The construction of Ellen MacArthur's new B&Q 75ft trimaran can be seen on-line via a Sony webcam

Watch the construction of Ellen MacArthur’s new B&Q 75ft trimaran on-line via the new Sony webcam that has been installed in the boat construction facility at Boatspeed in Australia.

The webcam will be live via BT Openworld from around 16h00 GMT for 12 hours (the working hours at Boatspeed’s yard just north of Sydney, Australia) and will update every 20 seconds. As you can see from the screen shot, the main hull and deck are currently being worked on in the main boat shed. The webcam will show how the bulkheads are being fitted into the main hull as work continues on the deck and dog house.

Click on for a direct link to the cam.

Team Kingfisher Technical Director, Neil Graham and Ellen MacArthur visited the boat yard recently: “She will look like a real boat soon,” said Ellen. “The hull, deck, beams and floats are in various stages of production but all the main components have been deplugged. Everything is coming together including components from all around the world for the assembly period in November.”

While the construction of the main components takes place at Boatspeed, other parts of the boat are under construction elsewhere. Parts for the nav area are being constructed at the base in Cowes, England, including the chart table and facing back panels that will be fitted with all the electronic hardware as well as Ellen’s custom-made chart table seat. The rudders and centreboard are being built at Tropical Engineering also in Cowes by Steve Mellors. On the other side of the world in Auckland, Southern Spars are building the mast and Future Fibres will be manufacturing the rigging. The sails are being designed and produced by Norths 3DL in Nevada, USA and finished by North Sails France, while the winches are being made by Harken in Italy. All these parts will come from around the world in October for the huge task of assembling the trimaran which should take the best part of eight weeks.