Alan Priddy’s 80-foot-long aluminium hull hit the water for the first time yesterday marking another notable mile stone for Team Britannia.
Construction of the boat started at the beginning of June 2016 and later that year the hull was turned over to allow the completion of over 2,000 closing brackets, the installation of the final bulkhead and six massive fuel tanks came next followed by the deck, wheelhouse and flybridge being fitted.
The operation to move Team Britannia out of her shed yesterday and into the water was a slow, careful and painstaking operation which took the entire afternoon.
When completed, Priddy will use in the multi-million-pound boat to circumnavigate the globe for a UIM world record, although he is delighted to get to this stage:
It’s tempting to describe yesterday’s launching of Excalibur in Churchillian terms – ‘not the end, not the beginning of the end, but it is the end of the beginning’.
Somebody wondered why we didn’t crack a bottle of champagne over her, but that’s something we’ll save for when we have a proper naming ceremony!
The boat will now be moved to a mooring at the Hayling Yacht Company for the remainder of the work to be carried out.