The first step in 575/28’s build process is complete. The hull (minus part of the keel but lots of red tape) was put on a truck and delivered from the nearby fabrication facility to Oyster’s Wroxham boatyard this morning.
It was interesting to learn that the hull wasn’t “poured” into a mold, but rather hand-laid with many layers of epoxy, carbon-fiber matt and gel. The forms used for this process are called “tools” and while they’re used for several hulls, must be periodically rebuilt.
Now, the “fit-out” stage will start in earnest next week. This is a several month process of filling up this big empty shell with a Volvo D3 engine, cherry interior walls/cabinetry (joinery), teak flooring (sole boards), plumbing/electrical/hydraulic systems, audio visual and technology equipment, lighting, appliances and the list goes on. Teams of Oyster’s yacht building tradesmen will accomplish all of this work in a “Santa’s Workshop” type environment where over a half dozen yachts are in various stages of build outs.
Last week our capable project manager Luke, our primary link in the process who works closely with the design, technical and production teams, met with everyone to coordinate the game plan for moving forward.
Based on our visit to the boatyard last month, where we met many of these incredible technicians and craftsmen, Spirit is definitely in good hands.