You read about the impressive restoration of the damaged Spencer 74 sportfishing yacht not long ago. If you missed it, check out: http://bit.ly/SpencerRestoration
Last week I went up to see the installation of the new MTU engines. The same two experts who installed the original, 2,600hp diesels at Spencer Yachts in Wanchese, North Carolina, were on hand to install the new engines. They had been here to remove the damaged MTUs when the boat arrived at Worton Creek a year ago. And they will be back to do the alignment and other tasks prior to launch. They told me they do two or three new boats a year. The rest of the time they work on repowering fishing boats in the Wanchese area. It is a special set of skills to do this right with such large MTU and Caterpillar engines. It requires a familiarity not found in the skillset of a normal boatyard staff.
Next month the final glass work on the hull takes place, an interesting mix of vacuum baqging and heating that fuses the foam core with fiberglass. The boat will go on the market in May as a new yacht fully capable of fishing the world's oceans.