There are 10 hard-working FPBers presently detailing structure, interior, and systems. Between hours of conferences, checking drawings, talking to vendors, the days are long (and nights very short)! Following is a brief update.
On modern yachts the entire systems approach is driven by air conditioning. This impacts every decision, from genset size and battery capacity, to such seemingly unrelated topics as water makers. We have always designed for efficient warm weather climate cruising, with awning and ventilation systems that minimize heat load. With the FPB 78 we are going a step further, using more insulation, higher R-value windows and coverings, and powerful active ventilation systems, about which we have chatted before.
In the great room, the biggest heat load comes from the glass. The large overhangs on all four sides provide a natural awning. Beyond this, using insulating window shades on the interior makes a huge difference in heat load, but reduces our view, about which we are not pleased. We have been experimenting with varying window shade heights and 40% coverage, shown in the lead rendering, is a reasonable compromise between solar load and view.
At the same time we are modeling lighting systems, here shown with indirect perimeter lighting dimmed to almost dark.
While we are in the great room we’ll give you a quick update on the all important galley.
Interior working drawings will begin soon, and we have been working through many small details.
These include drawer and shelf arrangements, like these in the galley. Aft are the fridge/freezer drawers, forward, under the cooktop, are general storage drawers.
Linda and Todd, being the galley experts, are heavily involved in this process.
A night lighting rendering giving just a hint of the ambiance that awaits.
Switching now to the owner’s suite,
shown here in “romantic” lighting mode.
We have added a bit of artwork, to give ourselves a better sense of what this space will feel like when we are finally cruising again.
The desk and settee have been replaced with a “stressless” chair and bookcase. We feel the combination of the chair and library will see a lot more use than the settee previously shown.
Moving now into the dressing room/head area. This midships locker serves both as a brace at sea and provides lots of drawer space. The seat is also a clothes hamper and step up to help the vertically challenged operate the deck hatch above.
The vanity has storage below and above the countertop, the latter having very deep shelves.
The annex will be used as office, storage area, and workout room, at least that is what we are guessing today. This is a difficult area to both render and give you a sense of the space, so it may help to refer back to the top down (plan) view earlier in the post.
We’ll leave you with this rendering, looking into the suite from the doorway. More to follow soon.