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695,000 USD
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114.99 ft
21.33 ft
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27 kn
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AT JUST $995,000: One of the fastest yachts in the world!
115' Denison 1988
The ’Legendry’ THUNDERBALL.
“THUNDERBALL” set the benchmark of speed and innovative design among American Muscle boats.
Powered by 2 x MTU 16V-396-TB-94 Triple turbo engines delivering 3500HP each linked with ZF Gear boxes to ROLLS ROYCE KA-ME-WA Jet drives. She immediately set industry records for speed and endurance. She has proved herself as an exhilarating fast boat on the plane, achieving 50+ knots and a solid passage-maker in heavy seas when run for maximum cruising autonomy.
Originally, the ROLLS ROYCE propulsion and engine package alone was a $2.4 million upgrade from the standard, which translates to a huge value/speed to a buyer in today's economy. Her shallow draft and vast salon space make her an ideal live aboard, Charter vessel or as originally conceived Fast Cruiser.
Commissioned from the renowned Denison Yard, Fort Lauderdale in 1987 by John Rosatti to successfully compete against his speed nemesis John Stallupi, still aficionados of fastcraft. She is still: TheFastest Twin-Engine Motor Yacht over 100' built in the US in the 20th Century! The innovative design concept has been mimicked by others but never bettered.
The current BritishOwner has had a long affinity for ROLLS ROYCE, which was his motivation to be part of the THUNDERBALL history. He has done the hardest work, which is bringing the powerful and innovative ROLLS ROYCE engineered MTU 396-TB-94 Series (3,500 HP x2) Diesels and the ROLLS ROYCE KA-ME-WA Jet Drives up to full working order and refining them for the modern cruising environment. She has recently had extensive engineering reports and assessments including a full sonic hull thickness testing following sand blast to bare metal below the waterline. 
Thunderball has recently completed several extended offshore passages and has cruised the Mediterranean. The Owner has seen her potential achieving speeds approaching 40 knots. He and his wife have enjoyed spending summers on the “Costa Blanca” coastline and the beautiful “Balearic Islands”, Spain.
The very attractive pricing allows the New Owner room to tackle the interior refit, and tailor The  Fastest Twin-Engine Motor Yacht over 100' built in the US in the 20th Century to their cruising needs.
I amprivileged to be selected as the Exclusive Listing Agent for my favourite DENISON (Other than our family, of course!).
Presently THUNDERBALL is berthed in Denia, Spain where I met the Owner and his Captain, John. (who also runs an experienced team of Refit Engineers, and would be keen to support the New Owner), 
THUNDERBALL is ideally located either for transportation back to America or as a central base to explore the beautiful European, Mediterranean coastline. The Captain / Engineer has extensive knowledge of the boat, history, works completed and required to prepare THUNDERBALL for the approaching season.
THUNDERBALL’S full beam interior provides vast interior accommodation on all 3 deck levels. Her style, lines and speed make her a stunning yacht. An exceptional 118’ / 35mtr yacht.
Her full hull width accommodation achieves a vast MAIN SALOON (32’ / 10mtrs long x 21’ / 6mtrs wide) and MASTER SUITE. Exceptionally large widow area gives unmatched space, views and light. 
All this translates to an ideal yacht for entertaining and exceptionally spacious living. During her successful years in BVI charter she frequently accommodated parties of 45 with a license to max 60 people.
Whether the boat is used as a Live Aboard, Meeting Venue, Charter Boat or for Family Holidays the space is unmatched on boats of this size.
 Full Overview
Designer: J. Langlois
Builder: Denison
Engines: 2 x  MTU 16V 396 TB94   Total 7000HP
Drives: 2 x Rolls Royce Ka-Me-Wa Water Jets
Fuel: Diesel 
Cruising Speed: 27 knots 
(Planes at 21Knots. Currently electronically restricted to 27Knots for maximum autonomy and engine longevity)
Max Speed: 50Knots 
Length: 118’  / 35Mtrs
Beam: 21.4’  / 6.5Mtrs
Draft: 4.5’  / 1.3Mtrs
Fuel Tanks: 5 total    10290 US Gal / 40,000Ltrs
Fresh Water: 2 total   1000 US Gal / 3900Ltrs
Holding: 1 total    220 US Gal /  850Ltrs
Formerly known as: Texas Star     Regazza
Engine & Drive
Twin diesel MTU 16V 396 TB94, 3480hp each, driving KaMeWa water jets, 71 series – W6 2002 - Last full Service 2018 by MTU Engineers.
Port: 6085 hrs       Starboard: 7049 hrs
Both engines incorporate Hydraulic PTO"s via Centaflex couplings.
Rolls Royce Ka-Me-Wa Joy stick controls for water jets port & stbd.
Lower helm / Pilot house
Fly Bridge central console
Port wing controls
Starboard wing controls
MTU Engine gauges exhaust, gas, temp and A & B 
MTU Deuta tachometers
MTU Alarm indicator lights
Trim tabs controls
Hydraulic controls for windlass and bow thruster at all stations
ZF gears model BW755 – serviced 2018
Raycor fuel filters - main engines and generators
Main engine exhaust and jackets new 2006
Fuel consumption: 280 gallons per hour at 36 knots, 65 gallons per hour at 13 knots
Electronics & Navigational Equipment
Full electronics refit 2013, 
by Telmar Yachting, Fort Lauderdale (70,000$ upgrade)
SIMRAD 19’’ NSO colour MFD x 3 (2013)
SIMRAD NSO Controllers and computers x 2 (2013)
SIMRAD AP50 Auto Pilot (2013) (requires calibration to compass)
SIMRAD  TX06S 6kw 4’ Oped array RAYDAR (2013)
SIMRAD  TX10S 10Kw 5’ Open array RAYDAR (2013)
SIMRAD MX535 AIS Transponder  (2013)
Raytheon GYRO COMPASS Standard 20 (requires calibration to autopilot)
ICOM M 604A VHF x 2 
ICOM hand held VHF x 8
FLIR forward night vision (2013)
Thrane and Thrane Sailor Sat Phone (Out of contract)
Rear Deck camera
Mechanical Equipment
Primary Hydraulic pump driven from Port generator via Clutch
AUXILIARY electric Hydraulic pump
2 x Maxwell Hydraulic Capstan winches rear deck
Maxwell 5000 Hydraulic Capstan and dual anchor windlass on forward deck
NavCon hydraulic trim tabs (Functioning but require position sensors)
Bespoke 40HP Hydraulic Bow thruster
2 x Variable Speed Engine room blowers (Stb untested and missing Baldor control)
2 x Oversized 300lb PLOW anchors w/200ft of chain
Stern Passerelle & boarding ladder- Manually operated
Marquipt sea stairs - port & starboard - Oversized
Marquipt sea crane for small boats - 2 Tons
Bollard cleats fore and aft
Stainless Steel swim ladder
2 x Cruisair chilled water air conditioning system. (Untested)
Air condenser units in all areas and ER
Installed new 1997 upgrades 2007 Rebuilt 2012 (Unchecked)
Village Marine Tech Water maker 800 GPD x 2
New 2007 Rebuilt 2012 Last operated 2016. Stored with Chemical preservative
Primary and secondary fresh water filters.
Microphor Heads and sewage system to Black tank.
6 x 12V Automatic bilge pumps located throughout the vessel
2 x 110V Electric bilge pumps which can draw from six locations (up to 100 GPM)
Electrical System
Shore Power Hook UP
Isolation transformers New 2016
Intelligent voltage activated TAP control New 2016 (requires 2 relays)
2 x Northern Lights 60Kva Generators
Both Generators Fully serviced June 2017
Starboard Genrator fully rebuilt 2016
Exhaust modified and rebuilt 2017
Port gernerator drives a clutchable Hydraulic PTO
1 x 12 Volt Mastervolt battery charger / Inverter 3000w
1 x 24 Volt Mastervolt battery charger
3 x 24V batteries banks, one for each engine, one for KaMeWa jets 
2 x  12V battery bank for ship's service and generators (selectable)
2 x 12V bank of batteries for electronics (Dog House)
2 x  Pro-Mariner battery chargers supporting electronics
2 x 2007 Yamaha VX deluxe 3-person waverunners.
Fire extinguishers located throughout vessel (Test due June 2019)
Full Coast Guard safety equipment and life jackets
EPIRB (Unregistered)
Boat Hook
2 x  8 Person Avon liferaft (Test Due Sept 2016)
Orion Flairs (Unchecked)
One of the most outstanding values in a high speed, quality built, proven integrity motor yacht. Ready for immediate cruising and/or redecorating to your personal taste and function. No other yacht can do what this yacht can do or can go where this yacht can go in this price range. Because of the waterjets, you can even beach her for a picnic on a calm day. Dreams can come true at half the price of a lower performing competition. Call for an appointment today. 
Owners personal items and tools. 
The Company offers the details of this vessel in good faith but cannot guarantee or warrant the accuracy of this information nor warrant the condition of the vessel. A buyer should instruct his agents, or his surveyors, to investigate such details as the buyer desires validated. This vessel is offered subject to prior sale, price change, or withdrawal without notice. 
General Description
THUNDERBALL is a 115 Denison 1988 yacht located in the waters of PORT DENIA, Spain. She is powered by 2 x  MTU 396 16V and Ka-Me-Wa Water Jets delivering 7000hp. Her shallow draught, speed and vast accommodation space give unprecedented flexibility of use.  
Both engines running, serviced by MTU engineers, tested with reports available and ready to travel.
New HEMPLE bottom paint from bare aluminium with surveyor reports and A+ Rating. Audio-Gauged and endorsed 2017 at Varadero Port Denia.
She is ready for her new owners. 

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