NORTHERN MARINE’S MODULAR CONSTRUCTION SPEEDS THE BUILD PROGRESS OF THE 85-FOOT BLOOD BARON
Promising to be a spectacular addition to Northern Marine’s family of expedition yachts, the 85′ Blood Baron is rapidly becoming a reality. Since construction began in October 2011, the hull is laid and interior construction is well underway. Utilizing an extremely efficient modular building method requires precision calculations, but it’s speeding Blood Baron‘s progress along.
The lower deck’s four complete staterooms are being built on the shop floor and will be craned into place once nearly complete. Rough-in framing, ceiling grids, insulation, piping and cabling are already finished. Work now progresses to the interior staircases and furniture bases. This deck includes a VIP stateroom with king-size walkaround bed, two queen guest staterooms and a crew cabin, all with ensuite heads.
All plumbing, flooring, furniture and fixtures will be installed prior to placing the modules into Blood Baron‘s hull. The pilothouse, flybridge and skylounge will be built in the same way—down to having the pilothouse dashboard and furniture in place.
While extremely large craft such as cruise ships often utilize modular construction, it’s unusual for custom yacht builders. “This allows us to completely tailor to an owner’s desires more efficiently. But it’s a complex process, a big challenge that can be considered a risk,” said Northern Marine president Andy McDonald.
“You really have to be smart and meticulous about your engineering and planning. Luckily, I have an excellent team here, they arrive in the morning having thought about their job, and how to do something better. Not many people can do this kind of building at this level of boat. To walk through Blood Baron, so far along in two different locations, is exciting.”
Efficiency and safety are the big rewards of modular construction. Craftsmen walk up two stairs to the staterooms, instead of three flights. Tools and materials are nearby, readily accessible. Plumbing installs under the floors, instead of being worked through spaces within the hull.
All fairing will also be done on the shop floor, said McDonald, “a perfect example of a safer way of working. Instead of having someone in a lift and a safety harness 20′-30′ up in the air, he’s working at ground level. Everything gets done more quickly, but more safely.”
Blood Baron will be powered by a single 600 hp Caterpillar C18 with a top speed of 13 kts. Her range will be 5,750 miles at 10 kts. An extended superstructure brings the pilothouse aft to create a panoramic skylounge with a bar and home entertainment center, while maintaining space for a stateroom behind the wheelhouse. Its expansive glass wall with sliding doors opens up the aft deck for outside dining.
The main deck features a country-kitchen style galley and great-room dining area. A spacious flybridge has storage for a 17′ tender, PWCs or motorcycles, as well as a lounge area with spectacular views.
Northern Marine, founded in 1995, is an award-winning builder of custom expedition yachts. The 57′-151′ long-range vessels combine rugged exterior design and commercial systems with stylish interiors.