No, not as in splashes into our Puget Sound. But into the test tank at the HYG Factory! These are fresh pictures just sent to me.
Okay, this is officially NOT her maiden voyage! But she's out in the sunlight. The boat stays in this "cradle" her entire life until she splashes in Seattle.
Getting ready to ride stern first into the test tank. Here you can really see how awesome the "reverse rake" front windows look. I believe this is the first Hampton Endurance with this feature.
She floats! Maybe a bit stern heavy, LOL? No, that's just the cradle holding her bow up.
Floating on her own! Seems like just yesterday we were standing at this pool at the factory ourselves, thinking "pretty soon our boat will be in here!" And here we are.
The tank test accomplishes several things. All the engines will be run, the CAT mains, and the Northern Lights generators. If there's any problem with them, that can be taken care of in the factory.
But most importantly the boat will be tested for dynamic stability. It will be weighted on each side in various ways, and a variety of data are collected and analyzed. The marine architect certifies each and every Hampton Yacht. I don't personally know more details or I would share them here. Perhaps when it is done I'll have a better understanding.
But hey, how about that awesome Steelhead tender crane?