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Former transatlantic record holder Gentry Eagle scrapped in California

13 May 2022• Written by Katia Damborsky

After sitting disused for several years at Ventura Harbor in California, the 35.6 metre yacht Gentry Eagle has been scrapped.

The aluminium boat was designed and built specifically to break transatlantic records, and in 1989 she fulfilled her purpose when Tom Gentry and his crew of five made the journey in 62 hours and seven minutes.

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Gentry Eagle’s impressive journey time was 23% faster than the existing record, which was held by British airline tycoon Sir Richard Branson.

The yacht could reach achieve top speeds of 63 knots thanks to twin 3,480 horsepower MTU turbo diesels coupled with a 4,500 horsepower turbine, amounting to a grand total of 11,500 horsepower.

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After breaking the world record, the boat was refitted and relaunched as a luxury yacht in 1992 and eventually listed on the market by her owners. No buyers stepped forward to claim her, and her owners continued to pay slip fees while the boat sat in Ventura Harbor.

On April 4 it was announced that she would be scrapped. Yesterday (May 12) she was finally demolished.

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The yacht was built by British yard Vosper Thornycroft at Portchester Shipyard. She featured two cabins and generous living areas, including a large main saloon.

She was considered one of the fastest yachts in the world. The 27 metre motor yacht Kereon now takes her place.