Performance of 94.5-foot Sea Force IX

Powered by twin MTU 16V 2000 M94 diesel engines, this massive 94.5-footer tops out at 35 knots

July 7, 2015
Sea Force IX - Bonny Read

Sea Force IX – Bonny Read

Sea Force IX might not be a household name yet on the dock, but with creations like Bonny Read following on the heels of several 81.5- to 91.5-foot luxury performance yachts recently launched, it is fast becoming a builder to be watched and seriously considered. Photo by Gary Caputi
Sea Force IX 94.5

Engine Room of the Sea Force IX 94.5

The gleaming white and polished-steel engine room houses two massive MTU 16V 2000 M94 engines mounted on vibration-reducing mounts. They are mated to ZF transmissions and each drives five-blade Veem props and a hydraulic pump that powers the bow and stern thrusters, and windlass. There is a full bank of battery switches and a monitoring system for the two Onan 55 kW diesel generators. Photo by Gary Caputi
Sea Force IX Performance
The _Bonny Read _powered upgently and rose onto plane and the MTUs pumped out the power with no vibrations and very little sound reaching the inner sanctum of the enclosed bridge. Acceleration was swift and the boat pushed along at an easy cruise of 27.5 knots at 2,000 rpm burning 141 gallons per hour. At that speed, a very respectable performance for a boat of this size and displacement, the vessel has a cruising range of better than 900 miles. Pushing the throttles to the stops provided a top speed of over 35 knots at 2,450 rpm with the big diesels still quiet and vibration free. — Adapted from Boat Review: Sea Force IX 94.5 Luxury Performance Sport Yacht by Capt. Gary Caputi Photo by Gary Caputi

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