In September 2002 Medusa Marine was contracted by Sealord International (trading as AH Marine) to build a 44ft Flybridge Motoryacht.The moulds had already been developed and were sent to Cair Paravel in Colchester to mould the hull and deck. These mouldings were then shipped to premises at Woolverstone Marina where they were assembled and bonded by Medusa shipwrights.Hull and deck delivered from the moulders
Medusa Marine operates a policy of sub-contracting key sections of the construction to local specialists. Their work is monitored against the Recreational Craft Directive by Medusa Marine who, as the vessels builders, are responsible for signing off the Certificate of Compliance. This monitoring is recorded in a statutory document called the Technical Construction File. This file is prepared by Medusa Marine and is a permanent record of every vessel’s build.
As this vessel was to be a demonstrator and was going to have the most powerful engines specified, Medusa opted for solid engine beds.
Solid engine beds laminated in situ
A pair of Volvo TAMD75P Turbo diesel engines were installed by Medusa engineers. These engines develop 480hp each and were intended to deliver a minimum of 30 knots. The specification for the stern gear was designed by Medusa and manufactured in Nickel Bronze by Clements Engineering of Huntingdon.
Medusa Marine designed the accommodation, a 3 cabin layout with twin shower/heads compartments. This was manufactured and fitted out by Medusa craftsmen to a very high standard.
Upholstery in cream leather and blue Alcantara was sub-contracted to The Sail Locker of Woolverstone.
The accommodation starts to take shape
All tankage and fuel and water systems were installed by Medusa engineers, as was the bow thruster and bilge pumping system.
Windows in Stainless Steel were manufactured to drawings by Seaglaze of Wroxham and installed by Medusa Marine.
All electrical systems and a full electronics suite was installed by PMC systems to specifications drawn up by Medusa Marine. Gas installation was by Hayward Engineering who also supplied the necessary Gas Certification.
Stainless steel work was designed by Medusa and fabricated and installed by Mr Stainless of Levington
The vessel was launched in January 2003 and the engines were commissioned by Volvo agents Volspec Ltd.
On acceptance trials the Sealord 44 achieved 32knots, well in excess of her target parformance.