The last few months we have been busy analysing the results of the extensive tests of the preproduction version. As a result we decided to upgrade some systems, including the motors and batteries. The hull has also been refined. We are now hard at work on the final design of the production version of the Phoenix. This is designated Phoenix 5, as it has a length of 5 metres.
We are working closely with our specialist suppliers and contractors, many of them on the Nautical Services Heusden industrial estate where we are based. Ship Install is a particularly important partner as they are assembling and installing most of the hardware. We are fortunate to be able to benefit from their 20 years plus expertise.
This first production unit will be a hybrid model, fitted with a diesel generator set to charge the batteries for surveys extending over several days.