“If ‘location, location, location’ is the motto of the real estate business, then ‘purpose, purpose, purpose’ is the marine industry counterpart-a mantra no one believes as strongly as Steve Dashew. We saw how Dashew applied function to form in the conception of his legendary Deerfoot and Sundeer sailing yachts. He’s at it again, but this time he’s designed a motoryacht that he affectionately calls the Unsailboat.”
Steve and Linda Dashew have been sailing together for 40+ years. They courted on small racing catamarans in the 1960s. In 1975 they moved up to a 50-foot monohull for what was supposed to be a one-year cruise through the South Pacific. As sometimes happens, plans changed, and it was seven years before they came back to land. During their circumnavigation Steve and Linda home-schooled their two young daughters, built several advanced cruising yachts that became the foundation for a successful design and construction business, and wrote the first of eight books about life aboard and ocean seamanship.
In the past 30 years, over fifty of their yachts (Deerfoot, Sundeer, Beowulf, and now the FPB series) have been launched. They have cruised more than 250,000 miles. Their most recent yacht, FPB 83 Wind Horse, is a groundbreaking 83-foot (25m) ocean-crossing motor yacht in which they logged over 50,000 miles in five years.
More than 250 of their articles have appeared in magazines around the world.
They blog for SetSail about their experiences cruising. Check back frequently to join in on their latest adventures, and browse through the archives for previous SetSail articles from the past decade.
SetSail started life in 1997 as a simple website to share a few ideas with cruising friends. Then several bluewater veterans asked to join the fun. Before we knew it we had a fleet of half a dozen reporters chiming in from around the world and were getting a couple million hits a month. The bandwidth and administration grew accordingly, to the point where it was starting to interfere with cruising, exploring new frontiers, and family responsibilities. This is, after all, supposed to be fun! With that in mind, we changed the structure of SetSail so that we can continue to cruise and share what we are learning and experiencing with SetSailors. We imported all our old articles into this WordPress blog, which will make it easier for us to post articles while we’re out cruising. The search engine and navigation make it easier to find the specific articles you’re looking for. And when we get the time, we’re going to tag a bunch of our articles so that you can navigate by topic as well. Plus quite a few more new features for the website have risen above the horizon. Many of you have been traveling online with us for the past 18 years. We welcome you aboard for the next leg of the journey! – Steve and Linda