Fiat Engine, Castoldi Waterjet for Powerboat Circumnavigation Challenge

By George Backwell at October 15, 2011 08:19
Filed Under: General
The goal of veteran adventurer Alan Priddy as he sets out in his 90 ft (27.4 m) wave-piercing powerboat Good Heart later this year is to try one more time to better the 61-day record for a world circumnavigation set almost a decade ago by the trimaran Earthrace. The record-breaking attempt, comprising five separate legs, will start and finish in Gibraltar, and in accordance with rules set by the Union Internationale Motonautique both the Suez and Panama canals are to be transited en route. How is the boat being constructed and with what propulsion for this epic 24,000 mile race against time? Construction Not a traditional boat builder, but  metal-working fabricators, Micklewright Structures, situated at Dudley in the U.K. were chosen to build the uniquely designed powerboat and fashion the aluminium plates of its futuristically shaped hull on to steel structural members: "I particularly wanted their engineering skills and welding capability" explains Priddy.The ‘dread... [More]

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