Dashew Logs

Steve and Linda write a regular column for SetSailors from wherever they happen to be. Join in as they cruise the world and discuss topics of interest to sailors everywhere. Here you’ll find their articles dating from 1996 to the present.

FPB 78 Video: A Very Fine Panama Canal Transit

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Watch FPB 78-1 Cochise transit the Panama Canal, using a unique side thrusting technique to keep the fenders clean…

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 1, 2016)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: ETA 17th Street Bridge 1330

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Attention SetSailors! Cochise is approaching landfall, ETA at the 17th Street bridge in Fort Lauderdale around 1330 local time. If anyone in the area wants to check her out, say hello, and maybe shoot us a photo, they’ll be sure to wave. Feel free to send any photos to sarah@setsail.com. Welcome to the USA, Cochise!
-Sarah


Posted by admin  (November 29, 2016)    |    Comments (5)

FPB 78-1 Cochise Is In The Atlantic

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*Note: FPB 78-1 Cochise is currently just rounding Cuba, with an ETA at 17th Street bridge in Fort Lauderdale sometime Tuesday afternoon. The following post was written after transit last Tuesday.*

Cochise has just completed the Panama Canal transit and is in the Atlantic Ocean. Of all our transits this was… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 28, 2016)    |    Comments (4)

For Lightning Bugs Everywhere

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For those of you wondering if it is worth the hassle of bonding the metal on your fiberglass yacht, we offer a series of photos from one squall in the Gulf of Panama.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 22, 2016)    |    Comments (11)

A Pirate’s Paradise

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Our first visit to Panama was in the same era that the North Koreans first decided they wanted to reunite with their southern neighbors. In those days, our heads were filled with visions of one English gentleman, Mr. Henry Morgan, who exhibited a love for all things Spanish and visited the area twice as a result. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 20, 2016)    |    Comments (5)

Using Modern Tools To Manage And Extend Cruising Range Under Power

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We begin writing this post halfway through a 4,700 nautical mile passage, under power, against the trade winds and prevailing current, between French Polynesia and Panama. The accurate fuel consumption data available with tier II and tier III diesel engines has completely changed our approach to fuel management and the future passages we are thinking about undertaking…

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 18, 2016)    |    Comments (9)

Wishing New Zealand Quick Recovery

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Many SetSailors have been writing in to inquire as to Circa and FPB’s experience of yesterday’s massive earthquake. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (November 15, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

Change of Watch

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It is 0545 Friday, November 11th, 2016. FPB 78-1 Cochise is 4700 nautical miles from Raiatea in French Polynesia, 6400 nautical miles from Denerau, Fiji, barely a month after leaving. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 11, 2016)    |    Comments (11)

FPB 78 Cochise: Panama by Morning

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Buenas tardes del yate Cochise.  Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 10, 2016)    |    Comments (1)

Tuesday News From Cochise: Squalls, Data And Details

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Lots of excitement aboard FPB 78-1 Cochise in the last 24 hours, and a series of milestones. Cochise has seen the 9,000th NM roll under the hull, passed 1,000 hours on the engines, cruised into the sixth parallel north of the equator, and had some lovely downwind passaging weather. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 8, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: Weekend Update

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It is Saturday afternoon, Cochise and crew are chilling, and recovering from a dose of CED (current events depression). Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 7, 2016)    |    Comments (5)

Another First for Cochise: Crossing the Line

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After many attempts over lots of years we are happy to report we did it. We actually photographed crossing the equator exactly on the mark. (Note – we have not yet checked the GPS accuracy by flushing the toilets.) Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 4, 2016)    |    Comments (4)

Cochise Towards Panama: The Tide Has Turned (And Other Momentous Events)

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You may have caught a slight plaintive tone recently. We just don’t like losing 36 miles a day to current, even if we knew in advance it was a possibility. But the tide has turned. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 3, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 78-1 Cochise’s Solar Array: Even More Valuable Underway

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Cochise’s solar array is saving us substantial quantities of diesel on this passage. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (November 2, 2016)    |    Comments (12)

FPB 78-1: Greetings From the 4th Parallel (And a Birthday at Sea)

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Greetings from FPB 78-1 Cochise, where we have now crossed into the fourth parallel. The big news is that after 4000 nautical miles with the wind dead on the nose it has started to free a bit, having backed to the SE ever so slightly. Now, if the knot of west-flowing current would just go away. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 1, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

FPB 78 Cochise: Just 14 days to go to Panama!

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We are into the rhythm now, the quiet pace that can make long passages so appealing. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 29, 2016)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: A (Brief) Stop In Beautiful Fatu Hiva

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When we are asked our favorite destinations from a lifetime of cruising… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 26, 2016)    |    Comments (5)

FPB 78-1 Cochise Eastbound Towards Panama: Squall Season

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One of the advantages of heading upwind, against the trade winds, is that you see many more squalls than if you were going in their same direction. Given the political season, we thought the topic of squalls particularly apt… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 25, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

Dangerous Islands – A Look at The Simrad Halo Radar

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We are threading our way through the Tuamotus and giving the Simrad Halo radar a workout. Both Steve Parsons and your humble correspondent have been highly critical of the Halo radar and its performance with difficult targets, like breaking reefs. But it has gotten better with recently installed upgrades. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 24, 2016)    |    Comments (4)

We Are Out of Here

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We like squeezing into and out of tight places, and the fuel dock in Uturoa is high on the fun-factor scale. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 21, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

It’s Panama Direct (4700 NM): Deciding When To Depart

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FPB 78-1 Cochise is Panama-bound, 4700 nautical miles east from our present location, and the question of the day is when? We only arrived in Raiaitea four days ago, after 1800 miles, and you are probably thinking we are crazy to consider another passage so quickly. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 19, 2016)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78-1 Cochise – After A Very Quick 5000 NM

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FPB 78-1 Cochise has just completed a 1832 NM passage, Fiji to French Polynesia, against the prevailing wind and current, and has now seen more than 5000 NM pass under the hull in just four months. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 17, 2016)    |    Comments (16)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: Day 6 Underway and in Awe…

It is the morning of our sixth day since leaving Fiji, heading uphill against the trades to French Polynesia. We have been running for multi-hour periods, recording data from rpm, speed, mileage recipes as sea states, wind, and our displacement change… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 14, 2016)    |    Comments (5)

FPB 78-1 Passage Update: Palmerston Interlude

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Imagine a tropical island with lovely beaches, set in a turquoise lagoon, with windswept palms bending to the trade winds. Then think of the barrier reef, a vertical wall, with a 50-meter face. The anchorage is a shallow patch–10 to 15 meters deep–on this face, with the reef a boat length from the stern. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 14, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

Halfway There: Update from FPB 78-1 Cochise

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We have passed the halfway mark, always a cause for celebration. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 12, 2016)    |    Comments (2)

4,000 Nautical Miles And Counting: Passage Update

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We’ve just passed Cochise’s 4,000th nautical mile since launching four months ago. We’ve got 1200 NM to go for Bora Bora, the breeze is light out of the NW, and the barometer has quickly climbed to 1013 mb. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 11, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

FPB 78-1 Cochise Underway – Posted by Sarah

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As of 0115 GMT yesterday, Cochise and crew were well into their latest passage… Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (October 11, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

Fiji – A Great Cruising Destination

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Cochise’s all too short visit to Fiji has come to an end. It is time to head over the horizon.  Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 10, 2016)    |    Comments (4)

Ian Tibby – He Was Simply The Best

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Ian Tibby has passed on, released from a body that was failing him. But his presence will always be felt by those that depend on his engine rooms, as well as the family he left behind at Circa.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 7, 2016)    |    Comments (5)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: Our Dream Machine

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You are looking at one of the highs of the cruising lifestyle. Being anchored in crystal clear water with a lovely beach nearby. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 6, 2016)    |    Comments (14)

Hurricane Matthew And Being Prepared – Posted by Sarah

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With Hurricane Matthew at Category IV having just pummeled Haiti and heading quickly for the Florida coast, we wanted to revisit some good references on hurricane preparation. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (October 4, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

A Visit From The Man

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A systemic problem in the marine industry is that the professionals–everyone from managers, to yacht designers, electricians, and carpenters–rarely get to see how their projects work out in the real world. Bruce Farrand, the managing director at Circa, is visiting Cochise, experiencing what she has to offer, working with us to fine-tune an already highly evolved species, and improve further upon the next generation. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 30, 2016)    |    Comments (5)

Air Conditioning With Solar Power? Yes, With FPB 78-1 Cochise

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


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 29, 2016)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: First Serious Air Conditioning Test And Record Solar Output

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 22, 2016)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 78-1: Motion At Anchor

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 19, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 78-1 First Passage: The Hardest Part Is Just Going

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 8, 2016)    |    Comments (24)

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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Posted by admin  (September 4, 2016)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78-1 Cochise Halfway To Fiji: Posted by Sarah

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


Posted by admin  (September 1, 2016)    |    Comments (5)

FPB 78-1 Underway Towards Fiji

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


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 30, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

It Is Time

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 29, 2016)    |    Comments (12)

FPB 78 Great Room: A Study In Light

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 23, 2016)    |    Comments (18)

FPB 78 Video: Cochise Heaves-To And Stays Dry

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Cochise heaves-to FPB style during sea trials… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 22, 2016)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78 Aft Deck: A Study in Flexibility

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The aft deck of the FPB 78 is a study in flexibility. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 19, 2016)    |    Comments (10)

FPB 78 Video: Night Entrance to Whangaroa

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We’ve had a chance to use our new nav tools… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 11, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78 Video: Testing Fuel Burn for Passage Planning

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The following short video shows us testing FPB 78-1 Cochise in different rpm configurations. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 10, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78 Video: Quiet-As Cochise

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The already quiet FPB 78 is now almost silent in powerboat terms, with some exhaust system refinements. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 5, 2016)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78-1 Cochise Interior: First Look

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The time has come to invite you aboard Cochise. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 25, 2016)    |    Comments (17)

FPB 64-11 DreamTime and a Few Days Off From FPB 78-1 Sea Trials

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We’ve had a few days testing Cochise on our own, hanging out in the Bay of Islands. We’ve had FPB 64-11 for company part of the time,

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 22, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78-1 Video: The Ultimate Surfboard? Watch and Find Out

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The video you are about to watch represents a seminal moment in the design arc of the FPB world. The last two minutes take place in some of the most difficult steering conditions we have ever seen in 40+ years of cruising, and are an extreme test for the design philosophy that is the foundation for this new generation of FPBs. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 20, 2016)    |    Comments (20)

FPB 78-1 Sea Trial Video: Cochise Surfing Like A Pro

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Cochise had a chance to test surfing skills Sunday, down near Auckland… Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (July 11, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

FPB 78-1 Trials: First BBQ, 3.1416, And Other Items

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FPB 78-1 Cochise stern to stern with FPB 64-7 Buffalo Nickel. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 5, 2016)    |    Comments (15)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: Preliminary Wave Analysis

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A quick couple of photos of Cochise at cruise, taken from FPB 64-11 (both FPBs are undergoing sea trials). Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 2, 2016)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 78-1 Sea Trials: Dinghy Launch – posted by Sarah

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I’ve arrived in wintery Whangarei to take part in sea trials with Cochise.  With guests on hand and a beautiful, cool day, we headed out in the bay to drop anchor and test the dinghy launch system.  Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (June 30, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

FPB 78-1: First Sea Trial

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It is a little over a week since Cochise splashed and we are on our first sea trial. As the engines are new and in their break-in period, we are running a little harder than normal. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 20, 2016)    |    Comments (16)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: Electronics Peek

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Deon Ogden and Dave Minors at the Matrix con of FPB 78-1. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 18, 2016)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78-1: Dock Trials Report

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Dock trials are always a testing period for the build boat crew and designers. There will be a list of things that take time to sort out, a few items that don’t work as advertised… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 17, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78-1 Free At Last!

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FPB 78-1 Cochise is roaming free–at last. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 13, 2016)    |    Comments (16)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: Launched In A Gale – And In Its Element

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016: the wind is blowing 25 to 30 knots gusting into the 40s, with intermittent rain squalls. Those who know the history of the Chirakowa Apache chief after whom FPB 78-1 is named would say, “Perfect.” Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 8, 2016)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 78-1 Moving Day

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FPB 781 Cochise is on the move…

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Posted by admin  (June 6, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 781: The Time Is Near

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Soon now… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 2, 2016)    |    Comments (10)

Dashew Offshore History: Lessons Learned

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Our family cruising photo taken in the Bora Bora lagoon in 1977. Note the banana stalk hanging off the mizzen boom, and trim physiques of the group! We’d been relaxing for a few days, chilling, reading, swimming, and for the first time since leaving California nine months previous not working on boat on maintenance projects. Those were the days.. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 20, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

FPB 78-1: We Are Having A Blast (And Other Details)

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There is a hint in this photo that the day of reckoning draws near. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 17, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

Going to Sea? Download For Free..

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For decades, Linda and Steve Dashew’s books have been considered essential references for any serious cruiser. Having been blessed with the support of the yachting community for many years, they’d like to return the favor. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (May 9, 2016)    |    Comments (7)

FPB 78-1: A Bright Outlook

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With an anchored wingspan of 60’/18m boom end to boom end… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 7, 2016)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78-1 Update: Wrestling With Art

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Now we get to the hard part, choosing art work and photographs for the many surfaces aboard CochiseRead the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 5, 2016)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78 Progress: Lifelines And Upholstery – The End Is Near

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When you have lifelines, glass… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 30, 2016)    |    Comments (7)

Sony Mirrorless Cameras – Getting Better

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We’ve been testing the Sony 6300 mirrorless camera with Canon lenses, and we have been pleased with results we are getting. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 27, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78-1 Monitoring The Situation: Update – A Great Monitor Find

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In the process of wrestling with monitor tradeoffs, we have come across a great new monitor.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 26, 2016)    |    Comments (10)

FPB 78-1: Workshop And Swim Step Bulk Storage And Structure

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When you design a structural system, there are many considerations, among which is storage. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 20, 2016)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78-1 Forepeak: Boatbuilders’ Art

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As FPB 78-1 nears completion, it is becoming easier to see the art form of which the Circa team are capable. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 18, 2016)    |    Comments (25)

FPB 78 – Strutting Our Stuff

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Today was fun. Surrounded with coils of rope, boxes of rigging hardware, just like when we used to set up our sailing designs. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 16, 2016)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 78-1 Final Details: A Seat At The Table And Elsewhere

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Your correspondent checking the helm chair position.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 13, 2016)    |    Comments (5)

Does Size Matter In Navigation Monitors?

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One of the reasons we decided to go with Simrad for our electronics was their ability to be used with a variety of monitors. This afternoon, we got a first taste of some of the options available. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 12, 2016)    |    Comments (9)

Reflections – Sometimes You Just Have to Let It Sink In

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There comes a time when it hits you, when the pieces fall together, when it feels right, and you know it has all been worth it. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 11, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

Last Pieces Of The Puzzle That Makes Up A New FPB

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Off to New Zealand today for a quick trip. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 9, 2016)    |    Comments (2)