“The 83ft-long (25m) wave-piercer…could easily be mistaken for the spawn of the Royal Navy with its unpainted battleship grey, all-aluminum body. But that day, in those conditions, it was the only boat that I would have wanted to climb aboard to face the English Channel.”
–Motor Boat & Yachting
The sun has set, the chimes have struck, we dally no longer. The FPB 97, the Wicked One, stands revealed.
It comes across the waters bearing gifts: comfort, speed, great strength, and agility with which to wend its way. Those singing its song leap for joy with their good tidings.
The FPB 97 follows the path blazed by its forebearers, Wind Horse, Avatar, Sarah Sarah, Iron Lady and Osprey, combining their strengths into an entity destined to cross oceans in a manner unlike any other: easily, with but a small band of people, leaving the lightest of trails behind.
As a direct descendant of those mighty ketches of cruising lore, Sundeer and Beowulf, with a history stretching three decades into the dim past, know that this one, as was the wont of those that went before, is destined to break new ground.
Tonight, the fires grow dim, the singers weary. But before we depart you shall be regaled with numbers, preliminary though they may be.
Length on deck – 97.5′ / 29.9m
Length waterline – 94′ / 28..8m
Beam on deck – 20.4′ / 6.26m
Extreme beam to outside of belting (rub rails) 21.33′ / 6.5m
Displacement full load – 135,000 pounds / 60,000kg
Draft full load – five feet / 1.5m
Cruising speed – 11.7 knots
Range (approximate) – 5000+ nautical miles
Top speed – 13.5 knots
Fuel Capacity – 5000 US gallons / 18,900 L
Fresh water capacity – 2000 U gallons / 7570L
Air draft (excluding whips) – 31.5′ / 9.65m
In days to come much more will be revealed, and all shall stand in awe at the miracles this Wicked new FPB 97 can work.
Should your pulse quicken, your breath catch, your need be insatiable, contact Todd Rickard (Sue Grant: Sue.Grant@Berthon.Co.UK.) and he will impart what must be known to join with us in the first series of FPB 97s.