Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Miss Rose Picks The City Charleston Marina

Miss Rose made her official debut back in late January half a world away in Taiwan.


This past weekend she made her first port call selecting The Charleston City Marina Mega Dock to prepare for her maiden voyage.


After traveling nearly 10,000 miles from Taiwan as cargo aboard a transoceanic ship, Miss Rose was towed to the Charleston City Marina, where she spent several days getting ready for her first voyage under the command of her captain and crew.

Her crew worked for three days washing and removing a protective layer of wax from the yacht’s pristine navy blue hull. Radars turned for hours on end as her engines were started and shut down again and again. Water tight doors checked and rechecked as she strained against her under sized 5/8 inch temporary dock lines. I guess a new mega yacht doesn’t come with a “new boat owner package” like a SeaRay.


But her visit was not without mishap as strong winds Sunday and Monday pushed the 132 foot yacht against a concrete piling giving her a “first” dent.


Yet there’s still nothing like that new boat smell, to get you excited about mega yachts and Miss Rose is one classy looking new boat.

It’s been reported that Miss Rose is the largest yacht ever built in Taiwan, and is designed to comply with the MCA LY2 code. Billed as the Horizon Group’s successful entry into world-class mega yacht builder status she'll be the flagship of several 132 foot yachts to be completed over the next two years.

Miss Rose is equipped with two Caterpillar C32 main engines, each rated at 1,825 horsepower. Based on the sea trials, the yacht’s top speed is 18 knots at maximum engine output. Cruising speed of 14 knots is achieved with 55 percent engine output.

Shocking is her surprisingly low 11,000-gallon diesel fuel capacity that will deliver a range of only 1,400 nautical miles at 14 knots, although it will increase to a reported 3,300 nm range at 11 knots. I’m not sure about these figures but perhaps this is why she was shipped to Charleston.

Electrical power is supplied by two 80kW generators featuring parallel operation.

In the wheelhouse, all the navigation and communication systems comply with international GMDSS requirements, which ensure safe operation across all oceans.

The onboard entertainment system is similarly modern and incorporates Crestron controllers. Utilizing a single remote controller, all the AV systems together with lighting and window shades can be operated at the touch of a button.

There is one big tender garage at the stern accessed by three hydraulic doors, a space large enough for one 16-foot jet tender and two Yamaha 375-hp Wave runners.

How much? Well like they say if you have to ask ….. but for a mere $194,000.00 per week, you and 9 of your closest friends can charter Miss Rose and live the life of the rich and famous.

Miss Rose departed The Charleston City Marina at noon on Tuesday May 13th bound for Palm Beach and the Rybovich yacht yard, for some final touches before the owner comes aboard and to repair the above mentioned scratch of course.

Horizon Yachts Miss Rose Specs:

Length 40.2m (132.0ft)
Beam 8.0m (26.2ft)
Draft 2.3m (7.4ft)
Engines 2 x 1825hp Caterpillars
Cruising Speed 14 knots
Guests 10 (1 master, 4 double)
Crew 8

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