FPB 64-10 Launches, FPBs 78-3 and 64-11 Begin Construction – Posted by Sarah

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We are pleased to report that FPB 64-10 has begun her sea trials. Riptide is sitting well on her lines and happy to be afloat.

78 1 House 2

The roof structure has been installed on FPB 78-1.

Hull 2

The engine room of FPB 78-1 looking from aft to forward. The bulkhead cutouts outboard will eventually have bolted cover plates. These provide access under the aft shower modules.

78 2 Hull frames

Framing is well along on FPB 78-2.

78 2 Hull 9

The pointy end of FPB 78-2, showing the framing that supports the stem bar when it is in contact with something harder than seawater.

Anchor Chain Bin

This is a chain bin in the forepeak of FPB 78-1.

Skeg 3

And the beginning of the prop shaft system installation. This framing will get plated over and the skeg trailing edges sharpened to almost a knife point.

Veem Propellers 6

One of the props for FPB 97-1. Note the interceptor strips by which we are supposed to be able to alter pitch characteristics during sea trials.

Victron Invertors Power On 3

FPB 97-1 inverter bank.

Engine Room From ER Door 5

Engine room FPB 97-1. Air intakes are above the inverted waterline.

78 3 Pre Fab

And finally, a small part of the growing stack that will become FPB 78-3. Exciting stuff down in New Zealand.

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (September 26, 2014)

16 Responses to “FPB 64-10 Launches, FPBs 78-3 and 64-11 Begin Construction – Posted by Sarah”

  1. Scotto Says:

    Been hanging out all month for an update!

    At last! 🙂

  2. Jono Frankfort Says:

    Hey Steve, Looking at the engine room air intakes for 97-1, I was under the impression that you had designed the engine intake air system to carry incoming fresh air below the engine room sole, or am I confused and only the 78 is designed so?
    Was also wondering about the large deck boxes? on the aft deck of 64-10. Wondering about their purpose and if you can still fit a tender on the aft deck?
    Keep them coming, you and your team do absolutely awesome work, and the folks at Circa make it real better than any yard I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen quite a few.
    All the best,

  3. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Jono:
    The vent system to which you refer was on the FPB 78 (to be updated ata future time). Dink storage on the 64-10 is as before. The starboard side is similar to FPB 64-10 with a barBQ inboard and large sink/bait well outboard both aft of seats.

  4. Jono Frankfort Says:

    What’s up with the destroyer wheel on the engine room bulkhead of 97-1? Is this what’s left after complete steering systems failure?

  5. Steve Dashew Says:

    There is a manual backup helm pump on the Matrix deck and its removable wheel is stored in the engine room.

  6. Greg Says:

    Looking at the props I am curious if any consideration to using CPP props? Particularly given the substantial difference in load the boat may see.

  7. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Greg:
    We have used Hundested CPP props on several sailing yachts, but they are less efficient for the FPB designs than the fixed wheels in use.

  8. Carl E. Says:

    Hi Steve: I was wondering about the round, off-centre chain bin on FPB 78-1: is this for the main anchor? If so, why the change from the previous models?

  9. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Carl:
    The shape of the bow and position of the collision bulkhead make this a better option. And the round shape in the tall column configuration is less apt to foul when beating in heavy seas.

  10. Carl E. Says:

    Thank you. I take it that the weight of the anchor chain isn’t enough to worry about it being located to the side rather than (more or less after the chain landed) in the middle as in previous models?

  11. Steve Dashew Says:

    This is just one of many weigths that need to be tracked in terms of their center of gravity. The offset of the chain is minor.

  12. Jeremy W Says:

    Hi Steve – love the updates.

    For the chain bit – where does it drain to? Is there a dedicated through hull for this or does it join into a combined through hull? From following your work I know you are cautious to add holes in the boat so I was curious how this drained.


  13. Steve Dashew Says:

    There is a dedicated through hull, well above the waterline for draining the chain bin.

  14. Scotto Says:

    time for an update….please!!!

  15. admin Says:

    Coming soon!

  16. Carlos V. Sucre Says:

    One more day without an update and we will all show up in New Zeland 🙂