Posted by Steve Dashew (December 18, 2010)
We are happy to report that another FPB 64 has been launched in New Zealand. Osprey was built under survey, to Australian regulations so she can be chartered. In spite of the additional survey requirements, much of which is driven by rules designed for different types of vessels, she has hit her empty weight targets. Although we are used to new launches, each new boat gives us a buzz, which is one of the reasons we still do this. Osprey has a few different details. Her owner is an avid fisherman and she is set up to be an efficient platform for this pursuit. The swim step has been extended to provide a fighting and landing area, and there is a baiting and fish cleaning station in the aft starboard corner of the deck. Depending on the measurement rule, this may or may not extend the official length of the boat. We’ll close with a shot we have shown of earlier launches, the prop skeg, prop, rudder relationship. Oversized rudders are worth their drag at sea and when maneuvering.The hinged spar assembly helps with transport and maintenance.