The mighty True North is now in our sheds at Evolution Commercial undergoing our annual refit.
We are repainting most of the True North this year and other major jobs include both stern tubes being replaced and the stbd exhaust sponson and side plates are being replaced as well.
As per our normal refit practice, she will present better than new at the end of the month and totally ready for this years cruise season.
Our Evolution team and some of the True North team are working 24 hours shifts to ensure we get on top of the big jobs early!
Another year of refit almost finished for True North.
A few curve balls again this year with a bit of corrosion in the exhaust on the port side which needed some attention and thanks to the dedication and follow through from both the Evolution Commercial team and the North Star team, we are not once again ready for this years cruise season with True North starting the season in as new condition.
A bit of spit and polish to be done over the next week and all will be good for the West Coast explorer departure.
I have put together a short drone video here of the launch:
True North is back in town for her annual refit and is now safely up on our slip at the AME facility.
Everything went according to plan and am pleased to say that this years refit should be relatively routine when compared to last years 10 year refit, whereby we swapped out main engines and gensets.
Between now and the 22nd of Feb True North will have everything addressed that needs attention that will bring her back to as new condition and to be ready for another 11 months of Adventure cruising in some of the world’s last frontiers.
The refit will be done by way of the 2 teams of Evolution Commercial and the True North teams coming together to do what is required to bring the vessel back to as new condition.
As we cruise in extremely remote locations throughout our cruise season, nothing is left to chance.
I have now completed another addition to the Flash Worker Series featuring Sam and our new 3D scanner.
I have now finished the 2nd version of the ‘Flash Worker’ series videos.
This one is of one of our workers Freddy Jung acting as our ‘Flash Worker’ whilst making a new porthole for the new super yacht.
The team are becoming quite engaged with the concept and are all thinking about what new activity they can come up with to qualify for being selected as the ‘Flash Worker’ next time.
A bit of fun and you can view the video here.
This morning was a big milestone here at Echo Yachts and Evolution Commercial whereby the aluminium modules we have been working on for the centre hull of the 84m Super we are building came together as one.
True to our company catch cries of ‘dare to be different’ and ‘Anything, anywhere, anytime’, our team came up with a very innovative solution to move these heavy modules around that were too big to handle with our overhead cranes.
Each leg of the modules were supported by lifting tablets that function in the same manner as mini hovercrafts, thus allowing the structures to be moved with limited force.
In fact for the first move, we promoted one worker, Auto, to be the Flash worker for the day and after donning the Flash worker T shirt he single handedly pulled the 35 tonne module across the floor.
You can see the Flash Worker Video here
Stay tuned for more ‘Flash Worker’ updates!
I thought these 2 were screaming out for a bit of an arty treatment, so they got it!
Classic industrial scenes with a nice grungy treatment.
Another image from yesterday’s launch.
Now there are some serious wheels! 🙂
An early start this morning to witness the successful launch of our latest big project and I allowed myself some creative energy to create this little beauty of the event.
I think it worked…in fact I am pretty sure it did! 🙂