We’ve got sole in the engine room, and it is ever so cool and functional.
- Good visibility of bilges and everything they contain.
- Lightweight, easily removed when necessary for inspection and cleaning.
- Allows lights from overhead to illuminate the bilge area (there are also a series of below-the-sole high intensity LED lights).
- No degradation over time.
- We will have a padded panel on which to kneel or sit, and a tray for tools and parts when working.
Belt guards are not yet installed.
A couple of photos now of the bridge area on the Matrix deck. This is a mock-up, made from cut files that will be used for manufacturing. In this first photo you can get a feel for the size and storage capacity of the corner desk/chart table.
Along with lots of real estate for electronics, there is considerable volume below the hinged nav desk lids and in the lockers below.
The hardest thing to get right on a small yacht are the stairways. We are on mock-up number four for the tricky part at the bottom of the stairs.
The electrical locker and communications desk area are coming along. This looks tidy and relatively simple, with good access for service, something for which we always strive. But the wiring shown here is a small part of the systems complexity.
Another part is where the cable runs emanating from the electrical locker are attached. Shown above are thruster and windlass controls. Also in the area are the power solenoids for the windlass and deck winch.
Just forward of electrical gear mentioned previously is a sewage holding tank. Situated above are three air conditioning compressors and their controllers. These remotely mounted compressors will be connected to the four 12,000 BTU evaporators in the great room. Notice how our once almost-empty forepeak/annex area is starting to fill up.
There is a point we are trying to make. Every time a system is added to the relatively small volume of a yacht, there is less volume for the rest of what needs to be installed and used. It’s hard to visualize the extent of the infrastructure required for each system. But the cumulative impact of the normally unseen bits is enormous. At the end of the day less is always better than more, and simple more desirable than complex.
Looking up at the insulation of the underside to the Matrix deck roof extension, also known as the porch roof. The black insulation is not for temperature but to reduce noise bounce.
Looking here at the inside of a cored door. This saves weight, is quieter, and is more stable with climate change.
We have mentioned the “wet” locker that is adjacent to the main entry door. While a great place for jackets, shoes, and wet weather gear, its highest use in life is as a transition area for wiring and plumbing between decks. It will soon have its outer walls festooned with examples of this. At the bottom is the Lewmar reel winch for hosting the large dinghy. Note the perforated flat bar running up the walls. This is for adjustable shelves and/or storage racks.
Here’s a closer look at the dinghy halyard winch.
Why is Jeremy smiling? Maybe it is the thought of watching the 65” 4K TV, that has projected upward out if its cabinet in the great room after a day of exploring in (pick one): Hanavave Bay on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands, Prince William Sound in Alaska, Cocos Keeling Island in the Indian Ocean, or Disco Bay in central Greenland.
For more information on the FPB series, contact Sue Grant: Sue.Grant@Berthon.Co.UK.