Last night a former ocean-going ice-breaking tug was launched on to the international yachting market in Palma, two years after work started on Seawolfe to transform her into a luxury super yacht as part of one of the largest ship transformations, refits and repairs ever carried out in Palma. Built in 1957 and originally christened the Clyde, the Seawolfe is a multi-millionair's dream yacht. Seawolfe was brought to Palma, where she has been transformed by Astipal boatyard, in 1998 and is being placed on the international market for between $12 and $15 million dollars. Apart from the obvious differences between her and the more traditional super yacht, Astipal is leaving all the final fittings, such as furnishings up to her future owner. What is more, the new owners will be able to decide whether to have an operational heliport, or cruise the world with a sailing yacht or average size motor yacht on her stern. During her career as an ocean going tug, which was also built with ice-breaking in mind, she set world records for the longest tows and used to have a fuel capacity to sail some 20'000 miles. But the naval architect on the project, Bob Hoghton explained yesterday that her fuel capacity has been reduced, but Seawolfe will still be capable of sailing 8'000 miles, without refuelling.

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