1966 AEROJET 304' 0' Sahara 1966 AEROJET 304' 0' Sahara

1966 AEROJET 304' 0"Ex Oceanographer

Sahara

1966 AEROJET

304' 0" Ex Oceanographer - Sahara

Flag of Registry: US

M/Y Sahara (formerly: ‘Protector’ and before that: ‘Oceanographer’) was built by the Gibbs-Jacksonville Shipyard under contract with Aerojet General for the US government. It would eventually be the flagship of the NOAA fleet and travel more than 2 million miles through all of the earth’s oceans during her 30 years of service as a research ship.

Sahara was decommissioned in 1996. A $50 million superyacht conversion was started a few years ago but circumstances changed and now a new owner can pick up this gorgeous ship along with the in-progress works and choose their own plan for completion.

Several designs have been drawn depicting her proposed conversion into an exquisite global luxury yacht / small cruise ship. Contact the broker to explore options for the development of the vessel into a seagoing hotel or a bespoke luxury superyacht. Various intriguing superstructure design plans and GA drawings are available.

Sahara is a beautiful vessel, with excellent bones. The boat was built to withstand the toughest seas for her scientist crew. She was built to the most rigorous ‘ice class’ standards and reproducing her would likely cost between two and three hundred million dollars today. This translates to an enormous value for a discerning buyer who wants to shave several million dollars and many months off the process of the construction of a beautiful and rugged expedition vessel. 

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Quick Specs

Category: Mega Yacht

Model Year: 1966

Year Built: 1966

Beam: 52' 0" (15.85 m)

Draft Max: 18' 0" (5.49 m)

Total Cabins: 22

Heads: 15

Captain Quarters: No

Captain On Board: No

Head Room: 0

Maximum Speed : 20 knots / 23.015589 MPH

Cruise Speed : 15 knots / 17.26169175 MPH

Fuel Type: Diesel

Hull Material: Steel

Flag: US

Displacement: 3600 Tonnes

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons): 320000

Builder: AEROJET

Engines

Engine 1

  • Engine Manufacturer: Fairbanks Morse
  • Engine Model: 33D8
  • Engine Year: 1966
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Power: 1500
  • Fuel Type: Diesel

Engine 2

  • Engine Manufacturer: Fairbanks Morse
  • Engine Model: 33D8
  • Engine Year: 1966
  • Engine Type: Inboard
  • Power: 1500
  • Fuel Type: Diesel

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1966 AEROJET 304' 0' Sahara
SYS Yacht Sales 1306 Main Street
Sarasota FL, FL 34236 USA
+1 941-365-9095