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  • Trevor says: If you guys want to catch some good tennis the Miami Open is underway.
  • Steve Dashew says: Hello Howard: So far, we are not mounting them. Just setting them on the nav desk surface....
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Michael: We have not found a system that passes muster with the surveyors and that remains...
  • Steve Dashew says: Geno: Wind Horse had four of the panels that could be rotated and angled.
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Justin: Our experience is that if you have a clear inspection plate on the top of the inlet...
  • Gene says: All of the solar capacity designed into Cochise, (and FPB’s in general) is–for me at...
  • Michael T Jones says: Would be nice to have direct inspection. http://www.usplastic.com/ca...
  • Justin Catterall says: Surely the lights in the engine room are not on constantly, and this water is not stationery...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hello PJ: The fabric used to wrap the mullions is actually a shade darker than either the...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Michael: The CPVC tubing we use we have only seen in grey. However, clear allows in light, and...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Kevin: Both our Matrix deck and great room uses of the big Samsung tablet are covered in areas...
  • Kevin says: At less than 400 NITS this has less brightness than my cell phone – which is impossible to see in...
  • Michael T Jones says: Are there clear versions of this tubing? That would be helpful.
  • PJ says: A classic design ‘mistake’ are white window mullions. They fight outside ambience, box you in,...
  • Howard says: How are you supporting/mounting these underway?
  • Richard Boote says: Now THIS is Beautiful! The Design just fits with all the Colours and Textures. It will be warm in...
  • Gene says: As a designer myself–and married to an interior designer no less–I think she has done an...
  • Douwe Gorter says: Interesting article! Since you asked for comments on experience with integrated instruments, here...
  • Steve Dashew says: Interesting link Matt: Thanks.
  • Matt L says: Interesting article that confirms to importance of the FPB concept: Massive rogue waves aren’t as...
  • Steve Dashew says: Actually Gene, we were well aware of Peter Hayden’s issues, discussed them with Simrad, and...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Eric: Based on what wee know so far I would choose the best in class and not worry about...
  • sverre koxvold says: Delicious comments. When I was sailing around the North Sea/Norwegian Ocean, instrumentation was...
  • Eric Bradley says: I was close to pulling the trigger on a navigation package nearly identical to what you have on...
  • Gene says: Yet another example of the “walled garden” approach under performing a standardized open...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Paul: See detailed answer to Mark Heeley. They are available, but personally we find them...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Kevin: We always have zincs.
  • Steve Dashew says: PJ-coatings vary with use of the boat. We will have more on this later.
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Mark: Hull windows have their place on flush deck sailboats where we first used them in 1983....
  • mark heeley says: Hull windows on #02. Not a typical Dashew design feature.
  • PJ says: Painted below the water line….what is the coating?
  • mark heeley says: Congratulations to both FPB and Jeff. At last FPB has the calibre of salesman it deserves....
  • Kevin says: I don’t recall seeing zincs amid ship before. Are these new?
  • Paul says: I see that the new model has portholes is this now standard or a request by the owner?
  • Andy says: “Everybody usually buys a Furuno as their second radar.” – old seaman
  • Steve Dashew says: Hello Mike: Yes, power lines come down with each launch.
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Shannon: Systems are essentially the same. Electronics are different, however.
  • Shaz says: Wow. And I thought towing our Catalina 27 to the lake was an ordeal. Beautiful yacht. May many trouble...
  • Shannon(TheShaz) says: You mean if I get one I can’t tow it with my Chevy? . You can see a guy in a cherry...
  • Mike says: Do they have to drop powerlines every time they launch a boat?
  • Tom Smeaton says: Thank you Steve and also a big thank you to Kurt. A lot of food for thought
  • Gene says: Just looking at the pictures made my heart race a bit…so I can’t imagine how excited the...
  • Steve Dashew says: The sterns are roughly aligned, PJ: But when the ground tackle and above decks structure are added...
  • Gene says: Well there is something you hardly see these days…an honest review, warts and all. Thanks Steve. I...
  • Kurt says: As a cross-reference for the issues you’ve been having: http://www.mvtanglewood.com...
  • James Masters says: … more blessings/advantages from the brilliance of the solar-panels/battery-bank...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Shawn: We are once again looking at the gyros. More details in due course.
  • Shawn (Mercer Island) says: Hi Steve – great article! I particularly like that you decided to alter course to...
  • sarah dashew says: Hi Gene, it’s a typo — the number is supposed to be .867 gallons/nm. We’ve asked...
  • sarah dashew says: Hi Jono, That is indeed a mistake! The actual fuel burn is .867 gallons/nm, just under 1 gallon....
  • Gene says: Great read. I did have a question. In the article you say, “Cochise has averaged exactly 10 knots...
  • Jono Frankfort says: Steve, Great article! At least until you get to the 2nd to last paragraph summarizing the trip...
  • Shaz says: That is beautiful. I love seeing the bones before the hull plating goes on. It shows what she is made of....
  • Shannon (Shaz) says: When I was a kid in the 70’s, my grandmothers friend was a metal former in WWII. She...
  • PJ says: The 78s look absolutely huge beside 70-1 assuming sterns are aligned….a significant displacement...
  • Steve Dashew says: The forefoot depth and cross section are related and this plus the slenderness ratio just above...
  • PJ says: FPB Ark.
  • Peter Bateman says: Those are some very fine craftsmen who can work that plate over that non compound curve. It is a...
  • Andy says: Fascinating metalwork, and efficient looking shape. Almost reminds me of airliner wing and wingbox, before...
  • Henry says: Steve, It’s a little difficult to tell exactly from the photos, but the forefoot looks fairly deep...
  • Kent says: Gorgeous boat and gorgeous photo’s.
  • James Masters says: Thanks so much for the great pics. Happy Holidays to y’all.
  • Bill Parlatore says: Great show. So glad Cochise hit the mark!
  • Steve Dashew says: Morning Shaz: Our keels, attachment, and local structure have always been designed with an eye...
  • Shannon (Shaz) says: Is this an impact that could have torn the keel off or caused enough damage to loosen the keel,...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Henry: The marine industry uses 25 pound of thrust per HP as a starting point. The thruster...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Brad: A Panama Canal “Watson” is when a line handler or the helmsman makes a...
  • Brad says: Dear Steve, it’s inspirational to see you two out cruising again. As one who not destined to cut the...
  • Howard says: I used to use the side thrust like you describe on the Coast Guard’s old 82 foot Point Class...
  • Henry says: Steve, I was just thinking, given you have two props and two rudders, if the rudders could be...
  • Henry says: Steve, What was the horsepower going in to achieve 450 lbs of thrust? “Capped the tunnel”...
  • Steve Dashew says: Yes, Gene, if you take the time to learn how to use the engines, rudders, and occasional spring...
  • Steve Dashew says: Agreed, Andy!
  • Andy says: Holding station in the centre of the lock with engines/thrusters would be tricky to say the least. The...
  • Gene says: I don’t doubt that the twin rudder and counter rotating props work quite well, especially if...
  • Himbeerkuchen says: Hi Steve – unfortunately I cannot contribute direct experience. 20 years ago I worked in...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hello Henry very vessel in the Canal has a canal pilot aboard and he tells you what to do,...
  • Henry says: Steve, Once entered into a lock does the transit authority require the vessel to be tethered? Is it too...
  • Richard Boote says: Great Video! AWESOME FPB!
  • scotto says: WOW! very educational for those of us not having travelled thru the canal
  • hubert says: Steve.. just an idea: the moments when AIS transmit stops, are you are starting to transmit –...
  • Steve Dashew says: Thanks Hubert: It is on the list now.
  • Howard says: I’m looking forward to more details and pictures on the 70s.
  • hubert says: Then I would put the AIS (antenna & cables) under scrutiny. If you go to Vesselfinder or...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Patrick: No idea what a direct hit would do and do not want to find out!
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Mario Have no experience with these. Do you, or any other SetSailors? Would love some feedback.
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Hubert We did have our AIS switched on.
  • hubert says: and another time as in the Panama channel the AIS to follow from the arm chair is not available –...
  • MichaelG says: I’m a tad disappointed that the Zumwalt appears to not be flying the American ensign. Everybody...
  • PJ says: Looks like the 1000 tore a page right out of the FPB HVAC manual of design. A question: Is it now legal to...
  • Torben DH says: Thats a Zumwalt class destroyer https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wik i/Zumwalt-class_destroyer
  • Ward says: Apparently the Zumwalt had more problems going through the canal that you did: https://news.usni.org/201...
  • Himbeerkuchen says: wow… impressive photos indeed. Depending on the number of electrical hull penetrations and...
  • Bruce Chandler says: I have worked as an Electrician for 50 years and have witnessed many lightning strikes over...
  • PJ says: Yout pioneering efforts will perhaps one day be recognized as a keystone in the development of an equally...
  • Steve Dashew says: Yes Gene, Cochise’ metal hull is a giant Faraday cage. We carry spare electronics in a...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Patrick There is no way to predict the consequences of a direct strike as this depends on the...
  • Cliff R. says: When you say “too close for comfort” you really aren’t kidding. Those strikes are...
  • Patrick says: Hi Steve I am curious to know what you think the consequences would be of a direct hit on your boat. I...
  • Gene says: That is beautiful and horrifying all at the same time. As a child, I was struck by lightning–two...