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Going…Going…

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We are now in full-time cruising mode…

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 9, 2017)    |    Comments (3)

Heavy Weather Tactics For Power Boats: Big Waves and Small Details

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FPB 97-1 Iceberg running before a stiff breeze during sea trials.

The post that follows this introduction is a chapter excerpted from the FPB 70 and 78 Owner’s Manual. Everyone who goes to sea thinks and/or worries (or should) about heavy weather, and how their vessel will handle different conditions. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a 25,000 ton container ship, a moderate-sized sailing yacht, or one of our FPBs. We think it is better to discuss these issues openly, rather than ignore them and hope you never get caught. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 12, 2017)    |    Comments (6)

Born To Run: FPB 78-1 in Boat International

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The July 2017 issue of Boat International magazine features a nine page article on FPB 78-1 CochiseRead the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (June 27, 2017)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 70 and 78: A Much “Kneeded” Perspective On The Next Generation Of FPBs

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The current America’s Cup spectacle has us entranced: unbelievable speed, maneuverability, and difficult sailing, the likes of which has never been seen before. The design and engineering required to achieve this level of performance is nothing short of astonishing.

The time to study what’s happening in Bermuda in detail is the result of this correspondent’s photography accident (night sky shooting on a dark dock), which resulted in a shattered kneecap and a forced hiatus from summer cruising… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 16, 2017)    |    Comments (21)

FPB 78: Dream Machine Page Updated

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The FPB 78 Dream Machine page is recently updated, and features multiple detailed interior and exterior photos of both FPB 78-1 and 78-2.  Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (June 6, 2017)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 78 The Dream Machine: Reality – Updated May 24, 2017

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The Next Generation of FPBs is here, cruising even farther, faster, more comfortably and efficiently than their predecessors. With the first two FPB 78s rapidly racking up sea miles, read on to find out how, in a world full of empty claims, FPBs do what they are supposed to do.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 24, 2017)    |    Comments (1)

FPB in the Press: “The Big Picture”

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The June issue of Motorboat & Yachting features FPB owner Peter Watson sharing his reasoning behind “Why FPB”…  Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (May 23, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

Spring Is Here And Flying Fast – Update On All Things FPB

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Spring is here and with it the promise of things to be discovered, adventures to be enjoyed, and new lands to visit. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 2, 2017)    |    Comments (7)

FPB Video: FPB 78-1 Cochise Experiments With Heaving-To in the Gulf Stream

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FPB 78-1 Cochise is currently headed up to North Carolina for some boat projects. A few days ago, Steve and Linda sent in the following video… Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (April 25, 2017)    |    Comments (6)

FPB 78-2 Video: Come Aboard Grey Wolf II For Sea Trials

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We’ve just received some video of FPB 78-2 running through her paces during sea trials down in New Zealand. The owners and Circa team members aboard were lucky enough to find some light weather to enjoy: 35-45 knots of breeze and 16-18 ft (5-5.5m) waves on the bow… Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (April 19, 2017)    |    Comments (4)

Key West – Where It Happens

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We normally avoid tourist destinations, dislike docks, and prefer the quiet of isolated anchorages.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 16, 2017)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: Our Dream Machine and the Conundrum of Where-To

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FPB 78-1 Cochise presents us with a conundrum to which there is no easy answer.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 4, 2017)    |    Comments (20)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: How The Window Film Is Working

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We have finally installed sun-blocking window film on FPB 78-1 Cochise, and the results are excellent.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 29, 2017)    |    Comments (10)

FPB 78: Nordhavn Owners Take a Ride and Report

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James and Jennifer Hamilton, who have circumnavigated in their Nordhavn 52 Dirona, recently took a ride aboard Cochise and wrote a fascinating report for their blog.  Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (March 22, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78-1 Solar Energy Update

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FPB 78-1 Cochise has been anchored to the dock in Fort Lauderdale the past five days; we have yet to connect the shore power cord, the genset has not been used, and the batteries remain full.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 20, 2017)    |    Comments (5)

Use Your Senses To Avoid Trouble

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Returning from Biscayne Bay, Florida a few days ago we were reminded that in this age of electronic navigation, command, control, and monitoring, you still need to maintain a traditional situational awareness.

The sink full of marine weeds is a classic example of why this approach is still beneficial. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 18, 2017)    |    Comments (12)

Samsung Galaxy 18.5″ Tablet – A Game Changer

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You are looking at a pair of 18.5” Samsung Galaxy tablets, which we think are real game changers on the electronic front.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 17, 2017)    |    Comments (5)

Messing About In Boats

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We’ve been doing a local mini-cruise, occasioned by Spring break for our Granddaughter Emma and her friend from college Julia Stevens. It brought back just how much fun it is messing about in boats.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 15, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

Interior Design and FPB: Thoughts From Designer Denise LaVey

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We’ve worked with many interior designers over the years, but Denise is the first who truly understands what the FPB concept is all about. We think her work for us aboard FPB 78-1 Cochise speaks for itself…
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Posted by admin  (March 13, 2017)    |    Comments (6)

FPB Video: Deerfoot 62 Owners Share Ride Aboard Cochise

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John and Deb Rogers, who own Deerfoot 2-62 Moonshadow, recently published a video of their day aboard FPB 78-1 Cochise when they were in Fiji…

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Posted by admin  (March 13, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

Simrad Marine Electronics: The Correct Choice – Or Did We Make A Mistake? Updated 3/8/17

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*Since we posted this article, we have had several comments from readers. Of particular interest was an email from blogger Peter Hayden (MVTanglewood.com). Scroll down to read Peter’s comments on his Simrad experience. We are curious to know your thoughts if you use Simrad, in particular their radar…Please comment and let us know.*

We’ve now had 11,000 nautical miles of concentrated experience with the Simrad Marine electronics suite aboard FPB 78-1 Cochise, and the time has come for an evaluation.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 8, 2017)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 78-2 Is Heading For Water

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FPB 78-2 has emerged from the berthing shed at Circa.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 28, 2017)    |    Comments (14)

Simrad Marine Electronics: The Correct Choice – Or Did We Make A Mistake?

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We’ve now had 11,000 nautical miles of concentrated experience with the Simrad Marine electronics suite aboard FPB 78-1 Cochise, and the time has come for an evaluation.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 24, 2017)    |    Comments (4)

FPB in the Press: Soundings Feature Now Live Online

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There is a double feature now live in print and online at Soundings MagazineRead the rest »


Posted by admin  (February 16, 2017)    |    Comments (7)

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)

From Our Boat To Yours: End Of Year Slideshow

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The following slideshow highlights some favorites from our first cruising season aboard FPB 78-1 Cochise… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 22, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 78 Video: Beating Against the Gulf Stream – Secrets of a Comfortable Ride Revealed

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In the pantheon of situations to avoid when cruising, northers in the Gulf Stream are up towards the top. The wind opposing current kicks up a nasty, short seaway, and the warm water mixing with the cool air from the north increases gusts. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 3, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

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 (13)

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 (5)

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)

Circa Update On All Things FPB: Posted by Deon Ogden

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It’s the start of summer here, with construction in full swing. The South Pacific-visiting FPB Family is also back en route to NZ for safe haven during cyclone season… Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (November 17, 2016)    |    Comments (5)

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 Video: Sunset and Moonrise at Sea

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The intrepid crew aboard Cochise sent in this lovely moment transitioning from sunset to moonrise while underway between Fiji and French Polynesia. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (October 27, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

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)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: Solar Update

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We continue to be impressed with Cochise’s solar array. From ten solar panels we are generating within spitting distance of 20 kWh. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2016)    |    Comments (12)

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)

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)

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)