Our thought has always been that the best indicator of success in the marine business is not units sold, or boat show pizzazz, but rather how your boats are being used. Are they sitting in marinas or out there racking up the miles, treating their owners to the world of new experiences that lay beyond the horizon?
Since we have been suffering through comments and photos of our owners making great use of their boats while we sit in the office, we thought we might subject you to the same torment.
FPB 64-3 Iron Lady
Pete and Deb Rossin, with FPB 64-3 Iron Lady, sent us the above photo from Hanavave Baie on Fatu Hiva in the Marquesas Islands, the most beautiful tropical anchorage in the world.
Iron Lady now has over 14,000 nautical miles under her keel in her first two years, including a circumnavigation of New Zealand (she is shown anchored at Stewart Island above). This season Iron Lady has made the 2200 mile hop from New Zealand to Tahiti, explored the Society, Tuamotu, and now Marquesas Islands. She will shortly depart for the Line Islands on her way to Hawaii and the Pacific Northwest. To see more of the Rossins’ adventures visit their website by clicking here.
FPB 64-5 Tiger
John and Sandy Henrichs are now enjoying Fiji for a second season, having spent the southern hemisphere summer exploring New Zealand. John and Sandy worked their way through Tonga,
spent an enjoyable month in the Vavau Island group,
and then had a calm passage to Savu Savu, Fiji, averaging 10.5 knots in the process. Tiger now has 7,000 nautical miles under her keel since launching a year ago. The Henrichs are going to spend the rest of the winter season in Fiji, then head back to New Zealand.
FPB 64-7 Buffalo Nickel
Valerie and Stan Creighton aboard FPB 64-7 Buffalo Nickel are enjoying their first season of cruising in Fiji.
Present plans are to return to New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere summer, and then further explore the tropical South Pacific next season. Val and Stan’s website is here.
FPB 64-1 Avatar
Carol and Mike Parker, and FPB 64-1 Avatar, are about to start cruising again in Fiji (this makes four FPBs in the Fiji Island group!). In the past year Avatar has visited the Raja Ampat (Indonesia), laid over in the Philippines, and returned to Fiji over the north side of New Guinea. Previous seasons have seen Avatar visit:
- 2010 – New Zealand, Vanuatu
- 2011 – New Caledonia, Fiji, Vanuatu
- 2012 – New Zealand, Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Solomon Islands
The Parkers reckon that more than 19,000 nautical miles have passed under Avatar’s keel since she was launched three years ago.
Their cruising focus is on SCUBA diving and photography. Carol Parker is a gifted photographer and you can see some of her work here.
FPB 64-2 Sarah Sarah
Sue and Bill Henry have kept their FPB 64-2 Sarah Sarah busy since she was first launched three years ago. Soon after sea trials were completed, Sarah Sarah made a quick 6569 nautical mile return passage from Opua, New Zealand to Neah Bay, Washington in the US Pacific Northwest. Sue and Bill have been exploring the unlimited cruising options in their own back yard for the past few years .
FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf
Liza and Mike Dicks completed a 2700 nautical mile shakedown cruise to New Caledonia for their first season aboard FPB 64-6 Grey Wolf. They brought Grey Wolf back to Whangarei, New Zealand, so Mike could return to work.
In an unexpected turn of events Grey Wolf has changed owners, and Peter Watson (shown above in his Circa dink) is getting to know FPB 64-6 while he waits on delivery of FPB 78-2 a few years hence.
FPB 64-4 Osprey
FPB 64-4, Osprey, has been exploring her home waters on Australia’s East Coast,
catching her share of fish,
while enjoying calmer weather than her somewhat challenging passage across the Tasman Sea last year.
That sums up the first seven FPB 64s. All of them being used as intended, going places, venturing forth comfortably and quickly, giving their owners the tools necessary to make dreams of distant anchorages a reality .