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  • Valerie Creighton says: Thank YOU!
  • admin says: Hi Shannon, To date no FPBs have been through into the Great Lakes…No plans to do so as of now for...
  • Landsman says: Thanks for the additional details Valerie. The greyscale plans on the main page for the 70 have been...
  • Craig says: Good to see you moving again. Outstanding pictures!
  • Shannon says: Glad to see you folks are back out on the water. Truly stunning pictures. Is the big screen in the...
  • PJ says: Nice touch, lookling forward to further details. Also curious if you see a need for adjustable external side...
  • Valerie Creighton says: Hi PJ, Yes it is, good catch. We added that feature very recently, after some discussion...
  • PJ says: Is that a step-thru from the Matrix deck onto the house roof?
  • Steve B says: Valerie and Stan. Thanks so much for sharing the ‘passage’ with us. Steve.
  • Valerie Creighton says: Hi Steve, I incorporated my replies on the solar panel location into one comment above....
  • Valerie Creighton says: Hi James and Steve, Right you are, the solar panel set-up has undergone some evolution in...
  • Steve B says: Looks as if you’ve managed to put solar panels on the matrix-deck roof? Solved the weight budget...
  • Steve B says: Nice to see these details. Thank you.
  • James Masters says: Thanks, Val, for your excellent comments + comparisons. The drawings, up to now, showed a...
  • Chris and Carolyn Groobey says: Looking good Admiral!
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Chris: From the design perspective, the massive tankage of the FPBs in general allows you to...
  • Chris Groobey says: From FPB 64 Toccata owner Chris Groobey: “I noted the guidance in the piece that one needs...
  • SARAH SARAH says: While quartering into seas after leaving New Zealand, Wind speed 20 to 25 knots, seas 4 to 6 feet,...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Markus: Jogging, as we understand it, means heading slowly into the seas, until conditions...
  • Peter Rossin says: Like every sensible sailor, we don’t go looking for bad weather and do our best to structure...
  • Markus says: Hello Steve. You mention practicing “jogging”. I don’t know that expression –...
  • Steve Dashew says: Yes, Gene, should be .9 gallon per NM.
  • Steve Dashew says: Yes, Steve, it is .9 of a US gallon per nautical mile.
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Louis: Yes, the .9 US gallon per NM is the right number for French Polynesia to Panama. This is...
  • Louis says: Is that 9/10 GPH @10kts accurate? If I do my math right I get 5000gal / .9 GPH = ~5555 hrs * 10 kts =...
  • Steve says: Absolutely fantastic fuel burn ” burning nine-tenths of a gallon an hour” probably should...
  • Juergen says: Hey Steve hope the Knees on the mend.. Now don’t do that again… I have to seriously wonder...
  • Gene says: “was done at an average speed of 10 knots, burning nine-tenths of a gallon an hour”. Typo?
  • Michael Seng says: Woot! Woot! Oh Yeeaaah! (in my best “Kool-Aid Pitcher breaking through a wall”...
  • Evan Gatehouse says: We met in Panama where you were in the marina on the Pacific side and you kindly gave me a tour...
  • Gene says: I have often thought that back cover would also be excellent for rails used for a really simple boat...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Gene, We originally had a medium grit sand blast texture on the topsides of Sundeer. It was...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Dan, We have thought of many options for adding solar panels, but not a slide out system. Will...
  • steve dashew says: Hi Juergen I don’t have the exact data handy but COLREGS require a certain height for the...
  • Juergen says: The higher Steaming Lights, is that a requirement of the country of register, or is that a change in...
  • Gene says: I can believe this as initially I really disliked the “blotchy” aluminum look–I have...
  • Dan says: Steve, just a thought, but have you considered adding more solar panels to the Aft deck in the form of a...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Paul: Our suggestion has always been to try the boat unpainted for a season, and then if you...
  • Steve Dashew says: Right on target, John.
  • Steve Dashew says: Thanks Juergen – The taller mast forward is required for the correct steaming light height....
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Carl: Simrad replaced the antennaes to long range, and in smooth water it works fine. But it is...
  • Paul says: Hi I love the look of the series, but wondered what they would look like painted, is this an option? Have...
  • Matt L says: Sorry to hear about the injury. Look forward to seeing the 70 when she is out and about.
  • John Poparad says: “The principles are easy, it’s the application that’s hard.” That’s...
  • David Guest says: Hope you are healing quickly … so that you can enjoy your life long passion…
  • Juergen says: Steve great report.. do you think the owners of Grey wolf.[FPB 782] will write up a bit on the...
  • James Masters says: Am so very sorry to read about your mishap — i’d had an intuition that...
  • PJ says: Fantastic post, can’t thank you enough……I like it when you have more time to write....
  • Carl E. says: Hi Steve: Thank you for the update and sorry to hear about your mishap. I’m curious about the...
  • Gene says: Sorry to hear about your injury and glad to hear that it has not diminished your spirits and that you are...
  • PJ says: Awesome.
  • Juergen says: Could we Please have a side by side set of Basic Layouts of the 64 – 70 to the 78 layouts and...
  • Marco says: Of all the FPBs I am thinking this is my favourite. Nice lines, and the layout seems to address all the...
  • PJ says: Thank you Sarah, I’ve already chewed through that pile:) It’s just about time I bought my own...
  • Sarah Dashew says: Hi PJ, There is lots of pertinent detail on the FPB 70 intro page on the site. Stay tuned for a...
  • Steve B says: The force is strong with this one.
  • PJ says: Great stuff and thank you for sharing! Are you willing to describe your basic design and layout ideas,...
  • Gene says: Hands down one of the most beautiful babies ever =) Thank you Stan and Val for letting us “tag...
  • Gene says: That should have read 1/12th scale obviously =) And for the FPB “Group Shot” renders I was...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hello Juergen: This question comes up a lot. The risk factors associated with the Lithium...
  • Juergen says: I found your site, after doing some dream building… I’m finding the boats that you are...
  • Steve says: Hi Steve. Hey I just noticed one of the older posts in this series on Palmerston Interlude shows the...
  • Gene says: Thank you Sarah I appreciate your taking the time =) On a semi-related note. I came across the video of a...
  • Sarah Dashew says: Hi Gene, Berthon’s site is set up as columns, which restricts the width of their photos....
  • Tim says: Jarrett Bay webcam good to see Cochise afloat again. Looking forward to Greenland later this summer.
  • PJ says: If at all possible… I would much appreciate seeing more interior pics: stateroom, mechanical room,...
  • Walt N says: Disappointing. As with most of the content on their site it is obsolete and lacking. I do feel your...
  • Gene says: This would be awesome…if the pictures were not tiny to the point of being almost useless…come...
  • James Masters says: That’s a remarkable set of “moments”, Stan — more than enough to enrich...
  • PJ says: My definition of living is the meaning we give and gain from interaction with fellow human beings. Cruising...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Greg: Cochise is hauled out the next week at Triton Marine in Beaufort,NC. We cannot show you...
  • Greg says: I’m glad I read every word of your blog – have been for many years now. Where are you in...
  • Steve Dashew says: Working on the 78-2 photos now, Carl. Few more days…
  • Walt N says: I’d like to second the 70 update requests.
  • Carl E. says: Hi Steve: Thank you for the update. I understand 78-2 has been delivered, but any chance of more...
  • Gene says: Awesome update! I am excited to follow progress on the 70’s. I spent a year researching passage...
  • Michael Seng says: Crew, Congratulations on the record interval: she looks to be rock solid and silky smooth! Thanks...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Jono: Not sure to what you refer. More details please.
  • Steve Dashew says: Hello Carl: The taller forard mast is the result of MCA code 0 height requirements for the...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Corey: Those are wind scoops.
  • Steve Dashew says: Hello Joe: Those clear plastic triangles are meant to trap and accelerate air flow into the...
  • Joe says: What are the clear plastic pieces in front of the windshield towards the very end of the video?
  • Jono Frankfort says: Hi Steve, She certainly seems to handle like the dream she is. I am very happy for you and all...
  • Corey Piatek says: What are the exterior sail pieces on either side of the front windows for?
  • Carl E. says: Hi Steve: Impressive ride into the waves. I wonder about the purpose of the lengthened forward mast and...
  • Chip says: I happen to live in Key West and was able to see Cochise recently when she was tied up at the city docks....
  • Steve Dashew says: We keep trying, Gene: Keep your fingers crossed. We are headed N on Saturday and might get...
  • Gene says: I just LOVE these videos of the boats in actual use. Not just the rough weather ones (tho they are fun)....
  • Steve Dashew says: Soon, catching up in the next few days.
  • Steve Dashew says: From Fort Lauderdale we are heading toward Beaufort, NC.
  • Harry Privette says: Mr. Dashew, Just got a note from my close friend, Dave Wyman, telling me of your arrival in Key...
  • Shannon says: Wonderful pictures. Coming up Florida’s west coast or continuing your prep northward where...
  • Gene says: Any updates soon on 782 and/or 701?
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Dave: We need more like 27 feet to clear antennae, or we could rotate them down. But even with...
  • Dave Kolody says: In addition to the Seaway, Cochise could probably do the Trent Severn canal. Tight quarters, but...
  • M Martin says: I don’t know, we do run 500 – 1000′ ore freighters around up here. :-)
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Bill: Not sure we have the nerve to venture into Latuya given the fact that its history is the...
  • Steve Dunbar says: Interesting times up North. http://www.nationalpost.com/m/ wp/news/world/blog.html?b=n...
  • bill henry says: from Maine continue N for E to W transfers of NW Passage!? Sue and I will put you up in Anacortes...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Marvin: The Great Lakes would make an interesting cruise at some point, but probably better...