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. This is our first taste of her steering characteristics downwind in short steep seas. The waves are off the stern quarter.

Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (December 19, 2014)

12 Responses to “FPB 97 Iceberg: Surfing Off Before A Wicked New Zealand Gale”

  1. Noel Anderson Says:

    Hi… That’s a great video…How long did it take you to get from Waiheke to Whangarei??
    The last time I did that trip, in a 23′ sail boat, it took me 2 days, stopping over
    night at Mansion House Bay…Those where the days….

    Kindest Regards Noel… Melbourne OZ

  2. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Noel:
    The FPB 97 has been doing most of its trialing at 12.5 knots, 2200 RPM with current props. With the breeze at her back the trip to Whangerie was run at a little over 13 knots.

  3. Scott Evangelista Says:

    would have been great to see drone footage of this 🙂

  4. Carlos V. Sucre Says:

    Amazing. Looks rock solid in that confused sea

  5. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Carlos:
    The 97 is a larger Wind Horse, scaled with refinements, so the stability in the sea state shown is as exected. What will be fun is when FPB 97-1 finds herself in big seas with a longer fetch, and gets a chance to get in long high speed surfs.

  6. Rod Manser Says:

    Thank you for this video. Love the way the she lifts up and over and gently surfs back down. Is the microphone accurately recording how quiet she is in the forward main salon area? – that would be fantastic. Also wondering if you plan changes to gearing and or prop pitch. Upper deck looks like a nice work of art!


  7. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Rod:
    No adjustments have been made to the audio tracks of the video.

  8. Jono Frankfort Says:

    Hi Steve,
    Noticed in the video from the great room front window the slotted extrusions along the inboard sides of the dorade boxes. What are they to be used for?
    Please send my best wishes for a healthy, safe and happy holiday season to the entire FPB team.
    Happy Holiday,

  9. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Jono:
    The slotted extrusions to which you are referring on the FPB 97 coamings are for a foredeck awning.

  10. Carlos Says:

    Best wishes 2015. Thanks for your sharing.

  11. John Says:

    How long a hull would still reflect the design principles? I asked before but I’ve misplaced you answer. Seems like something like 150 feet would still work?


  12. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi John:
    We have not yet finalized and digested our trial data from FPB 97-1. Once this is completed we will know better the answer to your question.