It took three months of planning, and involved a 15-day journey of more than 2,000 kms, but team AkzoNobel’s brand new Volvo Ocean 65 has completed its long journey from Persico Marina in Italy to The Boatyard in Lisbon, Portugal.
The new boat was rolled straight into the paint shed for the team to begin prepping it for branding before being fitted out with the necessary electrical systems, hydraulics, deck gear, keel system… the list is endless!
Sam Bourne from The Boatyard estimates the process will take up to 1,500-2,000 more man hours than the previously raced Volvo Ocean 65s. “We’re working with a completely bare boat,” said Bourne. “Even though team AkzoNobel’s Volvo Ocean 65 is brand new, it will actually require more work than the rest of the fleet that already have have some of the required boat fittings. “This is an exciting project for us. We have 20+ people working on this full time and we aim to have the boat out of the shed by mid-June."
While the The Boatyard team are hard at work, we can’t wait to see what the final artwork will look like. So roll on mid-June!