20 September 2023






2 mins

One of the former naval vessels that was given a second life, converted as the luxury yacht PLAN B is the former Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Hydrographic Ship HMAS FLINDERS A 312.

She was built by HMA Naval Dockyard at Williamstown, Victoria, Australia. HMAS FLINDERS  was commissioned into the RAN in 1973, and was used to conduct hydrographic surveys in the waters to Australia’s north, including parts of New Guinea. In 1974, the ship was tasked with assisting clean up efforts in the wake of Cyclone Tracy, which devastated large parts of Darwin. She was decommissioned in 1998 and sold to civilian operators, who have since converted her into the private yacht PLAN B.

PLAN B moored at Grand Harbour Marina (GHM) back to October 2010.

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Australian Government was the naval architect firm involved in the professional vessel composition for PLAN B. Her interior design was realised by Tracey Barnier-Willis Design. Australian Government and Marine & Industrial Design and De Villiers Yacht Design is also associated with the yacht general design work for this boat. Created by Australian Naval Dockyard the vessel was fabricated in the known yacht building country Australia.

With steel hull and main superstructure she is 49.07 metres long (loa)  with a beam of 10.06 m and draught of 3.05m . She had refit improvement and modification carried out by 2007.

Powered by twin PAXMAN diesel main engines, PLAN B can attain a maximum speed of 14 knots. Coupled to the PLAN B engines are twin screw propellers. She also has an economical range of 5000 miles when underway at her cruising speed of 12 knots. Her total HP is 3360 HP and her total Kilowatts are 2472.

On October 2009 PLAN B went to Brownsville, in United States. This motor yacht has navigated the area encompassing Miami-Dade County during the month of October 2009.

She has been designed to comfortably accommodate up to 10 guests in 5 suites comprising two VIP cabins. She is also capable of carrying up to 14 crew onboard to ensure a relaxed luxury yacht experience.

Also whilst she was at Malta she had an Eurocopter EC145 (now Airbus Helicopters H145) embarked which is a twin-engine utility helicopter produced by Airbus Helicopters (formerly known as Eurocopter) reg as  VP-CPB.

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