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.