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  • scotto says: following you on shiptracker, your anchorage off Jarrett Boats showed on of your boats up on the hard...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hello Michael: We are using Spectra high modulus rope in lieu of metal throughout. This gives us...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Mike: Those are 32′ Samsung monitors, three inputs, PIP and PBP, and very dimmable and...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hello Tom: Re anchor dragging we know the likelihood of dragging after testing Holding power with...
  • Steve Dashew says: Yes Scotto, had to dress up to meet the Navy Strict rules. Small price to pay for the free...
  • scotto says: A tie? Congratulations on whatever the occasion. Thank you for the beautiful photos and sharing the...
  • Tom says: How do you know if you are dragging anchor in these winds?
  • Mike B says: Steve, what make/model of display are you currently using? I believe you were using Samsung monitors...
  • John Borkowski says: That Maretron display is awesome. Almost as awesome as Cochise. OK, not really, but that is...
  • Michael Lee Robins says: Nice friggen pics,commentary,rig,heck I would settle for just a rigid air inflatable dimgy...
  • scotto says: mmmm, life, live it.
  • Michael Seng says: Steve, In the photo of the salon looking towards the Helm: the ropes on the ceiling? Are these to...
  • scotto says: still enjoying your wonderful photos… keep them coming please. enjoy yourselves, you’ve...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hello Edwin (and others who have commented in the same context): The decision making matrix...
  • Edwin says: Hi Steve, Congratulations on the well earned retirement. I wish you all the best with your future...
  • PJ says: If any two designers have earned the right to choose with your heart, it is you. Looking forward is the only...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi John: Sorry to disappoint you on availability. That is one of the things which has held us back...
  • Steve Dashew says: Thanks Marc: The pleasure was ours and we would love a closer look at your Pearl. From the...
  • MARC GATTO says: Steve & Linda, Thanks so much for the quick tour you gave me at Grand Narrows on Cape Breton...
  • John Risner says: Sorry to read this. I’m five years away from retirement, so I will have to change my dream of...
  • Patrick Broos says: Thank you for many wonderful stories, and technical insights. Best Wishes on your next adventure!
  • scott flanders says: Well done. You two are the best of the best. Scott & Mary
  • Andy Nemier says: Steve & Linda, Take a well deserved bow. Relish the milage under the keel, knowing the last...
  • John T Poparad II says: OK, someone(s) pick up the torch and let Steve and Linda catch a breath for a bit! The real...
  • Al and Beth says: Hey Guys – Great re-cap of the life and time of Dashew cruising. We well remember meeting up...
  • Jason Alderwick says: Fair winds and following seas. BZ on following your dreams and I wish you both great times on...
  • Brian Smith says: Steve and Linda, I have enjoyed your website and the information you have shared for many years. I...
  • Tina McBride says: Dear Steve and Linda, It has been an honor to meet and serve you here in Panama. Fair winds and...
  • STEVE Steinhardt says: Skip & Linda Congratulations enjoy life even more with less stress…….. I hope...
  • Ray says: I dream some day to own an FPB. I hope they are still available if I ever earn enough.
  • Michael Seng says: Steve and Linda, Thank you so very much for allowing us to venture with you two! The years have...
  • Eve O'Neill says: I hope you continue blogging your wonderful adventures and beautiful photographs. I wish you and...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi David: We decided not to sell the business. SetSail will continue, and Berthons will focus on...
  • Steve Dashew says: Thanks Max: How goes the yacht design?
  • Jamie says: I for one will miss the builds. But I wish you well wherever you travel. I’ve enjoyed the ride.
  • Matt L says: wow…
  • Warren Cottis says: For now….
  • TheShaz says: I have to say these past 3-4 years since I discovered this site I was amazed at the thought, time and...
  • Florian says: NooOO… Dear Dashews, My Name is Florian and I am in my late 30s and I have to thank you for all...
  • Max says: Hi Steve and Linda, Great post and congratulations on the decision. Happy sailing. We loved meeting you at...
  • Anthony VDM says: WOW. End of an Era. I’ve been following your journey pretty much since you started SetSail....
  • Gene says: Wow…
  • David Guest says: “It’s a Wonderful Life”
  • Valerie Creighton says: What an eloquent farewell to a truly remarkable career. All we can say is 🙏🙏 🙏🙏🙏🙏
  • Arch says: Steve and Linda, Thank you for sharing your adventures and knowledge over the years. You have been an...
  • David Magda says: Are you selling the business or shuttering it? Will you still be posting things here (even...
  • Steve Dashew says: Morning Giles: Those “ladders” make it easier to get off on high docks, give us better...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi PJ: Right now in Maine, with lovely fall weather, we are taking in 400AH (24VDC) on average....
  • Giles says: What is the purpose of the two ‘ladders’ that you have installed at deck level at the forward...
  • PJ says: Care to share any recent solar power data? It would be interesting to learn how the system is coping with...
  • Steve Dashew says: Thank You Henry: The knee is getting better. This morning I did the first plank since the...
  • Steve Dashew says: Howdy John: We will do that but probably not until next year as we will be hauling out in...
  • John Borkowski says: Stop in Charleston on your way south for a Dark and Stormy! Then I can sneak a peak at Cochise...
  • Henry says: Steve, Nice to see you up and about after your accident. Bahamian tropical breezes sound pretty magical.
  • Petite Souer says: Sounds like a smart decision. Glad you are staying safe. Greetings from the other side of the...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Anthony: We don’t have any scientific comparison between the Rocna and Manson. We chose...
  • Steve Dashew says: Thanks for the invite Wade: We will be there net year, before the tourists arrive.
  • Wade Saunders says: I work at the Lark Harbour Coast Guard lifeboat station on the west coast of...
  • Anthony V says: HI Steve, Great to see you guys out and about after that much ‘knee-ded’ break. Your last...
  • Gene says: Here’s to journeys well traveled, friends well remembered, and a life well lived.
  • Shaz says: Gotta love those old schooners & the J Boats. I love the long sleek hulls. It would be great if...
  • David Guest says: Beautiful story… thanks
  • David Magda says: Yachting World had a video on the J-Class “Endeavor” a little while ago:...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Whit: Saturday or Sunday. Keep an eye on the AIS.
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Andy: Check out Maretron’s website for their Android/IOS apps. They are very cool. Data...
  • scotto says: a truly awesome sight to see.
  • admin says: We replaced the screen, Craig — thanks for noticing.
  • admin says: Thanks for the heads up, David — screenshot replaced!
  • Craig says: Looking for your tank recap page photo, the electrical systems recap page photo was able to sneak in.
  • Andy says: Wow, impressive array of sensor readings to look at! Do you have to program these screens only once, I...
  • Juergen says: Need to add a correction.. Think the second Photo relates to the Batteries… Not the...
  • Juergen says: Great Information.. For one thing I do sort of Like the Information Overload.. If the system can tell...
  • Whit Miller says: Hi Steve, Are you going to be anywhere near the Cape Cod Canal in your voyage ? I would give...
  • David Guest says: hmmmm… I think you mislabeled the tank page. Looks like it is the electrical summary page...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Jonathan: Would like more info and URLs so we can look into these further. Thanks
  • Jonathan says: Valerie, Steve, Having stumbled across the FPB in Boat International, it’s fascinating to see...
  • 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.