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FPB 64 #5 and #6 Progress

FPB 64 5 6 July 8 2011 update 1

Progress continues in New Zealand on FPB 64s # five and six, with five being fully plated now.

FPB 64 5 6 July 8 2011 update 2

This photo from several weeks ago show six coming along nicely.

FPB 64 5 6 July 8 2011 update 3

We have mentioned the efficiency of series builds in the past – it is the only way we can get the cost down on such a high quality build – and the next few photos give you a glimpse  of how this works. For starters, there are welding jigs for various components, here showing the flying bridge area.

FPB 64 5 6 July 8 2011 update 4

Plated, fairing plates tacked welded in place, and seam welding under way.

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Almost ready to install.

FPB 64 5 6 July 8 2011 update 6

Meanwhile, the coaming and window mullions on five are ready for their roof/flying bridge assembly to drop in place.

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Details, like this sealable Dorade vent down pipe, are costly to execute, and in the aggregate add up t o a considerable sum. They also add to the pleasure of ownership, not to mention keeping the interior dry in heavy weather.

FPB 64 5 6 July 8 2011 update 8

Doing a series allows Circa to produce large quantities at  one time.

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The castings (on top) will become the cover plates within the coaming.

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Various parts of the control mechanisms.

FPB 64 5 6 July 8 2011 update 9

And a look inside a completed Dorade down pipe assembly.

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A sonar tube assembly, ready to be welded into the forepeak.

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And finally a couple of shots of the carpentry shop.

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New Zealand is known for the skill of its chippies, and Circa has some of the best in the land.


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 8, 2011)




2 Responses to “FPB 64 #5 and #6 Progress”

  1. Harald Says:
    Hi from Germany- I’ve got just one question: what is the sonar tube good for and what material is it made of? The only clue I’ve got is something like an assembly for a bulletproof way for (de-)installing a depth sounder without any risk of seawater to enter unauthorized- but most probably you will surprise me once more…Thanks, and good luck with your projects!

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hello Harald: SONAR is like underwater radar. Use the search function under SetSail and show Sonar details

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