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Photographer:Nigel Price [View profile]Title:ComancheAdded:Nov 25, 2014
Captured:November 25, 2014IMO:UnavailableHits:1,949
Location:Auckland, New Zealand
Photo Category: Modern rig sailing ships / sailing yachts over 65' (20m) LOA
Comanche is a new 100 ft racing yacht that was recently launched in the USA, and is currently being shipped to Australia. Design is by the French racing yacht designers VPLP Verdier, and builders were Hodgson Marine in Maine.
LoA is 30.45m, beam 8m, draught 6m. The yacht looks shorter in the photo due to the perspective and angle, but you can see it is about 2 and a half 40 foot containers in length. The 45 metre long mast is wrapped in a brown cover and stowed on the ship's deck.
The yacht has been shipped as deck cargo on the Hamburg-Sud Line vessel "Spirit of Melbourne", IMO 9362413. It was loaded in Charleston and has gone via the Panama Canal and Auckland on the normal East Coast USA to New Zealand and Australia scheduled service of Hamburg-Sud Line.
"Comanche" will be up against the usual Australian 100 ft racing yachts of "Wild Oats", "Perpetual Loyal", "Ragamuffin 100" and others in the 2014 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, which will probably be the most competitive fleet assembled so far.
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davidships on Nov 26, 2014 02:02 (4 years ago)
No doubt not cheap, but presumably only such enormous cost if the ship otherwise full (in terms of slots, not dwt of course).
Clyde Dickens on Nov 25, 2014 23:46 (4 years ago)
Thank you Nigel. I'll check the time of arrival when it is posted. She is on the wrong side of the ship from my usual shipspotting point, but if the light is right I may make the trip to the south side of the Bay.
andrecas on Nov 25, 2014 23:38 (4 years ago)
Nigel, My error. I erroneously factored in only 4 high X 3 lengths X 2 wide and excluded the mast. Your numbers much more accurate figuring out this dimentional load. As indicated in your earlier comments, the transportation costs must be enormous displacing that many TEU's. Nevertheless, interesting cargo. Looking forward to watching the race action on television sports network. Summertime Down Under....Great stuff..!
Nigel Price on Nov 25, 2014 22:44 (4 years ago)
Clyde - The Hamburg Sud vessel carrying Comanche -"Spirit of Melbourne" is due into Port Botany on Friday 28th. It departed Auckland at 11pm on Tuesday 25th.
Nigel Price on Nov 25, 2014 22:34 (4 years ago)
Andrecas, your comments have led me to try to do some calculations. The yacht is 30m long, 8m wide, and the mast is 45 metres long. The hull is on the deck with boxes stacked 5 high next to it. Hull is approx 5 Teu long, the beam as 4 teu wide and 5 high, that comes to the equivalent volume of 100 Teu being displaced for the hull. For the mast, 8 Teu long x 5 high = 40 Teu. Total 140 Teu. I have posted another photo of Comanche from a more bow on angle that gives a bit of clarity here.
Nigel Price on Nov 25, 2014 21:45 (4 years ago)
Jens, in Auckland here we occasionally see a large motor yacht stacked on top of a container ship's box load, or even on the top of a Wallenius Wilhelmsen PTCC as "deck" cargo, but it is unusual to see a yacht with the keel on stacked on a container ship's deck and displacing so many containers. The shipping costs must have been huge. However they needed to get to Sydney by early December, well in time to be rigged and set up for the Sydney to Hobart race that starts on December 26th. The yacht is owned by US Billionaire Jim Clark, who in the past has owned megayachts such as the 90 m long "Athena" IMO 1007237, and before that the 47m long "Hyperion" IMO 1006104.
Clyde Dickens on Nov 25, 2014 21:42 (4 years ago)
Thank you Nigel. Comanche will help bring out he crowd for the start of the 70th Sydney Harbour yacht race.

As you know, the race distance is approximately 630 nautical miles (1,170 km).
Jens Boldt on Nov 25, 2014 21:02 (4 years ago)
Not that odd, Denis. I had to search for a while as I didn't remember the ship' name, but finally I found it:-)

And Nigel, I agree with Andrecas, very interesting photo. Even more so with the info you have added. Thanks!
andrecas on Nov 25, 2014 14:11 (4 years ago)
Interesting photo. Expensive cargo. Yacht taking the place of perhaps as many as 48 TEU's......?
Dеnis on Nov 25, 2014 11:29 (4 years ago)
That's an odd cargo for a container ship.
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