Last week we visited La Grande-Motte, France and spent 2 days at the Outremer factory to see how construction of Wildling is progressing and finalize the remaining design details. It was the first time that Robin, Gavin and Lindsay had seen the 5X, so I was a little nervous. Luckily they all really love the boat and we can’t wait for Wildling to be finished!
Here are some pictures and videos of our visit:
La Grand-Motte marina. The Outremer factory is just across the road from the marina
We were able to spend a few hours onboard 5X hull #1, Addiction which gave Robin, Gavin and Lindsay their first look at a finished 5X and helped us make all our fabric and color selections.
We toured the factory and spent some time onboard Wildling.
Outremer Yachting – This is where all the boats are built. They are currently launching a new boat every month, and plan to increase the number in 2015
Inside the construction shed where the bridgedeck and outer hull sections are joined together and the interior bulkheads and fitout work begins. You can see the hull mold that has been pulled away in the left of the picture
First time aboard Wildling!
Checking on Lindsay’s cabin. Looking good!
Running the wiring
Flooring being installed in the companionway
In the salon
Cabin floor fitout
Port engine room
Checking out the starboard engine room
Starboard hull removed from the mold
The crane is moving the hull molds out of the shed. Once the molds are out, Wildling will be move to a different shed to continue the furniture fitout. The deck and roof section mold will then be moved inside this shed so the deck section can be manufactured
The 5X deck mold waiting to be taken inside the factory
Goodbye Wildling… for now!
Before we left, Lindsay was able to try out the transom steps to see if they would work OK as a sundeck!