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Why FPB?

After 135,000+ nautical miles, FPB owners answer the question.

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The Concept

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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Why FPB? Owners Talk…

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

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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

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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

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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 97 – Code Name “Wicked” – Updated

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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

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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 All Charged Up: Solar Report From Mark Fritzer
(January 26th, 2015)

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Hi Everyone! I’m freshly back from a trip to Whangarei to do some testing on the 97 prior to delivery. While Todd and Sarah relaxed in the boardroom with flat whites enduring endless meetings, I was able to get aboard the 97 and do some eagerly anticipated testing of the electrical system. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Moving Day
(January 20th, 2015)

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It is moving day for FPB 78-1. She is on passage to the fit out hall as welding has been completed, and this space is required for the third FPB 78 to begin its journey. [Read the rest »]

From The Ground Up – Posted By Sarah
(January 9th, 2015)

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When you enter the shop floor and stand looking up at 78-1′s enormous bow, you really start to get a sense for the size and scope of the newest FPB model. It’s hard not to have a big smile on your face. (Pictured above left to right are: Ryan Wynott, Sarah Dashew, Todd Rickard and Mark Fritzer.) [Read the rest »]

FPB 97-1 Iceberg: A Day Of Tests – Posted By Sarah
(January 7th, 2015)

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Tuesday morning finds us wending our way out to open water on Iceberg. A battery of tests are in store: everything from engine load and fuel burn, to optimizing stabilizer settings, checking roll periods, loading alternators, and pretty much anything you can think of in between. [Read the rest »]

Kicking Off 2015 With A Trip Down Under – Posted By Sarah
(January 4th, 2015)

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Summer is kicking into high gear down in Whangarei, New Zealand, and FPB 97-1′s solar panels are humming along (though a seagull does create a little shadow). Todd, Mark Fritzer and I have flown down to do some work with the Circa Team and catch up on our “flat white” addictions… [Read the rest »]

FPB 97 Iceberg: Surfing Off Before A Wicked New Zealand Gale
(December 19th, 2014)

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Come aboard FPB 97-1 Iceberg for a quick ride from Waiheke Island to Whangarei. [Read the rest »]

FPB 97-1 Drone Photos (and video)- What You Really Need under The Tree
(December 14th, 2014)

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Being very 21st century in all things to do with serious cruising, we have a demo of a pair of ultimate cruising tools.

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FPB 97-1 Sea Trials – Kicking Up The Revs
(December 9th, 2014)

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FPB 97-1 is working its way up the engine load chart. Todd Rickard shot some video last week aboard, from which this transom shot is extracted. [Read the rest »]

FPB 97 – Efficient At Anchor And Underway
(December 8th, 2014)

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The FPB 97 employs a massive solar array of the most efficient panels you can buy, a unique passive/active ventilation system, and massive traction battery bank, to minimize and in some cases eliminate generator time at anchor. Theory up till now, we are starting to get real world data and the results look promising. [Read the rest »]

FPB 97 Sea Trials – Veem Props Are For Real
(December 5th, 2014)

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In an earlier post we mentioned having learned the hard way to take propeller manufacturers’ performance claims with a healthy dose of skepticism. Now that we have had an early taste of the Veem interceptor propellers, we can tell you they work as advertised on FPB 97-1. [Read the rest »]

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Living The Dream

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

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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)

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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)

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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 »]

Extreme Weather Tactics Article In Berthon’s Magazine
(October 17th, 2014)

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Steve has an interesting article on extreme weather tactics in the most recent edition of UK-based Berthon’s Lifestyle Magazine. They were kind enough to allow us to embed a pdf of the article here for SetSailors to peruse. [Read the rest »]

Sony Alpha 7 Camera Series – Further Evaluation
(September 22nd, 2014)

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With the day-to-day pressure on the FPB 78 Series winding down we’ve had time to do some more camera testing. The goal is maximum quality for minimum hassle, with a high degree of portability.

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Thai Government Clamps Down on Yachts – Posted By Sarah
(September 18th, 2014)

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Our SetSail spies in Thailand have just made us aware of some interesting regulatory changes for those cruising in Thai waters. According to the Phuket News, all foreign-flagged vessels must now be equipped with AIS tracking devices. There is no vessel size limit on the requirement–all boats small and large have to comply. [Read the rest »]

An FPB 64, A Party, And Some Old Stones: Report From England – Posted By Sarah
(August 25th, 2014)

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Todd and I have just returned stateside after a trek east to England, where we celebrated FPB 64 Grey Wolf‘s demi-circumnavigation with press, pubs, and parties. [Read the rest »]

Hard Core Weather Watchers Alert -Bertha Is Going to Rock
(August 7th, 2014)

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Hurricane Bertha has gotten a little press so far, but her evolution to extra-tropical structure indicates big things may be in store for the UK and parts of Europe.

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