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…

This is helping us put together a database to be used for really long passages. We had planned on doing today’s post on the tradeoffs between comfort and performance and how this plays out in the FPB 78 series.

But this morning’s moon set, the view of the Milky Way, and the sunrise, were so lovely that our heads are spinning. Put this in a context of extreme seagoing comfort, even with three sets of swells intermingling, throw in multi-ocean crossing range, add speed that affords us the luxury of working the weather, and you will see why Cochise has us in awe.

When we get to French Polynesia we will send along some photos.


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 14, 2016)




5 Responses to “FPB 78-1 Cochise: Day 6 Underway and in Awe…”

  1. Paul Says:

    On this passage where do you find yourself driving the boat from the most?


  2. Steve B Says:

    My heart rate went down just reading about it. Precious moments; enjoy.


  3. Steve Dashew Says:

    Hi Paul:
    About one third of the time up top and two thirds in the great room. Driving isn’t really the right way to look at this. Think stabndibng watch, keeping an eye on things.


  4. Gene Says:

    I realize that they might not seem very exciting to you guys having lived on boats for so long–and the beautiful surroundings are amazing of course–but if you could get a few videos of more basic “life at sea” topics I think a lot of us who are planning on becoming cruisers would find them most fascinating. Just day to day stuff–moving around the boat. The “typical” view from up top. Just normal stuff. I have watched the “FPB 78 Shreds New Zealand Winter Gale – Surfing Speeds Over 22 Knots!” video at least 20 times and not just for all that performance goodness, but because it is a good view of “this is what it is actually like”.


  5. Steve Dashew Says:

    Thanks Gene:
    Got a bit during the last few days and we will see if we can cobble something together.