FPB 64-2 Sarah Sarah – Kayak Racks


Bill and Sue Henry, owners of FPB 64-2 Sarah Sarah, are the first to make use of the threaded inserts on the house sides for kayak storage. If you look carefully at this lovely photo, sent in by Brian Rickard (as are the others), you will see one of the kayaks stored just above the windows.


There are a series of threaded inserts in the deck and house sides for future use. Those over the great room can be used for kayaks, sail/surboards, or dinghy sailing rig storage.


This leaves the aft deck free for bigger dinghies and/or lounging.


Kayaks are easily launched from their shoulder height position, similar to a car top carrier, without the walk from the parking lot to the water.


These are stored high enough that except in extreme circumstances they would not see solid water.


The large eyebolts are threaded into the previously mentioned blind inserts, of which there are six per house side.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 3, 2011)

14 Responses to “FPB 64-2 Sarah Sarah – Kayak Racks”

  1. Byron Nelson Says:


    Would not it have been better to make the supports from polished aluminum to stop the dissimilar metals issues?

  2. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Byron:
    Strictly an aesthetic decision. The stainless is isolated from the aluminum with plastic, so corrosion is not an issue.

  3. Matt Says:

    Genius, its things like that (building in threaded inserts) that have really blown me away since I started reading setsail, I cant say I have seen any other designers / builders who would do that, it just shows a complete understanding of how people use their boats.

    Cheers Matt

    p.s. Could you give us a break down of your camera bag becuase your pictures are fantastic.

  4. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Matt:
    The camera bag is ever changing, but w hen I get a moment I will do a post on its current contents. The kayak photos, however, were taken by Brian Rickard.

  5. Peter Bateman Says:

    That is a very elegant piece of stainless steel work on the racks. I think that we would have put a nylon or other inert material underneath but it is a lovely job.

  6. Gary Laufer Says:

    An elegant solution to a problem many of us without a FPB have to deal with. I assume the lovely anchorage is in the Pacific Northwest? Is Sarah Sarah sitting so high that the bow thruster is out of the water? Would that not be an unusual loading situation?
    Keep up the great work; I know how much time it takes to maintain a website such as Set Sail !!

  7. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Gary:
    That is a paint circle to which you refer. The thruster is well buried below the waterline.

  8. Daryl Says:

    Is there room on the sides for a Gig Harbor Melon seed? http://www.ghboats.com/17_melonseed.shtm

  9. Steve Dashew Says:

    Howdy Daryl:
    Something this big would go on the aft deck. There is space alongside the power d ink for a Gig Harbor sliding seat dink of 14/15′

  10. Brian Rickard Says:

    For all of the pictures in this article, I used a Sony CyberShot DSC-TX7 pocket camera. It’s not a fancy digital SLR, and only has one lens (Carl Zeiss 17.7-43mm), but it works reasonably well for both stills (including panoramas) and 1080i HD video. The most important feature for me is its compact size, which allows me to have it at hand at almost all times. Features I miss in it are manual focus, greater telephoto range, 1080p HD and water-resistance.

  11. Brian Rickard Says:

    First, yes, these were indeed shot in the Pacific Northwest. The first image is at Brahham Island’s Miles Inlet, the second at Sucia Island’s Echo Bay, and the third at Cortes Island’s Squirrel Cove.

    Second, as Steve mentioned, that black circle below the waterline is paint around a penetration. Seen here, the boat is riding high with only 50% fuel and about the same for water. A red bottom was requested for this boat, and due to a different paint system required near penetrations/through-hull fittings, the owner requested a different colour here for easy identification and a maintenance reminder. He’s recently commented that he’ll change this in the future for aesthetic reasons.

  12. Daryl Says:

    “a different paint system required near penetrations/through-hull fittings”

    Could you expand on this information? What material are the through-hulls? I’ve no experience with metal boats. I guess I assumed that with metal one would weld in thicker plate and weld a stand pipe to thread a valve on and enclose the whole thing in a “sea chest” type box. A picture of your raw water intake system would be informative.
    Once again thanks for the education.

  13. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Daryl:
    No time to answer your questions now, but all the details will be found on SetSail.

  14. Daryl Says:

    Love that dingy. Looks even better in the water…