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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 – The Concept Evolves

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 30, 2016)    |    Comments (27)

FPB 78-1 Last Details: Quick Visit

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 24, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 20, 2016)    |    Comments (25)

Dashew Offshore: A Bit Of History Part 2 – The Big Roach Cruising Main

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 16, 2016)    |    Comments (2)

Dashew Offshore – A Bit Of History Part 1

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


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 13, 2016)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 78-1 Has Sole

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


Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 18, 2015)    |    Comments (11)

Re-Thinking FPB Prop Design

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 16, 2015)    |    Comments (6)

Once In A Blue Moon Deal – Updated 12/7/2015

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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 »


Posted by admin  (December 7, 2015)    |    Comments (11)

FPB 78 -Thanksgiving 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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 30, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 78 Custom Jewelry

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 26, 2015)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78 Dream Team Part One

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 23, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78 Update: Putting Things In Perspective – Maintenance, Storage, And Lots Of Details

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 21, 2015)    |    Comments (10)

The Best Thing About Cruising, Old Friends, And A Few Days In Fiji

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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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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 13, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras: We Continue To Be Amazed

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 6, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78 – Making The Hard Stuff Easy

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 24, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 78-1 Exterior Renders Updated

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Following are a series of helicopter and then dinghy level renders of FPB 78-1. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 17, 2015)    |    Comments (15)

FPB 78 Update: We’ve Got Sole (in the engine room)

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We’ve got sole in the engine room, and it is ever so cool and functional. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 14, 2015)    |    Comments (11)

FPB 78 Aft Deck Evolution And Final Design

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The aft end of the FPB 78 has gone through a design evolution, a benefit of the 3D design process and working with two very experienced owners. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 11, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

Pam Wall: Welcome to the FPB Family

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 »


Posted by admin  (September 8, 2015)    |    Comments (5)

FPB Resale Value: The Brokerage Market & Berthon Int’l

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In the fall of 2008, having visited Greenland and Ireland, we were looking for a place to store FPB 83 Wind Horse for the winter. Several of our cruising friends recommended that we talk to Berthon in Lymington, UK, and we ended up leaving her in their very capable care. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (September 4, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

Wicked FPB 97 Ups Her Smooth Water Record: A Few Thoughts On Props, Froude Numbers, And What Is Coming Soon

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Iceberg has just tried out her new propellers, this time without “interceptor” strips, and she has pushed her smooth water maximum speed to 15.0672 knots,  Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 31, 2015)    |    Comments (7)

Plumbing the Depths, Or Not, With FPB 78-1

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


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 24, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

FPB 78-1: Critical Phase Visit Last Day

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 29, 2015)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 78-1 Plumbing Refinements: Being Ready To Switch Course

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


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 28, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78-1: Workshop, Steering and Fuel Details

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 27, 2015)    |    Comments (13)

FPB 78-1 Critical Phase Visit

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 26, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 78 Engine Room Coming Into Focus

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 23, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

Soundings Magazine Interview and Slide Show on Linda and Steve Dashew

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 22, 2015)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78: More On Systems

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 23, 2015)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 78 Systems Update: June 15, 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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 15, 2015)    |    Comments (15)

Camera Test: Are The Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras Good Enough For Serious Cruising Photography?

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 14, 2015)    |    Comments (4)

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  (June 4, 2015)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 97-1 A Few Details

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We have been limited in sharing details of the FPB 97-1. In this post we will give you a quick overview of a few of the more interesting design and construction aspects. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 18, 2015)    |    Comments (16)

The Wicked One Revealed – The FPB 97 Shows Her Stuff

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A fresh breeze, smooth 12.5 to 13 knots, perfect light, and world class photographer Ivor Wilkins. Not much more you could ask for.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 11, 2015)    |    Comments (16)

Wave Piercing – The Secret To Ocean Crossing Comfort and Speed

 

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We learned a long time ago that the key to happy cruising is a smooth ride uphill. Careful weather routing and a good turn of speed reduces your exposure, but those inevitable rough upwind passages are what people remember Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 8, 2015)    |    Comments (4)

Mega Drone Photos, FPB 97 Details, And Other News From Recent Trip To New Zealand

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We have just returned from New Zealand and there is lots to share about the FPB world. We’ll start with Todd Rickard using an iPhone app for photography during additional trials aboard FPB 97-1. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 7, 2015)    |    Comments (5)

Keep On Racking Up Those Sea Miles – posted by Sarah

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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 »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (April 30, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 97 Performance Prediction Contest: And The Winner Is…

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With the publishing of the first batch of performance data from FPB 97-1 it is time to declare a winner in the prediction contest. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 28, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

Cruising Off The Beaten Path – A Rocky Start

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While awaiting the splash of our new FPB, we have acquired an enhanced photographic tool: a Toyota 4-Runner. To get a head start on the learning curve of what this beast is capable of and what we should avoid, we turned to off-road aficionados Mary and Scott Flanders. The Flanders are compulsive photographers, who circumnavigated aboard their Nordhavn 46, Egret. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 16, 2015)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 78 – Get Your Dancing Shoes Ready, And Other Updates

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Having previously entertained you with photos of the great room sole, we thought its support and isolation would be of interest, along with a few other tidbits. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 3, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

FPB 78 Update – We’ve Got Sole, Baby

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It’s Friday, March Madness is upon us, and it is obvious that the FPB 78-1 has sole, and lots of it. This first photo is from the aft end of the galley looking forward. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 27, 2015)    |    Comments (11)

Ultimate Flashlight – Light Up Your Life

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We are into flashlights, and those available today are simply amazing in what they can do using LED technology. This post is about three of the best we have found. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 23, 2015)    |    Comments (15)

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 »


Posted by admin  (January 17, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

From The Ground Up – Posted By Sarah

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When you enter the shop floor and stand looking up at 78-1’s enormous bow, you really start to get a sense for the size and scope of the newest FPB model. It’s hard not to have a big smile on your face. (Pictured above left to right are: Ryan Wynott, Sarah Dashew, Todd Rickard and Mark Fritzer.) Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 9, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 97-1 Iceberg: A Day Of Tests – Posted By Sarah

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Tuesday morning finds us wending our way out to open water on Iceberg. A battery of tests are in store: everything from engine load and fuel burn, to optimizing stabilizer settings, checking roll periods, loading alternators, and pretty much anything you can think of in between. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 7, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

Kicking Off 2015 With A Trip Down Under – Posted By Sarah

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Summer is kicking into high gear down in Whangarei, New Zealand, and FPB 97-1’s solar panels are humming along (though a seagull does create a little shadow). Todd, Mark Fritzer and I have flown down to do some work with the Circa Team and catch up on our “flat white” addictions… Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 4, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

Resolution For The New Year – Don’t Wait, Do It Now

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Waiting is never easy, and when it is for the next big thing in your life – in our case what we think is our ultimate cruising machine – it is even harder.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 30, 2014)    |    Comments (11)

FPB Yachts 2015 Calendar Now Available

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Thanks to the generosity of our family of FPB owners who, once again, freely provided many of the featured pictures, we are happy to offer you this 13-month (January-January) wall calendar. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (December 29, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 97-1: First Sea Trial Video

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Here is a very short video of FPB 97-1 on her third day of sea trials. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (December 10, 2014)    |    Comments (14)

FPB 97-1 Sea Trials Day 2: A Wicked Wake

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You are looking at what drives the FPB team, what our client (and we) have been waiting to see after 2.5 years of intense effort. A lovely clean flow release off the stern with minimal magnitude indicating a highly efficient cruising machine (this at 13.1 knots GPS averaged in two directions). A wicked wake indeed. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 25, 2014)    |    Comments (7)

FPB 97-1 Sea Trials Day 1

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It is a perfect day for the first sea trial with FPB 97-1. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 24, 2014)    |    Comments (11)

FPB 97 Performance – What Is Your Guess?

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We will shortly begin a wicked set of sea trials with FPB 97-1. Along with the usual wringing out of the boat before handover, one of the objectives is to gather a data set with which to refine our velocity prediction algorithms. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 22, 2014)    |    Comments (19)

Extreme Weather Tactics Article In Berthon’s Magazine

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Steve has an interesting article on extreme weather tactics in the most recent edition of UK-based Berthon’s Lifestyle Magazine. They were kind enough to allow us to embed a pdf of the article here for SetSailors to peruse. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (October 17, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

Sony Alpha 7 Camera Series – Further Evaluation

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With the day-to-day pressure on the FPB 78 Series winding down we’ve had time to do some more camera testing. The goal is maximum quality for minimum hassle, with a high degree of portability.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 22, 2014)    |    Comments (4)

An FPB 64, A Party, And Some Old Stones: Report From England – Posted By Sarah

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Todd and I have just returned stateside after a trek east to England, where we celebrated FPB 64 Grey Wolf‘s demi-circumnavigation with press, pubs, and parties. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (August 25, 2014)    |    Comments (2)

Hard Core Weather Watchers Alert -Bertha Is Going to Rock

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Hurricane Bertha has gotten a little press so far, but her evolution to extra-tropical structure indicates big things may be in store for the UK and parts of Europe.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 7, 2014)    |    Comments (3)

Sony Alpha 7 – A Revolution in Camera Gear

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We’ve been dragging around 40 pound backpacks of full frame Canon professional camera gear since the ark. It was the way we knew to get the results. Now there is a better answer. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 3, 2014)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 78 Exterior Updated July 20 – 2014

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With the design and engineering cycle for the FPB 78 Series nearing completion – it has been two years and over 16,000 man hours since we started this process –

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 4, 2014)    |    Comments (20)

Rockin’ The House

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In case you missed Sarah’s Broadway debut at 54 Below last week, we thought a few photos were in order. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 27, 2014)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf Is At Anchor Havlet Bay, Guernsey, Channel Islands

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Having traveled halfway around the world in three months, Peter Watson and crew have brought FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf to anchor in the Channel Islands.

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Posted by admin  (June 23, 2014)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78 Series Construction Update June 20, 2014

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The first of the FPB 78 series now has all of its bottom plate in place, a major milestone.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 20, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

FPB Systems Log – Maintenance on a Voyage Halfway Around the World

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With the FPB 64 Grey Wolf covering an average of a thousand or more nautical miles per week on her voyage home, we have in effect an accelerated maintenance test to observe. Experienced cruisers and marine professionals will be surprised by the data accumulated since her departure from New Zealand the last week of March. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 12, 2014)    |    Comments (10)

Sarah’s EP / Shows in New York

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Life on the water is such a perfect metaphor for the uncertain adventure of opening ourselves up to what we yearn for…We have to navigate carefully, watch the changing weather patterns, think about where and how we want to go, and then, ultimately, at some point a few will untie themselves and sail off into the great unknown horizon. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (May 27, 2014)    |    Comments (6)

FPB Passage Notes – It Is Ocean Crossing Time

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Passaging season is upon us and the FPB fleet is on the move. While FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf nears the end of a quick 4000 NM hop, FPB 64-3 Iron Lady is on her way from Hawaii to British Columbia. The majority of the rest of the FPB feet is getting ready for or have recently completed their offshore passages.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 17, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

FPB Construction Update: FPB 78 Taking Shape while FPB 64-10 and FPB 97-1 Draw Closer To Launch

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FPB 78-1 is now framed, deck plating is on, and hull plating begins soon. Which is good because we are depressed with this enforced stay on land.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 14, 2014)    |    Comments (4)

The Most Difficult of All Yachting Passages – 4000NM Eastbound From The Marquesas to Panama

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Of all the passages you could dream up, the most difficult is the 4000NM eastbound run from the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia to Panama. Panama lies dead upwind, with a westerly setting current to make it more interesting. Read on to find out how FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf, Peter Watson, and crew have set out to do something no motor yacht has ever done.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 5, 2014)    |    Comments (3)

Cruising in the Olden Days – Crossing the Indian Ocean – The Easy Part

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The southern part of the Indian Ocean is one of the few places we have found where the trades blow as advertised… and then some. Here Intermezzo is departing Christmas Island for Cocos Keeling at the start of a long haul across this boisterous bit of ocean. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 27, 2014)    |    Comments (3)

Is It Better In The Tropics Or High Latitudes?

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We are torn between a love for the tropics and the adrenaline that comes as you venture closer to the poles.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 15, 2014)    |    Comments (3)

Weather Forecasts And Routing In The Real World: Good But Not Perfect

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We are looking at a barometric pressure trace from the FPB 64 Grey Wolf. This occurred at the edge of the tropics South of Rarotonga in the Cook Islands. As you close with the equator slight pressure gradients create big winds. A change of as little as two mb can indicate the onset of a hurricane. The weather models – all the majors – missed this event.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 11, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

Hobie Alter – Surfer Dude, Marketing Whiz, Savvy Businessman, and All Around Good Guy – Gone at 80.

We’ve just learned that Hobie Alter has caught the ultimate wave, and left his earthly friends and family behind. We were friends, competitors, and collaborators with this remarkable man, and thought a few anecdotes might be in order.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 5, 2014)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78-1 The Dream Machine Is Taking Shape

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After all those thousands of design and engineering hours, innumerable three dimensional images, and years of noodling on this ltest FPB series design, you would think we’d be tired of it. But these photos represent the high point in terms of buzz factor, and it won’t be equaled again until we see this latest FPB sitting on her lines, afloat in the waters of  New Zealand. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 3, 2014)    |    Comments (15)

Get Ready To Rock-Making the Weather Work For Grey Wolf

It is cyclone season in the South Pacific, the weather is unstable, and Grey Wolf may win the weather lottery. The recent spate of tropical storms is creating the possibility of a very quick, relatively easy trip. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 22, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

Spring Is In The Air

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Spring is in the air and our southwestern backyard is filled with color, love songs, nest building, and competition for the attention of the fairer sex. It is the one time of year when we’d rather be ashore than afloat. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 17, 2014)    |    Comments (6)

A Most Difficult Ocean Passage Coming Up – Playing The Weather Odds In Hurricane Season

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The passage between New Zealand and French Polynesia is one of the more difficult ocean crossing endeavors. At 2200 miles along the great circle route, it can often be as long as 2600 or more nautical miles depending on weather routing. John and Amanda Neal bill this as a heavy weather passage in their sail training business, and for good reason. FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf is on standby, waiting for a weather scenario that offers decent odds. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 14, 2014)    |    Comments (9)

Beowulf IV and the Early C-Cat Foil Development

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It is a gray, overcast, depressing afternoon – something for which residence in the US Southwest does not prepare its citizens. Since we have received a request for info on Beowulf IV from a journalist doing a book for the next “Little America’s Cup”, the scanner has been warmed up and we thought we’d share something different.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 10, 2014)    |    Comments (2)