The first cut! After many thousands of design and engineering hours, construction is underway with FPB 78-1.
We are six weeks behind schedule with this start, the result of our taking extra time to refine the design. And while we, and subsequent owners, are in a hurry to get this boat in the water, we know from experience it is better to solve problems and fine-tune the overall design before construction has begun. The end product will be better, and more efficient to build.
This giant cutting table works from cad files with nested parts marked with assembly lines, and required cut outs already in place. Tolerances are much tighter than can be achieved with conventional layout and cutting – we are talking a millimeter of fudge factor. Tight tolerances give us a hull and deck more fair than the norm with aluminum yachts.
It won’t be long before we start to see the frame being assembled.