The route and the boat


The route and the boat

The route

The World Record Authorities dictate that for recognised circumnavigation the craft has to pass through the Suez and Panama Canals, cross the Tropic of Cancer and the Equator and that the journey must start and finish in the same place, though that can be anywhere in the world. Our proposed route is: Gibraltar, Puerto Rico, Panama, Acapulco, Honolulu, Guam, Singapore, Oman, Gibraltar.

The boat

The boat is a completely new design based on experience and modern technology. She is 80 feet long with an exceptionally efficient hull and is designed and constructed in the UK from aluminium. She has been designed by the renowned naval architect Professor Bob Cripps, who was the Engineering manager at the RNLI for 18 years before his roles as Technical Director at VT Halmatic and Director for the Engineering Collage for BAE Systems Surface Ships. The Professor was the design specialist behind the latest classes of RNLI lifeboats and his knowledge, coupled with Alan’s exceptional experiences of ocean adventure, led to the creation for this exceptional 80ft super boat.

Technical specifications

  1. Length 80 ft

  2. Internal beam 13 ft

  3. External Beam 16 ft

  4. Draft 30 inches

  5. Build weight 15 ton

  6. Fuel capacity 30,000 litres

  7. Range 4000 NM

Engines – 2 x Fiat PowerTrain C13 500. 6 Cylinders in line Diesel. 500 HP @ 2000 rpm

Water Jets – 2 x Castoldi Turbo Drive 490 HC with in built reduction gear and electronic neutral clutch

Main Steering – Castoldi electric / hydraulic

Navigation station – Raymarine

General description moving from aft-forward

  1. 80 ft of advanced design. Full walk-in engine room

  2. 4 full size bunks in aft cabin with separate toilets and shower

  3. Wheel house. 20 ft x 10 ft full size galley and seating for 12 persons.

  4. 1 driving position + 1 navigating position.

  5. 2 single cabins with full size beds

  6. Toilet and shower

  7. Double cabin with shared facilities

  8. Workshop and stores

  9. Chain locker

Environmental issues and benefits

  1. It is the aim of this project to contribute towards the required research through the development and testing of this boat to create more fuel efficient vessels.

  2. The key element that will bring about a successful circumnavigation is creating a low resistance, low weight design which does not consume huge amounts of fuel on the voyages exceptionally long legs. Due to this the boat’s ability to be highly fuel efficient is critical and will have to beat anything that already exists.

  3. The boat build itself will be carried out using recycled aluminum, which will account for over 80% of the finished vessel and should the boat be scrapped one day we estimate that over 90% of it could be recycled.

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