Evolution transformation

At my boat building company, Evolution Commercial, we are coming to the close of a very cool project where we have transformed a very tired but well proven 24m Tug, called the Harrietta and owned by Bhagwan Marine, back to its hey day and we are now only about a week and a bit away from launch.

The Harrietta is very unique in that it is very shallow draft compared to other tugs, and very manoeuvrable due to the azimuth drive system, which means that the drives are Z drives and can be turned through a 360 degrees arc. She also has a solid bollard pull of about 25 tonnes. Put all of those attributes together and you have just about the perfect kit to appeal to the shallow draft requirements in our North West.

We stripped Harrietta back to bare steel, cut out all the corroded parts and reinstalled new steel, overhauled all the gear, rewired the entire boat, installed all new pipes, gutted the outfit and reinstalled a totally fresh new outfit and also fitted a new sweet of electronics…not to mention a full sand blast and repaint with a very detailed steel paint system.

The photos above show what Harrietta looked like coming up the hill to our workshop and what she looks like now after about 4 months of work.

I am very proud of my partner and team at Evolution for pulling off a very complicated and tough gig to the standards we have. The Bhagwan team are saying that the Harrietta will likely become the pride of the fleet from here on in, which is a huge step up from the very tired 25 yo over worked lady she was!

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30 Responses to Evolution transformation

  1. Peta says:

    Looks like an amazing transformation…

  2. Silk purse thing goin on there Peta!

  3. Great work guys, she looked a bit worn in the timelapse but is now looking fantastic.

    Our mutual friend Charlene would be most pleased to say the least if you could find a way to have her shoot Harrietta πŸ™‚

  4. Charlene says:

    OMG. She’s gorgeous. And Evolution’s done a ripper job.

    Are you going to take her for a test run soon? Can i come? Please?



  5. As I was reading this, before I even got to the comments secion I was thinking ‘Charelen’. lol.


  6. Yep she’s passionate about her tugs for sure Jamie! Hopefully I can get her a bit of a fix with the Harrietta! πŸ™‚

  7. Ian Wiese says:


    These stories you tell are great – and they show the passion you have for the industry!

    Is there a timelapse somewhere or was Bo referring to the sequence of stills above?

  8. Andrea Green says:

    Wow what an amazing job your company has done Mark, you should be very proud. It looks amazing.

  9. good job mark … nice clarity and pin sharp detail on the the images in particular the last one … nice work ,,,

  10. My trusty 17mm Tilt Shift at work there mate!

  11. Tim Wootton says:

    She certainly was a tired and overworked old girl! Refit looks great Mark, good job!

  12. You could probably do some really cool abstract/artistic shots of these vessels under construction. Something with an industrial, altered landscape feel to it. Perhaps with some Joel Grimes style lighting (you have watched the tutorials, so I’m sure you know how to do that sort of thing by now) πŸ™‚

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