Tall Ship Progress, December 2018
Overall, progress is good, and it looks like we will make our goal for Matthew Turner to be operational in the spring. While the list of tasks to complete is long, crew enthusiasm is high, and volunteer involvement is growing with the excitement of finishing the ship.
The propulsion system: Our 650V AC propulsion batteries are in! Technicians from BAE (British Aerospace Electronics) Systems worked last week on the high voltage connections. Completion and sea trials are now scheduled for the end of March. We are looking ahead and working on a regular basis with the U.S. Coast Guard to keep ahead of the inspection process and avoid delays. Our competent volunteer electrical and engineering team is in place to cover our part of completing the BAE hybrid system.
Electrical: The ship’s wiring has begun and will soon be ready for connections to lighting, systems, galley, navigation, etc., and is scheduled for completion in March.
Interior: Carpentry is about 60 percent done, with galley cabinets designed and ready to build by volunteer John Donovan at his cabinet shop. The installation of all interior carpentry also is scheduled for completion in March.
Rigging: With over 90 percent of the rigging complete, we are fine-tuning and tweaking to get Matthew Turner ready for sea trials.
Extras: Sails, dinghy, skylight covers, and bunk curtains are being stitched together by our amazing and fun volunteer team, the “Sew and Sews.”
Construction Management: Project management is tracked and updated weekly with “Smartsheet,” the program management program that volunteer Dave Anderson set up and trained us to administrate in order to better gauge progress toward our goals. Stability testing and haul-out are scheduled for late March or early April.
We have come a long way, thanks to you, our supporters, donors, volunteers, and staff. We could not have built your ship without you!
Project Director, Matthew Turner
or send checks (please specify Matthew Turner project) or donor advised funds to:
Call of the Sea, Matthew Turner Project
3020 Bridgeway #278
Sausaltio, CA 94965
Generous support provided by The Conservation Fund
Hatches Recently Installed
Bunks Under Construction
Fine Craftsmanship Abound!
Tall Ship Progress, November 2018
Construction of Matthew Turner has taken on a renewed focus and new level commitment. As a result, we plan to finish and be sailing by next summer. Our cutting-edge regenerative propulsion system along with ship’s electrical work is our major task for getting off the dock. We are looking forward to installing the lithium ion batteries in November. Matthew Turner will be the first large sailing ship able to regenerate its energy needs under sail. Fortunately, our team is growing with new and talented volunteers that will help make the difference in completing the ship. The windlass has been mounted and we will be shipping the anchors and chain on board in the first week of November. Interior carpentry has made progress with the majority of bunks in. Next, we will be laying out the galley and pantry cabinets along with other smaller interior carpentry projects. Rigging is getting closer to completion with standing rigging finished and tuned. Much of the running rigging is complete with nine out of eleven sails bent on.
A big thanks to Terry Causey who has been our generous supporter from the start and has been committed to seeing Matthew Turner through to completion and carrying out her mission. While close to completing our fundraising goal, we are still in need of additional capital and are reaching out to new sources and the continued support from our existing community. Please consider how you might help us finish the job and go sailing.
Thank you all for how far we have come!
or send checks or donor advised funds to:
Call of the Sea
3020 Bridgeway #278
Sausaltio, CA 94965