FPB 97-1 is well along now, with the main framing and plating of the hull almost complete.
We spend some of our weight budget on extra heavy topside and bottom plates because these gives higher factors of safety, and they produce very fair surfaces, as you can see here.
Of course once these are full welded there will be a bit of distortion, but compared to most metal yachts they are almost as fair as a painted hull – without the hassles of paint.
The forepeak is now decked over, giving a sense of space to this area.
Speaking of decking, the roof of the great room, which is also the deck of the Matrix deck area, is assembled and tack welded.
This photo is taken from the aft end of the Matrix deck. The notches in the coamings are for access to the docking stations.
We are looking aft here, down what will become the stairway between main deck and Matrix deck. The flanged surface, center left in the photo, is where the mast assembly will be affixed.
There are lots of other things going on with this first of the Wicked FPB 97s, and we’ll show you a few more details next time.