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Why FPB? The Concept Explained...

The FPB fleet is judged to be the best ocean-crossing motor yachts today. To find out why, read on.

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The Concept

Why FPB? The Concept Explained…

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We’ve been chasing the holy grail of the perfect cruising yacht for 40 years. The Deerfoot, Sundeer and Beowulf series are considered the premiere sailing yachts on which to circumnavigate. The FPB fleet is judged by the most experienced owners and journalists to be the best ocean-crossing motor yachts today. To find out why, read on:

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Why FPB? Owners and Editors Talk…

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In case you don’t have an FPB anchored nearby, we’ve included below some brief comments from several of our owners, as well as a couple of hard-nosed magazine editors. We’ll start with Bill Parlatore, the individual many credit with the start and nurturing of the ocean cruising powerboat industry. [Read the rest »]

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

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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 »]

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 »]

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Boat By Boat

FPB 70 – A New Baby Sister!

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There’s a new kid on the block, a smaller sibling to the FPB 97 and 78, and like most younger family members, this one is as tough as nails. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78: The Dream Machine

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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 97 – Code Name “Wicked”

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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.

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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 64 – Introduction

When we wrote this introduction five years ago, during the depths of a marine industry depression, we had no idea that the summer of 2015 would have ten FPB 64s in the water cruising, and an 11th in the build cycle. For all the latest FPB 64 updates, click here. [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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Making It Happen

FPB 78 – The Concept Evolves
(January 30th, 2016)

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The design process for us has always been an evolutionary spiral. As we get further into the project, as the pieces begin to come together, we almost always discover hidden gems that, when teased into reality, help to make a better product. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Last Details: Quick Visit
(January 24th, 2016)

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Creating, fine tuning, and testing yachts intended for serious cruising is demanding, intense work–as you can see above. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Has Sole
(December 18th, 2015)

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With the annual holiday shutdown at Circa comes a massive cleanup of the work in progress… [Read the rest »]

Re-Thinking FPB Prop Design
(December 16th, 2015)

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You are looking at one of the two ZF propellers for FPB 78-1. Very high aspect ratio blades with relative low blade area. But maybe this isn’t the optimum. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 -Thanksgiving 2015
(November 30th, 2015)

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We’ve been gently reminded that new content has been lacking – our feeble excuse is that we have been swamped. As it is Thanksgiving weekend and we have much for which to be thankful, a pause for a brief update on the FPB 78-1, starting with a couple on interior photos. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 Custom Jewelry
(October 26th, 2015)

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You are looking at as lovely a piece of yachting jewelry as has ever been afloat. The creation of Circa’s  [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 Dream Team Part One
(October 23rd, 2015)

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We’ve been blessed over the years with the good fortune to work with many great owners and marine professionals, and with the FPB 78 design and build cycle this has continued in a unique manner. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 Update: Putting Things In Perspective – Maintenance, Storage, And Lots Of Details
(October 21st, 2015)

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A quick report from New Zealand, starting with what is at the top of our list for successful cruising. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 Update: Anchored In Reality
(October 5th, 2015)

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We have been accused in the past of being obsessive about our ground tackle systems, to which we contentedly plead guilty.

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FPB 78 – Making The Hard Stuff Easy
(September 24th, 2015)

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We discovered long ago that a key part to agreeable yacht ownership is systems efficiency and access. The FPB 78 takes us closer to perfection in this regard than ever before. [Read the rest »]

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Living The Dream

FPB Owner Blogs – Adventures of Avatar
(February 10th, 2016)

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From time to time we like to feature owner blogs here on SetSail. Returning readers will no doubt be familiar with the stunning photography and narrative style of FPB 64-1 Avatar owner Carol Parker. [Read the rest »]

Dashew Offshore History – Fast Is Fun
(February 8th, 2016)

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Beowulf leaving Norfolk, VA on her way to the BVI at the start of the 2001 Caribbean 1500. [Read the rest »]

Dashew Offshore: A Bit Of History Part 2 – The Big Roach Cruising Main
(January 16th, 2016)

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You are looking at a huge mistake: a new mainsail that did not fit, with too much roach. [Read the rest »]

Dashew Offshore – A Bit Of History Part 1
(January 13th, 2016)

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Innismara, the yacht that started us thinking so many years ago… [Read the rest »]

Once In A Blue Moon Deal – Updated 12/7/2015
(December 7th, 2015)

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We offered SetSailors this special Once in a Blue Moon Deal earlier this year. As the holidays approach, our inventory is almost sold out. With just a few hundred copies left, the sale continues … [Read the rest »]

The Best Thing About Cruising, Old Friends, And A Few Days In Fiji
(October 13th, 2015)

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There are many wonderful things about the cruising lifestyle. But the one we love the most is

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Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras: We Continue To Be Amazed
(October 6th, 2015)

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The new Sony A7R2 42 MP camera body is truly a breakthrough. There is nothing remotely close to its capabilities of which we are aware. [Read the rest »]

Pam Wall: Welcome to the FPB Family
(September 8th, 2015)

The universe of circumnavigators is a small world. It’s not unusual to meet somebody in an anchorage or a far-off port, spend a few days together, form a strong bond borne of common interests, meet up again years later, and pick up right where you left off. [Read the rest »]

Featured Video: The Journeys of FPB 64 Iron Lady
(August 21st, 2015)

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Pete Rossin has recently posted a beautiful video on YouTube.

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FPB 64 Sarah Sarah Anchored In Lituya Bay, Alaska And A New Slide Show By Sue Henry
(August 6th, 2015)

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Sue Henry sent us this lovely photo of Sarah Sarah anchored in Lituya Bay, the location of the highest tidal wave in recorded history. How does 1720 feet sound? [Read the rest »]

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