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Black Pearl by Name, Black Pearl by Color


Following the owner’s request to build and coat their latest yacht with a Tahitian black pearl finish, Diverse Projects NZ chose Awlcraft SE, the Awlgrip effect topcoat system, to achieve these wishes. The successful launch of the stunning 31.5 m “Black Pearl” superyacht marks the first significant application of Awlcraft SE in the Asia Pacific region.

New Zealand’s Diverse Project build team spent over 200,000 man hours, 5 staircases, 3 decks and over 3,000 litres of Awlgrip products to build the “Black Pearl”. To create the perfect foundation for the finish, Diverse Projects applied the full Awlgrip exterior finishing system which included Awlgrip primers (High Build Epoxy Primer & Ultra Build Epoxy Primer), Awlgrip fillers (Awlfair LW & Awlfair Surfacing Filler) and Awlgrip Surfacers (High Build Epoxy Primer & Awlquik Epoxy Primer). Along with these Diverse Projects also used the revolutionary Awlcraft SE Topcoat system to provide the pearl effect finish.

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In order to ensure the ultimate finish on “Black Pearl”, Brent Gribble, Technical Sales Representative-NZ in conjunction with Michael Stacey, Yacht Business Manager NZ, delivered extensive training on Awlcraft SE with the staff and application crew of Diverse Projects. As well as training and technical advice Brent also regularly reviewed and refreshed all aspects of the painting process with Diverse Projects, creating a close working relationship that will continue to deliver more yachts like “Black Pearl”.

Awlgrip is proud to have been able to contribute to the success of this project and we look forward to other exciting opportunities with Diverse Projects in the future.

Another milestone for this project was the extensive use of Awlcraft SE, the revolutionary metallic topcoat system on the exterior of the sunbridge superstructure and mast as well as various entry areas, all in a custom silver metallic including a specially colour matched non-metallic pearl for the satellite domes and radar antennas. The fast drying, high opacity product provided an excellent and even metallic finish on significantly large surfaces not normally considered suitable for metallics.

Completing the amazing transformation were over 800 gallons of Awlgrip topcoat to give an unmistakable finish and performance for an unrivalled masterpiece. Awlgrip is proud to have been such an integral part of this successful project and looks forward to other exciting projects with Washington Yachting Group in the future.