FPB 97-1 Sea Trials – Kicking Up The Revs

14 knots transom release

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.

FPB 97 -1 is traveling at 13.5 knots in the photo above.

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Here is a view of the stern wave we’ve been showing you in previous posts. Notice a difference? It’s a touch higher and further behind the transom. This is shot at 14 knots.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 9, 2014)

5 Responses to “FPB 97-1 Sea Trials – Kicking Up The Revs”

  1. Shannon Says:

    Very impressive. Excited to see the full numbers. They are going to be impressive, without a doubt. I think you are finding a way around the traditional hull speed calculations. 🙂

  2. Steve Dashew Says:

    Thanks Shannon – We are excited to see what the FPB 97-1 does when the driveline is tuned up and fully loaded too. It will be a little while yet, but we want to have things correctly documented and accurately reported.

  3. Bessel Sybesma Says:

    It doesn’t look like she’s even stretching her legs at 14 kts – maybe looking at 20kts once everything is fully dialled in? Fantastic!

  4. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Bessel:
    We would love that outcome but as efficient as she is, 600 HP is simply not enough to get the FPB 97 that fast. The real test is what will she cross oceans at, and that looks like twelve knots plus. Bigger engines would bring more speed, but with a penalty in weight, draft, noise, with performance suffering at normal speeds.

  5. Rod Manser Says:

    I’m sticking with my numbers after seeing the stern wave at 14 kts; max 16.5 kts. But that should navigate around most storms eh?