Self-Righting E4 To Be Tested Publicly

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A Dutch builder is going to demonstrate the self-righting capabilities of its 49-foot trawler by dropping her in the water upside down.

Elling Motor carry a CE Category A rating, borne out in 2008, when three Elling E4’s successfully crossed the Atlantic Ocean in a 16 day, 2600 nautical mile nonstop journey. Neptune Marine shipbuilding is the designer and builder of Elling Motor Yachts.

On March 29, at the Neptune yard in Holland a standard Elling E4 production vessel will be subject to a 360 degree rollover test, carried out in front of the international marine press and conducted in exactly the same manner as many offshore lifeboats tests.

After the capsize test, the 425 hp Cummins Diesel engine will be started up and the semi-displacement Elling will make a demo ride showing her top speed at 18 knots.

The Elling E4 has not had any special adaptions in order to conduct this test.

It will be a completely standard factory fitted vessel which has been built for a Scandinavian customer, and supplied fitted all standard options and equipment, such as sliding roof, navigation equipment, 7 kW generator, central heating, washing machine, dishwasher, electric toilets, TV and all furniture in place.

The only parts that will be removed are some loose fitting floor hatches.

The Elling E4 under way at 18 knots.

The Elling E4 under way at 18 knots.

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