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When you set out to turn those dreams of cruising to distant ports into reality, you are beset with conflicting advice and multitudes of choices. [Read the rest »]
Our design goal has always been to cross oceans in maximum comfort and safety [Read the rest »]
We have just had the most amazing four months of cruising. [Read the rest »]
We’ve been trying to describe what it is like to have the majority of our day to day experience aboard in an area with 360-degree views. [Read the rest »]
People are always asking how I like cruising on this new boat. [Read the rest »]
The following was originally written in the fall of 2008 as the economic system appeared to be melting down. [Read the rest »]
We were having morning eggs and coffee at Serenity Cafe (our favorite breakfast spot in Whangarei) [Read the rest »]
Over the last couple of years we have had a number of discussions about the mechanics of stability and capsize risks. [Read the rest »]
If you’re thinking about heading offshore at some point, the comments which follow may be of interest.
We’ve switched to a form of cruising at which we’ve looked down our noses (well, at least Steve has) for half a century. [Read the rest »]
Boat By Boat
When we unexpectedly sold Wind Horse (before we were really ready to part with her) the plan was to take time off from cruising. After a lifetime spent messing around in boats, we considered a new avocation. And we tried, even to the point of Steve watering plants in the backyard (something that hasn’t happened in decades). However, the confluence of several factors opened up a different path forward than what we had planned. [Read the rest »]
When we wrote this introduction three years ago, during the depths of a marine industry depression, we had no idea that the summer of 2013 would have seven FPB 64s in the water cruising, and three more in the build cycle. For all the latest FPB 64 updates, click here. [Read the rest »]
“When the Dashews finally decided to resort to motive power, Steve Dashew designed a boat with the spirit of a yacht that could take on the roughest seas…”
–Boat International Magazine
Every now and then in yacht design, the thousands of details involved to produce a boat combine in a unique way, creating a vessel which performs substantially better than projected. [Read the rest »]
“Against the Wind…With his new powerboat design, world cruiser Steve Dashew continues a lifelong pattern of challenging the status quo.”
I have just returned from a very productive week in New Zealand and wanted to share some of the photos taken while on the ground at our builder, Circa Marine. There was much covered during the trip – here are a few of the latest details surrounding the FPB 64 program. [Read the rest »]
“…One of the coolest boats I have had the pleasure to spend time on.“
-Bill Parlatore, Passagemaker Magazine
Let us take you on a tour of the FPB prototype, Wind Horse.
In Reference to FPB 83 Wind Horse:
“The 83ft-long (25m) wave-piercer…could easily be mistaken for the spawn of the Royal Navy with its unpainted battleship grey, all-aluminum body. But that day, in those conditions, it was the only boat that I would have wanted to climb aboard to face the English Channel.”
–Motor Boat & Yachting
Slicing through the barriers of what can and cannot be done with a large yacht, the Wicked FPB 97 redefines the cruising paradigm.
- Generator-free at anchor
- Crew optional voyaging
- 5000+ NM range at 11.7 knots
- Extreme weather survival capability, including capsize recovery
- Unprecedented interior design
- Five foot draft, and the ability to dry out on tidal rivers
- Toughest structure ever offered in a series built yacht
- Designed and constructed for minimum maintenance
The first FPB 97 is well into its construction cycle, and will be sea trialling in the fourth quarter of 2014. In the interim, we’ve put together a detailed look at the thinking behind this Wicked new FPB. For up to date exterior renderings, click here. For the latest construction update, click here.
“…You’ll fall for this yacht the way a woodworker falls for his band saw.”
Our work flow on a new design goes through several phases the first of which we call the gestation period. [Read the rest »]
Making It Happen
Words don’t work here. The photo is capable of speaking for itself.
Skeg, rudder and canoe body integration play a large part in comfort on passage, heavy weather tactics, maneuvering in port, propulsion efficiency, and tolerance for operator error.
Rudder control steering geometry is one of those things which looks simple, but is actually quite difficult to get right. Loads can be high, space tight, and when you are shooting for maximum rudder deflection, it can be a challenge.
Window coverings will play a more important role in the new FPB 78, given our goal of staying cool at anchor a majority of the time without a genset. This post is about the factors affecting the window covering decision, after which we’d love to have suggestions from SetSailors.
The first cut! After many thousands of design and engineering hours, construction is underway with FPB 78-1.
A quick update on FPB progress in New Zealand, where the Circa team have been hard at work in spite of the America’s Cup excitement..
Progress On All Fronts In New Zealand – And Getting Comfortable in the Wicked Great Room
(August 20th, 2013)
Although the furniture represents a small part of the total weight of the boat, we want it to be as light as practical, as you see here with the carcass for the FPB 97 great room settee. [Read the rest »]
We hate to waste displacement on sloppy interior construction, poorly thought out systems, or excess structure up high, where it does nothing to help us. But from the deck edge down we want all the impact resistance and factors of safety we can get. [Read the rest »]
This week we bring you an update on FPB 97-1 and FPB 64s eight, nine and ten. Starting with 97-1 where metal work is rapidly coming to an end.
This is a wickedly cool series of photos, one which has given us a decided buzz.
Living The Dream
We have been rethinking the ultimate dinghy concept and are looking at a big custom designed RIB for our new FPB 78. Not having experience with properly designed deep V RIBS, we have a few questions and are hopeful the SetSail community can provide real world answers.
With the 34th America’s Cup now concluded, sailors with the need for speed can be expected to go into depression. As a partial antidote we offer [Read the rest »]
Over the years we have learned that often mundane destinations close to home offer unexpected cruising rewards.
Recently, owner Sue Henry put together an “anniversary” video of photos, highlighting her and husband Bill’s first three years aboard FPB 64-2 Sarah Sarah. [Read the rest »]
IBEX 2013, put on by our friends at Professional Boatbuilder Magazine, is the largest trade show specifically for boat builders in the USA and is a good place to check in on some of the latest systems and gear available to the trade. Last week, the FPB Yachts troupe decided it was time to catch up with many of the vendors and manufacturers we work with on a regular basis, [Read the rest »]
Having arrived back to the Seattle office a couple weeks ago, I now have a little time to sort through 100s of photos and share a few with you from my recent adventures aboard FPB 64-3 Iron Lady… [Read the rest »]
With the America’s Cup coming down to a final winner-take-all tomorrow, we are bringing out the big guns, er, stick… [Read the rest »]
This is the most competitive, compelling, and fastest America’s Cup ever. And if you have not been watching you are missing the spectacle of a lifetime.
Victron inverters and PowerAssist – ” bleeding” edge or ready for long distance cruising? [Read the rest »]
Last week I wrote about my recent trip to San Francisco, where my hosts, Bruce Farrand and Logan Cripps of Circa Marine (builder of our FPBs), were on-hand to represent and promote Kiwi boat building skills for North American clients. [Read the rest »]