America's Cup: First look at Emirates Team NZ's second AC72 + Video

Grant Dalton peels off the protective hull covering in the Emirates Team NZ base hangar

Emirates Team NZ have moved their second AC72 from the Cookson Boatbuilders yard in Glenfield, on Auckland's North Shore to the Hangar at the team base in Halsey Street.

The build task for the platform totals 40,000man hours The job now is to piece it together then fit it out with all of the complex systems and get it out on the water in the next few weeks to be load tested, tuned and resume the sailing program to get it up to speed in final preparations before shipping it up to San Francisco for the start of the Louis Vuitton Cup in May.

This week, the hulls have been put in place, and beams will be fitted along with the rest of the infrastructure, after which the wingsail will be fitted.

The team's first wingsail will be used initially before the second wing is installed.

Launch date is scheduled for early February.





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Emirates Team NZ’s AC72 leaves the shed at Cookson Boats, Glenfield

Emirates Team NZ’s AC72 makes her way across the Harbour Bridge, Auckland

One hull of Emirates Team NZ’s AC72 leaves the Cookson Boats facility in Glenfield

The team at Cookson Boats with an AC72 in the background

Emirates Team NZ’s AC72 enters the hangar at Halsey Street