FPB Owners: Living Well & Going Places!

With 14 FPBs now afloat and four more in build, FPB owners are traveling to faraway ports and blogging about it.

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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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The Black Swan Theory Of Cruising – Updated


Our approach to yacht design (as well as investing) is captured by Nassim Taleb’s black swan theory of economics. [Read the rest »]

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 »]

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!

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 – Updated Aug 5, 2016


The FPB 78 is the fourth design in this series, fine-tuned by over 100,000 miles of open ocean FPB experience during the past eight years, [Read the rest »]

FPB 97 – Code Name “Wicked”


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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The Logs

Air Conditioning With Solar Power? Yes, With FPB 78-1 Cochise
(September 29th, 2016)


We are about to demonstrate the holy grail of solar energy. But first, the backstory… [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Cochise: First Serious Air Conditioning Test And Record Solar Output
(September 22nd, 2016)


We are “anchored” in Denarau, visiting friends on the leeward side off the big island in Fiji. The breeze is non-existent to light, and it is hot–very hot. Perfect conditions to test air conditioning and ventilation. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1: Motion At Anchor
(September 19th, 2016)


Cochise has now traveled 3500 nautical miles and to date has not needed any stabilization at anchor. We determined to correct this oversight, so we stopped for the evening in Natadola Harbor, a spot known for good surfing on the reef break at the pass entrance. [Read the rest »]

New Home Page Look: The Logs Column
(September 16th, 2016)

We’ve gone to a simpler front page format! With this new three column layout, all new content will be under one wide righthand column titled “The Logs”. The wider format gives us a little more space to play with, and lets readers scroll through new content without confusion. Enjoy The Logs and stay tuned for more…

FPB In The News: All The Reasons We Cruise
(September 13th, 2016)


Stan & Valerie Creighton have a lovely article in the latest edition of Berthon Magazine[Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 First Passage: The Hardest Part Is Just Going
(September 8th, 2016)


Getting away on first passages are the hardest. There is always more to do than time allows. But at some point you have to say “Enough, we are out of here.” In our case a reasonable weather window was the incentive to get on with it. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Cochise Halfway To Fiji: Posted by Sarah
(September 1st, 2016)


This afternoon’s latitude/longitude ping from Cochise‘s Iridium shows the crew well along the route to Fiji. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Underway Towards Fiji
(August 30th, 2016)


Breem Head is in our wake, and Cochise is running free, squared away towards the north. [Read the rest »]

It Is Time
(August 29th, 2016)

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It has been a wet and windy winter for FPB 78-1 Cochise and her Kiwi boat builders at Circa. Perfect for sea trials. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 Great Room: A Study In Light
(August 23rd, 2016)


The FPB 78 Great Room brings with it a festival of light, a wondrous ever-changing melding of inside and out. Whatever the weather and wherever your eyes lead, there is a constantly evolving mix of visual elements.  [Read the rest »]

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