The partially disassembled vessels were on either sides of the main lawn. The red hull is from the Il Moro di Venezia. The white hull is from the 1992 America's Cup victor, America3.
When fully assembled, the yachts will reach 124 feet (taller than the museum) into the sky and weigh over 25 tons (55,000 lbs)... most of it due to the keel!
By the time we returned, the crew had already lifted the hull on to the stand. From what we heard, it was quite an amazing sight. Not as challenging as a space walk to pull the gap filler from the underbelly of the space shuttle perhaps, but right up there in terms of excitment.
You can tell the crew was very serious about this job. They checked and rechecked all of their planned moves before they even considered touching those hydralic crane controls.
The mast will be going up next... hopefully we'll be lucky enough to catch that installation. We are going back with lawn chairs tomorrow :-)
We stopped by the MFA this morning to check on the progress of the Koch yacht installation. Both hulls have been positioned into place. The mast for both vessels have been installed.
We tried to take a panorama of the installation but it did not do it justice. You MUST go check this out!!!
We had an event at the MFA this AM so we thought it would be a good time to check in on the installation. The tilt of the vessel lets you get a look at the deck of the yachts. The boom is on as well as some of the other fittings.