A new year is upon us and we are in catch up mode. We are a month behind in posting FPB 64 photos from the production line, so we shall endeavor to bring you up to date in one huge post.
This first series of photos is of FPB64-5, starting with a few heater installation details. The red plumbing, and manifold, distributes the flow of heated water from the Kabola boiler.
One of the MSR heater coils installed along the hull side. Note the insulated plumbing run.
Three Deere propulsion engines in the engineering shop. The closest in the photo is about to have a second alternator mounted.
And the engine sitting on its bed in the engine room.
Speaking of engines, here is a close to finished shot of the get home Yanmar diesel.
In another month, when the engine room is completed, we will show you how well this has turned out. There is minimal impact on access.
The Gori folding prop being assembled.
Shown here with the blades in the feathered (low drag) position.
Staying on topic, looking now at the skeg for the get home prop shaft.
The real penalty from the get home system is the extra drag of this wetted surface.
In the great room here, furniture is coming along nicely.
The fuel tank selection manifold.
Speaking of fuel, the filtering and transfer system is now installed.
A detail looking at the underside of the roof over the house, showing the flying bridge drain (the rectangular extrusion).
And the by now familiar Dorade vent down pipes in the forward owner’s suite.
Headliner panels installed in the forward owner’s suite.
Switching gears now to FPB 64-6.
Another look at the get home and main prop skegs. Note the bases which extend aft of the prop shaft bosses. These are to provide protection in a grounding.
Looking down here into the basement area below where the great room sits. The framework above the tank tops will form the support system for the great room cabin soles.
In the basement now, with the stabilizer coffer dam lid open. These are sealed compartments, which quiets the system, and in the event of a leak, confines it to a small area.
You are looking into the forward suite here. Note the massive topside stringers and web frame.
Finally, a couple of shots of the forepeak, here pointing forward into the chain locker (just forward of the closest bulkhead). The bulkhead at the forward end of the chain locker is also a collision bulkhead, isolating the forward section of the hull from the rest of the forepeak.
This is the aft end of the forepeak. The topside frames also provide shelves for storage and tie down points for dock lines, fenders and other rigging. The flanged pipe is for a sonar mechanism.
On to FPB 64-7, with the metalwork coming along nicely.
Since we left off inside the forepeak on #6, lets start outside the pointy end on #7.
Both the anchor roller assembly and the stem of these boats are designed for serious loads.
That enormous stem bar, reinforced with three horizontal frames, is 40mm/1.62″ thick. Add the topside plating to this, a full 25mm/one inch below and 16mm/5/8″ above, and the strength is on the order of absurd. But we can think of a number of scenarios where this might come in very handy.
As previously mentioned, the forward bulkhead of the chain locker is designed as a collision bulkhead.
A nice view of the middle to aft framing, prior to plating being tacked into place. Note the massive topside stiffeners which run from bow to stern.
Last, a look at the detailing on the transom.
OK, if you are still with us the boat bug must have you in its grip. Stay tuned, more to come.