Virgin Atlantic Challenger II goes up for sale

Powerboat lovers have been given a chance to own a piece of transatlantic history, as Virgin Atlantic Challenger II has been put up for sale

A 72ft slice of boating history has come onto the used boat market, as Virgin Atlantic Challenger II has been put up for sale.

The 53-knot monohull shattered the transatlantic powerboat record in 1986 by crossing from New York to London in 80 hours 31 mins.

And now she has come up for sale with Irish broker Performance Marine, with an asking price of £725,000 – less than half of what Sir Richard Branson spent on the original build.

Current owner Dan Stevens came across Virgin Atlantic Challenger II in a Mallorca marina in 2011.

He then spent three months renovating this record-breaking vessel, at a cost of more than £100,000, with the help of broker Brian Thornton and Eckie Rastig, who worked on the engine during the record-breaking transatlantic passage.

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And while Dan was keen to keep modifications to a minimum, one key upgrade has been made in the engine room.

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