Im at the FP factory dock
in La Rachelle now, sitting in my new fp ATHENA, #215 the last one to be built by the way. I have done a tour of the factory and maybe even seen your boat, the new infuision method of building the boats are said to be stronger and yet still light. I have been sailing around the area for the last few few weeks just checking it out and the boat is very easy to sail & handels very good, & fast I got just over 12 knots with 20 knots of wind
,at one point(for a moment)- (i know that is hard to beleave but the boat has, no water
or anything -empty-bare), but mostly getting 8 knots or a little over.The quility seems good, but I suppose time will tell how she holds up.
The boat is full of unused conduct to all areas to make running wires & ect easy, the bottom of the hull
is solid fiberglass
so if you do run aground it has some striength. I will be putting a transduser & dyna plate thru the hull
next week and will see how thick the glass is. The people here at the factory are very helpful, nice and service
is great. I bought the boat in Nov. last year, but have only just now came over here to pick her up, and the factory has been very good to us, not charging
for dockage, and doing lots of little favors for us. The town here is really beautful & I will post some pictures as soon as I can.
pannel on the Yammar was not working right & i mentioned it to them & in the morning & we went to lunch , came back a few hours later & it had been replaced, along with a few other minor things. I did put my first scrach on the front hull about an inch long & the factory came & fixed it like new, I did not ask them to, I just mentioned that I did it. So seems like the factory really cares about service
I have a hugh amount of work to do to get her where I feel she needs to be, "safe & confotbule" and of corse, thats gonna take longer & cost more than I expected. The boat is set up for coastal cruising, not really offshore
work, soooo- so much needs to be added/changed to make her "Sea Worthy" in my opionion, although the factory people sail the boat "as is" to any distanation in the world to deleaver it to you.
One just left last weekend for New York
with a factory crew.Seems like all the employees really like there job & thats nice to know.