Lots to share this week including another sign that the first FPB 64 is getting close, the deck tread is being installed.
The life raft is in place and the standing rigging for the mast is now installed.
A test of your eye for detail (there’s an important symbol). Notice the red on the electrical panels in the background? That’s the AC and DC meters illuminated, indicating the electrical systems are being tested. The helm chair is now installed, shown above slid aft and lowered to lounging height.
Here the chair has been slid forward six inches (150mm).
And in the social grouping position.
Now to the galley, with the countertop lockers installed. There is a substantial amount of easily used storage space here.
A word on boat building and visual chaos. Because the furniture needs to be protected and there is a large crew at work finishing up, most of the photos we have been showing you the last year are cluttered – not the best presentation. But unwrapping the furniture and moving tools and people slows construction, which we obviously want to avoid. So it is a choice between bringing you along with the build process in detail, or waiting long periods between neatly presented photos. We assume you prefer the former.
It won’t be long before we are able to show you this first FPB 64 in its final form. Meanwhile, the fresh water plumbing fixtures have been installed (and the pressure system tested).
Final galley shot, this of the locker behind the stove (which is under the cardboard). The upper surface of this locker is intended for baskets, cookbooks, and larger appliances.
Looking here at the starboard aft side of the great room and the cabinet which houses the washer and drier.
Another observation test. Notice anything new here?
The Pirelli style flooring is now installed. This is good looking, long wearing, and has a non-skid surface.
It is being used in working areas such as the galley, office, and aft starboard stateroom adjacent to the engine room.
We are looking at the office area sole, with the companionway up to the great room on the left. Lots locker and drawer space for files and office supplies.
Systems testing is underway. Circa have been through the pressure water system, the AC and DC circuits are powered up, and the fridge/freezer operation has been tested. The shop testing check list is 20 pages long, so this process will take a while…