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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…


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…


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


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 »]

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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

Plumbing the Depths, Or Not, With FPB 78-1
(August 24th, 2015)

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You are looking at a sea-change in the way we do raw water for the engines. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1: Critical Phase Visit Last Day
(July 29th, 2015)

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With a project as massive and complex as the FPB 78, there are times when we ask ourselves why we are still doing this. After all, we could have been cruising on Wind Horse these past three years. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Plumbing Refinements: Being Ready To Switch Course
(July 28th, 2015)

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Modern yachts are amazingly complex, with numerous interrelated and conflicting requirements. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1: Workshop, Steering and Fuel Details
(July 27th, 2015)

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Is this crew quarters, lazarette, engine room, or workshop? For us it might be considered all or some of the preceding. Right now it is going to be the workshop we always dreamed of having, [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Critical Phase Visit
(July 26th, 2015)

FPB 78 1 Critical Phase Visit

There comes a time during the building of the first of a series when it becomes critical to have a look and detailed consultation with the various trades involved in the construction process. That time is now, and although we have a long list of discussions over the next three days, we will try to file a brief report daily. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 Engine Room Coming Into Focus
(July 23rd, 2015)

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Last week the engines were dropped onto their beds for the final time, and it now becomes possible to get a sense for how well this layout is going to work. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78: Getting Wired
(July 20th, 2015)

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With mechanical systems installation wrapping up, and furniture modules being installed, the time has come to begin wiring on the first of the FPB 78s. [Read the rest »]

Marine Electronics: The Correct Blend of Capabilities
(July 17th, 2015)


Having earned our cruising stripes with a sextant and lead line, when we were rarely ever certain of our location underway, we love the accuracy and ease of use of modern electronics. But it’s easy to get lost in the bells and whistles, at the expense of situational awareness. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78: More On Systems
(June 23rd, 2015)

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Reliable air conditioning, fridge operation, and water maker output depend on a clean flow of salt water. Trapping air in the plumbing, which leads to loss of flow, is a common problem due to suboptimal layout. This is the way it should be done. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 Systems Update: June 15, 2015
(June 15th, 2015)

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Some of the hardest details to get right are alternator brackets. It is a question of drive belt, alignment, and structure. And these 7kW DC alternators – which can consume as much as 20 HP – are the most difficult of all. [Read the rest »]

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Living The Dream

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


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 »]

Once In A Blue Moon Deal – Only for SetSailors
(July 31st, 2015)

As Steve & Linda begin to simplify their lives in preparation for going cruising again, they are eliminating the online store. With this in mind, we are offering a special package just for SetSailors. [Read the rest »]

Soundings Magazine Interview and Slide Show on Linda and Steve Dashew
(July 22nd, 2015)

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The August 2015 issue of Soundings magazine has an interview with Linda and Steve and a lovely online slide show. [Read the rest »]

Old Aluminum Yachts – How Do You know The Hull Is Sound?
(July 21st, 2015)

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The 30 year old Deerfoot II recently had the thickness of her hull plating surveyed, and we thought the results might be of interest. [Read the rest »]

FPB 64 Grey Wolf To 80 Degrees 27 Minutes North
(July 19th, 2015)

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FPB 64 Grey Wolf has reached 80 degrees, 27 minutes north latitude, within 573 nautical miles of the North Pole!

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FPB 64 Grey Wolf Nears Svalbard: Summer Cruising In The High Arctic
(June 30th, 2015)


FPB 64 Grey Wolf is starting a summer of arctic cruising. Making a direct passage from Scotland, she is currently less than a day out from Svalbard, well inside the arctic circle at 74 degrees shown in the graphic above. [Read the rest »]

FPB 64-7 Buffalo Nickel Reports From Vanuatu
(June 22nd, 2015)


Stan and Valerie Creighton have shepherded Buffalo Nickel over to Vanuatu this season, in part to lend a hand in the ongoing rescue efforts after the damage wreaked by Cyclone Pam.  [Read the rest »]

Camera Test: Are The Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras Good Enough For Serious Cruising Photography?
(June 14th, 2015)

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We are starting to think about personal gear, art, tools, and spares for FPB 78-1. High on this list is camera gear. We thought you might enjoy seeing the results of a recent test. [Read the rest »]

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 »]

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