Archive for 2019

FPB 781 Cochise Solar Update Spring 2019

It is late spring in the Bahamas, water temperature is 83/85F and air that or more. Humidity often is in the 80% range. We are making water, staying comfortable with air conditioning in the evening, generally leading a carbon neutral existence. Welcome to the new world of solar panel cruising.  What follows is a bit of data and several suggestions that might help on your own vessel.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 18, 2019)    |    Comments (2)

Cruising At Its Best In The Bahamas

For those of you who want to experience cruising at its best, if you live in Europe or the East Coast of the US, in your back yards is some of the very best cruising on this planet. We speak of the Exhumas group in the southern Bahama Islands.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 7, 2019)    |    Comments (10)

Cochise’s Final Matrix Nav Station – A Breakthrough

It is finally done (and we mean it this time)! In the post that follows we will detail the logic that lead us to to this new paradigm for navigation stations, and the details that evolved.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 31, 2019)    |    Comments (9)

No Good Choices: A Study In Ice

Iron Lady and Grey Wolf have been cruising together in Antarctica, what the few truly experienced high latitude sailors will tell you is the toughest place on earth. These waters are more difficult and dangerous than Svalbard; the Northwest Passage is a cakewalk compared to this. And summer 2019 has been even more challenging than the recent past. In Pete Rossin’s post below you will catch a small sense of what it is like when there are simply no good choices. The photo above looks tame enough but think about it in 65 knots of breeze with eight to ten foot seas, and a glacier at your back.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 12, 2019)    |    Comments (5)

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 31, 2019)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78-2 & FPB 78-3, Where Are You? -Updated Feb 12

FPB 78-2 Grey Wolf and FPB 78-3 Iron Lady are currently having a fun summer buddy boating in Antarctica… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 29, 2019)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 78-2 and 78-3: Ready for the Antarctic Cruising Rally (Updated with Reports Jan 24)

Grey Wolf and Iron Lady are enjoying the bustling Chilean metropolis of Puerto Williams. They are preparing for the FPB ARC: Antarctic Cruising Rally.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 18, 2019)    |    Comments (8)

Grey Wolf II

Sue Grant at Berthon is running a series of posts written by the Berthon apprentices who are aboard FPB78-2 Grey Wolf II. They are both informative and entertaining, and cover their experiences right down to the bottom of South America, and eventually to the Antarctic where Grey Wolf II is at this moment. To read about these intrepid apprentices click here.


Posted by admin  (January 9, 2019)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64-6: How To Make A Winter Crossing of the Atlantic In A Difficult Year


FPB 64-6 has just completed a winter crossing of the North Atlantic, which at one point featured hurricane strength compression storms in east and west regions. She did so in classic fashion, taking advantage of the weather when possible, but always with a bailout option if the forecasts turned negative. There are a number of lessons for us in this passage. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 2, 2019)    |    Comments (3)