Thunderchild II has a successful test in Cork Harbour

Thunderchild II has a successful test in Cork Harbour
Safehaven Marine's Thunderchild II vessel.

Safehaven Marine was delighted with the result after a first successful test of its new Thunderchild II model this week.

The Thunderchild II was built by the Cobh/Youghal-based company for the express purpose of breaking a world record in a round trip from Ireland to Nova Scotia, in Canada, through a treacherous corridor named ‘hurricane alley’ in a 4,500km journey.

In a video released on social media, the managing director and founder of Safehaven Marine Frank Kowalski said that the test went “very well.”


He said the boat remained stable, despite challenging conditions in Cobh harbour which “at times can be very ferocious.”

“It was very good,” he said.

“[The boat] proved to have excellent seakeeping and stability.

“The design cuts through the waves very well.”

Mr Kowalski, who is also the designer, said: “We think we can do it in three and a half days, if we maintain speed and don’t get caught by storms.”

The first Thunderchild was also a record-breaker; in 2017 the company set a new world record for the fastest circumnavigation of Ireland, via Rockall.

The vessel, which cost €1 million to build, travelled 2,167km and completed the journey in 34 hours. It has since been sold to a private collector.

The company has patented the unique design for the Thunderchild II.

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