Although we worked on many different design concepts for this space, in the end we came back to what has worked so well with the 83.
The concepts are the same. A “great room” where most day to day activities are centered (underway and at anchor), with a huge “basement” below.
Staterooms are at either end of the central area, separated by it for privacy.
The great room sits over the pitch center of the boat, minimizing the motion you feel going uphill. And only the aft cabins share a bulkhead with the engine room, keeping the salon and forward cabin quiet underway.
Access from the deck is via a weatherproof door just off center to starboard at the aft end of this area.
As you enter the boat you stand on a landing with a large locker immediately to port in which you can store jackets, shoes, and foul weather gear.
The galley is designed to hold you in place at sea against that once-in-a-passage errant wave.
There is a huge amount of storage on top of the counters,
in hinged lid lockers, under the sink, and under the counter to starboard of the stove (near the centerline). Outboard of the foul weather gear locker is another galley locker which runs across the aft end of the galley. There is storage space on top, in front of the window for cookbooks, baskets, and commonly used appliances.
Fridge and freezer are substantial with 12.5 cubic feet (325 liters) of space in the fridge and 8 cubic feet (226 liters) in the freezer (and there’s another large fridge/freezer box – this one 7 cubic feet/200 liters – in the basement).
Opposite the galley you have a full size front loading washer and drier, with counter space on top to fold and iron clothes (and lovely view outside). There’s also another long hinged lid locker on top of the starboard counter, and a locker below the counter at the aft end.
The salon is forward, combined with the inside bridge.
The table has a folding wing, shown in the raised position in the photos above and below.
The helm chair lowers to a normal seated position for use in social gatherings.
Critical bridge controls can be reached when seated.
When you subtract for cushions and pillows this seat is plenty long to sleep on, should the need arise.
With the table wing in its deployed position there is room for four adults on the settees, and another two or three using the helm chair and folding chairs.
On the starboard side you have a smaller settee,
with provision for a pop up 42″/1060mm screen TV outboard. The locker forward of this settee is where the AC electrical panel, inverter, and genset controls reside with space for entertainment gear as well.
The bridge desk at the forward end has room for laying out electronics (three 17″/430mm monitors are shown) with additional space for charts, ships log, and guide books (the salon table also works well when you want several different charts close at hand). As is our standard practice, this area is designed so it is easy to change electronics as new gear becomes available.
We should also point out that there is lots of space on the bulkhead below the bridge desk, in the basement, for installation of the “black boxes” so common these days with electronics. This makes installation and updating much simpler than if this gear were hidden in a locker, surrounded by a jumble of wiring.
The Owner’s suite is forward, which is the quietest part of the boat, and where the best natural ventilation exists at anchor.
There is lots of visual space with the aft bulkhead of the head providing a natural location for a piece of art or LCD TV. The bulkhead on the starboard side forward will allow for a large mirror or piece of art and the bulkhead over the bunk is a great spot for one or more large art works.
This settee is a cozy place to get away from the crowd,
put a suitcase or bedspread, or just sit when using your iPhone.
Coming down the steps from the salon, on the starboard side you have a large locker with 57″ (1.48m) of length for hanging clothes. The vanity counter which extends forward from the hanging locker offers 120″/3060mm of length with storage below and above. At the forward end of the vanity, across the forward watertight bulkhead, is a 30″ (750mm) wide set of drawers.
The bunk is queen sized, with access all the way around. There are six large drawers under the starboard face of the bunk. Outboard on the port side, against the hull, are a pair of shelves. These can be used for books, family photos, and flowers while at the same time providing a place to hang on to.
During sea trials several of our owners tested the step as a sea berth in bouncy conditions.
The bathing compartment to port has enough room for a compact bath (similar to what we have on Wind Horse) with lots of room for showering. The bath tub has a seat outboard, great for showering. This is tough to show or photograph, and the drawing above does not do a good job of giving a feel for this space. The head is adjacent, with lots of storage on open shelves for linens, towels, and books.
The tub itself is 44″+ (1125mm) in length, so there is plenty of space for sitting (this is in fact a couple of inches longer than the FPB83). We have employed this configuration for years; on Intermezzo II, Sundeer, Beowulf, and now Wind Horse, Linda has used the tub for a nightly bath (as does Steve on occasion).
The aft end of the boat is designed so it can be used in a number of different modes. Since most of our clients cruise as couples, with occasional guests, we look at this space as how it will be used most of the time by the Owners.
This photo is looking into the cabin from the doorway. The large locker is on the right, the ensuite head is left.
The cabin is laid out with a double bunk (six big drawers below) with an open feel, but with furniture that is close enough to keep you in place when this cabin is used in heavy weather.
The drawing above is looking to port, through the shower/head and hanging locker. The big locker across the forward bulkhead is 46″ (1175mm) wide and comes to within a foot (300mm) of the headliner. Against the hull is a wide shelf for books, Kleenex, eyeglasses, etc.
From the head of the bunk looking aft here. The head/shower area is upper left.
Here we are looking from the bunk across the boat to starboard.
There is a head/shower ensuite, which is also accessible from the passageway, so it can be used as a day head without disturbing the occupants of the aft cabin.
On the starboard side of the passageway is a large flat surface which can be used as a desk.
It is private, there is lots of space,
and there are four drawers under the bench top (along with lots of shelf storage). Outboard, and above the desk, is another wide shelf. This shelf is an ideal place to keep guide books and ship’s manuals. One of the things we really like about this space is the ability to have a full sized computer screen. Today we’d fit a 30″ widescreen. Perfect for design projects, working on photos, and editing video.
Aft of the office and adjacent to the engine room is another stateroom.
This is an excellent third sleeping cabin, and when not needed for guests or crew, becomes a wonderful walk in closet (we could see lots of coat hooks on the bulkhead).