The new Wicked FPB sports some hot angles, not the least of which is the glazing system surrounding the great room. There are numerous advantages to these outwardly angled windows.
Consider the following:
- Windows stay drier (from the overhang) and water slips off faster. This means less salt build up and better visibility.
- They are much easier to clean. Simply run a squeegee along the entire surface, rather than in and out of mullions.
- One size storm shutter fits all.
- Visual space on the inside is enhanced since your eye runs outward further.
- Window coverings lie on the inside surface of mullions regardless of motion.
- The air gap between window glass and shades -150mm/six inches – is a natural insulation barrier.
- In cold, damp climates a simple clear film seal will create an insulating air pocket and eliminate condensation on the window glass.
- The large overhang provides wonderful shading.
Outside, we have wider than normal side decks, with stanchions placed toward the outer edge of the rub rail (belting). This is to compensate for the outward push of the glass. Although the life lines are 1.1m/44″ tall, we want a hand hold system for going forward in adverse conditions. The solution will serve multiple purposes: there will be a “T” track fitted to the underside of the overhang over the center of the walkway. To this track will be fitted several sliding cars. If you need a handhold, grab a strap hanging off a car and slide it forward as you move down the deck. This can also be used with a safety harness. Furthermore, the straps can be used to transport heavy objects down the deck.
The only drawback we see is the cool – some would say yacht-like – appearance these windows convey. We prefer a workboat/military aesthetic, both to fit in better with commercial vessels and to give the bad guys pause. After struggling with this for a while we have come to the conclusion that the Wicked FPB’s combination of bare aluminum and hot angles will almost certainly cause those of nefarious bent to look for softer prey. And the commercial sailors? They’ll know what this design represents and won’t be put off.