Update 35 – A Brief Tour


We’ve been showing you build photos for so long we figured might as well give you a look at things during the last few days the first FPB 64 is coming together (before she is ready to “show”). It is amazing what being able to look outside the great room windows does for the feeling of spaciousness.


We are very pleased with the way the bridge has turned out.


It is going to be a very efficient command center for short-handed cruising.


A first look at a clean foredeck. The winch is one of four aboard for handling dock lines.


The ladder to the flying bridge shown here hinges back on top of the house so as not to compromise the view from inside.


The flying bridge awning is laced to its own pipe framework.


The entry door has a rain cover (the upper awning is over the flying bridge).


All of the canvas work in these photos is a part of the standard FPB 64 specification.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 20, 2010)

5 Responses to “Update 35 – A Brief Tour”

  1. marcus petraska Says:

    i see youve used extensive rubber deck tread on this boat, as opposed to bare chequer plate on your 83′.

    was this specified by the owner, or something you are changing to for all the boats? what do you feel the pros and cons of this are?



  2. Steve Dashew Says:

    Howdy Marcus:
    The treadplate on Wind Horse is wonderful in most regards (in our eyes). However, it has one drawback compared to the Treadmaster – it is slipper when wet unless you are bare footed. The Treadmaster also has a more finished look.

  3. Skip Says:

    She is quite beautiful. Well done.

    Is that the “Ship’s Wheel” I see in the bridge pics? Are the “Avatar”s owners traditionalists or are you just testing the backup steering?

  4. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Skip:
    There is a back up manual system, only intended for emergencies. Normal steering is by autopilot in manual or auto mode.

  5. Manning Burke Says:

    What is the bridge clearance of your new model? Could it clear or be made to clear the 19 foot limit for the Great Loop trip? Just curious thanks.