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Team Britannia open day

Sunday, January 20th, 2019

It might have been many degrees colder than the last time Team Britannia invited members of the public to visit Excalibur in her shed on Hayling Island, but even so, those that came to marvel at the big boat on January 19th included visitors from Dorset, Essex, Norfolk and North Yorkshire. And with our guests fortified with hot drinks and the most amazing homemade soup supplied by our MD and PR guru Alistair Thompson, our welcome was warm, even if the boat shed wasn’t.

As we anticipate picking up speed again in the boatyard in the next couple of weeks, things have been going on in the background, including a start on fitting out the crew quarters. We also have a couple of trial patches of the plastic wrap with which we hope to clad the boat. The red for the topsides looks stunning, but more interesting technically is the black antifoul material which will be used below the waterline.

Touch it when it’s dry, and it feels quite sticky, but the moment it’s in contact with water, the surface becomes incredibly slippery. So ideal for antifoul, and with the added bonus of improved fuel efficiency. The manufacturers claim an 8% improvement, so add that to the 30% extra afforded by the design of the boat’s hull, along with our use of Clean Fuel, and you start to see how Excalibur could possibly become the most fuel-efficient boat afloat!

There will be an open day every month from now on, so check out Team Britannia’s Facebook page for up to date details.

Click here to read the report about the open day in the Portsmouth News.

Light at the end of the tunnel

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018

Yesterday saw Team Britannia boss Alan Priddy talking technical stuff at ABC Marine on Hayling Island. They always knew that the mooring posts and cleats for the boat would have to be immensely strong, but just as importantly, they had to be sited in the correct positions.

Whilst crunching the numbers on this, they also ascertained the kind of stresses on the deck likely to be encountered in the extreme event of what is known in the boating world as “stuffing” – where the boat ploughs into a wave at speed. One hopes this isn’t too often, but it happens! On the round the world powerboat Spirit of Cardiff, the most impressive stuffs resulted in broken windscreens! While Excalibur has already been designed to withstand everything that can be imagined, they decided to add some extra upright bars between the keel and deck to provide additional bracing in the event of a full stuff, which could see as much as 100 tons of water on top.

They’ve decided too that the cabin floor will be made from 3/4 inch plywood, with substantial aluminium bracing underneath. With all six 6,000 litre fuel tanks and all the bulkheads in place, they’ve started attaching the deck panels, and the wheelhouse – already assembled – will soon be craned into place and welded on. If that isn’t exciting enough, I can also report that the engines are booked up to be installed in the first week of June. We’ve been down an extremely long tunnel, but the light at the end is now getting very close…

100 million people…

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

The past week’s press coverage for Alan Priddy’s round the world powerboat Team Britannia has been truly staggering. In the UK alone we hit three major national newspapers – the Sunday Times, Daily Mail and The Sun, along with Metro (regarded by some as almost a national), and numerous regional dailies. But our story has also been taken up by newspapers and boating magazines all over the world. A rough readership estimate would suggest around 100 million people are now aware of what we’re going to do next year.

Ironically, all of this was achieved using a graphic of the previous boat – the one we started to build which had to be scrapped after a fire in 2012. That’s one of the drawbacks in trying to run something global in scale while still attempting to earn a living! Now we have a new graphic which is rather closer to what you’ll see powering around the world next year. Not so much “torpedo”, more “Battlestar Gallactica”…

The first of the month saw us assembled in London for the Ship Efficiency conference, where we announced our partnership with SulNOx Fuel Fusions plc, the details of which you can read about in my preceding blog. Apart from the still photos shot by powerboat photographer Chris Davies, we also have a short video produced and presented by Jake Kavanagh, which you can see here.

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