The interior continues to be installed on the Evolve project in various areas. The forward crew cabins are nearly installed, and once completed this team will move to the mid guest cabins. The bathroom for guest cabin 5 is being installed. The team responsible for this will also begin the installation of the crew mess and laundry areas in the coming weeks. The “dumb dumb” (a rubberised insulative coating) has been applied to the aft guest cabins and the flooring system for this is next to be installed. The Owner’s day room is taking shape with the under window cupboards now being in place.
The port side of the hull fairing is now applied and ready for long boarding. This is where teams of 2-4 people using specifically built sanding blocks sand the fairing until the hull is smooth from any defects. A marking paint (in this instace blue) is applied to the fairing so the boarders can see where the high and low spots are. Depending on the situation they will either mark the low spots for extra fairing, or carry on sanding until the high spots are gone. Once all of the marker sands off uniformly then the hull is fair. This was completed on the starboard side at the beginning of the year. After this is completed on the whole vessel then a high build primer will be sprayed on and the process repeated.
The 2 propellor shafts are being machined to the correct dimensions, and their tapers and key ways are being cut. 1 taper, for the coupling end of the shaft is completed, and the other shaft is currently in the lathe being turned down to its correct diameter. Once these shafts are completed we will install then onto the vessel and have the whole drive train aligned. This includes engine, to gearbox, to flexible coupling, to shaft, through the stern tube and P strut and their associated cutlass bearings. The final items will be the propellors.
The whole air conditioning system, fuel manifolds, water heaters, hydraulic system and stabilisers are in the port awaiting customs release. The project is advancing steadily and as these pieces of equipment are released they will be installed on board.