We are in to week 1 of this build and yesterday had the Buddhist blessing ceremony for the boat. According to local Thai tradition this will ensure a smooth build process with safety for the workers. I guess that they feel happy in their hearts after each ceremony and to date all of our alloy builds have gone relatively smoothly with no work related accidents.

This vessel will be powered by 286 HP Steyr inboard diesels coupled to Q-SPD surface drives for a top speed of over 30 knots and very economical cruising speeds. The boat will also require controlled trolling speeds as low as 3 knots and this has been taken into consideration within the mechanical installation.

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Setting up the building jig

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Setting the keels on to the jig.

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Installing bulkheads and frames

Buddist monk marking the boat with gold paint and gold leaf

Buddist monk marking the boat with gold paint and gold leaf

Monk blessing with ritual water and Buddist prayers

Monk blessing with ritual water and Buddist prayers

Fireworks going off with a bang.

Fireworks going off with a bang.

Tradition has it that the fireworks ward off evil spirits and bring good fortune. The bangers are certainly powerful and loud enough!