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After 140,000+ nautical miles, the international marine press answer the question, Why FPB?

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Why FPB? The Concept Explained...

The FPB fleet is judged to be the best ocean-crossing motor yachts today. To find out why, read on.

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The Concept

The Black Swan Theory Of Cruising – Updated


Our approach to yacht design (as well as investing) is captured by Nassim Taleb’s black swan theory of economics. [Read the rest »]

Why FPB? The Concept Explained…


We’ve been chasing the holy grail of the perfect cruising yacht for 40 years. The Deerfoot, Sundeer and Beowulf series are considered the premiere sailing yachts on which to circumnavigate. The FPB fleet is judged by the most experienced owners and journalists to be the best ocean-crossing motor yachts today. To find out why, read on:

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Why FPB? Owners and Editors Talk…


In case you don’t have an FPB anchored nearby, we’ve included below some brief comments from several of our owners, as well as a couple of hard-nosed magazine editors. We’ll start with Bill Parlatore, the individual many credit with the start and nurturing of the ocean cruising powerboat industry. [Read the rest »]

Motor Yacht Stability, Comfort, and Safety – An Updated Compilation

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When you head offshore your safety depends on stability, both upright and ultimate (the heel angle at which you don’t recover from a knockdown). Given today’s software and computing power, calculating stability is a relatively straightforward exercise. This is required for commercial vessels, larger yachts, and generally for any flag state/class certification such as MCA, RINA, ABS, etc. We would not go offshore without this data, and we don’t think you should either.

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FPB: Cruising Speed, Range Under Power, And The Real World


Those of you familiar with our work will know that we consider being able to maintain comparatively fast cruising speeds the most important factor in safe, comfortable ocean crossing. Get this right and you enjoy making passages. Get it wrong and you will prefer sitting at the dock reading about the folks who are really out there cruising. [Read the rest »]

A New Paradigm for Cruising

Our design goal has always been to cross oceans in maximum comfort and safety [Read the rest »]

Living With 360 Degree Views

We’ve been trying to describe what it is like to have the majority of our day to day experience aboard in an area with 360-degree views. [Read the rest »]

FPB – A Woman’s Perspective

People are always asking how I like cruising on this new boat. (This post was written by Linda Dashew in 2007, after the first three seasons of cruising aboard FPB 83 Wind Horse.) [Read the rest »]

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Boat By Boat

FPB 70 – A New Baby Sister!

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There’s a new kid on the block, a smaller sibling to the FPB 97 and 78, and like most younger family members, this one is as tough as nails. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78: The Dream Machine

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The FPB 78 is the fourth design in this series, fine-tuned by over 100,000 miles of open ocean FPB experience during the past eight years, [Read the rest »]

FPB 97 – Code Name “Wicked”


Slicing through the barriers of what can and cannot be done with a large yacht, the Wicked FPB 97 redefines the cruising paradigm.

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FPB 130 – It Is The Real Deal

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A 5,000 NM range at 14 knots, ice class hull strength, rescue craft-like capsize resistance and recovery, 20kW solar array, hyper efficient heating cooling/ventilation, and the most comfortable ocean crossing ride make the FPB 130

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FPB 64 – Introduction

When we wrote this introduction five years ago, during the depths of a marine industry depression, we had no idea that the summer of 2015 would have ten FPB 64s in the water cruising, and an 11th in the build cycle. For all the latest FPB 64 updates, click here. [Read the rest »]

FPB 83 – Wind Horse

“…One of the coolest boats I have had the pleasure to spend time on.
-Bill Parlatore, Passagemaker Magazine

Let us take you on a tour of the FPB prototype, Wind Horse.

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Making It Happen

FPB 78-1: We Are Having A Blast (And Other Details)
(May 17th, 2016)

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There is a hint in this photo that the day of reckoning draws near. [Read the rest »]

Pushing That Magic Button: FPB 70-1 Is Under Construction
(May 14th, 2016)

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Having just completed a 6,200 nautical mile voyage from Thailand to New Zealand in 27 days underway on their FPB 64 Buffalo Nickel (much of that uphill), you might think that Val and Stan Creighton would like a short break from thinking about boats. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1: A Bright Outlook
(May 7th, 2016)

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With an anchored wingspan of 60’/18m boom end to boom end… [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 Progress: Lifelines And Upholstery – The End Is Near
(April 30th, 2016)

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When you have lifelines, glass… [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Monitoring The Situation: Update – A Great Monitor Find
(April 26th, 2016)


In the process of wrestling with monitor tradeoffs, we have come across a great new monitor.

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FPB 78-1: Workshop And Swim Step Bulk Storage And Structure
(April 20th, 2016)


When you design a structural system, there are many considerations, among which is storage. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Forepeak: Boatbuilders’ Art
(April 18th, 2016)


As FPB 78-1 nears completion, it is becoming easier to see the art form of which the Circa team are capable. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78 – Strutting Our Stuff
(April 16th, 2016)


Today was fun. Surrounded with coils of rope, boxes of rigging hardware, just like when we used to set up our sailing designs. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Final Details: A Seat At The Table And Elsewhere
(April 13th, 2016)

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Your correspondent checking the helm chair position.

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Does Size Matter In Navigation Monitors?
(April 12th, 2016)


One of the reasons we decided to go with Simrad for our electronics was their ability to be used with a variety of monitors. This afternoon, we got a first taste of some of the options available. [Read the rest »]

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Living The Dream

Dashew Offshore History: Lessons Learned
(May 20th, 2016)

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Our family cruising photo taken in the Bora Bora lagoon in 1977. Note the banana stalk hanging off the mizzen boom, and trim physiques of the group! We’d been relaxing for a few days, chilling, reading, swimming, and for the first time since leaving California nine months previous not working on boat on maintenance projects. Those were the days.. [Read the rest »]

Going to Sea? Download For Free..
(May 9th, 2016)


For decades, Linda and Steve Dashew’s books have been considered essential references for any serious cruiser. Having been blessed with the support of the yachting community for many years, they’d like to return the favor. [Read the rest »]

FPB 78-1 Update: Wrestling With Art
(May 5th, 2016)


Now we get to the hard part, choosing art work and photographs for the many surfaces aboard Cochise[Read the rest »]

Sony Mirrorless Cameras – Getting Better
(April 27th, 2016)

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We’ve been testing the Sony 6300 mirrorless camera with Canon lenses, and we have been pleased with results we are getting. [Read the rest »]

The Right Recipe: Where Do You Find It?
(April 1st, 2016)

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When your voyaging takes you off the beaten path, where shore power and technical assistance is a rarity, the ingredients required for successful cruising change.

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Cruising Decisions – Sometimes Spontaneity Is The Key
(March 3rd, 2016)

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Many cruising decisions are based on a detailed decision making matrix. Others are based on a spontaneous decision. The latter often make for the most interesting experiences. [Read the rest »]

Dashew Offshore History – How the Swim Step Came To Be
(February 25th, 2016)

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The Dashew Offshore swim step, shown above in its highest evolutionary form on the FPB 97 Iceberg, started out much more modestly. [Read the rest »]

Closing The Store
(February 18th, 2016)


Thanks to all who ordered the remaining physical copies of the Dashews’ cruising books, we are now officially sold out and closing down the SetSail store. You can download Surviving the Storm and Mariner’s Weather Handbook for free, and stay tuned for PDF copies of Offshore Cruising Encyclopedia and Practical Seamanship!

FPB Owner Blogs – Adventures of Avatar
(February 10th, 2016)


From time to time we like to feature owner blogs here on SetSail. Returning readers will no doubt be familiar with the stunning photography and narrative style of FPB 64-1 Avatar owner Carol Parker. [Read the rest »]

Dashew Offshore History – Fast Is Fun
(February 8th, 2016)

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Beowulf leaving Norfolk, VA on her way to the BVI at the start of the 2001 Caribbean 1500. [Read the rest »]

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