42' Mussel Ridge hull arrives at the shop 9/23/06. This will be a pleasure boat that will be shipped to Maryland.
The proposed power plant for this boat is a 525hp Lugger.
Because the boat will be in the water year-round, this hull was constructed using Vinylester resin instead of Polyester resin. Vinylester resin is more water resistance over the life of the boat.
The hard chine will give this boat the stability to fight the Chesapeake chop. 20 foot spray rails on the bow will hold the water down.
All the primary bulkheads are installed and fiber glassed.
The completed set of fuel tank beds.
The engine room on the right and storage areas on the left.
Forward floor bulkheads have been fitted, once glassed the floor height can be determined and floor can be installed. The bow thruster will also have to be installed before this floor can be finished.
The forward floor has been fitted and glassed. Side decks have been started.
Once completed the side decks will be 10 inches wide around the stern and 16 inches wide outside the wheelhouse.
The completed engine room has been glassed and the aluminum engine beds have been installed.
The white fiberglass is covering the balsa core insulation that will prevent the forward cabins from sweating.
A 75 gallon water tank that was fabricated by our welder will be installed under the forward floor, there will be a second water tank under the floor ahead of the lazerette bulkhead.
The bow thruster tube installed and fiber glassed.
The bow thruster waiting to be installed, the thruster will be able to be operated from inside the wheelhouse and from the stern of the boat.
A look at the fuel tank shows that they are compartmentalized to cut down on the sloshing of fuel.
The long awaited update begins with a picture of the engine room. An access panel under the forward floor is between the engine beds and the hole to the left is going to be a door leading into the engine room from the forward cabin.
The trunk has been glassed on to cover the main bedroom. All the glassing and sanding in this area is completed. Gel coat will follow once the bathroom and other bedroom are ready.
A shot of the hallway from the main bedroom.
The bunk beds as seen from the head.
This large opening will be fitted with a custom stainless steel and aluminum door. Soundown on the backside will keep the engine noise to a minimum.
The three corner shelves at the back of the side bedroom above the engine room door.
Although tough to judge the space, this ladder will be replaced with the toilet.
While waiting for the motor to arrive we fabricated these fiberglass elbows that will be used for the wet exhaust system.
One of the two air conditioning units, provided by Flagship Marine.
The trunk is half complete in this picture, after the construction is completed the remaining 8 feet of the trunk will be fiberglassed on.
This 10 inch pipe is the exit of the wet exhaust, it is located to the outboard side of the starboard fuel tank. The 4 inch pipe out of the top will be utilized as an exhaust bypass when the boat is not moving.
A familiar picture, but on the other side of the boat this 4 inch exit with 2 inch bypass will be used for the generator.
The underside of the cabin floor will be fitted with 3" Soundown and perforated aluminum.
The front side of the 10 inch exhaust pipe.
The transom of the boat has a shelf glassed in that will catch the back of the deck.
The 10 inch exhaust viewed from the outside of the boat.
The genset and motor (motor not pictured) arrived on Thursday and will be put on the boat early next week.
The contents of this box will cover the genset and help enclose the sound.
Here the wheelhouse has been constructed and the side-visor has been completed. There will be stainless steel handrails on the side of the cabin.
Four Diamond Sea-glaze windows will offer great visibility.
The large overhang at the back of the wheelhouse gives passengers a place to escape the elements.
Now all the windows have been cut out and patterns have been sent. The port side is lacking windows near the stern to accommodate for the closet and fridge.
The bow sprit has been built and fiberglassed. There will be a Lighthouse windlass where the black rubber pad is placed, however it won't be installed at that angle.
The extremely large, and heavy, stainless steel water tank has been lowered in place and secured in place. Shelves on either side will be areas used for coolers, batteries, and a galvanic isolator.
The dual ram steering system has been installed and all the hoses have been made. Stainless steel steering lines are routed through the floor into the engine room.
The fridge and closet have been built. The fridge is an 8.5 cubic foot Tundra and is powered by the extremely efficient and quiet Danfoss compressor
The galley will be fitted with Corian countertops and will have a sink and a Force 10 stove. The toe kick will allow people to belly up to the countertop.
The main console area will be the nerve center of the boat. It will house all the electronics, electrical systems, steering and controls, stereo, and chart compartment.
This aluminum box will hide all the wires that come from the radar stand and overhead in the wheelhouse. It will be powder coated ivory to match the color of the gel coat.
The main bedroom has been gel coated all the verticals are ivory and the horizontals are ocean sand.
The mattress will be patterned and be built with a hinge that will make for great storage under the bed.
The extra bedroom is completed and will have 7" mattress on the top bunk and a 4" mattress on the bottom bunk.
The head is gelled and will also have Corian countertop. The shower is through the opening on the left.
The dripless inside box has been installed and the motor has been bolted down. The coupling has been bolted to the motor.
Three of the thirteen rod holders that have been drilled
Most of the floor has been completed, now that the water tank is in the rest of the floor will be finished in the next couple of days.
The outside box and rudder have been installed. The stainless steel rudder was fabricated by our staff welder.
This is a picture of the main exhaust port, the large wedge creates a low pressure area and actually sucks the exhaust out the bottom of the boat. This will solve any possible back-pressure issues.
This picture is very similar to the last picture. Its the exhaust port for the gen set. The wedge was make the same size as the main exhaust so that the boat would be balance when underway.
The aluminum radar stand is ready to powder coat. It will have 7 antenna mounts and house a Furuno Radar antenna.
Taken out of context it might be hard to visualize this part of the boat, however this will support the bow sprit and assist holding up the 70 pound main anchor.