, while a bulwark separates helicopter operations from a spa pool flanked by sun pads forward. 

Accommodation is for 12 guests across five cabins, including a master suite on the main deck with two walk-in wardrobes and his and hers bathrooms to port and starboard. The remaining four guest cabins are found on the lower deck with further provision for a crew of 16. In total, Plan B offers 746 GT across her five decks.

Up to three tenders can be stored on the foredeck, alongside a pair of Jet Skis, and are launched and recovered by a heavy-duty davit crane. On the lower deck is storage for a fourth tender, launched on the port side via a beam crane, and other toys, such as the slide that is secured to the helipad.

Twin Caterpillar diesel engines deliver a top speed of 12 knots and a maximum range of 6,000 nautical miles at 10 knots. All major machinery and systems have been upgraded including new generators and a full rebuild of the main engines completed in 2018/19. Four Quantum zero speed stabilisers keep her steady, added as part of a 2005 refit.

Plan B  was last asking $14,900,000. 

More about this yacht

HMA Naval Dockyard   49.99 m •  1973

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