FPB 97-1 The Moment of Truth

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The moment of truth is at hand.

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Will she or won’t she float on her lines?

FPB 971 Launch 127

FPB 97-1 Iceberg slips into the South Pacific.

FPB 971 Launch 125

And comes to rest, ready for finishing touches. And then sea trials begin.


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 18, 2014)

25 Responses to “FPB 97-1 The Moment of Truth”

  1. Brian Smith Says:

    Wow, she’s stunning!

  2. Scott Evangelista Says:

    beautiful – be interesting, although i am sure you know, how many gallons of fuel and water need to be aboard to bring her in trim

    are those letters raised…hard to tell if its just awesome painting or you just welded them on!

  3. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Scot:
    She has full water and a small amount of diesel onboard.

  4. Scotto Says:

    oh, be still my beating heart…!


    congratulations everyone involved!

  5. JT Williams Says:

    So beautiful!

  6. Carl Nostrnd Says:

    Great build! She looks grand and majestic. Can’t wait for sea trials to Alaska.

  7. RobS Says:

    Whatever’s going on forward of that swim step has me intrigued, is that a tender garage?

    She’s a beauty but I still think of all the designs and models so far the 78 looks like the best compromise on luxury, style, size, comfort and short handed capability.

  8. Steve Dashew Says:

    There are a pair of large lockers forward of the swim step.

  9. Rod Manser Says:

    large lockers,… ha ha. IT’S A RHIB WELL. Can you take the life stanchions off the back for launch and recovery underway? Is there an auto-winch to bring it back aboard? Since we couldn’t be there, thanks for the pics Steve.

  10. Steve Dashew Says:

    Could be a RIB well, but not here.

  11. Bob N Says:

    Moooost intrigued by the gap in the transom and the opening in the aft deck. Dinghy garage? But the gap in the transom of the boarding platform doesn’t seem wide enough and the (rather omnipresent) davit doesn’t seem placed to match the gap in the deck. Please explain.

  12. Steve Dashew Says:

    There are a pair of large lockers forward of the swim step.

  13. Don Joyce Says:

    It would be interesting to see how she was transferred to the railway from the cradle….Beautiful. A true tour de force!


  14. Carl E Says:

    Hi Steve: Congratulations on a most impressive vessel to all involved! I understand more info is coming, but two quick questions: 1. What are the dark squares to the side of the Great Room top roof: escape hatches? 2. For a vessel that size, the electronics on the mast seem to be a bit less than one would expect. Still more to be fitted?

  15. Steve Dashew Says:

    Morning Carl:
    Those squares are hatches for ventilation. There are still some electroics to be fitted. However, most antennae are now in place.

  16. Jono Frankfort Says:

    Good afternoon Steve,
    Any chance of a straight on stern shot? I am intrigued by the exposed shell plating and framing visible forward of the transom, most evident in the second photo of this post. The aft deck cut out seems a bit steep for a boarding ladder off a swim platform. Any chance you are hiding an entry hatch below the photo sight line?
    What is the chance of seeing some finished interior shots?
    Can’t wait to see her fully rigged. You have designed us one baaaaad asssssss vessel. THANK YOU!!
    Warmest regards,

  17. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Jono:
    Thanks for the kudos. It has been a long team effort between Circa, the owner and his representitive and ourselves. There will be more photos in the next few weeks, but not as much as in the past as there are privacy issues (which are common in this end of the business).

  18. JohnS Says:

    I can’t even imagine what the 115 will accomplish next, let alone this gorgeous headturner! Every previous FPB so far has seemed to meet or exceed its goals and it’s owner’s expectations. Sounds crazy…but this 97 may be analogous to your trusty old Swiss Army Knife that you just can’t live without on any adventure, crossed with perhaps a timeless design aesthetic such as the Mercedes Benz Gullwing, which became an incomparable luxury performance vehicle during it’s day and age. Can’t wait to see the results/numbers come in. Thanks for sharing with us and keep up the great work!


  19. Steve Dashew Says:

    Thanks for the kind words John. We have something interesting coming shortly on the topic of performance.

  20. Shannon Says:

    I am very impressed with the speeds & efficiency you achieve on everything you build. Can’t wait to see the numbers on this beast. I know you guys like to go fast for safety, weather windows etc, not to mention it’s nice to get to a distant destination fast but I am also curious what the fuel burn would be if you cut back to much lower speeds. I can really see myself cutting back to 7 or 8 knots if our destination is fairly close or if we are cruising a scenic coast. We often enjoy getting there as much as being there if our destination is fairly close.
    LOL My tune very well may change if I had a boat capable of doing 250+ miles a day efficiently but I am curious what the fuel burn would be at lower speeds. Just an off the cuff estimate. I am not a serious customer yet but if all goes well I will be knocking on your door in 2 to 3 years. 🙂 Great job on Iceberg. It’s stunning in form and function. I can’t stop looking at it.

  21. Steve Dashew Says:

    We will have an update post on fuel burn, Shannon, including going slower, in the near future.

  22. Rod Manser Says:

    PS. Is she 97 ft. to the transom without the swim step platform? Or was that overall.


  23. Steve Dashew Says:

    32.7 m waterline, Rod, + a little on the pointy end.

  24. Shannon Says:

    I love the extension. Performance & efficiency gains aside, it’s a great place to board the dingy or just hang out close to the water. I would love to sit back there & drag my feet in the water but you would probably yell at me for increasing drag. 🙂

  25. Antonio Carvalho Says:

    I continue Flabbergasted