Receiving some pictures again from the HYG factory. The galley is really coming together as you can see. That's the refrigerator in the center. Unfortunately most built-in refrigerators are now being made 84" high and we had "only" 81" to work with. But we found a pretty cool (heh heh) GE unit. That middle drawer is icemaker and small freezer storage. The bottom drawer can be switched from refrigerator to freezer with a flick of a switch. Will be great when we can stock up on fresh vegetables and fruit.
The granite is in, woo hoo, but it is mostly covered up in this shot. That's the space for the induction cooktop and below is the oven. At back left is a nice big window, currently covered with plywood.
This is the area directly across from the galley - storage and stairs up to the flybridge. That's another window to the right. In the background you are looking into the salon. That's the TV cabinet, and behind it the stairway down to the lazarette. That's right, you can access the lazarette (and engine room) from inside the boat, a real safety and convenience factor.
As of today the boat is still in varnish mode at the factory, so no new pictures. Last weekend we visited her sister ship, hull #11 to do some measuring. I took some pictures in the engine room to share here on the blog. Our engine room will be nearly the same. Let's take a look.
Looking in from the access door. There is 6'7" of headroom in there. At near right is a generator, on left is the chilled water AC system. Straight ahead is the halon fire suppression system. That entire wall behind the halon bottle is for the fuel tanks. Two tanks, cross connected. 1,750 gallons capacity.
Here we have the starboard CAT 12.9 engine (1,000 hp). The Caterpillar company was actually started near where I lived my early years. Kind of fun to finally own a piece of their equipment.
View from the top down. You can see how you can walk around the engine. By standards of boats this size, the engine access is superb.
The engines being CAT and all, I'm tempted to call this room the CAT house. What do you think?
Hampton uses the Sea Torque drive system - the best in the business. See www.seatorque.com for more info. These are the very latest generation. I'm told that previously they tended to spew a fine mist of lubricating oil. Some owners have created shields to go around them. No longer an issue.
Each engine has multiple starting batteries. These batteries are not used for any other purpose, so hopefully there's never a situation where you don't have starting battery power. All of the black area, and then the blue, then white - that's exhaust. It's kind of hard to see but right in the middle of this image are two stainless struts that hold up this portion of the exhaust.
I have learned from reading Nordhavn blogs how important it is for the exhaust system to be well supported. Without great support, you end up damaging the exhaust header due to vibration.
Motor Mounts. Put my foot there for scale. Each engine rides on four of these monsters. There is an enormous "donut" under the gray area that shields the boat from the motor vibrations. This shot is on the outside of the starboard engine, again you can see how much working room we have.
When we have been on hull #10 underway, I have to say it is the most quiet boat of this type I have ever been aboard.
Each engine had dual Racor fuel filters, first line of defense against any kind of foreign material, including water, in the diesel fuel. With this dual setup, if one gets clogged, you just switch over to the other with the yellow handle. Then clean the clog when you want to. In the USA, diesel fuel is dyed red. I believe the filter on the right still has Chinese diesel in it from the factory. The small racor on the right is for one of the generators.
There are engine start "keys" at all driving stations, but you can also start them from inside the engine room. That reminds me, need to order some major ear muff headphones.
Mostly this stage of the boat is just varnishing, so I'm not getting a lot of fun pictures of activity. But here is one of the salon, looking into the pilothouse.
Yesterday we visited Hull #11 which is in Seattle (it's for sale, yo!), to do some measuring.
Here is that same area in a completed boat. It gets a little more real every time we step on one of the Hampton Yachts.
From time to time we will do posts linking to other blogs or websites that have great content. Today we feature a series done by the SlowBoat.com crew - their 2017 Flotilla to Alaska. I have done this trip myself, both ways.
This is hands down the best set of blog posts and photography on this particular journey I have ever seen. Each day is documented with excellent photos, including fantastic drone work.
Their flotilla is a group of boats that are heading to Alaska from Seattle, for the first time. One of the SlowBoat crew is Laura Domela, a professional photographer, and her images are outstanding.
Talk about armchair cruising! Here's the link to the index page: 2017 SlowBoat to Alaska Flotilla.
I know you are going to enjoy it. One day you will see similar posts and images right here on Mahalo's blog.
We haven't had any new pictures yet from the factory, post the Chinese New Year. So today I'm showing a wonderful moment. This was in May of 2017, our first ride aboard a Hampton Endurance 658 (Hull #10). That's Mt. Rainier straight ahead. We had spent perhaps four hours aboard the boat at this time, and now I was piloting her from the flybridge.
This was "that moment," the one where we knew we had found our boat.