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Strand Craft 122

June 14, 2010

The first thing which comes to mind observing this new mega-yacht from Gray Design is fast attack craft. Navy SEALs might find using the V12 supercar which shoots out the stern doors useful, or some type of Marine raider vehicle, obviously an ATV type. From the company, here is the Strand Craft 122 specifications:

  • Engines-2xMTU 16V4000 4610 Hp
  • Drives-2xRolls Royce KaMeWa 71S3
  • Optional-Booster 5100 Hp Vericor TF 50/R-R KaMeWa Boost Waterjet
  • Top speed-43 Kts
  • With booster-53 Kts
  • Length-38 m
  • Width-7.5 m
  • Draft-1.4 m
  • Weight-120 tons
  • Fuel-20,000 L
  • Water-3000 L

A couple things stand out to New Wars as far as military applications. One is its low profile which is a must attribute as far as stealth. The shallow draft also makes it an ideal littoral water streetfighter. The high speed could also come in handy to avoid anything larger which it can’t fight, for shoot and scoot strikes with missiles, and the Marine raider role I mentioned.

Feel free to post any of your own ideas for naval use of this interesting design. 

Photos © Grey Design and used by permission.


14 Comments leave one →
  1. Graham Strouse permalink
    June 17, 2010 12:41 am

    Are you sure it’s not a Transformer? I mean, if it beaches, embarks its supercar cargo & turns into a giant robot I am so totally in…

  2. Heretic permalink
    June 15, 2010 11:00 am

    Sounds to me like Bill works for Muppet Labs …

  3. Scott B. permalink
    June 15, 2010 8:28 am

    Bill said : ““Designing for tomorrow with yesterdays technology today”. <—- our company mission statement."

    Damn it !!! I almost spilled my cup of coffee on the keyboard.

    ROFL :-))))

  4. Bill permalink
    June 15, 2010 8:22 am

    ScottB smacked me with :”Bill said : “Horrible seakeeping…beat you to death in a 2′ chop.”

    You are soooo platform-centric !!!

    Wake up, man, this is the missile age !!!”

    sigh. Guilty..Yes..that’s me. “Designing for tomorrow with yesterdays technology today”. <—- our company mission statement. I keep treating the platforms we design as if they are supposed to accomplish some mission or other with real people on board in real seas.

  5. Scott B. permalink
    June 15, 2010 6:06 am

    From Grey Design :

    “There are 52″ LED TV´s and Bang & Olufsen sounds systems in all rooms.”

    Toss a couple of Swedish Nurses for the massages and you’ve got a littoral combatant that will satisfy the most demanding Admirals and Congressmen…

  6. aaron permalink
    June 14, 2010 11:00 pm

    put on a rws with a 25 mm bushmaster, and a pair of 4 or 8 round missile launchers, capable of holding either surface to surface or surface to air missiles. add an IR scanner and a rwr and a commercial radar and It seems like a great ride to cruise around the indian ocean.
    Change the rear hatch to a rib launch.
    still if you are going with a with a custom hull, you might as well go for a swath or a supercat hull.

  7. Scott B. permalink
    June 14, 2010 3:24 pm

    Bill said : “Horrible seakeeping…beat you to death in a 2′ chop.”

    You are soooo platform-centric !!!

    Wake up, man, this is the missile age !!!

    LOL ;-)

  8. Mike Burleson permalink*
    June 14, 2010 2:13 pm

    Tanosix wrote-“I think this would make a wonderful admiral’s barge.”

    If it would get them over their love affair with supercarriers, I’d say buy it!

    No Western takers for the Strand Craft? Here’s an alternate thought–what would China or Iran use something like this for?

  9. Hudson permalink
    June 14, 2010 2:12 pm

    Encrypted message from MI6 to No. 10 Downing Street:

    “007 is reported to have intercepted French President’s estranged wife in waters off Tahiti, trying to convey state secrets to Russian contact. Q reports black projects craft with full cloaking ability is missing. Last known contact with 007 six days ago. As planned?”

  10. MatR permalink
    June 14, 2010 2:00 pm

    What about Earthrace’s composite-built Andy Gill, now sadly struck and sunk by a Japanese whaler? It’s built for Sea State 6, can submarine 7 meters underwater, has a range of 2000 nautical miles at 25 knots, tops out at 40 knots, and weighs 26 tons. Add some kevlar/dyneema around critical systems and it might stand up to 20 or 30 mil shells.

    Or there’s the XSR Interceptor.

  11. Anonymous permalink
    June 14, 2010 1:45 pm

    It should also have accompanying sharks with laser beams strapped to their heads.

  12. Bill permalink
    June 14, 2010 1:42 pm

    From a designere’s point of view, that think is nearly identical to Frank Mulder’s ‘Moonraker’ yacht. About same size, engines, turbine booster, etc. etc. We built an launched Moonraker back in ’92?..and she has changed hands many times since. Horrible seakeeping…beat you to death in a 2′ chop. But it was fast when all engines were brought on line.

    Some of the design detail elements of of Tom Gentry’s
    Eagle’ trans-atlantic record breaker were evident in Moonraker. The USN did evaluate the Gentry boat through some sea trials of their own and evidently fould little enough of interest to take even a sniff at Mulder’s Moonraker.

  13. June 14, 2010 12:48 pm

    Hello Mike Burleson,

    I think this would make a wonderful admiral’s barge.
    Perfect for defence diplomacy.
    Nothing says “power projection” quite like an admiral with a Bugatti in his lazarette.


  14. June 14, 2010 12:44 pm

    I think rather than sleek and fast there is a need for slow and very well armoured. Even at a high speed it would be relatively easy target for a guided missile and close inshore, that speed becomes counter productive as there isn’t that much room for high speed maneuver.

    I think its time for the return of the slow but very heavily armoured monitor that can absorb canon, RPG and ATGW fire and return it in equal measure.

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