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Old 10-16-2009, 05:28 PM
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Part of what I was told was a royal family has an affinity for boats. His country might be poor, he seems to be doing OK. He apparently decided a vacation in Maui would be fun, so he brought his entourage and his boat. The boat is a Nor-Tech 50 with quad 1100's. The boat had some mechanical problems that got sorted out, so once they found enough decent fuel for the boat, the prince and his followers went for a ride in the boat. They made a quick blast to an islet 8 miles away, but then decided a 40 mile run was in order. They hired a local boat guy to drive it and I am still amazed that everyone survived the trip, but the water yesterday was one of those days we seldom have. The trip from Kihei to Lahina reportedly saw a top speed of 160 and a round trip average of 130. Not bad! So, they dropped the prince off at the dock and all was good.

Now 50 feet of Nor-Tech and the Kihei ramp is a bit overmatched. It took them almost an hour of tying up the main ramp to get the thing off the trailer. Nobody complained but they had such a miserable time getting it off the trailer that they decided to moor it offshore overnight. Bad choice.

Anytime you take a high performance boat for a banzai run, it is good practice to open the hatches and see if everything is OK. With four engines, there's a lot that can go wrong.

But, they borrowed an anchor and tossed it into 25 feet of water. Then they tied a line and a buoy to it and tried to move the boat from the ramp to the mooring, a distance of about a half mile. They made most of the move on one engine since they could not start any of the others (Hint! Hint!). They finally got another engine lit and made it to the mooring. The driver hopped into the water and began to tie it off, when the stern of the boat decided it wanted to watch too!



Here's the trailer they are hopig to put it back on. The water depth at the ramp is going to be a problem. It is about 8 feet deep for at leas 100 yards from the ramp.


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So they will go and buy a Nortech 80...oh well, in their world, sh!t happens...


But in our world????
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Man that stinks! What royal family is it? Also, what other boats do they have?
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Whatever other boats they have, take them away from them, leave them the 14' Jon Boat...
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Originally Posted by bstnsportsfan View Post
Man that stinks! What royal family is it? Also, what other boats do they have?
some arabs that have too much$$$$$
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There is an old saying about boat buyers. "Too much money, not enough brains!"

The jon boat, please...
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Originally Posted by kerno View Post
... While his country may be poor, he seems to be doing OK.
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Gee, how strange. Can't hardly imagine that.
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Old 10-17-2009, 12:47 AM
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I still have not be able to confirm where the guy is from, but money is not a problem. A team from Nor-Tech is reportedly being flown in to see about repairing the boat - if they ever recover it. Yesterday, when it was time to drive the boat, the prince showed up at the ramp in his Bugatti Veyron. He had both the Veyron and his Rolls flown in for the vacation. If you don't know the Veyron, they are 2.4 million bucks. Between the car, the boat, the royal aides (including four absolutely stunning foxes) with him, they were quite an image at the tiny ramp yesterday. None of his group was to be seen today, but seemingly the entire boating community turned out at the ramp with ice chests lawnchairs to watch the fun.

Earlier, when the boat was in about 20 feet of water, I suggested they get a big tow truck and a long cable. Hook it to the bow eye and tow it up onto the sand. From there they could use a crane to put it on the trailer. Instead, they spent quite a bit of time trying to put lift bags on it. Lift bags are kind of rare here, but a dive boat sunk about two years ago when they took the lid of the jet pump at sea. They flew in a set of bags to raise that boat and they've been here since. They got the bags and tied them to the steering tie bars on the Nor-Tech. The bags are about 4 feet long when inflated, so at best, they are going to leave the top of the drives at least 4 feet underwater.

There are no salvage boats or cranes on barges here, so they hired a guy with what looks like a Bertram to act as salvage master. Once the bags were tied to the sunken Nor-Tech, he proceeded to tow it, with his boat in reverse. Now, it might seem like it would be a good idea to tow it in forward, 'cause I'm pretty sure the Bert is faster in forward, but I was told that the captain was worried that if the Nor-Tech went down, it would take the Bertram with in. So, rather than towing it fast enough to bring it to the surface so it could be pumped out, they dragged it at about 1 mph until they got near the ramp. They then came to the astounding realization that if the drives hang down 10 feet below the surface, they could not bring it in to the dock, since the water in the tiny harbor at the ramp is only about 6 feet deep.

So, while they fooled with it, the trade winds blew them about a half mile beyond the ramp and left the boat sitting on its transom in 40 feet of water. so, what did they do? They hung cyalume lightsticks on it and left it there until tomorrow.

Here's a shot of the boat outside the ramp. The water is about 15 feet deep, so the boat was as close to the surface as we saw it all day. Our tide change is only about a foot which means that there was no point in waiting for the tide to drop. The large rigid inflatable is a local snorkel boat that was carrying a good size pump. That boat has two big diesels turning jet pumps, so why they did not use it to tow with is beyond me. But he was told to wait all day for a chance to pump it out. That chance never came.



And this is where it is now. The stern is resting on the bottom in about 45 feet of water and it will be there until they start again in the morning. The Coast Guard is there watching, but not assisting.


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I wonder if his insurance premiums will go up?
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I would imagine the conversation going something like this:

"eh, no big whoop, leave that shit boat right where it is, I will buy a bigger, faster boat. Now have these 4 women scrubbed and sent to my tent"
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The prince can't use his new Airbus because his pilot flew it into a blast deflector....

Did everyone see the pictures of the debacle when some doofus destroyed a brand new plane??

I hope everyone realizes it's OUR money that these friggin' fools waste.
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keeps money moving into the hands of people who work. I hope he buys another and orders a third at the "'Royal Discount" rate (150% mark up). Thanks for the work
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ESAD: What kind of boat is that in your sig?
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And this is where it is now. The stern is resting on the bottom in about 45 feet of water and it will be there until they start again in the morning. The Coast Guard is there watching, but not assisting.

Having a good laugh I'd imagine...
and also waiting for the fuel leak so they can write the "Prince" up.
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Now THAT'S real progress!! Day One, bow circa 15 feet out of the water. Day Two, bow circa three feet out of the water. Are they trying to refloat it or resink it?
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I still have not be able to confirm where the guy is from, but money is not a problem. A team from Nor-Tech is reportedly being flown in to see about repairing the boat - if they ever recover it. Yesterday, when it was time to drive the boat, the prince showed up at the ramp in his Bugatti Veyron. He had both the Veyron and his Rolls flown in for the vacation. If you don't know the Veyron, they are 2.4 million bucks. Between the car, the boat, the royal aides (including four absolutely stunning foxes) with him, they were quite an image at the tiny ramp yesterday.
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Got a son who's now an airline pilot. Like most of those guys, if not military, he had to instruct for money for a bunch of time while working his way up. His last instructing gig in the late '90's was in San Diego doing multi instruction and ATP brushups. Anyway, he trained a couple of guys who worked for what they called the "two-ship Sheikh." This guy had two ships, which always travelled together, wherever in the world. They were in San Diego where the larger ship (the owner's personal vessel) was being cut in half so it could be lengthened. Meanwhile, the crew was sitting around the crew/transport ship (apparently between two and three hundred crew) so the pilots were sent for a little advanced training.

Not a Sheikh, technically, the guy was the Prince of Brunei, who when he was later disgraced around 2000 was said to have spent three billion (that "billion" is not a typo) on boats, cars, aircraft and other toys and excesses in an eight to ten year period. The big ship was later sold to some other mideast potentate.

The fleet carried at least three aircraft, maybe four. Two fixed wing and one helo for sure. Three pilots on payroll, full time, year 'round. Two of these were the guys my son worked with. (All three pilots were American, BTW.) They told him that the larger ship carried ONLY the big man's family and guests and as many crew as were needed to run it at any given time, depending on what they were doing at the time. (At sea, in port, etc.) The crew were shuttled back and forth from the crew ship for their work shifts. Often, they said, there would be only six-30 or so people on the big ship, and ten to 50 crew depending, and 300 or so on the shorter one.

As I recall these vessels were in the 350-450 foot range (before lengthening.) Today, of course, the world's largest mega-yachts are well over 500 feet and climbing. Current top-ten mega-yachts: http://i.abcnews.com/Travel/story?id=7860870&page=1
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Well if the prince doesnt want it. Im glad to have it as a fixer-uper
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One of the questions that comes to mind is; This clown has more money than God, owns all of these boats but has the trailer hauled around by a tow truck? I would expect some redicuous custom Peterbuilt 4x4 or something. Of course I am sure it doesn't get trailered much but still, c'mon, one has an image to uphold.
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I posted a link to Kernos thread over on www.speadwake.com as I thought those guys might be interested and someone might know the boat. This is one of the responses I found "enlightening"

"boat is owned by a black prince that lives here in malibu, calif. I have towed the boat between florida and calif numerous time. Get this, there are two identical boats except for paint so don't feel bad for him he still has one more boat to go. by the way each boat has 4 1150 nor tech engines."

Kerno, did you ever find out how this ended?
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I thought you guys might want to know who that boat belonged to:
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/article...world?page=0,0

The article mentions this site on page 5.
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