Survey of The Princess Anne Completed
May 1, 2016 — SRN4 Update
On Friday 29th April, the Museum Trust was allowed access to GH-2007 "The Princess Anne" in order to undertake a survey with particular reference to the skirt systems, condition of the buoyancy tanks and cabin floor structure and remaining mechanical systems with particular reference to the pylons with a view to swapping from one craft to the other (complete with propellers).
We are very grateful to Ex Hoverspeed senior engineers Eric Whittle and Mick Wells for giving their time and expertise. For my part, I got to see parts of the craft I didn't even know could be accessed !
Although at this stage we cannot go into detail, we can say that were very pleasantly surprised (and relieved) by the condition of the critical structure on The Princess Anne considering the complete lack of maintenance since 2005. That said, there is a hell of a lot of work to do before the public could be allowed back on board.
We will now write up our findings and will submit the joint report to HCA, along with a revised schedule of works. We hope this will be a final stage in our bid to preserve the better of the two craft here at the Hovercraft Museum.
As always, we are very grateful for your continued support and patience - standby for further updates soon.