With construction of Matthew Turner progressing at a record pace in many different areas all at once, a herculean effort, this update is presented in a condensed format. We hope you enjoy reading about all the exciting developments!
Alan Olson’s Update:
Work progresses on Matthew Turner, thanks to all our enthusiastic builders and supporters including:
Exterior carpentry is complete
75% of our bunks are finished
Work has begun in the chart house with table tops and navigation stations
The galley is ready for cabinet assembly and equipment installation
The rig is tuned and 10 of her 11 sails are ready to set
Ship’s wiring has begun and will be ready for connections to lighting, systems, galley, navigation, etc., scheduled for completion mid-April
Stability testing and haul out are scheduled for late April
There is still more to do with final commissioning and testing of Matthew Turner’s re-genitive hybrid propulsion system. Our team has been working closely with British Aerospace Electronics (BAE) engineers on site, the designers of the propulsion system, and will begin the final installation of the hybrid system in March.
Here is some great news about BAE system efficiency:
“The research vessel operating in NY Harbor is burning only 14 gal/hr (per system) vs. about 30-40 gal/hr (per engine) for a similar diesel-powered vessel.”Micah Tucker, | Vice President New Construction & Engineering
Matthew Turner will have greater efficiency with our regenerative power under sail.
We could not have accomplished all of this with broad community support. Thank you all for what you have contributed!