FPB 130 – It Is The Real Deal

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A 5,000 NM range at 14 knots, ice class hull strength, rescue craft-like capsize resistance and recovery, 20kW solar array, hyper efficient heating cooling/ventilation, and the most comfortable ocean crossing ride make the FPB 130

a natural evolution from the four FPB designs that have preceded her. Engineered and built for maximum reliability and minimum maintenance, the FPB 130 reduces crew requirement while expanding where, when, and how comfortably you can go. The same sea kindly efficient hull form, attention to detail, and systems engineering that have made the FPB marque the talk of the waterfront, sets the bar even higher in this latest FPB offering.

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Impressed with the efficiency of the 110-foot FPB 97’s 14.5+ knots from a pair of 300 HP diesels? Then you will love the FPB 130’s 16.5 knots from two 675 HP diesels and 14 knot cruising speed at 40% engine load.

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The FPB 130 is the Real Deal, with the engineering, execution, and factors of safety that have made the FPBs 64, 78, and 97 the most reliable, and easily maintained, yachts money can buy. As with all FPBs, the FPB 130 is built with a double bottom for maximum structural security and massive tankage.

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Shallow draft–1.65m /5.5ft–combined with the ability to dry out in areas of moderate tides, give the FPB 130 a unique cruising capability.

If you want to eliminate the obstacles of conventional yachting, and if you are tired of high maintenance vessels that require a small army for crew, the FPB 130 is the Real Deal.

FPB 130 Specifications (Subject to change without notice)

  • LOA 40.4 m – 132.5
  • ’LWL 39.7 m – 130
  • Beam Maximum  7.05 m – 23.1’
  • Draft at half load  1.65m – 5.5’
  • Cruising Speed 14.00 knots
  • Range at 14.00 knots – 5000 NM
  • Range at 12.5 knots – 7000 NM
  • Air Draft – 10.2 m – 33.5’
  • Fresh Water Capacity 8,000L / 2,100US gallons
  • Fuel Capacity 34,000L / 8,900 US gallons
  • Liquid Ballast (fuel, fresh or saltwater) 8000L / 2100 US gallons
  • Engines -Scania DI13 086M 675HP@230 rpm

To break free: Sue Grant (Sue.Grant@berthon.co.uk) will be happy to explain how.

FPB Provenance

For SetSail visitors who may not be familiar with the provenance of the FPB concept, a few comments may be in order. Dashew Offshore has been at the forefront of cruising yacht development for the past four decades. The Deerfoot, Sundeer, and Beowulf series of sailing yachts are considered the best boats on which to circumnavigate. The average mileage on those yachts, over 50,000 NM per hull, is the best indicator that these boats really go places.

“Having a boat that can deal with whatever might happen—no matter what—provides a mental comfort level that defines their view of happy sailing. Think about that. Knowing without reservation that a boat can take care of itself while still providing comfort and safety in truly abysmal conditions is at the core of the Dashews’ philosophy of minimal worry…” -Bill Parlatore, editor Passagemaker

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The FPB prototype, 83-foot Wind Horse, carried her owners, without crew, over 60,000 NM in six years of part-time cruising. From the tropical South Pacific to the Arctic ice pack at 80 degrees north, Wind Horse proved that sea going comfort and heavy weather capability can go hand in hand.

“The FPB 64 is…a go-anywhere luxury cruiser that would surely inspire even the most timid coastal cruising sailor to head over the horizon.” -Matthew Sheehan, editor Yachting World


There are 11 FPB 64s currently cruising, mainly with their owners and without crew. FPB 64-5 Grey Wolf’s voyage from New Zealand to the UK in three months, including a 4000 NM leg at an average of 9.4 knots, is a classic example of FPB capability.

“This boat is genuinely capable of taking you around the world, and if that’s what you want to do there is no better vessel for it.” – Motor Boat & Yachting

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The FPB 78 takes performance, efficiency, toughness, and cruising range to an entirely new level. FPB 78-1 is out cruising, and two other FPB 78s are presently under construction, all for prior FPB owners.

“Few boats embody their potential like Iceberg. Decades of cruising experience have been poured into the design, resulting in probably the most capable sea boat on the water.” – Stewart Campbell, Editor Boat International

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FPB 97-1 Iceberg illustrates what is possible in a larger FPB form. An 11.8 knot cruising speed at 60 liters per hour for a range in excess of 4000 NM, six kW solar array, and the owners need only a couple as crew.

For more information: Sue Grant: Sue.Grant@Berthon.Co.UK.

Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 13, 2015)

36 Responses to “FPB 130 – It Is The Real Deal”

  1. CJ Says:

    Holy Cow. Eagerly awaiting the interior.

  2. Carl E Says:

    Hi Steve: She looks most impressive! Given her size, is she designed to be run with a permanent crew and if so, does the size allow more separation than her smaller sisters? In terms of outside space, does she have a matrix deck or is the upper deck fully enclosed (with seemingly a small balcony aft)?

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Carl:
    A yacht of this size will almost always have crew. However, the FPB 130 has the same approach to engineering and systems we have always used so there will be considerably less maintenance and as a result a smaller crew. If you want to have and keep good crew they need adequate personal space. And there is lots of that available within the hull.

  3. Kruse Says:

    First FPB with room for a Heli-pad.
    The Sea-Dragon.

    With the concepts of zero discharge areas being introduced, have any of the FPB’s holding tanks for gray-water?

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hello Kruse:
    All of the FPBs these days have gray water tanks installed or provisions for them.

  4. Hank Bowman Says:

    Scania instead of Cat?

    How big is that aft deck – it almost looks helo sized

    And how about a ballpark price?

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Hank:
    The aft deck has an average width of about 6.7m and is 8.4m long from the end of the roof overhang to where the stairs to the swim platform begin. There are many engine options. The Scanias have a particulary favorable torque curve for our linear drag curve.

  5. Gene Says:

    The lines just get more and more lovely as the length increases. I especially like that even at 130 feet with an, (apparently) glassed off fly bridge you have resisted the urge to add in the typical “swooping” vertical structural elements. I am a product designer by trade so I tend to see the world in the balance–good or bad–between the volumes and negative spaces. The trend over the last decade by yacht designers towards “Modern Organic” shapes is often so forced that the boat looks a lot like a basketball shoe. My personal opinion of course and it might sound like an exaggeration but if you took an image of a typical super yacht and screened it back to bring out the major lines then overlaid that on a typical basketball shoe, (scaled of course) I bet you would chuckle out loud.

    I am not familiar with marine aluminum and how it anodizes naturally over time and I was wondering if there is some sort of finishing method that would even out the color/tone across the entire boat so it more closely matched the renders? I understand the virtues of aluminum as a building material–excellent strength to weight, durability, low maintenance, etc.. From a strictly personal aesthetics preference I am not crazy about the look but I could never bring myself to paint it either. Looking closely at pictures of the various finished boats it looks like there are tonal differences between different areas of the boat from day one. Even when it is obvious most everything has been sand or bead blasted to a very nice satin finish. Looking at Wind Horse and Avatar as time has passed and the aluminum weathers those tonal differences have become more pronounced. Typically you would think they would even out over time.

    Is it simply different grades of aluminum used in different locations for different structural requirements causing the tonal differences? I know vintage war birds with unpainted aluminum can sometimes have the phenomenon between various panels. The fact that some don’t might suggest a different finishing method was used.

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Gene:
    There are a variety of finishes which can be applied to the bare aluminum. However, our personal preference is the weathered work boat look.It fits in better in the parts of the world in which we like to cruise. You can also give the bare aluminuma periodic sand or grind which is relatively quick and normally less labor intensive than doing the same with plastic or paint. Regarding the differing tonality this is usually a question of lighting and viewing angle.

    Shannon Reply:

    lol You are so right. I will never look at some designs again without thinking Hi Top trawler or Nike Nord____.
    I am all for maximizing interior space but yes, many, even most, designers have gone way, way to far.
    I look at the 130 here & I think, from a cosmetic standpoint you could add a few feet to the house (6-8, maybe 10 max) & get more interior space & a larger deck off the back of the pilot house and still maintain the sleek lines. I am sure there are weight, stability & other issues in a bigger house, I am just talking from a pure cosmetic standpoint. They could add that extra space & not hurt the looks one bit. Of course, that’s just my personal opinion. :) lol Like they really need more space on the 130. Just guestimating the house size from the drawings, it’s clearly a pretty big room up there. Not to mention, massive volume in the hull.

  6. Jamie Wicks Says:

    Looking forward to watching the build.

  7. Jono Frankfort Says:

    I’m loving this one from first look. She is looking more like a patrol vessel with the stretch aft of the deckhouse. Beautiful lines and proportion. Can I assume from the rendering that quarters have been added aft? Was wondering why you are getting away from some of the tried and true? Nothing against Scania, but you have always sung the praise of JD engines. On the 78 you have improved the foremast design to an A frame, yet go back to the elongated staple for this one. I know you have evaluated hundreds of products and designs, just wondering how many of the best of the best are incorporated into each new design evolution.
    Take care, keep up the awesome work.

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Jono:
    The area aft of the engine room has sufficient volume for quarters or lounge, and the lazzarette. The Scanias have a very flat torque curve which matches this yacht particularly well. Re the foremast, the A-frame of the 78 was for a particular purpose and that is under reconsideration right now. Bottom line is these are first a light mast, second somewhere for antenna to sit, and otherwise we want them to go away visually.

  8. Mike Says:

    Love that big aft deck. Hope the booms are up to the task of lifting a 5 or 6 metre RIB.

    Any room under that radar arch for a flybridge? That was something I liked on the old 112/115 renders.

    I’m looking forward to seeing what the interiors do with that much hull volume.

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Odds are when the dinghy decisions are made a similar davit to that used on the FPB 97-1 will be used, or some form of horizontal crane. An outside flying bridge depends on many other factors,so hard to say at this point.

  9. Shannon Says:

    Okay, I am now officially lustrated. (lusting after something I can’t afford)
    Is this being designed for a buyer? I guess what I am really wondering is are you going to start building right away? Or is it a design exercise at this point? I really want to see this beast come to life.
    How large is the house? How does it compare in size to the 97 & 115? It looks like there is plenty of room to extend the house back 8 or 10 feet & still have a huge aft deck & it wouldn’t effect those beautiful lines much. I am thinking luxury yacht with massive interior space that’s still very fast & very seaworthy.
    Anyways, just wondering. It’s absolutely beautiful in both form & function. I really want to see this being built. You hit another home run.

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Thanks Shannon:
    Details will emerge as time allows.

  10. John Rushworth Says:

    Steve and team,

    Awesome evolution of the FPB (Fabulous Power Boat).


  11. Scott Webb Says:

    It really is a joy to see what you and your team create Steve.

  12. Rod Manser Says:

    Speaking of drag and torque curves, did you look at the MAN R6-800? I guess we can all concur that “Cats don’t like water.” I think the only better would be if MTU made a small enough engine, but MEP over rpm can’t get better than these two manufacturers.

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Rod:
    MTUs tend to be fussy and we’ve been told they would not be pleased with our propping procedure.

  13. Jono Frankfort Says:

    Steve, Does the added length take the vessel out of MCA Cat.0 and into Class? If one wishes to benefit from that route my understanding is that a build to Class can add 10-12% to the yard bill. IF so, would you recommend it and would Circa put up with it?
    On a different note, being involved in the renewable energy industry, I had a vision of a 130 driven by a pair of room temp superconducting electric motors, powered by a bank of Tesla Tech batteries recharged by next gen PV/Cigs panels. A single back up generator being the only fossil fuel user ( not including tenders or remote emergency generator). Premature? Sure, but so am I by about 2-3 years, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed. The tech IS coming!
    Have a great day, keep up the awesomeness.

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Jono:
    Building to a class rule adds more like 20% /25% plus added build time.

  14. Steve B Says:

    CIRCA Memo: we’re gonna need a bigger shed!

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    It will fit, Steve:

    Skip N. Reply:

    Whangarei memo: time to bury the power lines and hinged traffic signals so this beastie can get to water.

  15. Pam Wall Says:

    Wow! Steve!!! Another gorgeous boat designed with so much thought and seamanship ability! I am so impressed! Will you be bringing one to Fort Lauderdale? I have your dock available!! We have a lot to catch up on and hope you are both doing great! It would be lovely to visit with you again!

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Pam:
    We will pick you up on the way back to Greenland! Probably make a quick trip to FLIB – lets make a point of getting together!

    Chris Hart Reply:

    slight typo or mighty impressive in specs for power 675HP@230 rpm! love these designs would it be possible for you to post another scale overlay of the hulls like you did in the fpb115 post with the current designs.

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Good eye, Chris:
    You are correct, 2300 RPM for the 675 HP Scanias.

  16. Ned Kelly Says:

    Is the 130 a single screw boat?

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Ned:
    The FPB 130 has twin engines.

  17. Rene A. Says:

    Another winner to add to the fleet. Is the next step a Frigate for the Navy?

    BTW, I see 20 solar panels and you stated 20Kw of solar power. Are there more panels you are not showing?

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Howdy Rene:
    There is a longer house version which has 50+ panels.

  18. Pedro Cuso Says:

    Hi Steve,
    You published “Engines -Scania DI13 086M 675HP@230 rpm”
    Is really 230 rpm as comercial very big engines, or is a mistake and is 2300 rpm?
    Low revs any way.

    Steve Dashew Reply:

    Hi Pedro:
    2300 RPM – Typo on our part – which we need to correct.