Cruising Tales

The Way to Weather: Upwind Cruising from Fair to Survival Conditions

This is the third video in Steve Dashew’s series on his search for the perfect cruising yacht. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 28, 2020)    |    Comments (6)

FPB Greenland Cruise

Following on the success of their Antarctic cruise in company, FPB78s Iron Lady ll and Grey Wolf ll are going to do another jaunt to the ice summer of 2020, this time to nearby Greenland. Several other FPBs are planning to join, so this is a semi-official call for all FPBers to give this opportunity serious consideration. Greenland is a relative easy destination to reach for our FPBs. Having made this life-changing cruise in 2008 we offer a few comments on the route we took.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2019)    |    Comments (1)

Old Friends

There is nothing we enjoy more when cruising than meeting up with our designs and their owners. This past summer in Maine was great fun in this regard.  Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 28, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

FPB Feature in CCA Chronicles

The following article by Linda and Steve Dashew appeared in Voyages, Chronicles of the Cruising Club of America, and puts the FPB 78 into a historical context. We thought you might enjoy giving it a read. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 19, 2018)    |    Comments (4)

Dashew Offshore History: Lessons Learned

1Intermezzo BoraBora 1977

Our family cruising photo taken in the Bora Bora lagoon in 1977. Note the banana stalk hanging off the mizzen boom, and trim physiques of the group! We’d been relaxing for a few days, chilling, reading, swimming, and for the first time since leaving California nine months previous not working on boat on maintenance projects. Those were the days.. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 20, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

Dashew Offshore History – Fast Is Fun

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Beowulf leaving Norfolk, VA on her way to the BVI at the start of the 2001 Caribbean 1500. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 8, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

FPB 64-7 Buffalo Nickel Reports From Vanuatu


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 64-5 Tiger in Passagemaker Magazine: “The Minerva Option”

Recently FPB 64-5 Tiger, her intrepid owners John and Sandy Henrichs, and their adventurous cruising choices, were the subject of a detailed feature by John Beatty in Passagemaker Magazine. Read the rest »

Posted by admin  (November 11, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

Cruising in the Olden Days – Crossing the Indian Ocean – The Easy Part

Intermezzo Leaving Xmas Island100

The southern part of the Indian Ocean is one of the few places we have found where the trades blow as advertised… and then some. Here Intermezzo is departing Christmas Island for Cocos Keeling at the start of a long haul across this boisterous bit of ocean. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 27, 2014)    |    Comments (3)

Cruising In The Olden Days – A Marquesan Tale

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We’ve been talking for years about going through our boxes of photos and slides and scanning them before they disintegrate. Well, the process has started and we are having so much fun remembering that we thought we might share a few stories with SetSailors, starting with this crowded cockpit on our 50 foot yawl, Intermezzo, in early 1977.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 26, 2014)    |    Comments (1)