One of the most critical aspects of the design is the placement of the watertight main cabin. A key reason for placing the main cabin forward is the that it helps the craft self-right faster, more effectively than any other production boat on the market. The natural shape of the craft on the waterline lends itself to being wider in the forward section of the hull.
As a result, this is where most of the volume exists and by placing a cabin here, it enhances buoyancy to produce a more effective self-righting moment. Moreover, forward placement protects you from headwinds with a superior aerodynamic profile as well as providing easier control downwind. A center plate to aid straight line tracking improves capability even further.
While the craft was in production in the UK, Chris and his shore-based team vigorously conducted inversion testing and the self-righting capabilities of the craft. Even though one of the most unpredictable elements of the Sup Crossing will be the weather and ocean conditions, inversion testing allowed Chris and the team to understand the capabilities and limitations of the craft. This information is critical to the planning of his route and waypoints along the expedition.
One of the most experienced transatlantic open ocean row experts, Leven Brown is in charge of the Sup Crossings routing and logistics and will be Chris’ main point of contact throughout the journey. Leven was on sight for the testing in the UK and assisted with all the final systems examinations in Morocco prior to launch. Chris is in great hands and Leven will utilize a professional marine weather forecast service, his knowledge of the craft and his own expertise of open ocean transatlantic crossings to make sure Chris is safe and on course the entire way.
In order for Leven and Chris to converse throughout the Sup Crossing, we invested heavily into the satellite communications onboard the craft. This will also ensure that with the evolution of social media and its growing importance, the new and advanced small satellite communications systems used in this project are like none before, and can tap into medium via the best ocean communications system to allow this vessel to be an open ocean marketing hub for the entire crossing journey. On top of the forward cabin is a bank of solar panels that provides the energy to power and recharge the electronics on board.
Some of the equipment the Sup Craft is outfitted with to achieve this level of communication includes:
- In depth weather forecasting via satellite communication
- VHF DSC Radio
- Handheld VHF RADIO
- Fixed Inmarsat sat phone
- Inmarsat handheld satellite phone
- Back up phones
- Inmarsat BGAN (data satellite communication system)
- Inmarsat BGAN satellite tracker system
- Inreach iridium explorer PLB(personal locator beacon)
- AIS(Automatic Identification System) System
- GPS/Radar integration
- Handheld GPS
- Manuel compass
- All wind/speed SOG (Speed over Ground) navigation systems
- 2 sets of solar panel units to power all electronics
- 1 back up handheld solo unit and separate battery pack
- Auto Pilot System