We’ve got an interesting batch of photos to share with you this week. We’ll start again in the engine room, this time with the salt water feed system.
In the foreground is the aluminum weldment which makes up the distribution manifold. The caps on top of the manifold are for inspection. This is fed by dual strainers, either or both of which can be used. The single through hull is a welded aluminum standpipe, with a prestrainer and clear plastic inspection lid, which we have discussed before.
It is really hard to capture the feeling of space inside the boat with photos, but this comes close for the engine room now that the systems are almost completed. Obviously lots of room to port of the engine and adequate space to starboard for maintenance (injector pump mainly).
This next series of photos will give you a feel for the office area, adjacent to the guest cabin. Here we are looking down from the great room level.
Here the camera has panned to port (right in the photo) to show the extent of the passageway.
Looking now to starboard and where the office desk top will eventually reside (on top of the open furniture bases).
The shelf (with the sample three ring binder centered) will be a great place for ships manuals and cruising guide books. There is clearance above the bench to easily fit a pair of 25″ wide screen monitors, or one of the new Imac 27″ computers, with space for a printer and other accessories.
There is lots of shelf storage space aft and a large file folder drawer forward.
Moving aft now, we are looking at the starboard guest/crew cabin. The main DC wiring loom is now installed, ready to connect the DC circuit breaker panel (which mounts in the bulkhead at aft end of the office).
The steering system and autopilots (there are two pilots standard) are now installed. Note the loops of excess cable to the pilot motor controllers and rudder angle sensors. We always specify extra cable length so the cables can be switched to the opposite unit. This makes it easy to diagnose problems (rare with this gear).
This photo says more about the FPB 64 than just about anything we can think of. Note the detailing of the steering tiller (CNC machined from a solid block), rudder stops, and even the rudder angle sensor arms. This approach to engineering is carried out where you can see it and where it is hidden (such as the wiring loom under the starboard bunk previously shown). Next to primary structure, systems engineering is the most important ingredient to successful cruising. Get it right and your cruising is a pleasure. Mess up, with built in headaches and ongoing maintenance issues, and frustration takes hold.
We are off Monday to New Zealand for a first hand look at the four FPB 64s now underway. We shall report in detail in ten days.