Delta Debuts A New Build...... and a Building! Delta, a world-leader in yacht building, has combined its expertise in composite construction with steel and aluminum hull fabrication to open a new yard dedicated to metal hull construction. The new facility, Delta North, is located just down river from Delta’s current 25-acre site and consists of a high-bay building roughly 400’ long x 100’ wide. This fully enclosed facility allows Delta to build metal hulls over 100-meters in length. The 'Delta North' site had been previously used for building ferries and tugs, and had the high overheads and rugged utility infrastructure needed for large scale commercial shipbuilding. Last year, Delta took this facility and renovated it into a modern, fully equipped ship yard. Delta installed new rolling doors, security features, electrical and mechanical systems including two 25-ton overhead gantry cranes, and the latest equipment and tooling for metal fabrication. In addition to the investment in the facility and equipment, Delta compiled a highly experienced metal vessel construction team that represents the best in their field. This team includes skilled fabricators and welders, experienced production managers, and key additional engineers for the Delta Design Group. The first hull to be built at Delta North is a 208-foot steel and composite expedition yacht with diesel electric propulsion and dynamic positioning. Responding to the trend for more self sufficiency, Delta has designed a yacht that has no geographic limitations and is designed to the latest in environmental standards, including a comprehensive waste management plan. It has helicopter landing capabilities and is currently designed to include a recessed helicopter garage. With an ice-class designation, this yacht is suitable for luxury entertaining and personal exploration anywhere in the world, or even remote oceanographic research. The interior and superstructure can be custom designed to meet the requirements of the owner. Hull construction is well-advanced with delivery scheduled for 2011.