Not a hull and a deck anymore: from now on we will talk about a boat!
Alberto Bona and his team have completed the most exciting phase of the construction of the IBSA Class40: the pontage. Recently, in fact, the hull and the deck have been joined together. The new boat – the protagonist of the next three years of Mediterranean and oceanic adventures – is now, technically, an assembled boat. The structural parts have become one, and the designs and projects have definitively taken shape. The design choices are already clear from the images disclosed: precision, strength, impressiveness, for a hull that now has to be equipped and fitted out, inside and out.
“It was a great day”, commented Alberto Bona; “the moment I had been waiting for months. The hull was joined to the deck and the two parts were glued to each other. This is a delicate phase, whose completion required several tests and tiny corrections. At this point the composite and construction are finished, and we can begin to assemble the deck fittings and the electronics”.
For those who have worked for several months on projects and renderings, seeing the assembled boat is very emotional: “It’s exciting to finally be able to go around the boat”, continued Bona. “In an instant all the choices we have made over the past few months – all the project strategies that we have conceived, modified, and then implemented – have materialised and come about. I am taking in particular of the hull lines, which are now all there, ready to provide a result, a performance, as soon as we go out to sea”.
The few images released (and it is a matter of pre-regatta tactics) already give a glimpse of the ground-breaking and competitive character of the boat, designed to play a role in the history of Class40 innovation, as well as to make a difference.