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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Pam Wall says: Incredible photos!!!!
  • Steve Dashew says: Thanks Evan: We are berthed on the Atlantic side and waiting until this moves west.
  • Evan Gatehouse says: Steve & Linda, Thanks for the boat tour. Watch out for the small hurricane forming off Costa...
  • Steve B says: I hope the taxi meter charged by distance rather than time!
  • Arch says: Last went through in 1969. A lot of changes. Thanks for posting the pics.
  • Pam Wall says: all just wonderful and beautiful and amazing!!! Thank you for the fabulous photos!!!
  • admin says: Hi Scotto, At the moment we don’t have any detailed posts with imagery on the Wind Horse build, but...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Markus: Our understanding is that the fuel consumed is calculated by the ECU based on what it...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Gene: Alternator fields are switched on or off. This eliminated them from using power.
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Peter: Right now we do no have a tank measurement system we trust, But we can verify quantity...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Les: We have tested all sorts of configurations and extending the booms does lower the roll...
  • Les says: Steve — Not being a power guy (yet), I am unfamiliar with the real world power required by the...
  • Peter Bost says: Interesting and informative article! Have been doing similar calculations, albeit on shorter trips....
  • Gene says: Novice question, (sorry) but from what you have described of your big red 5kw alternator’s you can...
  • Markus says: Dear Steve, thank you for this very informative and extensive – I would call it a scientific...
  • scotto says: Great work, a successful and busy shop, lots of jobs and skill development. Steve, just wondering if a...
  • Joel N says: Great feedback and great work!! The FPB lineup is my favorite overall, as my future choice for extended...
  • Bill Parlatore says: Great to see such progress on my favorite passagemaker concept. Circa is really doing impressive...
  • Victor Raymond says: Congratulations on a fantastic voyage and exception vessel. Can I admit a bit of envy? If we...
  • Rico says: Steve, congrats to you Linda and Steve on your crossing (10 000 Nm already? Wow), also the rest of the...
  • PJ says: You’ve done a masterful job of redefining the cruising paradigm, definitely high time to enjoy the ride that...
  • Steve Dashew says: Thanks Bill: What a journey that began when you started answering questions for us 13 years ago....
  • Michael Seng says: Congratulations on the Pacific transit! You take in stride what most of us would consider a once...
  • Tom Smeaton says: Well done
  • Dave Wyman says: Welcome back to your home hemisphere! (just the wrong coast) D & D
  • Gene says: Congratulations on another successful voyage! I have been to Google Maps many times, tracing out your...
  • scott flanders says: Well done and well written. I hope folks realize what a big deal this is, not the passage itself...
  • Pam Wall says: CONGRATULATIONS!!!! all around, to Steve and Linda, to Steve Parsons, to Bruce and his remarkable team...
  • Bill Parlatore says: Congratulations, Skip. It must feel rather delightful to enjoy your new FPB with such little...
  • Gene says: What an awesome picture!
  • Pam Wall says: Wonderful Radar photo of the massive squall. I bet COCHISE enjoyed her fresh water shower!! How we...
  • Andy says: Regarding lithium batteries, check out for example: http://www.leclanche.com/ma...
  • steve dashew says: We don’t have a fixed system, but adjust as we go during the day, where watches are somewhat...
  • steve dashew says: A yellow fin would nicely round out the trinity!
  • steve dashew says: Hi PJ, The shutter speed was 1/800th of a second. About two stops dark, then brought back up in...
  • steve dashew says: Hello Mark, We just went through that! We just went from Tahiti time to Panama with one step in...
  • steve dashew says: Hi Corey, We don’t think L-Ion batteries nor yacht hybrid propulsion systems are up to our...
  • steve dashew says: Howdy Carlos Re- pricing, check with Bob Williams at SALT Systems in Marathon, Florida. Bob...
  • steve dashew says: Hi Gene, The alternators have switches on their field coils, by which they are easily turned off....
  • steve dashew says: Hello Ron, Those are man lines – overhead rope handrails in effect – which we fit for...
  • steve dashew says: Hi James; There are lighter panels, but they cost about four times what these do. There are...
  • steve dashew says: Solar Panels have (from memory) a 20/25 year warranty. We have a 360 degree camera but have not...
  • steve dashew says: Hi Shannon, Engine room air comes in via a pressurized system which originates in the BBQ box aft...
  • Shannon (Shaz) says: I am so impressed by this boat on so many levels. Just amazing & you already have 9,000...
  • Gerhard says: osprey: http://www.sciencedirect.com/s cience/article/pii/S0003347206 000078 from wikipedia: The...
  • admin says: Hi Shannon — Steve & Linda are using an Iridium Go with XGate internet connectivity, via...
  • Pam Wall says: Love every moment you describe!!! Thank you so much. Mahi mahi yum yum. Pam