BY Nick Walton on 23 Dec 2023

The hull of the Rockport Marine 95-foot sailing yacht Project Ouzel goes right-side-up for the first time.

Rockport Marine reaches a key milestone in the build of this contemporary classic pilothouse superyacht designed by Langan Design Partners and Mark Whiteley Design.

The hull of the 95-foot sloop, known as Project Ouzel, recently emerged from the build shop at Rockport Marine with all structural bulkheads in place, and was raised and carefully inverted in a Travelift, and then rolled back into the shop to begin work on the interior components.

This event is a significant step towards the completion of the hull, designed by Langan Design Partners and built of cold-molded Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, and carbon fiber over a male building jig.

The hull of the Rockport Marine 95-foot sailing yacht Project Ouzel goes right-side-up for the first time.

“We planned for this carefully, and there were no surprises other than some light snow,” says Sam Temple, president of Rockport Marine.  “It’s not the first time we’ve done this operation, but Ouzel is certainly on the larger end of the spectrum for us; I’m happy to say it all went smoothly.”

The next step in the yacht’s construction is to prepare the inside of the hull for the composite structural grid that will transmit the keel loads into the hull. Once that is complete, the shipyard will start the layout of the systems, install the main engine and associated machinery, and begin preparing for the interior components designed by Mark Whiteley Design, many of which are already under construction.

The hull of the Rockport Marine 95-foot sailing yacht Project Ouzel goes right-side-up for the first time.

The yacht’s deck is being built in parallel and will be installed later in 2024 in an equally exciting outdoor operation: Due to the size of this yacht, the hull and deck will be joined outside and brought back into the building to complete the build.

In the weeks leading to her launch, project Ouzel will emerge from the building for the last time to be attached to her keel and to receive her mast. The launch is scheduled for the summer of 2025.

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