Week 9 has now passed and the major fabrication and welding work is finished. The engines have not yet arrived so we have installed the aft topsides and started the long list of small jobs to be completed.
Fabrication work for the Dive version of our 10.85M aluminum catamaran is now around 70% complete and full welding has started. Main deck is partially laid and tacked in place and tunnel plate has been fitted and also tacked.
The main deck is laid and tacked so as it acts as a stiffener during full welding of hull plate and frames.
Our current price for this aluminum catamaran set-up for diving is 7 million Thai Baht, for orders of more than one unit we can offer a discount.
Construction of the three aluminum catamarans is now officially underway following a traditional Buddhist keel laying ceremony at our Sattahip factory last Sunday.
The ceremony aims to help make construction proceed as smoothly as possible and is taken very seriously by the Thai staff. ‘Sabai Jai’ or ‘good feeling in the heart’ is assured for everyone involved when the ceremony is performed properly.
Fire crackers are lit and go off with extreme noise to frighten away any bad spirits which may be hanging around.
Our ceremony was performed by a knowledgeable Buddist lay practitioner. A lay practitioner is simply one who has not been fully ordained as a monk or nun. Generally Buddist tradition views the lay person as fully capable to become enlightened.