OCEAN racing legend Alan Priddy has revealed he already has 15 orders for exact models of the super powerboat he hopes will help him break another world record.
Along with a large crew, Alan will attempt to complete the fastest ever circumnavigation of the globe in a powerboat.
He wants to shave seven days off the current 60-day record.
Today, Alan unveiled Hayling’s ABC Marine as the builder of the £2.9m 80ft powerboat which will have two flights of stairs and be big enough to sleep 14 people.
Alan also revealed that, if all goes to plan on test runs during the summer, he will look for industrial space in Portsmouth to build the 15 boats – which have been ordered by overseas buyers.
It will mean around 150 jobs will be created.
Speaking from ABC Marine, in Mill Rythe, Alan said: ‘This is the day that we turned the tap on for everything to happen.
‘I’ve managed to put together a best of British team – British designers and manufacturers.
‘Work has already started. The metals have been ordered from the foundry and will be sent to Southampton for laser cutting.
‘We’ll have the boat on the water in June, painted and all ready to go.’
Twenty-five jobs have been created to build the first boat.
It has been designed by professor Bob Cripps, former technical director of VT Halmatic, and will utilise revolutionary wave-slicing technology, making the vessel super-efficient, cutting fuel consumption by up to 30 per cent.
A revolutionary fuel emulsion, a mixture of diesel, water and emulsifier from West Sussex firm SulNOx, will power it.
The emulsified fuel cuts harmful emissions such as particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide.
Alan has confirmed that he is not looking at the Portsmouth dockyard to build the boats.
It will be assembled in different places along the south coast and be put together at a factory inland.
He said: ‘Fifteen boats are going to take up a lot of space.
‘We’re business people. We’ve got a passion for Portsmouth but the figures need to stand up.
‘There is a piece of land I’ve got my eye on.
‘Personally I don’t think the dockyard is the right place for us.’
He added: ‘There is an abundance of factory space in Portsmouth.’
The record-breaking bid will begin in November.
It is proposed the journey will start and finish in Gibraltar. Fore more information visit circumnavigationrecord.com.