Condor 6

Condor 6 pictured at sea.
Condor 6. Ian BOYLE collection (Simplon Postcards)

During summer 1980, Condor Ltd decided to try a new type of ships, the high speed catamarans. They were propelled with Waterjets, replacing the propellers that most ships are equipped with. Therefore, Condor Ltd chartered the catamaran that was to become Condor 6 to a Norwegian shipyard. Condor 6 replaced Condor 3, that could carry twice less passengers.

However, Condor 6 has faced a lot of technical issues, whilst proving to be inadequate for service in the Channel Islands (perhaps because she did not have stabilizers as the hydrofoils have, inducing poor sea keeping ability). Hence, Condor 6 charter was not renewed for the following year. She was then replaced by another charter of Condor 2.

Renamed Gimble Belle after having been returned to her owners, she was equipped with new engines in 1983 in order to prevent other technical issues from occurring. Sold on 1st January 1985, she was then chartered to Gibline. This company renamed her Gibline 1 and introduced her on a route linking Tanger and Gibraltar, where she has been re-registered in 1986.

She was once again sold in October 1991 to Thai company Fast Ferries which renamed her Jet Cruise 1.

Technical Specifications of Condor 6
Condor 6 (1980)
The Ship
Launch 1980
Maiden Voyage 1980
Shipyard Westmarin, Mandal, Norway
Owner Westmarin
Operator Condor Ltd
Routes Saint-Malo - Saint-Hélier | Saint-Peter Port | Sark
IMO 7808023
Technical Specifications
Length 31.50m
Breadth 9.70m
Gross Tonnage 322 GT
Engines specifications
Engines 2 engines Avco Lycoming TF40S
Maximum Speed 30 knots
Passengers & Cargo
Passengers 238 passengers


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