Buy Your Own 7000-hp Experimental Navy Warship for Just $180K

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    Buy Your Own 7000-hp Experimental Navy Warship for Just $180K


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    This is the Sea Slice, an experimental Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), and perhaps the coolest craft currently available to civilians. No one else in Monaco or even Lake Havasu will have one, and for a craft that cost $15 million in the late 1990s, the current price is a steal at just $180,000.

    Lockheed Martin (of SR-71 Blackbird fame) handled the design and construction of the vessel, and the U.S. Navy launched the Sea Slice in 1996. Built to dart around lakes and near-shore water bodies, this ship is a descendent of the small waterplane area twin-hull (SWATH) class of ship. Regular SWATHs have two cylindrical pontoons for hulls, both of which sit below the water’s surface. That way, it avoids the speed-sapping and stability-compromising waves on the surface. The Sea Slice here has four shortened, teardrop-shaped hulls in total—two on each side that are roughly in line with each other. That layout further reduces drag and wake.



    For a craft that cost $15 million, $180K is a steal.



    To get the 180-ton craft moving at a manufacturer’s claimed top speed of 30 knots (35 mph), the Sea Slice has two MTU V-16 diesel engines, and it also packs two 180-kW diesel-fired Caterpillar generators. It gets by with 6960 horsepower, and its fuel tanks hold 11,112 gallons. Every fill-up might sting your wallet, but then you can just remind yourself how much you’ve saved off the sticker price.

    There’s plenty of space aboard. The five cabins can be set up for sleeping, and the vessel can accommodate 149 guests. For creature comforts, there’s at least one large flat-screen TV, and two 400-gallon freshwater tanks supply H20 to the bathroom with shower, the washing machine, and the kitchen.

     
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    I want to meet the Silver Tongued Devil, who tries to explain this purchase to the wife.
     
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    I tried to order one of these today but.... called it off after hearing that the satin black pontoons option is causing delays...;)

    Yep, I went there...
     
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    I think the shipping would cost me to much, but then I would be the coolest person duck hunting!
     
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