out of curiosity, how long does it take the MC to measure a boat?
does ETNZ/ Oracle give the MC a call and say, "come by in about an hour to measure and give us our cert" or do they have to schedule something, and it take MC x hours to do it or is it y days to do it?
I havn't looked at the measurement procedure on the AC72 enough to know and of course you don't neccesarily have to measure everything every time you want to change a cert, and they may well have done large portions of this even before their first official cert, but I measured and remeasured many 12m's when working in Newport and times are as follows:
Out of water measurement (girths, lengths, rudder & trim tab inspections) usually took 4-6 hours. This would be redone after any major ballast change, but the system allowed for small changes to be adjusted for based on a range of measurements around the intended flotation (note, the range system was not used back when the 12's were used in the cup, so back then, any ballast change would have required full re-measure).
In water measurement of freeboards to estabilish rating waterline usually took 2 hours and required very calm weather. Often we would have to reschedule several times.
Mast measurement (out of boat) usually took about 2 hours and measurement in the water to confirm took about 1 hr. We would never try to do it all in one day as you have to do the out of water first and by the time you were done and got the boat into the water there would be too much wind. Mast was first measured out of the boat for accuracy and ease, then checked in place for things like J, Spin pole length and to confirm the Boom above deck height.
I never did sail measurement on 12's, but on 6's (similar, just smaller) it took maybe 20 mins per sail.
My guess is that hull measurements have already been done and they know where they need to float. Wing Sail measurements are also probably already done, and awaiting final inspection of details/fairings/etc. to write off. My guess is they havn't bothered measuring rudders yet as they will wait till they decide on a final arrangment, but they would have been in touch with the MC about all their options. Biggest thing remaining is presumably finalizing control systems and getting them written off, then getting approval for fairings as there are some limitations (like extending behind media pod), and getting a final weighing on the official scales at final arrangement (I am sure they have had preliminary weighings with the official scales for reference).
I would think they could finish their first cert (if they havn't already) in a few hours one morning.