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GALAPAGOS CHARTER DIVE LIVE-ABOARD

By Nortada, Jun 11 2014 01:17AM

This week is seeing major visual advancements. The boat is almost fully painted (hull takes 4 layers of paint over the course of several days of drying and rinsing).


All the equipment that was saved for installation on the final stages is being placed.


This week the defining stages of paperwork with the Galapagos National Park are also being addressed.


Here are a few shots from today. We’ll keep you on the loop!



Maritime VHF, HF and Navtex equipment - Nortada Galapagos live-aboard
Maritime VHF, HF and Navtex equipment - Nortada Galapagos live-aboard
Navigation radar, eco-sounder and GPS - Nortada Galapagos live-aboard
Navigation radar, eco-sounder and GPS - Nortada Galapagos live-aboard
Rinse tank in dive deck - Nortada Galapagos live-aboard
Rinse tank in dive deck - Nortada Galapagos live-aboard

Auxiliary engine room and compressor system - Nortada Galapagos live-aboard
Auxiliary engine room and compressor system - Nortada Galapagos live-aboard


By Nortada, Jun 6 2014 07:02PM

Bi-weekly update from the field


As our project nears completion, we have been receiving more and more requests to update future guests on the state of the boat. Here is a bi-weekly update from the ship yard; we plan to continue updating this space biweekly until the boat arrives to Galapagos. We plan to have the boat in operational condition in Galapagos for mid- July.


HULL, DIVE DECK AND EXTERIORS:


All railings are complete and the tarps for the sun deck are manufactured and in storage. Sun deck chairs and the cushions are ready and in storage.


The teak deck is all in place and dive deck is ready.


The hull is complete and all exteriors are finished. Work on dry-dock is very dirty; this is why the finishing paint job was left for the end. The painting process now and a few layers remain to be added.






INTERIORS AND HABITABILITY:


All cushions for benches in lounge and dining are ready and in storage. Tableware, linens, towels and other items are already in Galapagos. The beds, mattresses and all cabin furniture are ready.


MAIN AND AUXILIARY ENGINE ROOMS:


Engines, gen-sets, air conditioning, all piping, sewage water treatment and water maker are installed and ready to start the testing phase. Compressors and all the high pressure are being installed right now.





WORK STILL IN PROGRESS:


Pre made furniture is now being placed. Marine electonics are being installed this week. Along with lamps, smoke detectors and speakers. As these items are installed the ceilings are finished with pre-fabricated panels.




UPDATED TIME TABLE:


June 18th: Nortada goes in the water (2 weeks systems test in Guayaquil)

July 1st: Departure to Galapagos (5 day navigation ocean worthiness test)

July 15th – 30th: Final adjustments

Aug 1st – 8th: Maiden voyage










Watch this space for information, news and updates about Diving Vacations, the private charter boat Nortada and general information about live-aboard diving in the Galapagos Islands.

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