FPB 64 Passages

These are posts highlighting the fpb 64s on their ocean passages around the world, sometimes written by the owners themselves.

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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Posted by admin  (August 21, 2015)    |    Comments (1)

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)

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 64-6 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 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)

FPBs Do It – Right

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Of the ten FPBs currently afloat, nine are actively cruising, taking advantage of their seagoing speed, range, and comfort, actually doing it…right. We enjoy hearing from our family, keeping up with where they are and what is going on. This week, for example, Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 9, 2014)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf Is Alongside: St George’s Harbor, Bermuda

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Having left New Zealand just nine weeks and 9000 NM ago, Peter Watson and crew, aboard FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf, have now completed the fifth leg in their journey to the UK.

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Posted by admin  (June 2, 2014)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady ‘s “Welcome” To Washington

Pete Rossin and crew have completed another uneventful ocean crossing, 2300 NM in ten pleasant days between Hawaii and Puget Sound. Upon arrival they were forced to use the Washington State Pilots

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 31, 2014)    |    Comments (10)

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady: Canada Bound From Hawaii

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FPB 64-3 Iron Lady is Canada bound from Hawaii, a relatively short 2400 NM (+/-) trip, depending on how the Pacific high treats them. Pete Rossin is filling us in on weather and vessel performance data. Information from the last five days follows: Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (May 23, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

Anchors Down: FPB 64 Grey Wolf Arrives In Panama

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FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf, Peter Watson Master, has arrived Balboa, Panama after a non-eventful 4100NM passage from Taieohai in the Marquesas Islands of eastern French Polynesia. Read the rest »


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

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 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 64-6 Grey Wolf Picking Up Speed: Possible Lottery Win On The Horizon

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FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf has finally hit her stride and is cruising along at 9.7 to 11 knots towards Panama along the fifth parallel.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 10, 2014)    |    Comments (0)

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)

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)

Photos From Adventures With Iron Lady – Posted by Mark

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

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady: Arrival In Hawaii

Mark Fritzer brings us his final at-sea post from aboard Iron LadyRead the rest »


Posted by admin  (September 3, 2013)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady: Towards Hawaii Day 2

A night watch, monster blue fin, the end of Mr. Shabby, and further experiments with the high power DC charging system. Mark Fritzer writes: Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (August 31, 2013)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 64-3 Hawaii Bound From Palmyra

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady is underway for Hawaii on the last leg of their journey. Mark Fritzer writes about an amazing fish story and further testing of the charging system.

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Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (August 30, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

Iron Lady Reporting From Palmyra

Mark Fritzer reports in from Palmyra, and brings us up to date on wonderful snorkeling and further experimentation with the high powered DC charging system. With comments on navigating with active SONAR in the tropics:

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Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (August 29, 2013)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady: Parked In Palmyra

The crew of Iron Lady, bellies still full of fresh Yellowfin tuna, have dropped anchor in Palmyra Atoll. Mark Fritzer reports: Read the rest »


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

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady Bound For Palmyra In The Line Islands

Having consulted the weather gods (Rick Shema), and with various mortals, the good ship Iron Lady is bound for Palmyra Island. Mark Fritzer continues his narrative, with interesting fuel burn data at various speeds and RPMs coupled with varying electrical loads.

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Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (August 24, 2013)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 64-3 On Passage – It’s An Early Christmas (Island)

Having now been at sea for five days ,the crew of FPB 64-3 have raised their first Line Island, and determined to make it Christmas, even if it is still August. Mark Fritzer continues his reporting:

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Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (August 23, 2013)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady On Passage Marquesas Towards Hawaii: Day 4

On their fourth day at sea, the crew of FPB 64-3 Iron Lady use the aft deck sink to determine if they have crossed the Equator. Mark Fritzer continues his testing and analysis, and reports the results:

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Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (August 23, 2013)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady On Passage Marquesas Towards Hawaii: Day 3

Three days into their passage and FPB 64-3 is 750 miles down the track. Mark Fitzer continues his reports:

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Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (August 22, 2013)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady On Passage Marquesas Towards Hawaii: Day 2

Two days at sea, 480 nautical miles behind them, FPB 64-3 is half way to the equator, and Mark Fritzer continues his reporting:

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Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (August 21, 2013)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady On Passage Marquesas Towards Hawaii: Day 1

ironlady_mapMark Fritzer continues his reporting from Iron Lady after their first day at sea:

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

Passage Posts – FPB 64-3 En Route From Nuku Hiva

dsc_5692The following report was sent in by Mark Fritzer of the FPB team, who is crewing aboard FPB 64-3 Iron Lady. They have just departed from Nuka Hiva in the Marquesas Islands, bound for Hawaii via the Line Islands. Read the rest »


Posted by admin  (August 18, 2013)    |    Comments (2)

FPB: Cruising Speed, Range Under Power, And The Real World

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Those of you familiar with our work will know that we consider being able to maintain comparatively fast cruising speeds the most important factor in safe, comfortable ocean crossing. Get this right and you enjoy making passages. Get it wrong and you will prefer sitting at the dock reading about the folks who are really out there cruising. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 7, 2013)    |    Comments (6)

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 5

FPB 64-3 Iron Lady continues towards Papeete, and Skipper Pete gives us a heads up on what they log in the engine room. If you are interested in life aboard on a long passage, and how things should be running, read on.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 24, 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)