US Navy Catamaran For Sale
Published: 30th Apr 2012
Here is your opportunity to own prototype stealth catamaran ship for little bit above $100,000 as it is current price on auction held by US General Services Administration. Buyer will also have to take garage barge that was allegedly built for CIA to recover drowned Russian submarine.
Stealth catamaran "Sea Shadow" was build in 1985 by Lockheed Martin for testing purpose and it was first stealth ship ever made, just 4 years after their F-117, most known stealth bomber.
It was never armed, just used for many testing purposes, one of which you might find interesting in civilian type of catamaran - SWATH "Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull". It ensures minimum water resistance and provides enables higher stability and speed for same amount of power.
An example of such design can be found with Croatian research ship from Microtechna.
Boat is paired with it's dry dock barge and rusting there since 2006. They where hoping that museum will take care of it, but it didn't happen.
Wondering how would you enjoy cruising at high speeds and below radar as in James Bond movie?
Well, hold your hopes, there are some catches; In addition to the asking price and needing to take away both Seas Shadow and the accompanied barge-garage simultaneously, the terms of the deal require that the buyer completely dismantle the Sea Shadow for scrap in the USA.