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Why FPB?

After 140,000+ nautical miles, the international marine press answer the question.

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The Concept

Why FPB? Owners Talk…


We’ve been chasing the holy grail of the perfect cruising vehicle for 40 years. The Deerfoot, Sundeer and Beowulf series of sailing yachts got us close. The FPB series brings our bow right up to the chalice.

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Motor Yacht Stability, Comfort, and Safety – An Updated Compilation

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When you head offshore your safety depends on stability, both upright and ultimate (the heel angle at which you don’t recover from a knockdown). Given today’s software and computing power, calculating stability is a relatively straightforward exercise. This is required for commercial vessels, larger yachts, and generally for any flag state/class certification such as MCA, RINA, ABS, etc. We would not go offshore without this data, and we don’t think you should either.

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FPB: Cruising Speed, Range Under Power, And The Real World


Those of you familiar with our work will know that we consider being able to maintain comparatively fast cruising speeds the most important factor in safe, comfortable ocean crossing. Get this right and you enjoy making passages. Get it wrong and you will prefer sitting at the dock reading about the folks who are really out there cruising. [Read the rest »]

A New Paradigm for Cruising

Our design goal has always been to cross oceans in maximum comfort and safety [Read the rest »]

Time Machine

We have just had the most amazing four months of cruising. (This post was written in 2008, after voyaging from California to the UK.) [Read the rest »]

Living With 360 Degree Views

We’ve been trying to describe what it is like to have the majority of our day to day experience aboard in an area with 360-degree views. [Read the rest »]

FPB – A Woman’s Perspective

People are always asking how I like cruising on this new boat. (This post was written by Linda Dashew in 2007, after the first three seasons of cruising aboard FPB 83 Wind Horse.) [Read the rest »]

Weathering the Storm

The following was originally written in the fall of 2008 as the economic system appeared to be melting down. [Read the rest »]

The Black Swan Theory Of Cruising


We were having morning eggs and coffee at Serenity Cafe (our favorite breakfast spot in Whangarei) [Read the rest »]

Evaluating Stability and Capsize Risks For Yachts


Over the last couple of years we have had a number of discussions about the mechanics of stability and capsize risks. [Read the rest »]

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Boat By Boat

FPB 130 – It Is The Real Deal

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A 5,000 NM range at 14 knots, ice class hull strength, rescue craft-like capsize resistance and recovery, 20kW solar array, hyper efficient heating cooling/ventilation, and the most comfortable ocean crossing ride make the FPB 130

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FPB 97 – Code Name “Wicked” – Updated



Slicing through the barriers of what can and cannot be done with a large yacht, the Wicked FPB 97 redefines the cruising paradigm. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78: The Dream Machine (Updated September 1, 2014)

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The FPB 78 is the newest member of the FPB squadron. With metal cutting for the third FPB 78 underway (FPB 78- one, two and three are for current or former FPB owners), this Dream Machine is off to the fastest start in FPB history.

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FPB 64 – Theory & Reality

When we wrote this introduction three years ago, during the depths of a marine industry depression, we had no idea that the summer of 2013 would have seven FPB 64s in the water cruising, and three more in the build cycle. For all the latest FPB 64 updates, click here. [Read the rest »]

FPB 64 Introduction – Basic Specs

“When the Dashews finally decided to resort to motive power, Steve Dashew designed a boat with the spirit of a yacht that could take on the roughest seas…”
–Boat International Magazine


Every now and then in yacht design, the thousands of details involved to produce a boat combine in a unique way, creating a vessel which performs substantially better than projected. [Read the rest »]

FPB Update: 64 Progress – Posted by Todd

“Against the Wind…With his new powerboat design, world cruiser Steve Dashew continues a lifelong pattern of challenging the status quo.”
–Soundings Magazine

I have just returned from a very productive week in New Zealand and wanted to share some of the photos taken while on the ground at our builder, Circa Marine. There was much covered during the trip – here are a few of the latest details surrounding the FPB 64 program. [Read the rest »]

FPB 83 – Wind Horse

“…One of the coolest boats I have had the pleasure to spend time on.
-Bill Parlatore, Passagemaker Magazine

Let us take you on a tour of the FPB prototype, Wind Horse.

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FPB 115 – A New Paradigm

“…You’ll fall for this yacht the way a woodworker falls for his band saw.”
–Yachting Magazine

Our work flow on a new design goes through several phases the first of which we call the gestation period. [Read the rest »]

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Making It Happen

FPB 97-1 A Few Details
(May 18th, 2015)

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We have been limited in sharing details of the FPB 97-1. In this post we will give you a quick overview of a few of the more interesting design and construction aspects. [Read the rest »]

The Wicked One Revealed – The FPB 97 Shows Her Stuff
(May 11th, 2015)


A fresh breeze, smooth 12.5 to 13 knots, perfect light, and world class photographer Ivor Wilkins. Not much more you could ask for.

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Wave Piercing – The Secret To Ocean Crossing Comfort and Speed
(May 8th, 2015)



We learned a long time ago that the key to happy cruising is a smooth ride uphill. Careful weather routing and a good turn of speed reduces your exposure, but those inevitable rough upwind passages are what people remember [Read the rest »]

Mega Drone Photos, FPB 97 Details, And Other News From Recent Trip To New Zealand
(May 7th, 2015)

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We have just returned from New Zealand and there is lots to share about the FPB world. We’ll start with Todd Rickard using an iPhone app for photography during additional trials aboard FPB 97-1. [Read the rest »]

FPB 97 Performance Prediction Contest: And The Winner Is…
(April 28th, 2015)


With the publishing of the first batch of performance data from FPB 97-1 it is time to declare a winner in the prediction contest. [Read the rest »]

FPB 97-1 Performance Data
(April 20th, 2015)

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We have just finished a first look at the FPB 97-1 sea trials and two passages worth of data. What can be done on board this 110-foot 100 ton yacht, with just 600 HP [Read the rest »]

FPB 97 and the FPB Concept: What The Establishment Thinks
(April 7th, 2015)


What would you assume is the ocean-crossing yacht of choice for the editor of a preeminent megayacht magazine who’s seen it all? Read Stewart Campbell’s editor’s letter in the April 2015 edition of Boat International to find out. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 – Get Your Dancing Shoes Ready, And Other Updates
(April 3rd, 2015)

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Having previously entertained you with photos of the great room sole, we thought its support and isolation would be of interest, along with a few other tidbits. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 Update – We’ve Got Sole, Baby
(March 27th, 2015)

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It’s Friday, March Madness is upon us, and it is obvious that the FPB 78-1 has sole, and lots of it. This first photo is from the aft end of the galley looking forward. [Read the rest »]

Seeking Your Cruising Nirvana? Start With The Best Tool. -Posted by Todd
(March 18th, 2015)

This first photo was taken aboard FPB 64-3 Iron Lady during one of her initial owner’s trials. It shows her heading out the channel to the deep blue, something the FPB lineup is particularly well suited to, much like a thoroughbred horse running the track, or a pointing dog on the upland hunt. The oceans of the world are the FPBs’ playground, and they are particularly adept at taking their owners safely, comfortably, and efficiently to new horizons. You won’t find FPBs sitting at marinas or hiding out, waiting for the elusive “perfect weather window”. Instead, they are out fulfilling their owners’ dreams. The average FPB owner cruises between 7,000-10,000 nautical miles per year. [Read the rest »]

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Living The Dream

Keep On Racking Up Those Sea Miles – posted by Sarah
(April 30th, 2015)


Occasionally we hear from some of our Sundeer and Deerfoot owners. They let us know about cruising plans, meeting up with other Dashew designs, and racking up those ocean miles. Russ and Gwen Hobbs, who own Sundeer 60 A Train (pictured above anchored next to Sundeer 64 Touche M’Dear) recently wrote in to give us the scoop. [Read the rest »]

Cruising Off The Beaten Path – A Rocky Start
(April 16th, 2015)

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While awaiting the splash of our new FPB, we have acquired an enhanced photographic tool: a Toyota 4-Runner. To get a head start on the learning curve of what this beast is capable of and what we should avoid, we turned to off-road aficionados Mary and Scott Flanders. The Flanders are compulsive photographers, who circumnavigated aboard their Nordhavn 46, Egret. [Read the rest »]

Happy 5th Birthday Avatar!
(April 7th, 2015)


It’s hard to believe that FPB 64-1 Avatar is five years old. In that relatively short period, she has traveled over 36,000 nautical miles and visited 17 countries. [Read the rest »]

“Disruptive Yacht Design” – Posted By Sarah
(February 27th, 2015)

iosHi folks, Sarah here– I was just browsing the blogs and found this teaser for an upcoming feature in Boat International on innovative yacht designers. I thought it might be of interest to SetSailors: Swizzle Blog.

Ultimate Flashlight – Light Up Your Life
(February 23rd, 2015)

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We are into flashlights, and those available today are simply amazing in what they can do using LED technology. This post is about three of the best we have found. [Read the rest »]

FPB Owner Blog Spotlight: FPB 64 Avatar in Central America
(January 30th, 2015)


FPB 64-1 Avatar is currently wending its way down through Central America. Owner Carol Parker, an avid photographer, has joined up to explore and document the adventures. [Read the rest »]

Resolution For The New Year – Don’t Wait, Do It Now
(December 30th, 2014)

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Waiting is never easy, and when it is for the next big thing in your life – in our case what we think is our ultimate cruising machine – it is even harder.

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FPB Yachts 2015 Calendar Now Available
(December 29th, 2014)

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Thanks to the generosity of our family of FPB owners who, once again, freely provided many of the featured pictures, we are happy to offer you this 13-month (January-January) wall calendar. [Read the rest »]

FPB 97-1: First Sea Trial Video
(December 10th, 2014)


Here is a very short video of FPB 97-1 on her third day of sea trials. [Read the rest »]

Survival Storm Tactic Tested Off The Needles In Breaking Seas: Updated With Video
(December 2nd, 2014)


The ultimate survival storm tactic, jogging into breaking seas, has had its first (and hopefully last) FPB test. This took place recently off the Needles near the Isle of Wight in the UK’s Solent. [Read the rest »]

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