We have been accused in the past of being obsessive about our ground tackle systems, to which we contentedly plead guilty.
This 350 pound Manson anchor is huge, but we feel it is in scale with the mission for which the FPB 78 is intended.
Winched home in its chock for the first time, it looks just right to us. The ideal size to have us feeling all snug and cozy whilst a storm whistles outside when we are anchored in some lovely, remote cruising idyll.
Equally important, equanimity aboard is a function of the fridge/freezer system. Its efficiency directly impacts generator run time and general ambiance. We have tried to rationalize conventional home-style systems. You could equip a dozen or more custom homes for what this system costs. But the very best household systems take multiples of the power our custom fridges consume, are relatively noisy, and exhaust significant heat into the interior space.
The three Danfoss 24VDC fridge/freezer compressors above, help us retain our cool. Those fans are air-cooled condensers for use when we are hauled out, or if there is a cooling pump failure.
We are looking here inside the great room settee, port forward end, at two of the five heating units in the great room. These are each rated at 14,000 BTUs, which is overkill. The excess capacity means the fans can be run on low voltage, slowing them down, and significantly reducing noise.
One of the advantages of working in aluminum is the ability to reinforce and connect furniture with strong but light welded frames. This allows design freedom, in this case with the cantilevered nav desk in the great room. The lockers below the desk tops will soon be festooned with electronics black boxes.
A small sample of electronics infrastructure above, mostly related to the stabilizer system, in the portside systems room on the lower deck.
We are not big TV watchers, but we do like to view photos on a large 4K screen. The 60” Samsung will rear its ugly head from inside this cabinet when we are at anchor. And at sea we can view it in its housed position when the bifold doors are opened.
All of the preceding requires a fair quantity of electric energy. We expect most of this to come from the ten 340 watt solar panels, of which six are shown above now installed. John Henrichs has been tracking his solar experience, aboard FPB 64-5 Tiger. John estimates that based on what they have been logging, “Bottom line based on our daily averages in real life, here is what I think you might expect to see:
- Best day of cruising season should be 775 amp/hr
- Average daily amp/hrs should run around 450
- The worst day should be around 250.”
These amp hours are for a 24 volt system.
We will close the door on this report with a photo of the now completed watertight door into the workshop from the swim step.
Changed our minds about that. We’ll finish with a reminder that beauty is more than skin deep, or maybe you can’t judge a book by its cover. Here, FPB 78-2 is having her 1.5”/37 mm topside insulation (EPDM) applied. This material is key to quiet, cool/warm (your choice) cruising. You will never know it is there, but the results make the significant weight and cost a bargain.