If you are still with us after all the preceding posts, we’d like to congratulate you on your studiousness! We started out to do something short and sweet, but the best of intentions have gone astray with the excitement of sharing. On the assumption that if you are still with us you might want a few hard numbers, we offer a last bit of information.
Comparing The Different FPBs:
How does the FPB 78 compare to Wind Horse, the FPB 64, and the 97? The answer is that there is no way to directly compare the designs as they are each optimized towards different goals. But there are definite physical differences which are quantifiable.
We have used the table above as part of our own analysis. Although the FPB 78 is not that much longer, just 22% on deck if you go by the FPB 64 original design, the new boat has considerably more freeboard.
The added height as well as length and beam (the latter in scale – no fat boats here!) creates a substantial increase in volume. Waterline beam remains svelte. Careful attention to weight up high, together with increased tankage, maintain a favorable stability curve and the seagoing characteristics of the FPB series, including steering control, capsize resistance, knockdown recovery, and comfortable motion at sea.
Here is a scaled comparison of the great rooms on the FPB 78 and the 64.
Next, the Matrix deck of the 78 and the flying bridge of the 64.
The forward suite is, as we said at the beginning, passable (OK, more than passable…totally awesome).
And the guest quarters overly generous (anyone who knows us will recognize which family member has influenced this allotment).
Comparing the new boat to Wind Horse is more difficult for us. There is a substantial emotional attachment left over from our long term relationship. Having safely transported us 60,000 nautical miles to cruising grounds we’d only dreamed of before, in a manner so comfortable that we still wonder at it all, there will always be a soft spot in our hearts for her. On the other hand, this new FPB allows us to continue the cruising life we love, with crew, when this becomes desirable.
There are of course refinements in propulsion, ventilation, general systems, and hull shape – that comes with the experience gained from our growing fleet of FPBs. The FPB 78 will be quieter under way, with even greater range than either Wind Horse or the FPB 64. And the FPB 78 will be more comfortable heading into the seas. One of the features we look forward to the most is the ability to dry out in tidal estuaries. This will open up a whole new world for us to explore. Now we just have to be patient while the Kiwis work their magic.
As you maybe able to discern, we are excited about what this new design offers us, most important of which is the ability to continue doing what we love, exploring the world around us from the comfort of our own floating home, and chasing the dream.
We’ll see you out there - Linda and Steve
*Note: This is the ninth post in this series about the FPB 78. You can access the posts in order by clicking on the dropdown menu from the “FPB 78″ button on the top menu bar.