Just 3 months into the build of his revolutionary vessel, Alan Priddy’s build team are to turn the 80′ hull today and start internal fit-out. Total build time has been just under 700 man hours in 7 weeks, clearly demonstrating that Britain has the skills to manufacture cutting edge Superboat designs.
The build has been a collaborative one between the skilled metalworkers of Micklewrights and the circumnavigation team who have a wealth of long-distance powerboating and yachting experience behind them. That experience has shown them exactly what works and what doesn’t and all that knowledge is being put into the build. A frame has been built and aluminium plates shaped around it – minimising the build time, cutting down on welding and creating an incredibly strong and elegant design.
Global adventurer Alan Priddy said, “I am the only person that believed the hull could be built in this record time. I have pushed the guys hard and worked alongside them at all stages to give them the confidence to build the hull in this record time. It’s something completely different from the types of structures they fabricate day-to-day but they’ve really risen to the challenge. After today, the fuel delivery system will be built and fitted along with the deck and wheel house. We anticipate the main fabrication of the entire boat will be finished around the end of August and then we can fit the engines and technical parts”.