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The most significant aspect of the design from a technical stand point has been the minimising of noise (mechanical and electrical), as it is acoustic research which forms the basis of much of the work conducted. Electrical noise has been minimised by establishing a Faraday's Cage around the entire engine room, whilst all mechanical items including the main engine, gear box and generators have been carefully selected and matched to minimise mechanical noise.
Tank testing has allowed us to confirm powering requirements, tracking ability, balance and deck wetting effects in a sea-way. This project is extremely high profile and has been endorsed by celebrities such as: Sir David Attenborough, Sir Steve Redgrave CBE and Pierce Brosnan. The new Song of the Whale, built by Blondecell Ltd will be launched in Southampton in mid April, 2004; sea trials will follow. The boats main International launch will take place in London during May/ June 2004 where she will be blessed by a high profile celebrity.
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