Thunderbird 2 custom motorcat delivered to Caribbean

Turkish firm Brilliant Boats has confirmed the delivery of its latest project, a 22-metre powercat modelled on Thunderbird 2

As the saying goes ‘we never grow up, our toys just get bigger,’ and nothing proves this better than the latest model from Brilliant Boats, Thunderbird 2.

Recently delivered to its owner’s private Caribbean island after three years in development, this 22-metre powercat was designed as a tribute to Gerry Anderson’s iconic 1960s TV show.

Not only does Thunderbird 2 sport the authentic green and yellow paintjob, but it also carries a second tribute to Jeff Tracy’s fleet – a yellow submarine called Thunderbird 4.

Built in Antalya under the supervision of naval architect Michael Schutte, this 4million euro (£3.1m) project had a very specific brief.

“The owner wanted to keep it under 24m so he can drive it,” Michael told MBY. “To do what he wants and not have to rely on other people was very important for him.”

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To this end a twin 900hp Yanmar 8SY set-up with joystick control was installed, along with Hamilton 521 waterjets for complete manoeuvrability.

What’s more, the entire vessel (complete with eight-tonne Triton submarine and full fuel tanks) weighs in at just 70 tonnes, meaning it can be easily craned onto a transporter ship for a spot of Antarctic exploration.

However, the owner plans to use it primarily in the tropics and its 10-knot cruising speed and 1,500-mile range means it can be anywhere in the Caribbean within 24 hours.

And with full MGN 280 certification, he hopes to charter out this unique creation to anyone looking for a Caribbean adventure with a twist.

Thunderbird 2 got its public debut at last year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, although interior viewings were not made available to the public.

To see inside the Thunderbird 2 motorcat, click on the slideshow above.


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