Todd’s Talk

Todd Rickard comments on the FPB program, systems and more.

A Little Weird Science -Looking For A Soft LED Lighting Color That Dims Sufficiently

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We are always looking for a better, simpler way of doing things, and this frequently includes in-house testing. Right now we are working on LED lighting, looking for the best combination of light, color temperature, and dimming ability.

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Posted by admin  (May 1, 2014)    |    Comments (16)

Six Years of FPBs

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It was six years ago (January 24th, 2008) that Steve and I first went to New Zealand to have meetings with Circa Marine in Whangarei, regarding the construction of the FPB 64. That trip, my first to New Zealand, seems like it occurred just yesterday.  Two weeks ago, as Steve and I touched down in New Zealand to finalize details on the new FPB 78 with the crew at Circa, the changes and milestones reached over these past six years loomed large. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (February 12, 2014)    |    Comments (9)

VIP Visit to Kiwi Camp on Pier 32

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Last week I wrote about my recent trip to San Francisco, where my hosts, Bruce Farrand and Logan Cripps of Circa Marine (builder of the FPBs), were on-hand to represent and promote Kiwi boat building skills for North American clients.  Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (September 7, 2013)    |    Comments (2)

Strong Kiwi Showing In San Francisco

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This past weekend found me in San Francisco – courtesy of our builder Circa Marine of Whangarei, New Zealand – to witness the Kiwis’ very successful sail into the America’s Cup, with a dominant performance against the Italians in the Challengers Louis Vuitton Cup.  Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (August 30, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64 Aft Deck Options

With the recent handover of FPB 64, hull #7 – Buffalo Nickel – I thought readers might enjoy seeing the two aft deck configuration options available on the FPB 64. Read the rest »


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

FPB Update: 97-1 Progress

One takeaway from this latest trip to New Zealand was the overall pace and quality of progress that Circa Marine is managing with the FPB 97 program. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (December 9, 2012)    |    Comments (0)