The Logs

The Logs

FPB 97-1 Performance Data


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


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!


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


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 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)

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


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)

Resolution For The New Year – Don’t Wait, Do It Now

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Waiting is never easy, and when it is for the next big thing in your life – in our case what we think is our ultimate cruising machine – it is even harder.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 30, 2014)    |    Comments (11)

FPB Yachts 2015 Calendar Now Available

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Thanks to the generosity of our family of FPB owners who, once again, freely provided many of the featured pictures, we are happy to offer you this 13-month (January-January) wall calendar. Read the rest »

Posted by admin  (December 29, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 97 Iceberg: Surfing Off Before A Wicked New Zealand Gale


Come aboard FPB 97-1 Iceberg for a quick ride from Waiheke Island to Whangarei. Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (December 19, 2014)    |    Comments (12)

FPB 97-1 Drone Photos (and video)- What You Really Need under The Tree

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Being very 21st century in all things to do with serious cruising, we have a demo of a pair of ultimate cruising tools.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 14, 2014)    |    Comments (20)

FPB 97-1: First Sea Trial Video


Here is a very short video of FPB 97-1 on her third day of sea trials. Read the rest »

Posted by admin  (December 10, 2014)    |    Comments (14)

FPB 97-1 Sea Trials – Kicking Up The Revs

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FPB 97-1 is working its way up the engine load chart. We shot some video last week aboard, from which this transom shot is extracted. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 9, 2014)    |    Comments (5)

Survival Storm Tactic Tested Off The Needles In Breaking Seas: Updated With Video


The ultimate survival storm tactic, jogging into breaking seas, has had its first (and hopefully last) FPB test. This took place recently off the Needles near the Isle of Wight in the UK’s Solent. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 2, 2014)    |    Comments (20)

FPB 97-1 Sea Trials Day 2: A Wicked Wake

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You are looking at what drives the FPB team, what our client (and we) have been waiting to see after 2.5 years of intense effort. A lovely clean flow release off the stern with minimal magnitude indicating a highly efficient cruising machine (this at 13.1 knots GPS averaged in two directions). A wicked wake indeed. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 25, 2014)    |    Comments (7)

FPB 97-1 Sea Trials Day 1

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It is a perfect day for the first sea trial with FPB 97-1. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 24, 2014)    |    Comments (11)

FPB 97 Performance – What Is Your Guess?

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We will shortly begin a wicked set of sea trials with FPB 97-1. Along with the usual wringing out of the boat before handover, one of the objectives is to gather a data set with which to refine our velocity prediction algorithms. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 22, 2014)    |    Comments (19)

FPB 97-1 Trials: Inclined Towards Safety

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We thought a few photos of a stability check on the Wicked FPB 97-1 might be of interest. In case you want to do this yourself some day you will see it really isn’t that difficult.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 21, 2014)    |    Comments (1)

Extreme Weather Tactics Article In Berthon’s Magazine


Steve has an interesting article on extreme weather tactics in the most recent edition of UK-based Berthon’s Lifestyle Magazine. They were kind enough to allow us to embed a pdf of the article here for SetSailors to peruse. Read the rest »

Posted by admin  (October 17, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

Sony Alpha 7 Camera Series – Further Evaluation


With the day-to-day pressure on the FPB 78 Series winding down we’ve had time to do some more camera testing. The goal is maximum quality for minimum hassle, with a high degree of portability.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 22, 2014)    |    Comments (4)

Thai Government Clamps Down on Yachts – Posted By Sarah

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Our SetSail spies in Thailand have just made us aware of some interesting regulatory changes for those cruising in Thai waters. According to the Phuket News, all foreign-flagged vessels must now be equipped with AIS tracking devices. There is no vessel size limit on the requirement–all boats small and large have to comply. Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (September 18, 2014)    |    Comments (2)

An FPB 64, A Party, And Some Old Stones: Report From England – Posted By Sarah


Todd and I have just returned stateside after a trek east to England, where we celebrated FPB 64 Grey Wolf‘s demi-circumnavigation with press, pubs, and parties. Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (August 25, 2014)    |    Comments (2)

Hard Core Weather Watchers Alert -Bertha Is Going to Rock

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Hurricane Bertha has gotten a little press so far, but her evolution to extra-tropical structure indicates big things may be in store for the UK and parts of Europe.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 7, 2014)    |    Comments (3)

Sony Alpha 7 – A Revolution in Camera Gear

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We’ve been dragging around 40 pound backpacks of full frame Canon professional camera gear since the ark. It was the way we knew to get the results. Now there is a better answer. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 3, 2014)    |    Comments (8)

Living the Dream up North: Avatar Logs


It is always a treat to check out our owners’ blogs and live vicariously through their cruising adventures. Read the rest »

Posted by admin  (July 28, 2014)    |    Comments (1)

Rockin’ The House

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In case you missed Sarah’s Broadway debut at 54 Below last week, we thought a few photos were in order. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 27, 2014)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf Is At Anchor Havlet Bay, Guernsey, Channel Islands


Having traveled halfway around the world in three months, Peter Watson and crew have brought FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf to anchor in the Channel Islands.

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Posted by admin  (June 23, 2014)    |    Comments (4)

FPBs Do It – Right

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Of the ten FPBs currently afloat, nine are actively cruising, taking advantage of their seagoing speed, range, and comfort, actually doing it…right. We enjoy hearing from our family, keeping up with where they are and what is going on. This week, for example, Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 9, 2014)    |    Comments (1)

Sarah’s EP / Shows in New York

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Life on the water is such a perfect metaphor for the uncertain adventure of opening ourselves up to what we yearn for…We have to navigate carefully, watch the changing weather patterns, think about where and how we want to go, and then, ultimately, at some point a few will untie themselves and sail off into the great unknown horizon. Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (May 27, 2014)    |    Comments (6)

FPB Passage Notes – It Is Ocean Crossing Time

Passaging season is upon us and the FPB fleet is on the move. While FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf nears the end of a quick 4000 NM hop, FPB 64-3 Iron Lady is on her way from Hawaii to British Columbia. The majority of the rest of the FPB feet is getting ready for or have recently completed their offshore passages.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 17, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf: They’re Getting Close…


Peter Watson and his intrepid crew aboard FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf are now just a few days’ from Panama. Keep up with their progress on Berthon’s web site. Of particular interest may be Peter’s comments after now having voyaged over 6,000 nm in the last two months.

Posted by admin  (May 15, 2014)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf Picking Up Speed: Possible Lottery Win On The Horizon

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FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf has finally hit her stride and is cruising along at 9.7 to 11 knots towards Panama along the fifth parallel.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 10, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

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

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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)

Is It Better In The Tropics Or High Latitudes?

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We are torn between a love for the tropics and the adrenaline that comes as you venture closer to the poles.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 15, 2014)    |    Comments (3)

Weather Forecasts And Routing In The Real World: Good But Not Perfect

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We are looking at a barometric pressure trace from the FPB 64 Grey Wolf. This occurred at the edge of the tropics South of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. As you close with the equator slight pressure gradients create big winds. A change of as little as two mb can indicate the onset of a hurricane. The weather models – all the majors – missed this event.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 11, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

Hobie Alter – Surfer Dude, Marketing Whiz, Savvy Businessman, and All Around Good Guy – Gone at 80.

We’ve just learned that Hobie Alter has caught the ultimate wave, and left his earthly friends and family behind. We were friends, competitors, and collaborators with this remarkable man, and thought a few anecdotes might be in order.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 5, 2014)    |    Comments (2)

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 »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 27, 2014)    |    Comments (21)

Get Ready To Rock-Making the Weather Work For Grey Wolf

It is cyclone season in the South Pacific, the weather is unstable, and Grey Wolf may win the weather lottery. The recent spate of tropical storms is creating the possibility of a very quick, relatively easy trip. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 22, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

Spring Is In The Air

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Spring is in the air and our southwestern backyard is filled with color, love songs, nest building, and competition for the attention of the fairer sex. It is the one time of year when we’d rather be ashore than afloat. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 17, 2014)    |    Comments (6)

Beowulf IV and the Early C-Cat Foil Development

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It is a gray, overcast, depressing afternoon – something for which residence in the US Southwest does not prepare its citizens. Since we have received a request for info on Beowulf IV from a journalist doing a book for the next “Little America’s Cup”, the scanner has been warmed up and we thought we’d share something different.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 10, 2014)    |    Comments (2)

Deerfoot ll – Time To Part With A Member Of The Family

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Deerfoot II, a longtime member of our family, is ready for a new home. She was launched in 1985 in Denmark, sailed across the Atlantic, via the West Indies, and Panama, to Marina del Rey, where she has been based for these many years.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 4, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

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)

Report From Ground Zero

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We are just back from a week at ground zero in the FPB world. We had the chance to take a couple of boat rides, hang out with three owners who are presently moored in the town basin, and review hundreds of details with the Circa team. Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 22, 2014)    |    Comments (12)

Catamaran History – Early Days Updated

Catamaran History So Cal 58 71 2In the process of cleaning up the office, a few more photos from the early days of the multihull history on the West Coast have come to light.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 31, 2013)    |    Comments (5)

Happy Holidays From The Crew At SetSail

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Sue Henry just sent us this marvelous photo of FPB 64-2 Sarah Sarah anchored out on the longest night of the year. As big a thrill as this must be for Bill and Sue,

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 21, 2013)    |    Comments (4)

Ultimate Dinghy Revisited: Is a Big RIB The Answer?

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We have been rethinking the ultimate dinghy concept and are looking at a big custom designed RIB for our new FPB 78. Not having experience with properly designed deep V RIBS, we have a few questions and are hopeful the SetSail community can provide real world answers.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 24, 2013)    |    Comments (33)

Speed Freaks – A Partial Antidote

Hydroptere-Worlds-fastest-Sailboat-1-640x426With the 34th America’s Cup now concluded, sailors with the need for speed can be expected to go into depression. As a partial antidote we offer Read the rest »

Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 8, 2013)    |    Comments (4)

Sometimes The Best Cruising Is Close To Home

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 Over the years we have learned that often mundane destinations close to home offer unexpected cruising rewards.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 5, 2013)    |    Comments (4)

Happy Anniversary FPB 64-2 Sarah Sarah!

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Posted by admin  (October 16, 2013)    |    Comments (3)

Photos From Adventures With Iron Lady – Posted by Mark

P31 Hello from ParadiseHaving arrived back to the Seattle office a couple weeks ago, I now have a little time to sort through 100s of photos and share a few with you from my recent adventures aboard FPB 64-3 Iron LadyRead the rest »

Posted by admin  (September 26, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

Time To Invoke The Devil Devil Stick – Posted by Sarah

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With the America’s Cup coming down to a final winner-take-all tomorrow, we are bringing out the big guns, er, stick… Read the rest »

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (September 24, 2013)    |    Comments (10)

The Most Spectacular America’s Cup…Ever

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This is the most competitive, compelling, and fastest America’s Cup ever. And if you have not been watching you are missing the spectacle of a lifetime.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 20, 2013)    |    Comments (6)