Dashew Offshore

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 »


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FPB Video: The Way

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A new video in which we reveal the secrets behind all those ocean-crossing miles… Read the rest »


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So Ends This Voyage

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The Nespresso coffee machine hisses in the background as Linda makes a change-of-watch latte. The faint glow under the eastern clouds heralds another beautiful morning at sea. Read the rest »


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Born To Run: FPB 78-1 in Boat International

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The July 2017 issue of Boat International magazine features a nine page article on FPB 78-1 CochiseRead the rest »


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FPB in the Press: Soundings Magazine

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Soundings Magazine has an extensive feature on FPB in their March 2017 issue. They’ve also put together a nice video on the FPB designs for their website… Read the rest »


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FPB 78-1 Cochise: Solar Update

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We continue to be impressed with Cochise’s solar array. From ten solar panels we are generating within spitting distance of 20 kWh. Read the rest »


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FPB 78 Aft Deck: A Study in Flexibility

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The aft deck of the FPB 78 is a study in flexibility. Read the rest »


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Going to Sea? Download For Free..

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For decades, Linda and Steve Dashew’s books have been considered essential references for any serious cruiser. Having been blessed with the support of the yachting community for many years, they’d like to return the favor. Read the rest »


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FPB 78-1 Monitoring The Situation: Update – A Great Monitor Find

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In the process of wrestling with monitor tradeoffs, we have come across a great new monitor.

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The Right Recipe: Where Do You Find It?

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When your voyaging takes you off the beaten path, where shore power and technical assistance is a rarity, the ingredients required for successful cruising change.

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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 »


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Dashew Offshore: A Bit Of History Part 2 – The Big Roach Cruising Main

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You are looking at a huge mistake: a new mainsail that did not fit, with too much roach. Read the rest »


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Dashew Offshore – A Bit Of History Part 1

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Innismara, the yacht that started us thinking so many years ago… Read the rest »


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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 »


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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 »


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“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.


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FPB Construction Update: FPB 78 Taking Shape while FPB 64-10 and FPB 97-1 Draw Closer To Launch

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FPB 78-1 is now framed, deck plating is on, and hull plating begins soon. Which is good because we are depressed with this enforced stay on land.

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Beowulf: The Ultimate Short-Handed Cruiser-Updated March 2014

“The new Dashew passagemaker draws much of its heritage from the high-performance sailboats for which the Dashews are well known…” –Bill Parlatore, Passagemaker Magazine

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Of all the sailboats we’ve done over the years, Beowulf is our favorite. She was our ultimate couple’s cruiser, and the benchmark, against which we measured everything when we started down the FPB path. In seven years of cruising part time, see saw 40,000 nautical miles slip under her keel with just two on board. Read the rest »


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FPB 64 Introduction – Basic Specs

“When the Dashews finally decided to resort to motive power, Steve Dashew designed a boat with the spirit of a yacht that could take on the roughest seas…”
–Boat International Magazine

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Every now and then in yacht design, the thousands of details involved to produce a boat combine in a unique way, creating a vessel which performs substantially better than projected. Read the rest »


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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)

An FPB Opportunity

At Dashew Offshore our goal has always been to build the perfect cruising yacht; delivered on time, within budget, without surprises, resulting in a contented client.

To make this unique approach to the yacht building business successful, we have to purposely limit our sales, something that many would find counter-intuitive given the demand for FPBs.

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A New Paradigm for Cruising

Our design goal has always been to cross oceans in maximum comfort and safety Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 26, 2012)    |    Comments (0)

Time Machine

We have just had the most amazing four months of cruising. (This post was written in 2008, after voyaging from California to the UK.) Read the rest »


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Living With 360 Degree Views

We’ve been trying to describe what it is like to have the majority of our day to day experience aboard in an area with 360-degree views. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 24, 2012)    |    Comments (0)

FPB – A Woman’s Perspective

People are always asking how I like cruising on this new boat. (This post was written by Linda Dashew in 2007, after the first three seasons of cruising aboard FPB 83 Wind Horse.) Read the rest »


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Weathering the Storm

The following was originally written in the fall of 2008 as the economic system appeared to be melting down. Read the rest »


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FPB 64 – On Deck

We learned years ago that an efficient deck layout, with the ability to store and handle a variety of dinghies, is a critical component to successful cruising. Read the rest »


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FPB 83 On Deck

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


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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 »


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Evaluating Stability and Capsize Risks For Yachts

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Over the last couple of years we have had a number of discussions about the mechanics of stability and capsize risks. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 8, 2012)    |    Comments (34)

Heavy Weather Issues

If you’re thinking about heading offshore at some point, the comments which follow may be of interest.

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Why Have We Done This?

We’ve switched to a form of cruising at which we’ve looked down our noses (well, at least Steve has) for half a century. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 4, 2012)    |    Comments (4)

A Different Approach

“Whatever the conditions, disciplines and concepts learned through years of high-energy ocean sailing have led them to create an ‘unsail’ boat that should serve them very well.”
–Seahorse Magazine

Our approach to the marine business is a little different. We don’t do a lot of projects.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 20, 2011)    |    Comments (5)

Contacting Dashew Offshore

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You can contact Dashew Offshore via e-mail at DashOff@setsail.com.

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

The Ultimate Sailing Cruiser

“The new Dashew passagemaker draws much of its heritage from the high-performance sailboats for which the Dashews are well known. The last of that evolution of sailing yachts was Beowulf, a 78-foot ketch in which Linda achieved the family speed record: surfing at 32.7 knots down waves far offshore.”
–Bill Parlatore, Passagemaker Magazine

Of all the sailboats we’ve done over the years, Beowulf is our favorite.

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Details

“…the interior joinery is absolute perfection.”
–Sea Spray Magazine

We’ve gathered together a selection of photos covering some of the boats we’ve built over the past 25 years.

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

35 Years Chasing the Dream

“Perhaps better known for his Deerfoot, Sundeer, and Beowulf offshore sailing vessels, which are known and respected for being capable of comfortable, long offshore passages with a crew of two, [the FPB] represents a somewhat completely different tack, so to speak.”
–Northwest Yachting Magazine

Following is a sampling of the boats that we’ve designed and built over the past 35+ years.

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

Welcome to Dashew Offshore

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If you have been working down this website from the top you are probably overflowing with technical data. If there is any bandwidth left, a few words on Dashew Offshore and its history may be of interest.

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Directional Control

“Wind Horse is well behaved. She tracks straight. The autopilot gain is set to its lowest level and we find our own way down the waves, showing us occasional bursts to 20 knots.”
–Yachting World Magazine

Most cruisers dream about trade wind passages: long periods with the wind and seas on the quarter, steady winds, and beautiful puffy clouds. But in the context of being comfortable at sea, trade wind sailing is often less desirable than other angles.

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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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Air Conditioning Specifications

Air conditioning specifications always involve a lot of tradeoffs.

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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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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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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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Electrical Systems

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

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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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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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Stability, Comfort & Capsize Resistance

The ultimate safety test for any vessel bound offshore is how well it resists capsize. Many factors enter into this equation.

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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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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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Staterooms

Forward Suite

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

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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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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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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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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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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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Tropical Considerations

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

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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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FPB 64 – The Next Step

We’ve been involved with the design and construction of ultimate cruising yachts for almost three decades.

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FPB 64 – Factors of Safety

As you go to sea, you probably harbor in the back of your mind the particular weaknesses of your vessel. If unfavorable weather is forecast, it is often these weaknesses, coupled with a lack of confidence that create tension, concern, and fear.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 17, 2011)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 64 – Structure

 

The hull, deck, and house structure for the FPB 64 are engineered to our normal high standards, with exceptional factors of safety.

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Range Under Power

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There are all sorts of ways of calculating fuel burn and range under power.

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Fuel & Water Tanks

One of the key design elements in the FPB series is the approach to fuel and water tanks.

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FPB 64 – Systems

The engineering concept we use today has its beginnings in the 1980s.

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Get Home System

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

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The Engine Room

The engine room is located in the aft 15 feet (4.6m) of the boat. Aft engine rooms offer many advantages.

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Forepeak & Anchoring System

Years ago we learned that there had to be a place onboard for ground tackle, sails, fenders, dock lines, awnings, etc.

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FPB 64 – Hull Shape

As we alluded to in the introduction page to the FPB 64, coming up with a shorter hull shape that has comparable comfort and sea-keeping abilities to the FPB 83 has taken us a while.

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FPB 64 – Interior Storage

The FPB 64 is unique in its ability to assimilate a huge amount of cruising “stuff” yet keep it well organized so that you can find things when needed.

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FPB 64 Interior Layout


If you have followed the development of the FPB 83, the layout of the FPB 64 will look familiar.

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Aft Deck Lounging Area

We have been working on integrating a second lounging area into the aft deck, where you are in the lee of the house at anchor.

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Awnings

Awnings are a critical part of comfortable cruising in the tropics as well as in cooler environments.

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FPB 64 – Second Series Changes & Options

With the first series of FPB 64s nearing completion we have been hard at work on fine tuning what is arguably close to the ultimate cruising tool.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 15, 2011)    |    Comments (2)

Designing for Comfort at Sea

“Even the fine details on board make Wind Horse a pinnacle of cruising dedication, like…the 4 in fiddles on every flat surface in the saloon and galley, and the fact that no matter where you are, a handhold or two will be close by.”
–Motor Boat & Yachting

What we’ve found over the years is that even though a small percentage of our time is actually spent at sea, if this time is not comfortable, then the boats tend to sit rather than move on to new locations.

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