FPB 78-1 Free At Last!

FPB 781 Cochise First look 10

FPB 78-1 Cochise is roaming free–at last.

FPB 781 Cochise First look 9

Running at 12 knots here, Cochise exhibits a similar bow wave to the relatives in the FPB fleet.

FPB 781 Cochise First look 8

Sunday morning, Cochise is up at dawn, ready for a day of trials.

FPB 781 Cochise First look 7

Sometimes it is just better to sit and enjoy the view.

FPB 781 Cochise First look 6

We will continue with trials tomorrow.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 13, 2016)

16 Responses to “FPB 78-1 Free At Last!”

  1. Michael Jones Says:

    Skip, for the first time, you’ve made me think of Oscar Wilde.

    “I have found that all ugly things are made by those who strive to make something beautiful, and that all beautiful things are made by those who strive to make something useful.”

    —Oscar Wilde, paraphrasing his 1884 lecture in Dublin on The Value of Art in Modern Life.

  2. Shannon Woodcock Says:


    That sunrise picture looks amazing.

    Can’t wait to see more pictures as the trials continue.

  3. Gene Says:

    Did the owners spec the different surface finish treatment on the hull?

  4. Steve Dashew Says:

    The surface finish is similar to Wind Horse and more irregular than the FPB 64s.

  5. Shannon (Shaz) Says:

    Oh my, that thing is beautiful. Bet you are chomping at the bit to get out cruising. Can’t wait to see more.

  6. John Algar Says:

    Wow! I’ve been following all your exploits (like many have) from the earliest days. I had doubts about the proportions, the weight up top with that glass and so on but not about the seaworthiness given the rigorous design expertise. Cochise sits in the water like a natural. We’ve had the change from Beowulf (that’s where I first found you) – to Windhorse – to the FPB 64’s (great blogs there!) – Iceberg (shame that is quiet – beautiful vessel – but fair enough) – all those open and engaged discussions about the matrix deck – the mechanical discussions are fantastic (more please) – the photography is stunning – the 70 is on its way and now this launch. Great job Steve & Linda and all those who brought this game changer into being at Circa and around the world. Thank you for sharing!

  7. Carl Dave Says:

    A truly beautiful and strong presence. Congratulations to another amazing creation. Always looking forward to the updates. Will be interesting to see the dink set up on Cochise. Will it be similar to Iceberg (any feedback from how this set up works?). Looks like there is preparation on starboard side aft for some features.

  8. Steve Dashew Says:

    We will have dinghy system photos soon.

  9. Thomas Honan Says:

    So well done Steve and Linda, congratulations to you both and to Circa, a fabulous design and finish. Cannot wait for internal shots and performance hints. Regards, Tom Honan, Darwin

  10. David Guest Says:

    Congratulations …

  11. scotto Says:

    truly magnificent..
    well done every one involved.

    bring on the sea trials

  12. James Masters Says:

    Cochise is so fpb-cool — what a joy it must be for you-two to actually be on your dreamboat. “Free at last”, for sure, …yes?

    The night-pic, showing part of the lighting arrangement of the underside of the porch’s shade-cover gives me an idea of what it’s like being on the aft-deck.

    Would you mind doing a pic from the back-window of the matrix-deck aiming down to the aft-deck so i could see the setup of the porch-cover and the solar-panels…?

  13. Steve Dashew Says:

    Lots of photos to come as soon as we get a breather from testing.

  14. Greg Says:

    Watching another of your ideas come to life is always a pleasure. Congratulations!

    How is the boats name Cochise pronounced? Can you spell it phonetically?

  15. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Greg:
    Cochise is pronounced kocheez

  16. Pam Wall Says:

    Just magnificent! All your ideas and long hours of design and function and construction are epitomized in COCHISE! So wonderful to be a tiny part of watching the duckling become a beautiful swan! Thank you, Steve and Linda!