Archive for 2015

FPB 78-1 Has Sole

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With the annual holiday shutdown at Circa comes a massive cleanup of the work in progress… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 18, 2015)    |    Comments (11)

Re-Thinking FPB Prop Design

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You are looking at one of the two ZF propellers for FPB 78-1. Very high aspect ratio blades with relative low blade area. But maybe this isn’t the optimum. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 16, 2015)    |    Comments (6)

Once In A Blue Moon Deal – Updated 12/7/2015

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We offered SetSailors this special Once in a Blue Moon Deal earlier this year. As the holidays approach, our inventory is almost sold out. With just a few hundred copies left, the sale continues … Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (December 7, 2015)    |    Comments (11)

FPB 78 -Thanksgiving 2015

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We’ve been gently reminded that new content has been lacking – our feeble excuse is that we have been swamped. As it is Thanksgiving weekend and we have much for which to be thankful, a pause for a brief update on the FPB 78-1, starting with a couple on interior photos. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 30, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 78 Custom Jewelry

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You are looking at as lovely a piece of yachting jewelry as has ever been afloat. The creation of Circa’s  Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 26, 2015)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78 Dream Team Part One

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We’ve been blessed over the years with the good fortune to work with many great owners and marine professionals, and with the FPB 78 design and build cycle this has continued in a unique manner. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 23, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78 Update: Putting Things In Perspective – Maintenance, Storage, And Lots Of Details

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A quick report from New Zealand, starting with what is at the top of our list for successful cruising. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 21, 2015)    |    Comments (10)

The Best Thing About Cruising, Old Friends, And A Few Days In Fiji

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There are many wonderful things about the cruising lifestyle. But the one we love the most is

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 13, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras: We Continue To Be Amazed

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The new Sony A7R2 42 MP camera body is truly a breakthrough. There is nothing remotely close to its capabilities of which we are aware. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 6, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78 Update: Anchored In Reality

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We have been accused in the past of being obsessive about our ground tackle systems, to which we contentedly plead guilty.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 5, 2015)    |    Comments (16)

FPB 78 – Making The Hard Stuff Easy

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We discovered long ago that a key part to agreeable yacht ownership is systems efficiency and access. The FPB 78 takes us closer to perfection in this regard than ever before. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 24, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 78-1 Exterior Renders Updated

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Following are a series of helicopter and then dinghy level renders of FPB 78-1. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 17, 2015)    |    Comments (15)

FPB 78 Update: We’ve Got Sole (in the engine room)

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We’ve got sole in the engine room, and it is ever so cool and functional. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 14, 2015)    |    Comments (11)

FPB 78 Aft Deck Evolution And Final Design

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The aft end of the FPB 78 has gone through a design evolution, a benefit of the 3D design process and working with two very experienced owners. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 11, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

Pam Wall: Welcome to the FPB Family

The universe of circumnavigators is a small world. It’s not unusual to meet somebody in an anchorage or a far-off port, spend a few days together, form a strong bond borne of common interests, meet up again years later, and pick up right where you left off. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (September 8, 2015)    |    Comments (5)

FPB Resale Value: The Brokerage Market & Berthon Int’l

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In the fall of 2008, having visited Greenland and Ireland, we were looking for a place to store FPB 83 Wind Horse for the winter. Several of our cruising friends recommended that we talk to Berthon in Lymington, UK, and we ended up leaving her in their very capable care. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (September 4, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78 Matrix Deck Updated

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With the very last of the FPB shop drawings nearing completion, we will bring you up to date in a number of areas over the next week. Let’s start with the Matrix deck. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 4, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

Wicked FPB 97 Ups Her Smooth Water Record: A Few Thoughts On Props, Froude Numbers, And What Is Coming Soon

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Iceberg has just tried out her new propellers, this time without “interceptor” strips, and she has pushed her smooth water maximum speed to 15.0672 knots,  Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 31, 2015)    |    Comments (7)

Plumbing the Depths, Or Not, With FPB 78-1

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You are looking at a sea-change in the way we do raw water for the engines. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 24, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

Featured Video: The Journeys of FPB 64 Iron Lady

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Pete Rossin has recently posted a beautiful video on YouTube.

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Posted by admin  (August 21, 2015)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 64 Sarah Sarah Anchored In Lituya Bay, Alaska And A New Slide Show By Sue Henry

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Sue Henry sent us this lovely photo of Sarah Sarah anchored in Lituya Bay, the location of the highest tidal wave in recorded history. How does 1720 feet sound? Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 6, 2015)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 78-1: Critical Phase Visit Last Day

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With a project as massive and complex as the FPB 78, there are times when we ask ourselves why we are still doing this. After all, we could have been cruising on Wind Horse these past three years. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 29, 2015)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 78-1 Plumbing Refinements: Being Ready To Switch Course

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Modern yachts are amazingly complex, with numerous interrelated and conflicting requirements. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 28, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78-1: Workshop, Steering and Fuel Details

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Is this crew quarters, lazarette, engine room, or workshop? For us it might be considered all or some of the preceding. Right now it is going to be the workshop we always dreamed of having, Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 27, 2015)    |    Comments (13)

FPB 78-1 Critical Phase Visit

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There comes a time during the building of the first of a series when it becomes critical to have a look and detailed consultation with the various trades involved in the construction process. That time is now, and although we have a long list of discussions over the next three days, we will try to file a brief report daily. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 26, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 78 Engine Room Coming Into Focus

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Last week the engines were dropped onto their beds for the final time, and it now becomes possible to get a sense for how well this layout is going to work. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 23, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

Soundings Magazine Interview and Slide Show on Linda and Steve Dashew

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The August 2015 issue of Soundings magazine has an interview with Linda and Steve and a lovely online slide show. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 22, 2015)    |    Comments (4)

Old Aluminum Yachts – How Do You know The Hull Is Sound?

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The 30 year old Deerfoot II recently had the thickness of her hull plating surveyed, and we thought the results might be of interest. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 21, 2015)    |    Comments (5)

FPB 78: Getting Wired

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With mechanical systems installation wrapping up, and furniture modules being installed, the time has come to begin wiring on the first of the FPB 78s. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 20, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

FPB 64 Grey Wolf To 80 Degrees 27 Minutes North

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FPB 64 Grey Wolf has reached 80 degrees, 27 minutes north latitude, within 573 nautical miles of the North Pole!

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 19, 2015)    |    Comments (1)

Marine Electronics: The Correct Blend of Capabilities

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Having earned our cruising stripes with a sextant and lead line, when we were rarely ever certain of our location underway, we love the accuracy and ease of use of modern electronics. But it’s easy to get lost in the bells and whistles, at the expense of situational awareness. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 17, 2015)    |    Comments (22)

FPB 97 – Code Name “Wicked”

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Slicing through the barriers of what can and cannot be done with a large yacht, the Wicked FPB 97 redefines the cruising paradigm.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 15, 2015)    |    Comments (29)

FPB 64 Grey Wolf Nears Svalbard: Summer Cruising In The High Arctic

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FPB 64 Grey Wolf is starting a summer of arctic cruising. Making a direct passage from Scotland, she is currently less than a day out from Svalbard, well inside the arctic circle at 74 degrees shown in the graphic above. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (June 30, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78: More On Systems

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Reliable air conditioning, fridge operation, and water maker output depend on a clean flow of salt water. Trapping air in the plumbing, which leads to loss of flow, is a common problem due to suboptimal layout. This is the way it should be done. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 23, 2015)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 64-7 Buffalo Nickel Reports From Vanuatu

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Stan and Valerie Creighton have shepherded Buffalo Nickel over to Vanuatu this season, in part to lend a hand in the ongoing rescue efforts after the damage wreaked by Cyclone Pam.  Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (June 22, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78 Systems Update: June 15, 2015

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Some of the hardest details to get right are alternator brackets. It is a question of drive belt, alignment, and structure. And these 7kW DC alternators – which can consume as much as 20 HP – are the most difficult of all. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 15, 2015)    |    Comments (15)

Camera Test: Are The Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras Good Enough For Serious Cruising Photography?

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We are starting to think about personal gear, art, tools, and spares for FPB 78-1. High on this list is camera gear. We thought you might enjoy seeing the results of a recent test. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 14, 2015)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78 HVAC and Engine Room Ventilation

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Air conditioning, heating and ventilation are at the heart of all systems decisions. With the FPB 78 we are designing for the most efficient and comfortable environment yet. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 1, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 97-1 A Few Details

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We have been limited in sharing details of the FPB 97-1. In this post we will give you a quick overview of a few of the more interesting design and construction aspects. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 18, 2015)    |    Comments (16)

The Wicked One Revealed – The FPB 97 Shows Her Stuff

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A fresh breeze, smooth 12.5 to 13 knots, perfect light, and world class photographer Ivor Wilkins. Not much more you could ask for.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 11, 2015)    |    Comments (16)

FPB 64 – Introduction

When we wrote this introduction six years ago, during the depths of a marine industry depression, we had no idea that the summer of 2016 would have 11 FPB 64s in the water cruising. For all the latest FPB 64 updates, click here. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 8, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

Wave Piercing – The Secret To Ocean Crossing Comfort and Speed

 

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We learned a long time ago that the key to happy cruising is a smooth ride uphill. Careful weather routing and a good turn of speed reduces your exposure, but those inevitable rough upwind passages are what people remember Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 8, 2015)    |    Comments (4)

Mega Drone Photos, FPB 97 Details, And Other News From Recent Trip To New Zealand

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We have just returned from New Zealand and there is lots to share about the FPB world. We’ll start with an iPhone app for photography during additional trials aboard FPB 97-1. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 7, 2015)    |    Comments (5)

Keep On Racking Up Those Sea Miles – posted by Sarah

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Occasionally we hear from some of our Sundeer and Deerfoot owners. They let us know about cruising plans, meeting up with other Dashew designs, and racking up those ocean miles. Russ and Gwen Hobbs, who own Sundeer 60 A Train (pictured above anchored next to Sundeer 64 Touche M’Dear) recently wrote in to give us the scoop. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (April 30, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 97 Performance Prediction Contest: And The Winner Is…

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With the publishing of the first batch of performance data from FPB 97-1 it is time to declare a winner in the prediction contest. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 28, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 97-1 Performance Data

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We have just finished a first look at the FPB 97-1 sea trials and two passages worth of data. What can be done on board this 110-foot 100 ton yacht, with just 600 HP Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 20, 2015)    |    Comments (9)

Cruising Off The Beaten Path – A Rocky Start

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While awaiting the splash of our new FPB, we have acquired an enhanced photographic tool: a Toyota 4-Runner. To get a head start on the learning curve of what this beast is capable of and what we should avoid, we turned to off-road aficionados Mary and Scott Flanders. The Flanders are compulsive photographers, who circumnavigated aboard their Nordhavn 46, Egret. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 16, 2015)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 97 and the FPB Concept: What The Establishment Thinks

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What would you assume is the ocean-crossing yacht of choice for the editor of a preeminent megayacht magazine who’s seen it all? Read Stewart Campbell’s editor’s letter in the April 2015 edition of Boat International to find out. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (April 7, 2015)    |    Comments (3)

Happy 5th Birthday Avatar!

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It’s hard to believe that FPB 64-1 Avatar is five years old. In that relatively short period, she has traveled over 36,000 nautical miles and visited 17 countries. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (April 7, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78 – Get Your Dancing Shoes Ready, And Other Updates

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Having previously entertained you with photos of the great room sole, we thought its support and isolation would be of interest, along with a few other tidbits. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 3, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

FPB 78 Update – We’ve Got Sole, Baby

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It’s Friday, March Madness is upon us, and it is obvious that the FPB 78-1 has sole, and lots of it. This first photo is from the aft end of the galley looking forward. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 27, 2015)    |    Comments (11)

“Disruptive Yacht Design” – Posted By Sarah

iosHi folks, Sarah here– I was just browsing the blogs and found this teaser for an upcoming feature in Boat International on innovative yacht designers. I thought it might be of interest to SetSailors: Swizzle Blog.


Posted by admin  (February 27, 2015)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 78 Series – Furniture Construction and the Weight/Center of Gravity Game

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Speed is a critical component of long distance cruising, as is a structure that carries a high factor of safety. We also want lots of heeled stability and the ability to recover from a capsize. But there is a conflict between these elements, and it revolves around weight and center of gravity.  Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 26, 2015)    |    Comments (10)

Ultimate Flashlight – Light Up Your Life

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We are into flashlights, and those available today are simply amazing in what they can do using LED technology. This post is about three of the best we have found. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 23, 2015)    |    Comments (15)

FPB 78-1 The Insulation Story

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Insulation of the hull and deck is critical to comfortable and efficient cruising. It impacts noise levels from exterior and machinery, condensation in cold climates, and electric requirements for heating and air conditioning. With the FPB Series we take the insulation game to a new level. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 18, 2015)    |    Comments (24)

FPB Owner Blog Spotlight: FPB 64 Avatar in Central America

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FPB 64-1 Avatar is currently wending its way down through Central America. Owner Carol Parker, an avid photographer, has joined up to explore and document the adventures. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 30, 2015)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 97-1 All Charged Up: Solar Report From Mark Fritzer

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Hi Everyone! I’m freshly back from a trip to Whangarei to do some testing on the 97 prior to delivery. While Todd and Sarah relaxed in the boardroom with flat whites enduring endless meetings, I was able to get aboard the 97 and do some eagerly anticipated testing of the electrical system. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (January 26, 2015)    |    Comments (22)

FPB 78-1 Moving Day

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It is moving day for FPB 78-1. She is on passage to the fit out hall as welding has been completed, and this space is required for the third FPB 78 to begin its journey. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 20, 2015)    |    Comments (3)

Why FPB? Owners and Editors Talk…

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In case you don’t have an FPB anchored nearby, we’ve included below some brief comments from several of our owners, as well as a couple of hard-nosed magazine editors. We’ll start with Bill Parlatore, the individual many credit with the start and nurturing of the ocean cruising powerboat industry. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (January 17, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 97-1 Iceberg: A Day Of Tests – Posted By Sarah

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Tuesday morning finds us wending our way out to open water on Iceberg. A battery of tests are in store: everything from engine load and fuel burn, to optimizing stabilizer settings, checking roll periods, loading alternators, and pretty much anything you can think of in between. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 7, 2015)    |    Comments (2)