I was wondering what the possibilities of placing a Pilothouse like the one on the FBP 112 on the FBP 64? Placing it forward in line with the lower house windows and then having a “porch” on the aft section.
We looked at a pilot house configuration in the original conceptual work for the FPB 64. In a vessel the size of the FPB 64 the weight and windage that come with the pilothouse forces changes in the initial stability curve which have a negative impact on motion. Combine this with the added height for watchstanding and the 64 becomes like a common trawler yacht – it looks good on paper or tied to the dock, but is unpleasant at sea. You also lose the very pleasant outside ambiance of the flying bridge.