Posted by Steve Dashew (May 15, 2011)
You are looking at the Circa computerized cutting table at work on the jigsaw of aluminum pieces that will shortly become FPB 64 number six. The production process is rolling at Circa, and there are some details to share including a short video. The computer controlled plasma cutter provides a high degree of accuracy, which translates to repeatability, and efficiency. The cabinet makers can rely on the tboats being similar. Tolerances are actually tighter than with production fiberglass yachts built with conventional resins. To watch a short video of the cutting table in action left click on the arrow above. Framing is coming along quickly on #5. Having recently put our stabilizer reinforcement to the test, we thought this photo of the bearing carrier insert and its structural web would be of interest. Then there is that hugely strong stem bar with its horizontal stiffeners. The area between the stem bar (bow) and the first frame is a sealed tank, for collision damage control. The top of the day tank in the engine room, with its plumbing, reed switch control assembly, and breather,. It makes a difficult piece of engineering look neat. While the fabricators are at work on the metal side of the factory, the “chippies” (carpenters) are moving right along as well. Those of you who have seen these boats in the flesh, or studied the interior photos, will know the high standard to which these men hold themselves. The most complex item in the interior is the fridge/freezer cabinet. The inner section is lined in stainless steel, then insulated with isocyanurate foam, wrapped in Mylar film, and sealed in a box, which you see here. The outer shell, which is the part in view, comes next. One could save a huge amount of money going with a conventional household system, but then that would change the power consumption dynamics in a fundamental way that would make us generator dependent, which we deem unpleasant.