Length Overall (m/ft): 49m (160.76ft)
Beam: 8.5m (27.89ft)
Draught Max: 2.4m (7.87ft)
Draught Min: 0m (0ft)
Builder: Harland and Wolff Heavy Industries
Country of Build: Ireland
Date of Completion: 1958
Hull Material: Wood
Superstructure Material: Aluminium
Number of engines: 2
Manufacturer/ Type: Caterpillar Inc - 3512B
Total HP: 3500
Total KW: 2609
Max Speed: 16kn
Cruise Speed: 12kn
Range: 0 nautical miles
Fuel Capacity: 0 (L) - 0 (G)
Water Capacity: 0 (L) - 0 (G)
Mojo's colourful history dates back to 1958 when she was launched as HMS Packington at the Harland & Wolf shipyard in Belfast, to serve as a minesweeper in the Royal Navy. The following year she was acquired by the South African Navy for the same purpose and rechristened SAS Walvisbaai. After serving 40 years in the South African Navy she was sold to the Walt Disney film company to be used as the R/V Belafonte in Wes Anderson's film, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou. It was in 2006 when the current owner claimed her as his own, before she was sailed from Malta to Dubai to start with a six year restoration and upgrading process.
With a clear idea of the feel and ambience he wanted to experience onboard, the owner set out to create Mojo; a true "one-of-a-kind" superyacht. Some of the major upgrading work that has been done on the yacht include a complete engin room overhaul, fitting Mojo with two new Catterpillar V12 engins, painting of the hull and superstructure, laying a brand new brazillian teak deck and most recently, extending the overall length to 49 meters by adding a custom built swim platform. A lot of effort went into retaining her precious history, clearly visible in the original brass anchors, cleats and bollards and various other deck fittings.
Inside, the most has been made of a space initially designed for a complement of 36 sailors. From the aft deck guest entrance, a wide corridor leads past the roomy galley to the well appointed guest and master suites. The rustic exterior of Mojo is continued throughout all the living areas, with chic sofas and armchairs adding a contemporary feel.
The unique swimming pool on the aft deck, paired with an array of watersports equipment including a jet ski and ski boat means guests will be spending most of their time in the outdoors.
Photos by Charl van Rooy and Adrian Watkins
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