FPB 70

Updates about the FPB 70.

Surfing is The Way

Having grown up in Southern California, with a sailing and surfing background, riding the waves  a natural part of being in or on the water. Our sailing and FPB designs have reflected this from the beginning. Recently we were surprised to learn that some of our owners are afraid of what is actually. one of the best things you can do with our yachts. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 3, 2020)    |    Comments (0)

Evolution of the FPB Super Cruiser

I spent my first six decades on earth despising powerboats and those who operated them. In my early days of sailing dinghies, powerboats would always speed up to cross ahead of us leaving a huge wave to wreak havoc with us and our compatriots. My earliest recollection of the single finger salute was from such encounters. As cruisers, if there was a “stinkpot” around they inevitably would anchor close by and then run their genset 24 hours a day. And the lack of seamanship was stunning.  Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 3, 2019)    |    Comments (0)

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 (0)

FPB 70-1: Breaking In Buffalo Nickel II

Stan and Valerie Creighton, proud owners of FPB 70-1 Buffalo Nickel II, have a brand new post published on their site about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of breaking in a new boat.  Read the rest »

Posted by admin  (December 22, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 70-1: Splashed & Trialing

We know readers have been eager for some FPB 70 news. With FPB 70-1 now splashed and undergoing sea trials, we thought we would share some photos with you.
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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 15, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 70-1: Construction Update

It’s a busy time down at Circa. FPB 70-1 is on the home stretch toward splashing. Systems, interior cabinetry, finishing welds, all happening at a rapid pace now. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 4, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

Life In A Post-FPB World

“Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”
~ William A. Foster

This is a difficult post for Linda and me to write. But events in the past few weeks together with the urging of many of our friends and clients (often one and the same) have forced the issue, starting with the William Foster quote above sent to us by one of our owners.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 26, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

FPB Video: The Way


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

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 16, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 70-1: Growing Big and Strong

You are standing on a rigid coaming of the FPB 70-1’s Matrix deck, looking toward the bow. Inside and out, she is coming together.  Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 12, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 70 Update: Interior Intentions – Expectant Owner Valerie Creighton Weighs In

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We have recently been sent some final interior renderings for the FPB 70s. As owners of FPB 64-7 who are awaiting 70-1, we can offer a few comparisons between the two designs. Read the rest »

Posted by admin  (August 4, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

Heavy Weather Tactics For Power Boats: Big Waves and Small Details

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FPB 97-1 Iceberg running before a stiff breeze during sea trials.

The post that follows this introduction is a chapter excerpted from the FPB 70 and 78 Owner’s Manual. Everyone who goes to sea thinks and/or worries (or should) about heavy weather, and how their vessel will handle different conditions. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a 25,000 ton container ship, a moderate-sized sailing yacht, or one of our FPBs. We think it is better to discuss these issues openly, rather than ignore them and hope you never get caught. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 12, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 70 and 78: A Much “Kneeded” Perspective On The Next Generation Of FPBs

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The current America’s Cup spectacle has us entranced: unbelievable speed, maneuverability, and difficult sailing, the likes of which has never been seen before. The design and engineering required to achieve this level of performance is nothing short of astonishing.

The time to study what’s happening in Bermuda in detail is the result of this correspondent’s photography accident (night sky shooting on a dark dock), which resulted in a shattered kneecap and a forced hiatus from summer cruising… Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 16, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 70 Update: Expectant Owners Weigh In

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Proud owners of FPB 70-1, Stan and Val Creighton, have kindly agreed to periodically share their thoughts with us during the FPB 70 build process. Read on to find out what it’s like to be expecting… Read the rest »

Posted by admin  (May 26, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 70: New Build Updates


Berthon now has a fortnightly update on their website for all things FPB construction… Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (May 16, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

Spring Is Here And Flying Fast – Update On All Things FPB


Spring is here and with it the promise of things to be discovered, adventures to be enjoyed, and new lands to visit. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 2, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

Interior Design and FPB: Thoughts From Designer Denise LaVey

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We’ve worked with many interior designers over the years, but Denise is the first who truly understands what the FPB concept is all about. We think her work for us aboard FPB 78-1 Cochise speaks for itself…
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Posted by admin  (March 13, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

FPB in the Press: Soundings Feature Now Live Online


There is a double feature now live in print and online at Soundings MagazineRead the rest »

Posted by admin  (February 16, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 70 Construction Update: A “Stan”dard Sense of Scale


This just in from Circa Marine in Whangarei–Stan Creighton, who with wife Valerie has laid claim to FPB 70-1, is down in New Zealand for various projects and to check on build progress. Read the rest »

Posted by admin  (February 14, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

FPB in the Press: Soundings Magazine


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 »

Posted by admin  (February 9, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 70 Bow – Taking Metal To New Levels Of Shaping Sophistication


The FPB 70 brings together the very best of everything we’ve learned in the last 40 years, not the least of which is a very sophisticated bow shape – perhaps the most difficult plating job ever.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 24, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

Circa Update On All Things FPB: Posted by Deon Ogden


It’s the start of summer here, with construction in full swing. The South Pacific-visiting FPB Family is also back en route to NZ for safe haven during cyclone season… Read the rest »

Posted by admin  (November 17, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 70 – Taking Shape

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The first FPB 70 is taking shape now at Circa. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 3, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

Pushing That Magic Button: FPB 70-1 Is Under Construction

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Having just completed a 6,200 nautical mile voyage from Thailand to New Zealand in 27 days underway on their FPB 64 Buffalo Nickel (much of that uphill), you might think that Val and Stan Creighton would like a short break from thinking about boats. Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (May 14, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 70 – A New Baby Sister!

There’s a new kid on the block, a smaller sibling to the FPB 97 and 78, and like most younger family members, this one is as tough as nails.  Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 20, 2016)    |    Comments (0)