FPB 64 Updates

The following articles cover the FPB 64 construction sequence. You will find hundreds of detailed photos with explanations covering every phase of the build cycle. Scroll down to the bottom to see the first articles.

FPB in the Press: Soundings Magazine

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Soundings Magazine has an extensive feature on FPB in their March 2017 issue. They’ve also put together a nice video on the FPB designs for their website… Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (February 9, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

FPB Video: The Way

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A new video in which we reveal the secrets behind all those ocean-crossing miles… Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 16, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

FPB In The News: All The Reasons We Cruise

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Stan & Valerie Creighton have a lovely article in the latest edition of Berthon MagazineRead the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (September 13, 2016)    |    Comments (1)

FPB Owner Blogs – Adventures of Avatar

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From time to time we like to feature owner blogs here on SetSail. Returning readers will no doubt be familiar with the stunning photography and narrative style of FPB 64-1 Avatar owner Carol Parker. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (February 10, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

Featured Video: The Journeys of FPB 64 Iron Lady

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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

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 6, 2015)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 64 Grey Wolf To 80 Degrees 27 Minutes North

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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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Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 19, 2015)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 64 Grey Wolf Nears Svalbard: Summer Cruising In The High Arctic

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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 »


Posted by admin  (June 30, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64-7 Buffalo Nickel Reports From Vanuatu

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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 »


Posted by admin  (June 22, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64 – Introduction

When we wrote this introduction six years ago, during the depths of a marine industry depression, we had no idea that the summer of 2016 would have 11 FPB 64s in the water cruising. For all the latest FPB 64 updates, click here. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 8, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

FPB 97 and the FPB Concept: What The Establishment Thinks

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What would you assume is the ocean-crossing yacht of choice for the editor of a preeminent megayacht magazine who’s seen it all? Read Stewart Campbell’s editor’s letter in the April 2015 edition of Boat International to find out. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (April 7, 2015)    |    Comments (3)

Happy 5th Birthday Avatar!

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It’s hard to believe that FPB 64-1 Avatar is five years old. In that relatively short period, she has traveled over 36,000 nautical miles and visited 17 countries. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (April 7, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

FPB Owner Blog Spotlight: FPB 64 Avatar in Central America

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FPB 64-1 Avatar is currently wending its way down through Central America. Owner Carol Parker, an avid photographer, has joined up to explore and document the adventures. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (January 30, 2015)    |    Comments (1)

Survival Storm Tactic Tested Off The Needles In Breaking Seas: Updated With Video

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The ultimate survival storm tactic, jogging into breaking seas, has had its first (and hopefully last) FPB test. This took place recently off the Needles near the Isle of Wight in the UK’s Solent. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 2, 2014)    |    Comments (20)

FPB 64-10 Launches, FPBs 78-3 and 64-11 Begin Construction – Posted by Sarah

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We are pleased to report that FPB 64-10 has begun her sea trials. Riptide is sitting well on her lines and happy to be afloat.

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Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (September 26, 2014)    |    Comments (16)

FPB Construction Progress Update: August1, 2014

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It is the first day of August and time for an update, starting with three shots of the FPB 97-1 forepeak, looking here from inside the chain locker and aft. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 1, 2014)    |    Comments (27)

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 64-6 Grey Wolf: They’re Getting Close…

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Peter Watson and his intrepid crew aboard FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf are now just a few days’ from Panama. Keep up with their progress on Berthon’s web site. Of particular interest may be Peter’s comments after now having voyaged over 6,000 nm in the last two months.


Posted by admin  (May 15, 2014)    |    Comments (2)

FPB Construction Update

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Words don’t work here. The photo is capable of speaking for itself.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 8, 2013)    |    Comments (12)

Progress On All Fronts In New Zealand – And Getting Comfortable in the Wicked Great Room

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Although the furniture represents a small part of the total weight of the boat, we want it to be as light as practical, as you see here with the carcass for the FPB 97 great room settee. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 20, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

FPB Update – Coming Together Quickly

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This week we bring you an update on FPB 97-1 and FPB 64s eight, nine and ten. Starting with 97-1 where metal work is rapidly coming to an end.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 2, 2013)    |    Comments (7)

Report From New Zealand: 10th FPB 64 Begins – FPB 97 Masts Are Up

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Here is a sight guaranteed to please… FPB 64-10 has begun its journey (right) while FPB 97-1 has its mast structure well under way.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 14, 2013)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64-7 Buffalo Nickel, New Zealand to Fiji (Posted by Sarah)

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I had the distinct pleasure of spending some time with Valerie and Stan Creighton as they became acquainted with their new baby back in March. Fast forward to June and they’ve just completed an adventurous passage from New Zealand to Fiji. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (June 7, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady – Arrives Papeete, Tahiti

Excitement is building aboard Iron Lady with Pete Rossin and crew as the smell of land, fresh baguettes, and Hinano beer, draw them ever closer.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 28, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64-3 On Passage New Zealand to Papeete: Post 4

Today’s update from FPB 64-3 Iron Lady comes to you from Latitude 25 20 S/Longitude 161 59 W. Read on about the beauties of a night watch in the middle of the Pacific Ocean…

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Posted by admin  (May 24, 2013)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 64-3 On Passage New Zealand to Papeete: Post 3

FPB 64-3, Iron Lady, has now passed the mystical “halfway point” on her voyage to Papeete. She is entrained between two high pressure systems, in a convergence zone, with heavy downpours, lightning, and crossing wave trains off the bow. For the day’s report on this, and the raw squid eating contest, read on. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (May 23, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64-3 On Passage New Zealand to Papeete: 2nd Post

MG_6889Pete Rossin, enroute to Papeete on FPB 64-3 Iron Lady, gives a quick lesson in weather analysis using what you see rather than outside outside sources. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (May 21, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64-3 On Passage New Zealand to Papeete

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Iron Lady is on her way across the South Pacific from Whangarei, New Zealand to Papeete, Tahiti, in French Polynesia. Pete Rossin and crew departed New Zealand three days ago and have been sending us periodic updates. We thought you might like to keep track of their progress on this occasionally difficult  2300NM passage.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 20, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64 Aft Deck Options

With the recent handover of FPB 64, hull #7 – Buffalo Nickel – I thought readers might enjoy seeing the two aft deck configuration options available on the FPB 64. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (March 26, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

Buffalo Nickel, FPB 64-7, Is Wet

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It is early, the sun still far to the east, when Buffalo Nickel slides under the travel lift for the first time. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 20, 2013)    |    Comments (11)

Video: A Peek Behind The Gray Curtain – Posted By Sarah


Want a taste of the FPB cycle? The following video gives an idea of the birthing process… Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (February 6, 2013)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 64-5: A Real Tiger

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Sandy and John Henrichs, the owners of FPB 64-5 Tiger, are experienced cruisers who have filled their FPB 64 with interesting details, a few of which you will see here.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 18, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf: Engine Room Art

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At the risk of being repetitive, we thought you might like another look at the highest form of engine room art, this time FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 15, 2013)    |    Comments (16)

FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf – A Few Details

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Yesterday evening we were aboard the sixth FPB 64, Grey Wolf and thought a few of her details might be of interest. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 12, 2013)    |    Comments (10)

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

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 7, 2013)    |    Comments (2)

FPB Update: 64 Progress

“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 »


Posted by admin  (December 11, 2012)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 64-6: A New Galley Layout and Other Details

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The sixth FPB 64 is now undergoing sea trials. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 16, 2012)    |    Comments (10)

Open House With A Blow

MG 7333 The excitement of sea trials and open house is over and we are back in Arizona with a load of photos and video to process. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2012)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 64 Avatar – Final Trial – Part One Of Three

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Since launching we’ve had master aerial photographer Ivor Wilkins on standby for the right conditions to shoot the first FPB 64. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 19, 2012)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 97-1 And FPB 64-9 Framing Starts, FPB 64-6 Almost Ready To Launch, And Other Exciting Details

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The Circa team is hard at work on the initial stages of FPB 97-1 fabrication, and we are starting to receive some photos of the process.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 11, 2012)    |    Comments (9)

We’re Big Fans Of Avatar – Posted By Sarah

Nope, I’m not talking about the movie – beautiful blue color in the above shot by Carol Parker notwithstanding. As a matter of fact, your genial author couldn’t make it through the unbelievably tedious sci-fi re-telling of Pocohantas. No, we here at SetSail are big fans of The Avatar Logs, the blog and photo site of Carol Parker and her adventures with husband Mike aboard FPB 64, Avatar. Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (October 9, 2012)    |    Comments (4)

An FPB Opportunity

At Dashew Offshore our goal has always been to build the perfect cruising yacht; delivered on time, within budget, without surprises, resulting in a contented client.

To make this unique approach to the yacht building business successful, we have to purposely limit our sales, something that many would find counter-intuitive given the demand for FPBs.

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Posted by admin  (September 25, 2012)    |    Comments (5)

FPB 64s Six Through Nine – Steady Progress Toward Launching

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With all the excitement about the start of construction on the first FPB 97, it is easy to forget about the four FPB 64s currently in various stages of construction. We’ll start with FPB 64-6 and then move on to the other boats. Shown above is the fresh water pressure pump setup: twin pumps, so when one quits (probably mid-shower) it is easy to bring the pressure back online.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 12, 2012)    |    Comments (5)

FPB 64 Series Construction Update – Builds Six Through Nine

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We’ve got a few photos (from the hundreds we get every month) to share. Assuming you have seen much of this before (or can if you go back in the archives) we’ll concentrate on a few unusual details, beginning with how to remove a prop shaft without dropping the rudder. The first two photos are of FPB64-7.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 5, 2012)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64 Photo Update June 8, 2012

 We have a series of photos from the completed (but undecorated) owner’s suite on FPB 64-5, and then a few items on FPB 64s six through nine to share as well. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 12, 2012)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 64-5 Sea Trial Note – 3 Meter Seas, Winds Gusting 50 Knots

Given our morbid fascination with sea states other than benign, the following note from Bruce Farrand at Circa regarding an offshore testing day last week may shed light on what we covet in capability.

Quick rundown on our most recent sea trial on Tiger on  5th of June:  It was a good day to get plenty of water on to Tiger’s deck. Forecast for the day was GALE FORCE WARNING IN FORCE, North to NorthWest winds, 40 knots, easing to 25 knots in the evening, sea becoming very rough for a time. Northerly swell of 4 meters.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 10, 2012)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64-5 Tiger: A Few Details On Deck

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It is Friday, we’ve got another batch of photos from New Zealand, but time for writing captions is still in short supply. So, this week we’ll let the photos speak for themselves.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 19, 2012)    |    Comments (21)

First Passage: FPB 64 Iron Lady Surfing to Tonga in a Gale

With a bit of offshore experience under your belt, and the right yacht, preparing for and executing ocean crossings becomes routine. You will get to the point where you will decide to go on Monday, spend the next couple days provisioning, and be gone by Thursday. But the first time you head for the horizon, there’s going to be some trepidation. It happens with everyone.

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Posted by admin  (May 16, 2012)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 64-5 Tiger Is About To Prowl

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We are pleased to report that on this rainy morning in the Southern Hemisphere, Circa has given birth to a Tiger. Given the auspicious beginning, rain and on-schedule launching being good luck, we await with keen interest the reports to come from this newest of FPB 64s.

 

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 15, 2012)    |    Comments (6)

Finding the Confidence to Do It

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As designers and builders, we think of our yachts as progeny and our clients as family. As such, we take great pleasure in the exploits of the former and the growth of the latter into accomplished voyagers. It is one of the main ingredients that keeps us coming back for more. Pete and Deb Rossin’s recently completed circumnavigation of New Zealand, including Stewart Island deep in the roaring forties, is a wonderful example of this.

A large part of Pete and Deb’s trip was in waters considered to be among the most hostile in the world. During the early part of their cruise they encountered an un-forecast force nine gale, 40 plus knots of wind gusting well into the 50s, with opposing current steepening the seas–at night of course.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 11, 2012)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64 Update May 7, 2012

Time being in exceedingly short supply at present, we are going to post a batch of photos of FPB 64-5 through 7, without the usual commentary. The assumption is that you’d rather see the photos than wait for the schedule to free up. We’ll start with FPB 64-5, the launch date of which draws ever so close. Read the rest »


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FPB 64 Get Home System – Report From Avatar

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We’ve now heard from Circa and Avatar‘s owners about the newly installed get-home system. The news is good.

 

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 18, 2012)    |    Comments (6)

FPB Program Update – April 13, 2012

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This is an appropriate photo with which to bring you up to date. One door closes, another opens. We are pleased to report that metal has begun to be cut for FPB 64s numbers eight and nine, while production engineering has officially begun for the first FPB 97. Metal for FPB 97-1 is scheduled to be on the cutting table the third quarter of  2012. When FPB 97-1 launches fourth quarter 2014, she will be cruised by her owners on their own, without permanent crew, although there will be crew facilities should a future owner wish a hand or two with maintenance.

And closer in time, FPB 64-5 is nearing completion. FPB 64-9 will be the last in that series for now, after which all attention will be focused on the FPB 97. Since there are still buyers for the FPB 64s, you may be wondering why we are taking this unusual step. The answer is simple:

Building high quality yachts is not easy. In fact, one could argue that it is the hardest of endeavors. And with the limited bandwidths of ourselves and Circa, if production ramps up too quickly, then quality is sure to suffer. We prefer to go a little slower, and concentrate on building the best. Once the FPB 97s are underway, we’ll revisit this conundrum. If you have been dreaming of an FPB 64 at some point in the future, stay in touch. Looking further ahead, if demand is there, we’ll most probably be ready for a new series of boats.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 13, 2012)    |    Comments (5)

FPB 64 2012 Calendar

Brian Rickard has put together a 2012 calendar featuring the FPB 64. They’re available through Lulu.com, an independent publisher. You can check them out by clicking the link below.


Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 10, 2012)    |    Comments (5)

FPB 64 Get Home Trials

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And now for something different. We are pleased to report that FPB-1, Avatar, has just finished her first day of testing with the swim platform extension and get-home engine. The lovely clean release above is at eight knots with the little Yanmar pushing her along.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 2, 2012)    |    Comments (22)

FPB 64 – On Deck

We learned years ago that an efficient deck layout, with the ability to store and handle a variety of dinghies, is a critical component to successful cruising. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 16, 2012)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64 Structural Grid

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We were working through some design issues last week using a new (beta) version of Rhino 3D, and thought that a quick set of graphics on the FPB 64 structural grid might be of interest. These may help put the construction photos we show into context.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 14, 2012)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 64 Construction Update November 18, 2011

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Since we’ve been boring you with technical posts all week why change the rhythm? These photos are from Friday, and cover FPB 64s five through seven. We’ll start with seven, shown above,  the skeleton of which is just starting to be assembled.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 19, 2011)    |    Comments (7)

Debbie Rossin (the real Iron Lady) On FPB Cruising

 

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After some 5000 cruising miles since delivery in March of 2011, I have some pretty specific thoughts on how Iron Lady is working out. Some were surprises to me. At the top of the list was that I felt safe on Iron Lady. While I can’t necessarily identify all the features that make the boat safe, between how comfortable the boat is at sea, at anchor and how it stood up to the punishment of a grounding all gave me tremendous confidence in the boat. My husband is also much more relaxed about things and that, in turn, makes me comfortable. My other comment was that I never would do what we have done on Iron Lady on our last boat. By the second day out of New Zealand to Tonga on our first really long passage, I was standing watch – something I would never on our last boat.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 16, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64 Lucky Day At Circa

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It is the eleventh day of the eleventh month in the year 2011, and we have a new batch of photos from Circa, a few of which we’ll share. That’s Avatar, FPB64-1 in the yard, back at her birth spot for a get home auxiliary to be installed. After two years of cruising and many thousands of miles she is looking good. FPB 64-3, Iron Lady, is in the area as well. And then there are FPB 64s five, six, and seven, under construction, which we shall get to shortly.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 12, 2011)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 64-5 Get Home Auxiliary – The Tradeoffs

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We are just back from a quick trip to New Zealand to check on the engine room layout now that a get home system is being added to the FPB 64s. Those of you who have been aboard one of the FPB 64s knows the engine room is a work of art. Circa, our clients, and ourselves are concerned that the hit on engine room access and aesthetics be minimized with this extra diesel.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 22, 2011)    |    Comments (11)

FPB 64 – The Next Step

We’ve been involved with the design and construction of ultimate cruising yachts for almost three decades.

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FPB 64 – Factors of Safety

As you go to sea, you probably harbor in the back of your mind the particular weaknesses of your vessel. If unfavorable weather is forecast, it is often these weaknesses, coupled with a lack of confidence that create tension, concern, and fear.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 17, 2011)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 64 – Structure

 

The hull, deck, and house structure for the FPB 64 are engineered to our normal high standards, with exceptional factors of safety.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 17, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

Range Under Power

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There are all sorts of ways of calculating fuel burn and range under power.

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Fuel & Water Tanks

One of the key design elements in the FPB series is the approach to fuel and water tanks.

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FPB 64 – Systems

The engineering concept we use today has its beginnings in the 1980s.

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The Engine Room

The engine room is located in the aft 15 feet (4.6m) of the boat. Aft engine rooms offer many advantages.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 16, 2011)    |    Comments (2)

Forepeak & Anchoring System

Years ago we learned that there had to be a place onboard for ground tackle, sails, fenders, dock lines, awnings, etc.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 16, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64 – Hull Shape

As we alluded to in the introduction page to the FPB 64, coming up with a shorter hull shape that has comparable comfort and sea-keeping abilities to the FPB 83 has taken us a while.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 16, 2011)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64 – Interior Storage

The FPB 64 is unique in its ability to assimilate a huge amount of cruising “stuff” yet keep it well organized so that you can find things when needed.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 15, 2011)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64 Interior Layout


If you have followed the development of the FPB 83, the layout of the FPB 64 will look familiar.

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Aft Deck Lounging Area

We have been working on integrating a second lounging area into the aft deck, where you are in the lee of the house at anchor.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 15, 2011)    |    Comments (2)

Awnings

Awnings are a critical part of comfortable cruising in the tropics as well as in cooler environments.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 15, 2011)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64 – Second Series Changes & Options

With the first series of FPB 64s nearing completion we have been hard at work on fine tuning what is arguably close to the ultimate cruising tool.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 15, 2011)    |    Comments (2)