Good morning everyone!

The Coral Worm study is lining up at the start line as we speak!
There have been many factors to consider along the way whilst trying not to let these factors limit the potential results that we are all hoping to see.

I’ve documented a few of the considerations I have had to factor in or out due to various reasons.
Below is the thought process and final design & plan!



Testing Station considerations


The testing rigs were the most fraught of all decisions.
Many factors really cap the design process and I think after discussing with berth holders, staff, manufacturers I was unfortunately left with a pretty small amount of creative room.
However, not everyone can be happy and the quality of the test is paramount (other than making sure nobody gets upset along the way).


Four locations have been decided for the study to take place. However I will email everyone who is on the study list to see if there are any more options for testing rig locations.
Due to the nature of this study it has been decided that testing from vessels will provide the best environment for the study.
If anyone would like to offer the use of their vessel as a location this would greatly appreciated.
Obviously the testing rigs will be completely safe and will not disrupt or damage anything when placed.

Size & Design

My initial brief outlined that each product needed it’s own ‘position’ to test from without having any influence from other products.
At least a fair gap between the products would provide a good amount of segregation.
This was almost jeopardised by the amount of substrate needed to meet the manufacturers specifications.
Luckily after further conversations we found an ideal size that could accommodate all needs.
The next part of the design was to try and provide different substrate materials to show the products capability. The issue here is in order to incorporate 4 substrates and 4-5 products on each testing rig means that the size would really start to become a problem. To combat this I’ve decided it would be best to test from a metal substrate for now and as the study becomes more established, we can look into the likelihood of placing further rigs for each substrate material.

The Marine Superstore have been kind enough to advise and find the products for the study.
After discussions with the local branch manager, we have decided that once the product testing is in full swing we will have further conversations to try and meet all the berth holders needs for the products.
I also have very recently introduced a new product into the study outline which I consider my wild card. Many people will have seen it at Boat Shows and in magazines but no one has ‘tested it’s metal’.
After approaching the company and presenting the idea they have been really excited to get involved and are packing up some products to get down to me as soon as possible.
So there is a chance we might all see a very surprise result!


I have tried to conduct my own research in the past for Coral Worm but haven’t seen much about it.
The larger companies that could be documenting it are refusing to speak as there is a chance it could really change our annual lift programmes, etc. After reading as much as I can about it, I’m still not clued up enough to understand much about this beast at all!
I am yet to find anymore true and accurate information regarding the worm, it’s life cycle, etc.
If anyone has any more information which could help the results, please email me info@harbourcraft.com



The Big Reveal!

So here they are! After factoring in every possible opinion and variable. Also after many (many) discussions with manufacturers, etc. This is where we are – An easily recognisable, hardy setup that will provide all the different platforms we need. I hope you can all appreciate that after all the stress incurred I am somewhat amused at the result and could possibly have made things easier for myself, but hey, what’s a prototype worth anyway?!
All joking aside, I think we’ve hit the nail on the head (- so to speak).



NB: The image used for the testing station considerations cropped itself at they bottom and removed the ‘tail’ of the letter Y – Sorry!