FPB 78-1 Critical Phase Visit

FPB 78 1 Critical Phase Visit

There comes a time during the building of the first of a series when it becomes critical to have a look and detailed consultation with the various trades involved in the construction process. That time is now, and although we have a long list of discussions over the next three days, we will try to file a brief report daily.

We have a saying about choosing the right size for an anchor: when the marina experts are laughing you know you must be getting close to the correct size. There is going to be a lot of mirth about this 350 pound Manson Supreme anchor. The huge fluke has obvious holding power. And is stored high enough above the waterline that it will rarely bang. It stores with a positive angle of attack which theoretically has it acting to create bow lift when submerged – something that will doubtfully ever be tested.

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Big anchors need somewhat larger chain, which means the potential for more mud and bottom debris dropping onto our lovely deck. The round bar topped vertical plate acts as a mud dam close to the chain wheel.

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Looking forward from the galley..

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Looking aft through the great room windows.

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The owners suite looking aft from the area between the head and shower/tub.

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Laying in bed looking forward and off to starboard, with the double entry doors open to the starboard side hallway.

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The camera is pointed forward from the aft starboard corner of the annex.

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Here is the Lewmar reel winch we will be using on the main dink halyard.

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A 12”/300mm vent connected to the Dorade boxes under the forward roof overhang.

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A more complete look at the pump room layout. Fuel tank selection manifold is to the left in the photo.

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The engine room is hard to photograph, but rest assured it has the best access of any boat we have done. Before we leave we will try to get better photos.

More to follow during the next three days of this visit.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 26, 2015)

8 Responses to “FPB 78-1 Critical Phase Visit”

  1. Alex Grover Says:

    These are exciting times! Has anyone ever inquired or have you ever about wheelchair accessibility with FPBs or boats in general?

  2. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Alex:
    We have not done a wheelchair accessible boat.

  3. Paul Shard Says:

    I see you have upsized from the Rocna 240 on your 83 footer to the larger 350 Manson on your new Dream Machine 78… were there times you felt the 240 was not sufficient? Or any other reason for the switch?

  4. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Paul:
    First reason for going bigger is because of additional windage. The second is because this allows even shorter scope.

  5. Bob N Says:

    Not so much an anchor as a way of life.

    Why the change to Manson?

  6. Steve Dashew Says:

    Howdy Bob:
    The Manson is locally built (New Zealand) in a Lloyd’s approved shop.

  7. Shannon Woodcock Says:

    Wonderfull pictures. Thank You.

    How does the engine room dimensions compare between the FPB 78 & FPB 97? Your previous post with the John Deere’s mounted look great!
    Another question. What is the slant angle of the forward windows of the main cabin? The picture from the front facing aft thru the saloon, I do not know if it’s the A-FRAME angle of that particular photo, but the forward slant looks much more pronounced.

    Love the top picture in the post. I want to put a caption on it reading “Got anything bigger?”

  8. michael Says:

    Steve, beautiful. Just as planned.