Erica XII, the traditionally-styled Hoek designed 53m aluminium sloop, built at Vitters with a Redman Whiteley Dixon interior, is in the water having had trim ballast positioned and inclination tests with ABS and MCA surveyors in the Netherlands. MCM acted for the owner, managing the construction, and MCM’s founding partner Nigel Ingram has been on site throughout her build.
Nigel reported one fresh Saturday in December: “…at the end of a long day Erica XII was in the water, mast in and boom on. The wind tended to increase with rain/sleet squalls as the day went on and gave some challenges with getting the mast set but the riggers did a great job and when we were finished the rigging was all hooked up and well on the way to being tuned; lengths all looked good!”
Lady B, a contemporary Dubois 44m aluminium sloop with an interior by Rhoades Young has meanwhile been moved into the large building hall at Vitters for her fitting out. MCM’s Nigel Ingram reported the day before: “Lady B was wheeled outside, lifted into the water and towed on her own bottom the short distance to Vitters. She was then lifted out of the water again, the keel fin was installed, the yacht placed on her build cradle and wheeled into the shed. The process was completed smoothly and without any problems by mid afternoon”.
MCM (Marine Construction Management) has managed the construction of over 60 yachts in the past 20 years. Photos courtesy of www.mcmnewport.com.