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Posted October 30, 2013
This is a very interesting look into the construction of the meg
This is a very interesting look into the construction of the mega-yacht Lady Linda constructed at the Trinity ship yards. Written in a chronological order, the story follows a variety of people involved in the construction. As I read the first couple of chapters, I was concerned this book might turn into a social expose on the differences between a rich owner and the poor downtrodden workers who toiled to build him his toy. In reality, this book painted a very real perspective of the challenges that faced everyone involved without making any value judgments or painting with bias.
But this isn't written like a documentary - it is a well written story that flows like fiction but with real-world facts and events that make it compelling. Though not a "who done it" kind of mystery, there is definitely a sense of "what is gonna' happen next"... which makes this book for a fun read. I pushed through this in a couple of days and really enjoyed the story.
If I were considering building a super-yacht or mega-yacht, I would read this book... and then reach out to a professional project manager to ensure my build doesn't encounter what Von Allmen went through on this project. For those of who will never build a $40M yacht, this book is a great way to live the process without the pain.
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