Contact Us +1.941.924.2900

Request a Viewbook Apply Now

Argo Build Blog

After five years of planning, our vision of constructing a custom designed sail training schooner rated for all ocean operations became a reality.

Follow the progression of S/Y Argo from computer-aided design to sea trial and find out what it took to create her.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

February 2005 - Plans, Contracts, and the Beginning of our Global Program

Plans for the construction of our new school-ship S/Y Argo, 112-foot overall staysail schnooner are completed at Langan and Associates in Newport, Rhode Island - home of the drawing boatds for the world's most exclusive sailing yachts. Argo was designed to accomodate 26 students on ocean voyages. The steal for contruction was ordered and plans to build the jib began. Below are some of the plans and first 3-D renderings for the Argo Project.

Sea|mester S/Y Argo

Above: Starboard side of the vessel showing the general deck arrangement and her lines

Sea|mester S/Y Argo

Above: General interior arrangement

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

Above: The thumbnails below are of some recent 3-D renderings of the vessel

 

April 2005 - The Jig is up

We are assigned hull 197 in our shipyard and yard workers begin construction of the Jig, the platform on which the hull will be built.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

 

May 2005 - Hull foundations, Framing and Fundamentals

With the Jig completed, construction of Argo's hull begins as the frame is created. Design work in Newport finished up as styling and engineering details are finalized. Check out the progress in the yard and hull renderings by Paul Fuch at Langan Design.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y Argo

Below: Paul Fuch renderings
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

June 2005 - Mechanicals and Systems

As construction progressed in the shipyard, we worked hard at ordering all the systerms and equiptment to fill Argo. Below see pictures of the first shipment of systems, including the Caterpillar main engine and the Northern Lights ship's service diesel generators.
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo


July 2005 - Shell Plating

These photos from mid-July truly start to show full hull form. The stern is taking shape and the keel is nearly complete. The propeller aperature framing is now in place and can be seen just aft of where the final engine room frames will be placed.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y Argo

August 2005 - Turning the Hull Upright

On Friday, August 19th, Argo was pulled out of the covered work area where she was born and rolled right side up! In just six short months she went from the drawing table to looking like a ship. After a few more welds on the shell plating, the fairing stage will begin to smooth out the steal as work on the deck houses, bulwark and interior gets underway.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y Argo

September 2005 - Building up Deck and Interior

Within a week of the hull being upright, the charthouse was roughed in and the forward deck houses were well underway. Final details were confirmed on the interior fit out and piping and machinery placements are being finalized. The bulwarks were fitted to the deck and with the arrival of the aluminum tube sections from Holland work began to construct the ship's masts. Below are some photos from September.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y Argo

October 2005 - Welding and Ballast

October saw major gains made in every aspect of the construction. The anchor pockets were installed, along with the lead ballast which was placed in the frame bays of the keel. With the arrival of the first equipment container there were lots of shiny bits ready to be installed. As steel hot work finishes up fairing and painting were set to begin.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

November/December 2005 - Painting and Fairing Begin

Work continued and the pace picked up continually. A second shipping container full of gear will be in the yard before year's end. Painting and fairing began on the hull as the spars were built and stainless steel trim was polished and welded in place.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

End of 2005 - Buttoning Up

With the conclusion of 2005, the Argo Project was the interior primed and bulkheads installed. The final area of the hull was buttoned up and the cabins started to be test fitted.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

Early January 2006 - Picking up the Pace

The shipyard has a full force push to complete the project, and everyday a new part of the puzzle is put into the boat! In every production shop around the shipyard, there are pieces of ARGO nearing completion and waiting to be moved into position.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

February 2006 - Arrival of the Crew

We are entering the home stretch and the pace has again increased. Argo's crew arrived in Thailand and made major headway in building the spars and working with the shipyard to fair the deck. The interior is being installed while the hull topside contiue to be faired and preped for final Painting.
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

Late February 2006 - Plans, Contracts, and the Beginning of our Global Program

On February 23, Argo's masts went up for a test fit. A large crane lifted each one and the crew onboard guided them into place. After measurements were taken over the next couple of days, the masts were taken down to be rigged and painted. The fairing process on deck and topsides is almost complete!

Sea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

March 2006 - Primer

Argo received her first coat of primer on the topsides earlier in the month, with more coats following on parts of the deck in the past week. Great progress has been made in other areas, including: fitting of deck hatches and prisms, ceilings and walls in the cabins/heads, outlets, reading lights, and fans in the cabins, doors on cabins, and galley counters being fitted.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y Argo

Late March 2006 - Final Coats of Paint

The end of March saw final painting on the topsides, booms, and masts. The galley and salon are almost complete, as is the electrical wiring throughout the boat. The rudder was welded into it's final place. All areas of construction are preparing for launch in the near future.
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y Argo

Early April 2006 - Galley Touches

Progress continues quickly! Galley counters/shelving complete, masts rigged and ready to be stepped, windlasses installed, bottom paint finished!


Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

April 20, 2006 - Argo is Launched!!

Argo was launched on Thursday, April 20th with much celebration by the shipyard crew. She is now fully rigged and awaiting finishing touches before sea trials begin.

Sea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

Early May 2006 - Sails!

Argo's sails were test fitted in the slip this week in preparation for upcoming sea trials. Interior construction is in the final detail stages and all systems are operational.
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y Argo

May 18, 2006 - Argo Sails!

Argo's first sea trials began early Tuesday morning with engine and systems tests. After anchoring for the night on the river sails were raised on Wednesday afternoon. Even with light winds the Thai and American crew onboard enjoyed Argo's first sail. Back at the yard she is now awaiting final deck paint.

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

Walk the Deck of Argo at Anchor

These photos are from the deck of Argo as she sits in wait for her first students students to arrive in July.
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

ARGO Sailing Pictures

The following images are from a photo shoot that took place at the end of June. The wind was very light but Argo sailed well and is exceeding expectations for light wind performance! The interior photos are also from the end of June show the interior with almost all the finishing touches complete.
Sea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo

Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo
Sea|mester S/Y ArgoSea|mester S/Y Argo