Classic silhouette and maximum open deck area

Flybridge Yachts

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A must in the warm waters of the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, or the Persian Gulf, a flybridge gives you extra open deck space to soak the sun with 360-degree views of the ocean. This space, fun and fully open to the elements, usually doubles as an additional helm station. Depending on the boat’s size, its flybridge amenities can include sunpads, jacuzzis, wet bars, dining areas, and even swimming pools and helipads.

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How are flybridge boats built?

Most flybridge boats have hulls built from glass-reinforced plastic (GRP).

This is how the manufacturing process looks in general. A plastic mold is lined with gelcoat and layers of fiberglass cloth, which are then impregnated with resin using a method called Vacuum Infusion Process. When the resin dries out, the hull is taken out of the mold. The superstructure, including the cabin and flybridge, is manufactured separately, to be joined with the hull later on.

In early years, fiberglass was literally made of fibers of glass, but now manufacturers use various kinds of plastic fibers, carbon fiber being one of the most popular choices. So today, FRP (fiber reinforced plastic) is the more accurate term for the material.

FRP is an inexpensive and undemanding material, not prone to rusting like steel or rotting, like wood. Fiberglass boats are easy to maintain as they need no anodes, no sun protection, and are easy to clean. Nevertheless, you still have to apply antifouling and, on average, buff and wax the gel coat twice a season to keep the hull shine longer.

Fiberglass is stronger than wood, but steel hulls are stronger than plastic ones (and way heavier). The main drawback of fiberglass hulls is that if you hit an underwater object hard, a plastic hull will crack, whereas steel, in most cases, will just bend in.

What types of engines are used on flybridge boats?

Most flybridge boats are powered by inboard diesel engines, with two most popular types of drivetrain – the traditional shafts or the pod drives.

Pod drives have a number of advantages. First, they are more compact than shaft drives, so the engine compartment can be made smaller, freeing up room to expand the living spaces onboard. Second, pod drives usually come with joystick controls for easy handling of the boat, allowing you to make 360-degree turns without any effort. The Volvo Penta IPS pod drive is the solution of choice on the market today.

However, the classic shaft drives still have a lot of fans. They are considered more reliable and easier to maintain and repair.