Originally Posted by Alan Priddy
95% recyclable aluminium using 50% less fuel than conventonal boats. I am always "wary" of Eco things. The owners of the projects never add to their figures the planning and building carbon costs to get to the stage that their product is Eco friendly. Alan P
Hi Alan, Hope your well and exciting to see your project moving forward!
We offset our complete carbon footprint, both in the production of the boat and the complete running of the team (trucks, unit, support cars, mould production etc etc) We use a offsetting firm and they calculate our footprint, we then offset 50% more than we use.
We are working with a leading university and a Formula 1 facility to produce as much as we can in an eco and green way. A large proportion of the boat will be built out of Porscher Greenlite, a natural fibre composite. We are also using eco based poxy resins where we can too. The F1 facility is also working on new exhaust systems etc to help collect carbon and lower the CO2 out of the engine. We also are using Saltron in the fuel to clean the diesel, I believe you used the product before? They claim it will help run the engines better, resulting in lowering fuel consumption and emmissions, whether that happens in the real world with this boat is yet to be seen.
The boat will run 4x480hp Cummins Diesels that are being modified by a world leading F1 engine builder, they will be uprated with better cooling and ECU's to run 600hp each, the boat will run on Arneson drives and use twin rudder steering. If all goes to plan she will be a great marathon boat indeed.
We hope to start production of the plugs/moulds in the next month or so. I an ideal world, I would like to be on the water sometime next summer so we can test next winter and get time in the boat, ready for Monaco. She is designed purely for big ocean marathon endurance events.
If all goes to plan, there should be exciting times ahead. I will be holding an opening day once she is built where all can view her. I would like her to be at RIBEX next year, but we shall see.