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FPB 83

Following are the latest posts on Wind Horse. This section covers systems, real world performance, along with data on why we do things the way we do. For more information be sure to check out SetSail.com/WindHorse.

Greetings From The Gulf Stream

With all this boat building on SetSail recently, and before that bucolic cruising in Maine and down the IntraCoasal Waterway, you may get the impression that we have become soft in our old age. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 7, 2012)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 83 – Wind Horse

“…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.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 15, 2012)    |    Comments (4)

Wind Horse – Working Towards Perfection (Making The Best Better)

“Against the Wind…With his new powerboat design, world cruiser Steve Dashew continues a lifelong pattern of challenging the status quo.”
–Soundings Magazine

1DX 9344

Since launching, Wind Horse has comfortably chauffeured us well over 50,000 miles.. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 13, 2012)    |    Comments (14)

Testing New Stabilization Software – Surprising Results

NAIAD Newport test 100 2

We’ve been out the past few days, testing the latest NAIAD stabilizing software on Wind Horse. We’ve had 20-to-30 knots blowing straight into Narragansett Bay with opposing and slack current, so a variety of sea states: from steep to “holy cow, look at that!”  As you can see by the track above, we have been taking the waves at all angles, from dead ahead, to on the stern, and everything between. At the end of this post there are a couple of short videos.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 6, 2012)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 83 On Deck

The process of developing the exterior design is never easy. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 11, 2012)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 83 Interior

Designing an interior which looks good and is enjoyable at anchor – and works well at sea – is not easy. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 10, 2012)    |    Comments (0)

Domestic Water System

Our approach to domestic water systems has evolved over the years, with the introduction of ever more efficient reverse osmosis watermakers.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Air Conditioning Specifications

Air conditioning specifications always involve a lot of tradeoffs.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Active Stabilizers

Of all the issues facing us during the design of this boat, none was more important than the approach to stabilization.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2011)    |    Comments (2)

Domestic Heating & Hot Water

Of all the systems aboard our boats none is more important than good heating for the interior, and an efficient supply of hot water for bathing.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Fridge System – A New Approach

This is the first time we have not used a holding plate system in the fridge and freezer. We took this approach as on paper it appeared more efficient.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Electrical Systems

Over the years we’ve been able to fine tune our approach to onboard electrical gear.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2011)    |    Comments (4)

The Drive Line

In this section we’ll cover the components of the drive line: engine, transmission, thrust bearing and CV axle, and props.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2011)    |    Comments (2)

Systems

The heart of any cruising vessel – sail or power – is in its systems. It is the systems that bring you ambiance and pleasure (and, if not done correctly, a load of frustration).

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Laundry Facilities

In the past we’ve used combination washer-dryers because they are compact and easy to work into the interior.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 19, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Ship’s Office

We need a fair amount of office space, as we are often at work when while we are cruising.  (Although it is better to just cruise!)

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 19, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Nav Station / Bridge Layout

The layout of the saloon is developed around the concept that we primarily passage with just two of us aboard, and we prefer that watch keeping, working in the galley, and just plain hanging out occur in the same area.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 19, 2011)    |    Comments (4)

Staterooms

Forward Suite

There are several ways of looking at the design premise for the owner’s “suite”.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 19, 2011)    |    Comments (1)

Galley

The galleys on our previous designs have worked extremely well, providing excellent storage, good counter space, and ease of use at sea. This galley goes a step beyond.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 18, 2011)    |    Comments (2)

Interior Layout

We’ve been refining our approach to cruising interior design for the last 28 years – we’re at the point where we have a pretty good handle on the combination of features required for comfort at sea and in port.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 18, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

The Swim Step

We first started putting swim steps on our designs in 1978. Initially they were a safety device, a way to make man overboard recovery easier.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 18, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Roll Control at Anchor

At anchor, when waves are more or less on the beam, all boats begin to roll, while comfort rapidly deteriorates.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 18, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Working on Deck

There are six scenarios working on deck, each of which is considered for both layout and hardware specification.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 18, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Tropical Considerations

Cruising in the tropics brings with it a special set of requirements because of the heat and humidity.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 17, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Flying Bridge

The flying bridge has become one of our favorite places at anchor and when on passage in pleasant weather.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 17, 2011)    |    Comments (2)

Get Home System

We have spoken at length about the logic of get home systems in our previous articles.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 16, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Saloon

The saloon is at the forward end of this raised area, adjacent to the galley and the office. We’ve got 7-foot (2.15m) settees on each side, plus room for two more folding chairs around the table.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 18, 2011)    |    Comments (0)