17/1-2013, updated 28/8-2019 by MS
Bond is equipped with this amazing boat by Q with the remark "If Bond could be trusted to look after it". He uses it to inspect the Tapirapé River in the upper region Amazoco for some Drax installations. Found by 3 other speedboads full of villains (Jaws included), he find good use for Q's gadgets, the bulleproof shield, mines and torpedoes to evade the capture, and finally escapes from the fall using the roof installed hangglider. Boat itself off course had to be destroyed (which was expressed 16 years later in another movie as "standard operating procedure").
In total 300 speedboats of this type were produced, including 3 (some sources are says 4) which were assigned for Moonraker movie with special paint - silver metalflake gelcoat over gray. Only five hardtop versions are still operational.
Only one original boat survived and is owned by Ian Flemming Foundation.
In February 2006 the boat suffered serious damages in transit after completing the Boats Of Bond show in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
The Foundation did a great effort to restore it, choosing the fiberglass boat restorer Invision Boatworks of Reese, MI, to fix damages. Probably at 2010 the boat went in expo service again.
In 2008 the Caribbean Aeronautical society converted one CV-23 HT to ae "Moonraker" look-alike version. They called the project "Moonraker II". The boat was upgraded a little bit with a 5,7 Vortec engine (300 hp) and debuted in March 2009 at the annual Antique and Classic Boat Society Festival held in Mt. Dora, Florida. In September 2009 it won the 2009 Bayview Yacht Club Race breaking all records in the history of the race as well. Not bad for a 30 year old boat... In August 2010 the Caribbean Aeronautical put Moonraker II up for sale with an asking price of 45.000 USD.
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