We’ve got lots of photos to share in this update so make yourself comfortable. We’ll start with FPB 64 #2 making a brief journey from the metalwork shop to the fitting out area.
This is the same truck which will take FPB 64 #1 to the water after the first of the year.
A clean look at the forebody shape. This is a very tough area to get right hydrostatically speaking.The tradeoff between a soft ride uphill and not locking in when running with big seas is critical.
Number one FPB 64 is to the right, and the second boat to port.
Meanwhile, in a shed nearby, FPB 64 hull #3 is starting to shape up. Plating will start shortly.
And the components for FPB64 number four are coming along.
Another milestone, FPB 64 #1 has had its windows installed.
Most of the furniture modules are now complete and with systems now installed, furniture is starting to be dropped in. This photo is looking from the starboard aft corner of the great room. The galley is to the left, washer/drier cabinet in foreground right, and salon center to right in the background.
Galley starting to take shape. The fridge/freezer box is to the right, counter area for stove and drawer stack (not yet installed) is to the left. Sink and adjacent dishwasher/oven unit will go outboard under the windows.
Looking from forward starboard corner aft across salon to galley. The gentleman in the center is six foot four inches (1.8m) tall.
Keep in mind that as spacious as these photos look, the area will expand enormously once the boat is afloat and you can see out of the windows.
From the aft port corner of the saloon where the settee will go.
Moving now to an almost completed engine room. This is the view from the engine room door looking to port. The slotted obstruction upper to middle right is the air intake. This is designed so that even in a knockdown the engine room stays dry. The top of the slots are above the inverted flotation plane of the boat (not that we ever expect this to be needed!). There is a bottom to catch rain or spray and lead it to the bilge.
Still looking to port, now standing in front of the engine. The workbench will have a vice and a chest of tool drawers below. The salt water standpipe and dual strainers (either of which can feed the engine room) are in the foreground.
Strainers (blue tops) and manifold are detailed here. Each strainer can be isolated for cleaning and each consumer has its own shut off valve. Note the clear inspection top on the standpipe. The plug on top is for clearing debris. If a plastic bag is sucked in, pull the plug (which is above the waterline) and shove a stick down the standpipe to dislodge the obstruction.
The salt water manifold from the aft side.The engine is to the right, almost out of the photo.
Resuming our general tour, looking now from the workbench aft. Air vent is over the engine, genset is in the background (white sound shield).
Swinging the camera to the right, the inboard corner of the workbench is in the photo. Watermaker and fuel system (fuel filters center of photo) with Kabola boiler (red) center left in background.
Focusing here on fuel system and watermaker. It looks a little complex but is actually quite simple to operate. The watermaker is well away from fuel pumps (these pumps are outboard of the fuel filters) in case there should be a leak in the watermaker plumbing.
The camera has moved to the starboard aft corner of the engine room, between genset and aft starboard stateroom bulkhead. Air vent (slotted) with bottom of fire suppression bottle is to starboard with engine below. The Kabola boiler is to the left, adjacent to the edge of the genset sound shield.
Swinging the camera aft, the space between genset sound shield is clear.
Moving the camera further aft across the genset to the steering gear mounted on the shelf on the transom. The blue devices under the shelf are the autopilot hydraulic pump sets.
Looking forward here from the forward side of the genset. The workbench is in the background against the bulkhead.
Now from extreme aft starboard corner, note the access around the genset and to aft side of boiler.
From the same camera position as the previous photo looking diagonally across the engine room.
We are focusing from center of the engine room across the genset at the domestic hot water heater mounted under upper topside stiffener and the various items mounted on aft side of the starboard stateroom bulkhead.
Final engine room photo. The box to the right is the day tank and fuel transfer pump control. Next to it is the hydraulic system reservoir.
Moving to a few systems details in the interior. Plumbing and wiring are now essentially completed. Note the insulation on heater plumbing and domestic hot water lines.
In the basement, hot water from the Kabola boiler is distributed through the manifold at bottom. The fuel pick and and return manifold is at the top of the photo. The white tank is for drinking water, plumbed to the galley sink with a foot pump (as a backup).
On deck now, this is the aft end of the raised deck area behind the house and aft of the bar BQ table. These lockers will come in handy for all sorts of items.
We’ve shown you the boarding platform and aft storage lockers before, but these views are a little different.
There is room in the boarding platform lockers for lots of outboard fuel and dive gear.
Finally, a test. Can you tell us what this plug in the rudder is for?
When the bolt is cinched up the surface of the plug is flush.
Want to pull your prop shaft without first dropping the rudder? That’s where the rudder plug comes into use.