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FPB 97 – A Wicked Interior (Updated Feb. 28)

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Welcome aboard the Wicked FPB 97. Would you like to have a look at the interior? She’s a little different inside than you might be expecting based on what you’ve seen from the dinghy.

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We prefer this beautiful interior to be our own secret, keeping our neighbors wondering, and if they mistake us for a warship, all the better.

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Giving a sense of what it will feel like to cruise in this Great Room is not easy. There is nothing in the normal seagoing experience to prepare you for it. The combination of flowing lines, open space, and the surrounding 360 degree view, is without parallel. These renderings, while generated from a highly accurate 3D model, don’t begin to compare to what it will be like when the entire ocean is your vista, you are anchored in a remote, beautiful anchorage, or sitting with the engine in neutral, awestruck by a tabular iceberg, all with unparalleled cruising freedom at your call.

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One of the things we do to check the renderings is to compare finish and lighting to photographs of FPB 64s and the FPB 83. You can do the same with hundreds of shots on the SetSail website.

Now for a few details.

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The sense of space is literally as large as your view of the world through those 19mm/.75″ thick windows surrounding the Great Room. The edge-to-edge window dimensions are 5.4m / 17.6′ wide by 10.1m / 33′ long (more volume than the FPB 64 and 83 combined).

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The Great Room is set over the mid-point of the hull: in other words, where it is most comfortable at sea. The layout is visually open, and designed to contain your body. Offshore there are “staple rails” which slide into sockets in the sole to break up the open spaces, and three removable handrails (one for the bookcase, table, and at the helm).

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The galley shows the input of the seagoing chefs on the Wicked team, Linda Dashew and Todd Rickard, and is arranged so that you are secure while working. This includes using the fridge (that is the purpose of the centered locker, so you can wedge yourself between it and the fridge box).

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There is lots of convenient storage, starting with the 4.2m/13.6′ of super efficient hinged-lid counter top lockers you are used to seeing on our yachts. While the chef has full visibility over these lockers, they do hide counter top mess from the view of guests seated forward.

Next, there’s a three foot/90cm wide stack of drawers on the inboard side of the center island, adjacent to the stove. More storage is under the sink (plumbing is arranged to be out of the way) with that three foot/90cm wide cabinet centered on the aft bulkhead being the perfect spot for appliances and large pots. Need more? Linda and Todd will for certain. Then take half of the large locker in the aft starboard corner, leaving the other half for coats and shoes, unless you keep the latter under the stairs beside the entry door.

The fridge and freezer, aft port corner, contain 20 cubic feet (560 liters) of volume with a combination of drawers and shelves facilitating access. There is another 30 cubic feet / 800 liters in the systems room on the  lower deck.

Adjacent to the fridge are a pair of dish washing drawers. The four burner Bosche induction cook-top will keep the chef humming, as will the 60cm Miele Master Chef oven.

Both fridge and pantry lockers have been held low. This is to keep the space above visually open, and so that their tops can be used for baskets or other light, attractive items, which are needed from time to time in the galley.

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Looking across the galley you can see the aft starboard corner locker. This is where a great room level head would nicely reside. Just forward of this is another storage area, an ideal location for a bar, should you be so inclined.

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In spite of how much we like open spaces, there is too much here for an ocean-crossing yacht. The solution is a pair of these removable “staple rails”. Drop them into their flush sockets when getting ready for a passage, and remove when you are in protected waters.

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The FPB team looks at each design as if we were going to live aboard and cruise full-time. This leads to a variety of opinions as we are all at different stages in our lives, and have varying interests, which frequently ends up in healthy debate. When we were blocking out the basic volumes for the FPB 97, it was quickly apparent that the forward end of the Great Room was an extraordinary space. The combination of window area, their outward cant, and the shear floor space available, made possible a wide variety of interpretations.

Surprisingly the normal debate process quickly settled on the layout you have been experiencing. The reason was simple: it offered maximum flexibility of use. For those of us who prefer cruising on our own, the open vistas, internal and external, coupled with the softly flowing lines of the furniture, are ideal.

Others, with family in tow, like the the diverse groupings possible. The kids could be working at the table, one parent reading quietly in the forward corner of the lounge, keeping an eye on the progeny, while the other maintains watch on passage from the nearby Great Room bridge.

Some of us are inclined toward entertaining guests. In this situation you have a variety of groupings possible within the great room: from the galley, with its breakfast bar, to the dining area, to the lounge above (and don’t forget the seating outside on the main deck and Matrix deck).

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One of our team members characterized his vision for the area as follows:

The forward lounge area of the great room is intended as multiple seating/discussion areas for use in diverse living modes.
(Chatting) It is not expected that people would fill the settee, but rather, that one or two persons would sit and chat with the captain, a group would form at the low coffee table, and a private discussion among two or three persons would happen at the aft curve in the settee. This could easily be one front, two side, and three aft for six total with each group having just enough separation to feel private if so desired.
(Viewing) When guests sit in a row along the straight section of the settee, they are positioned in theater mode to view the large pop-up television in the port cabinet.
(Group) The notch between the TV cabinet and the dining table is intended for a lounge chair, such as an Ekornes Stressless, with fixed base and rotational ability. When the chair is facing the settee, the space sense of the room is “living room” and (in port or at anchor) with the captain’s chair rotated too, creates a seating circle for a large party of guests to see and hear each other.
(Sleeping) The large settee’s straight section accommodates two sleepers foot-to-foot with head pillow at curve and separation between feet.
(Watch standing) The captain’s chair and help station offer a complete environment for standing watch. At sea, it is also possible to sit on the long settee with your back in the aft-most tight curve, and look directly forward.
(Visual connectivity) The shape of the large settee is such that there is a place to sit to have a comfortable view in any chosen direction through the full 360 degrees. This means that a seated individual can stay visually connected with persons at the helm, lounge chair, dining table, book case, galley bar, galley, drinks bar, or stair head. The view-centered design of the FPB extends this complete view to the surrounding environs of the ship.

After all of this excitement, it might a good idea to have a look below, and see if we can find somewhere to take a short nap.

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Traffic between decks is conducted via a stairway proportioned for secure traffic at sea. There are handrails on each side to assist, nonskid strips in the sole, and your body is constrained.

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The accommodations deck is centralized, with the head of the bed in the owner’s suite right on the middle of the waterline.

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The suite runs for 25 feet ( 7.7 meters). This is nicely divided between the sleeping/lounge area aft, and the dressing room/head/shower area forward.

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We think the forward suite is something special, and since the owners are not yet aboard, we’ll give you a quick look. You are sitting on the sofa in the aft port corner, looking forward toward the dressing room with its sauna and full width walk-in closet, amongst other features.

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Moving now to the full-sized bed, with twelve drawers under the bunk, we can relax and enjoy a lovely piece of art on the bulkhead.

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Prefer TV or a movie? Push the art work up and there is the TV. There is also a large closet outboard, balanced by locker with shelves to port (not shown in this image).

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The locker outboard opposite the bed, against the hull, contains a series of shelves.

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Walking forward, we are now between the head compartment and the sauna/shower/tub. In the far corner (top right in the photo) is the sofa from which the previous photo was taken looking this way.

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Turning around and facing forward from the vanity, we see the walk-in closet forward, a makeup table just aft of the dressing room, with a chest of drawers adjacent to starboard. Immediately to starboard is the head compartment.

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Walking a couple of steps forward and we have the sauna/bathtub open on the port side, the dresser ahead and to port, and a mirrored bureau to starboard.

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A closer look at the corner mirrored makeup table.

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A final small detail in the owner’s suite: the walk-in closet. There are two stacks of drawers, more than 14 meters (45 feet) of shelving, and 3.3 meters (11 feet) of usable hanger storage.

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This is what it would look like standing inside the closet, trying to decide what to wear. Except the shelves would probably be filled with accessories, any one of which would be nicely set off by the monochrome wardrobe.

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A final image, this time a straight section showing the relationship of the walk-in closet to the makeup table and sauna/bath. The mirrored dresser is just behind us, and the double sink vanity out of sight to the left.

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When you come down the stairs, you enter what is best described as a foyer for the owner’s suite. There is a storage locker integrated with stairs on the starboard side, and a large desk, set of book shelves and outboard locker to port.

Turning aft takes you down the hallway to the guest suites. Each has a computer desk, generous hanging locker, drawers under the bunk(s) and attached head compartment. There is additional storage outboard of the toilets. These are spacious, very comfortable quarters, with a pair of hull windows in each.

The systems room/crew quarters are the last section of the accomodations area. We’ll cover this critically important area in a separate post.

When we cruise, we are often asked “how many does she sleep?” Our reply has always been the same, “two”, whether we’ve been aboard a Sundeer 60, Beowulf (78′), or Wind Horse (now 87 feet). Our answer would be the same even with the FPB 97. But let’s look at the other extreme. Assume that either through the desire for a large group aboard during a cruise, or perhaps with the FPB 97 used as a family bastion in a world gone mad, we needed as many berths as possible. How many would the FPB 97 then sleep?

  • Large settee in the Great Room has sleeping room for two adults with heads near the curves.
  • Two children could sleep at the salon table (or one medium size adult).
  • There is settee space for two or three on the Matrix deck.
  • With the standard layout there are two double bunks below, two guest singles, and two singles in the crew cabin.
  • Between the Matrix deck and Great Room you could easily fit another six or eight in sleeping bags.

And we haven’t even allowed for what could be arranged in the forepeak.

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Before we leave this post, a word is in order on the use of space within the Wicked FPB  97 foot/30m hull. As wonderful as the interior is, equally important to making the most of your cruising experience is the Wicked bulk storage. We’ve mentioned this in more detail in the “foundation” posts, but it bears repeating in the context of the tour you have just experienced aboard this Wicked FPB. That enormous “empty” area in the forward quarter of the hull performs a number of critically important functions:

  • The forepeak moves the entire interior aft into a more comfortable region of the hull. As previously mentioned, when you are lying abed your head is right on the center of the hull.
  • The extra length allows us to shape an even more sea kindly hull than the smaller FPBs, one with exceptionally fine entry to mitigate motion and soften decelerations as you punch through waves, yet maintain steering control when pushing at speed heading down big seas.
  • Then there is storage. It is in the forepeak where a large inventory of day-to-day gear like fenders and dock lines will live, together with emergency gear, thousands of feet of spare line and rodes, extra fenders, and the all-important sports gear. And all of this is in a neat, organized, easily-found fashion.

 

At the other end of the hull sits another quarter of the boat devoted to systems and propulsion. The space allocated to this function is both luxury and necessity. Good access makes frequent inspection easy, so it gets done. Pre-passage checks, checking bolt torques, and repairs are facilitated. We do not exaggerate when we say that this luxurious systems space will do more to make the ownership experience pleasant, by minimizing the frustrations associated with things gone wrong, than any other aspect of the design.


Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 23, 2012)




58 Responses to “FPB 97 – A Wicked Interior (Updated Feb. 28)”

  1. Alain M Says:
    WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! Design Evolution II. And this one, due to its size and his strait level, give much more evolution opportunities! You make us more and more thirsty!!! No wonder that the rendering take time! Regards Alain

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  2. Gene LeBeau Says:
    Steve, A beautiful, well thought out interior. The only question I would have, is did you consider a day head. The journey from the Matrix Deck to the Accomodations Deck seems to be a long one. Regards, Gene

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Gene: The Great Room is arranged so a day head fits into the aft starboard corner where the locker now resides. This will be a standard option.

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  3. Victor Raymond Says:
    I am in awe at what has been created here in such a relatively short time. Yes, I know it has evolved over many years but this is certainly a major break through. Now if you will just teach us how to afford this beautiful boat……..

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  4. Alain M Says:
    The head of the bed, the middle of the waterline, almost the CG… How many boat designers think about this??? The difference between a marina apartment and a seaworthy boat… I don’t say much to stay polite and conform to the etiquette ;-) Thanks. Regards Alain

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  5. David M Zuniga, P.E. Says:
    Steve, that great room is CAVERNOUS. It never ceases to amaze me how your FPB series just puts you OUT THERE. You are there, on the sea, on that shoreline, in that sunset…the whole great room gives the kind of views that the average trawler does well to present to the chosen few at the pilothouse setee — but of course you never have the view or the full functionality of this great room in any pilothouse. It’s almost an ethereal thing; like dropping your living room — with all its creature comforts and a kitchen, too — out onto the surface of the ocean, and then letting you ply the waves in almost any sea state. Fascinating.

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  6. David M Zuniga, P.E. Says:
    It seems such a small thing at first, but the outward-leaning glazing for the ‘great room’ main deck is one of those ‘tiny tweaks’ that accomplishes far more than a first glance would reveal. As an architectural engineer this is the kind of thing that floats my boat (pardon the pun). Passive energy savings, less hassle for the crew, cleaner decks, less maintenance. Right away you see/feel in the renderings the additional “headroom” while standing or walking on the main deck. But much more important is the vast reduction in solar heat gain and glare — all without having to deploy and stow awnings. The look is also much cleaner at anchor. But the real beauty of that design refinement is the comfort and power savings. I tell you, Leonardo daVinci would smile at this kind of stuff. He might get a headache watching you at the computer, but he’d smile at the results, all the same.

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  7. quoc Says:
    Beautiful arrangement and superb computer graphics works. In the top view of the Great Room and Accommodation deck, is there an inconsistency at the stairs leading down? In the Great Room view, the stairs are L and the secondary steps seem to be missing in the Accomodation view (or hidden due to shading). Same with the handrail.

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Good catch, Quoc: There is a bulkhead layer turned off!

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  8. Dave Says:
    My only concern is the lack of a day head AND a foul weather gear closet… together… and the glass island… The idea of a glass table scares me a bit. What is opposite of the bath/shower on the starboard side in the master bath? Also.. where have you located a waher and dryer? Love the walk-in closet.

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Dave: Lots of options. First, there is a day head at the end of the hallway on the lower deck. The locker adjacent the galley, starboard corner, is sized for a head if taken to the headliner. Jackets and shoes will probably end up just outside the bulkhead, under the stairs to the Matrix deck. The glass counter is the same material in theory as the windows, so now worries there (and could easily be switched to timber). Opposite the shower/sauna/bath is a chest of drawers. Opposite the head itself on the port side is a desk with file drawer.

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  9. Paul Says:
    The awesome interior layout was worth the wait. is the shower for the master suite in the sauna area?

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Yes, shower, bathtub, and sauna together.

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  10. Sigmund Krøvel-Velle Says:
    Hey! I’m amazed by the drawings of the wicked FPB. But I’m at a loss understanding why you have so many seats in the great room as the renderings indicate, when you only are max 6 persons on board! The starboard front sitting group will by my guess take about 8-10 persons (roughly), and then you have the port sitting group (OK, I understand that this is some sort of a dining group). This means a great overcapacity of seats related to the number of beds. Why didn’t you put in some sort of working place, for pictures, videos a.s.o.? A library? A music room? A work out space? I find that the boat is brilliantly designed – apart from the great room. This is just empty. Well, not exactly empty… But it disappointed me…. Apart from this; Great fun, and I wish you all the best on the seven seas!!

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Sigmund: There are many ways to look at the great room space, and that depends on your vision of how to use the boat. From our standpoint, we need to keep the space flexible so it can be easily remoded for different requirements. Personally, I like the open look. There is plenty of space onboard for a quiet office, the gym equipment would go on the Matrix deck aft end, and as far as the settee goes, there is a certain pleasure to be had by a nice uncluttered shape. This space is a luxury, all the more so if left empty. Moving about at sea is another story, and there are removable hand rails and staple rails to facilitate this. But if you prefer yours with an office, gym, and larger helm station, it can be arranged.

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    John Ozechowski Reply:

    If you put two teens back in the crew bunks you have berths for 8. For long distance passage I don’t think you’d want more than that on board anyway. (and if you’re packing the grandkids along then you can through an air matress on the deck and sleep a bunch on the floor. Seems that the ship would be plenty stable through most seas someone would take their grandchildren into to allow those kids to sleep relatively unrestrained.) For short trips (say a week or two up the coast or something) you can put people on the sofa in the great room or even up on the matrix deck. Compare this to an RV. They cram people into all sorts of spaces for short trips. The bed is only used a very short amount of time (compared to the rest of the day). Additional seating gives you room for guests and in port entertaining. Not to mention room to isolate yourself during long passages when you need extra quiet time. Living space is more important than sleeping space.

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  11. Neo Says:
    Steve: Most excellent, I especially like the Matrix Deck. Congratulations. I’m interested in the philosophical differences between Wicked and ’115. Obviously both share the same base Dashew ethos but they are quite different in look, espically inside. But they are also very different and not just in ventilation and solar panels. Can you walk us through the philosophical differecences – interested to see what markets you were aiming these at. Congratulations again, Neo Anderson

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Good question, Neo: This will take some time which is presently in short supply, But we will come back to it.

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  12. Bill P Says:
    Stunningly beautiful interior :) The Master suite is palatial. I think every owner will appreciate the practicality and utility as well as the comfort features. I guess the slide with the Flat screen shows an alternative side cabinet layout. Some queries; 1) it seems a V Large open area between the helm and dining table, 2) Your designs are such serious cruising boats, have you ever considered a blackout for the helm area? (Pre Matrix of course)

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Black out curtains would be easy to do, but we have not found this necessary so far. We just keep the galley lights low at night. We’ll have details up shortly on the owner’s suite. The TV is covered with a sliding panel when not in use, covered with your favorite photo or work of art.

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  13. Chris Says:
    Very nice work again, Steve. Looks like a great extension / evolution of the series. But one question – am I the only one bothered by reflections on the glass? That was my first thought when you introduced the idea, and they certainly show up in all your renderings. My boat has slightly forward-leaning P/H windows and I love them for all the reasons you mention (and the look), but I have learned that I have to use a dark overhead treatment and keep the lights or any shiny hardware back away from the glass or you see it all the time. Seems like you’d get the same benefits without the glare by simply keeping the roof overhang and making the glass vertical, or no? Just thinking out loud, I don’t mean to be a complainer. And I’m one of those guys that would probably cover all the mullions in a dark color, too…. A full-beam hanging locker – is this one going to be called Clothes Horse? Sorry, couldn’t resist.

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Chris: There are several issue affecting the reflections. The the first is the position of the light source. For low sources, say desk instruments, the angled windows are better. But for overhead it can be a problem. In our case, the lighting is on several different circuits, and we’d just leave the forward lights off. Glare can be reduced with the application of 3M film, which we do for UV protection and heat load reduction. Bottom line, we expect less glare issues on watch than we now have.

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    Anthony VDM Reply:

    Hey Steve, Would a couple of well placed LED strip lights in the kickboards here and there work? Might provide enough light at night to walk around safely, and because of the angled windows, it might reduce any reflections. Anthony

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    The lights currently in the 3D model headliner which are reflecting in the windows are not focused beams (yet). In the real world, correct positioning and angling of spot lights will keep the window reflections to a minimum. As to low level lighting, it provides a nice ambiance, but we have not found it necessary for moving about in the dark.

  14. Patrick S Lasswell Says:
    A Matrix Deck concept: The exercise area option is also a great opportunity for dancing. When I mentioned to my wife that we’d need to take dancing lessons to learn ways of moving on a boat, her eyes lit up and only drastic measures prevented a Fred and Ginger movie from breaking out. If you showed how the Matrix deck could be used for dancing under the stars at anchor, you’d convince a lot of people with romance in their heart that yours is the best boat imaginable. Pity that dancing space in the great room has to be broken up for survival comfort at sea, but you do have the headspace for a tophat, and elbow room for tails.

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Wonderful, wonderful, idea, Patrick: What sort of dancing? Easy to leave out the table. Then we’ll need a really good sound system, maybe special colored lights. Mirrored revolving ball? No, that is going too far.

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    Patrick S Lasswell Reply:

    I wouldn’t think colored lights, so much as indirect lighting that would provide a suffused glow. My brother designs sets professionally, as well as teaching set design, and has forgotten more about lighting than I’ll ever know. If you’d like, I’ll point him at the site and see what he thinks if he has time. I think some art deco lines on the interior to conceal indirect LED illumination would go nicely. Here’s the Chicago Sun-Times talking trash about my brother: http://www.suntimes.com/photos/galleries/8879329-417/this-rent-production-will-be-the-trashiest-show-in-town.html

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  15. Andrew Says:
    Great renderings. I think the decision to transition from the Basement concept to a full lower level was a smart one.

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    This was not easy to do and maintain a reasonable aesthetic (in or opinion at least). There are a host of other issues as well, which we had never been able to satisfactorily resolve/ So when the light bulb went on between the ears, that Eureka moment, at 0230, we knew we had to ride with it.

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  16. Markus Says:
    Hello Steve What is the idea behind the tapering of the ceiling in the Great Room towards the windows? Doesn’t it reduce the visual openess that you achieved with the oblique windows?

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    The headliner panels drop to meet the top of the windows and provide space for window coverings to reside. There is no negative impact.

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  17. Alain M Says:
    Hi Steve, Can you tell us more about the light bulb? I believe one big concern was stability, I am right? And Everclear on the way to make the pilot station high and light is certainly part of the answer, or not? Regards Alain

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    No time now. Maybe this summer. It is not a simple explanation.

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  18. Martin Says:
    It looks like the stabilizer cofferdams are under the stairs to the lower deck, and the storage seating bench cupboard thingy opposite. Is that right? And what is that little space on the lower deck the stairs are wrapping round?

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Good eye, Martin: At present the stabilizer coffer dams are under the desk to port and stairs as you have surmised. Desk and stairs are hinged for access. Note that this position is still under review, and the stabilizers may move. The area outboard of the stair landing is a convenient storage area under the deck. How this is used is still to be determined, but right now it is assigned to air conditioning and general storage.

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  19. JLF Says:
    Hey Steve, Nice looking little ship. Where would you see yourself standing watch? Say, on one of your normal two person ocean crossings?

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Watch standing location depends on where you are with the boat. In traffic and or piloting where eyeball nav is critical means the Matrix deck. Otherwise, on passage, either the forward end of the Great Room or the Matrix deck. Great Room during meal times for sure, but I think up top otherwise because of the wonderful views (although it is hard to imagine anything better than the Great Room).

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  20. Vincent Cate Says:
    I love it. Me, my wife, and four sons would fit very nicely in this! It really is a great design. I want one. I hope that some day I can afford it. :-)

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  21. Joe Richardson Says:
    Hi Steve super excited to see the Wicked 97 unfold. What a great looking yacht !!!! I have just turned to the dark side and stepped on my first motorboat from a full sailing background. Im pleased to be on Iron Lady FPB64 with Pete & Deb.

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  22. Bob N Says:
    I presume the bench in front of the nav. monitors will be covered in instruments. Colour me old fashioned but I’d want, especially in a boat of this size, a dedicated chart table for paper charts.

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  23. Justin Says:
    Wonderful, as expected. One idea: at anchor the big screen in the owner’s cabin could show CCTV from cameras mounted high up outside. I’m wondering where the batteries, trash compactor and trash storage are. No need to reply: I’m sure it will become clear in due course. What would be really nice is if in the drawings you could indicate the watertight compartments. How many could flood without the boat sinking?

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  24. Steve R. Says:
    I can’t restrain myself from making a furniture comment. I am hardly a seasoned long distance cruiser, but the one thing I find myself longing for after a few days enduring all the hard surfaces on a boat is a comfortable place to lounge. It is always a choice between a relatively hard and upright banquet, lying down on a bunk, or somewhere in between with the aid of pillows. I would think once a boat became large enough to provide space for seating that didn’t have to serve multiple purposes that you would create some seating that was more like one’s home living room with options to recline or put your feet up (or maybe your house if filled with banquets and bunks!).

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    The Great Room on the FPB 97 is designed to provide a degree of flexibility in how the space is used. For example, the open area between the banquette and entertainment center would make a perfect place for your reclining chair and foot rest.

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  25. Will Says:
    Hi Steve! Which of the designs – FPB 115 or FPB 97 is the better design hydrodynamically in terms of propulsion efficiency, adjusting for the fact that the 115 is longer?

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    No difference between the FPB 115 and 97 in terms of propulsion efficiency after adjusting for length.

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  26. David Guest Says:
    Aside from the overall magnificent design, safety and unobtrusiveness of the all your boats, in Wind Horse and the FPB 64 the great room is really the key to the boat’s appeal. Everything except personal hygiene takes place in the great room, laundry, ironing, cooking, eating, watching movies, commanding the vessel, With just two people manning the boat, they are constantly together, supporting, complementing and sharing every bit of the passage experience. With the Wicked 97, this aspect of the great room is lost. The Matrix Deck takes over the viewing and helm functions. The laundry is down two flights of stairs. If suddenly there is a bevy of dolphins playing by the boat, the helmsman can hardly say “look at that,” when the mate is down in the lower deck, folding laundry. How does the helmsman communicate? Through a PA system? Thus, in my opinion, if a couple wants to cruise the oceans, the FPB64 is a better option. If on the other hand, the couple wants frequent guests and a permanent crew then the Wicked 97 would be the choice.

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    The Great Room will function in exactly the same manner as those of Wind Horse and the FPB 64s. The Matrix deck is an added bonus. As to the laundry, it could go in the Great Room (which would be our choice). With these drawings we wanted to show that it could go in the crew /systems room. As to which is better for a couple, the 64 or 97, excluding budget, a strong case can be made for both.

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  27. David Guest Says:
    I guess I was taking the initial drawings too literally. I have become a real fan of the great room concept of cruising…. have a nice day…

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  28. Michael Seng Says:
    Steve, The over head Pot Lighting that is out by the perimeter windows, I assume, would not be used from dusk to dawn? I would believe they would turn them into mirrors? Is there an indirect secondary (floor level) lighting system for after hours or do you just not use them? The renderings are amazing but was seeing the overhead lights reflected all over. As always, thanks for including us!

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    The lights will be placed and aimed so they do not reflect on the forward windows. And at sea, these are either very dim, or off.

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  29. Alan Says:
    Oh Steve..it goes from the sublime to the …hesitate to say it….r.d.c.l.u.s How big a boat do you need ??? I mean…this is amazing, but where is it all going ? Maybe I just don’t get it…but … bastion away from a mad world, yes I understand that, but don’t you have that already?… But hey, cheers anyway Alan

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Howdy Alan: You ask a good question. What size do you need? For us the answer is what you can afford right now, and then get on with it. But say you have excess capital. You could put it in the bank at what, a quarter of a percent interest (if they didn’t charge you for keeping the money “safe”). Or, gold? Want to hold Euros or Dollars when the central banks are running the printing presses 24/7 trying to inflate their way out of the mess the political class has generated? Or, y ou could buy a real store of value, that would act as a shelter from the world if required, plus give you pleasure at the same time. Do you need something as large as the FPB 97, 115, or 64 for that matter? Of course not. But then you don’t need a car bigger than a 20 year old mini (which we’ve owned) or more than a cozy 500 square foot (46square meter) bungalow in which to reside. But if you can afford nicer, still have the wherewithal to survive, then an argument can be made for a large, comfortable, ocean going yacht (however you define large).

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  30. Alain M Says:
    Hi Steve, So I know the battery bank should physically be in one place, so that all series cable who are binding the different 2V Block are exactly same length. In the FPB 64 I have understand that this possibility was maybe not easy, or even not possible, to do due to stability and access concern for other component, but in the FPB 97 I think it should be easy to do. Reallocating the Engine Room door to one side of the hull should make it possible, and maybe turn the block 90 degree and in two line gives you some additional room floor. What do you think about it? Regards Alain

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    There are many issues related to where t he engine door sits. We are a few months away from deciding this, but it could easily go off center.

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  31. Evan Gatehouse Says:
    Perhaps reconsider the extreme curvatures of the settees corners. I’ve been on so many production catamarans, and you can never get a bunch of people comfortable lounging (i.e. not sitting upright but sprawled out as good friends tend to). You can’t lie down in a curve! Your body just doesn’t bend that way.

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  32. Steve A Says:
    Hi, Another truly innovative design! I am curious, will storm shutters be needed on 19mm-3/4″ windows? Are they tempered glass or Lexan?

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    Steve Dashew Reply:

    We will have a standard package of storm shutters in case of damage to the 19mm/.75″ toughened marine glass windows.

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  33. Derryce Doran Says:
    Victor Raymond said it for me on 23rd February.

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