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. The FPB 70 incorporates a refined set of performance characteristics and efficiency, which takes the Little Sister into a paradigm beyond even the FPB 78.
For a couple cruising mainly on their own, or with family and occasional guests, she is the most comfortable, easily operated, and efficient of all the FPBs. No surprise then that the first two FPB 70s are going to existing FPB owners. When it comes to crossing oceans quickly and safely, she is in a class of her own. And she retains the FPB look. To seafaring professionals, she is all business on the outside. To those who might be thinking ill, she gives no hint of the luxury that lies beneath her tough exterior. The message is unmistakable: “Don’t mess with me”.
The FPB 70 features a generous Matrix deck with a unique layout, which allows watchkeeping with good sightlines from the most comfortable aft position, and conning on soundings from forward. There is a windscreen fully surrounding the area, and the combination of windscreen and overhanging roof provides the basis for a variety of enclosure options, depending on where you’re cruising and what your weather requirements are.
The interior layout is an amalgam of the best features from across the FPB family. You will recognize the engine room and workshop/crew quarters from what was developed with the FPB 78. The area forward of the engine room is a combination of what has worked so well with FPB 83 Wind Horse, and the 11 FPB 64s now actively cruising.
The aft porch of the Little Sister is a refined and enhanced version of what is on the FPB 78. It incorporates a barbecue, sink, food prep area, and vertical storage on either side of the large counter. There is also substantial storage volume below the counter (and above the engine room air intake) for cooking gear, deck hardware, etc.
The FPB 70 has the ability to carry a fifteen foot and ten foot RIB. The larger dinghy can be set up as a highly capable exploration or fishing machine, while the smaller gives you a very nice dinghy for going to the beach and as backup. The outboard dinghy storage concept, which is working so well on the FPB 78, has been incorporated here for the Little Sister.
With both dinghies stored outboard or in the water, most of the aft deck is available for lounging.
- A great room with more floor space than FPB 83 Wind Horse, coupled with the FPB 64’s galley.
- Outward canted windows with a negative edge headliner to pull your view outside.
- A large Matrix deck.
- Scaled down FPB 78 engine room and workshop/crew cabin/lazarette.
- A lovely guest cabin aft, with head ensuite.
- An optimized sea cabin, which will be the sleeping area of choice on passage.
- With a single set of guests, the starboard side sea cabin can be made up as a sitting room.
- Owner’s suite reminiscent of FPB 83 Wind Horse with the addition of a walk-in closet.
- Massive basement area for systems and stores, incorporates an aircraft-like track attachment option that allows for a variety of storage and furniture layouts.
- Room for a 15’ RIB + a second dink on the aft deck.
- Twin Deere M1 rated diesels 165HP at 2300 RPM.
- Draft of five feet.
- Four full and one partial watertight bulkheads.
- Hinged mast system.
- Large forward facing Dorade vents in front of Matrix coaming to pressurize great room.
- Powered extraction vent in the aft end of the great room.
- Extra EPDM insulation (same as FPB 78 – three times normal) for quieter and more efficient operation, both at anchor and underway.
- The highest density of solar panels to date relative to at-anchor electrical loads, creating near solar self-sufficiency, which makes the generator largely redundant.
- More space in the engine room and basement for even better systems access means lower maintenance cost.
- The outward canted windows are easier to clean, and the elimination of stainless on deck reduces upkeep while enhancing the “look” of the FPB 70.
FPB 70-1 is under construction, with FPB 70-2 scheduled to start 4th quarter 2016.
Preliminary Specifications V2.1 (subject to change without notice)
- LOD 78’ (23.8m) LWL 75.4’ (23.m)
- Official Length (Lloyd’s rules) 70’ (21.3m)
- Beam Deck 18’ (5.5m)
- Draft-half load Prop Skeg 5.1’ (1.55m)
- Cruising Speed 10.5 knots
- Top Speed 12.75 knots
- Approximate Range 10.5 knots – 5000 NM (Note: speeds/ranges are smooth water/clean bottom)
- Main Engine 2 X John Deere 4054 AFM 85 165HP @ 2300RPM M1 Rating
For More Information: Contact Sue Grant for lots more information on the FPB 70 Little Sister and details on how to secure your building slot.
There is a PDF download available with a thorough look at the FPB 70, and Sue can fill you in on the contract details. Sue.Grant@Berthon.co.uk.