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After 140,000+ nautical miles, the international marine press answer the question, Why FPB?Read More!
The FPB fleet is judged to be the best ocean-crossing motor yachts today. To find out why, read on.
Our approach to yacht design (as well as investing) is captured by Nassim Taleb’s black swan theory of economics. [Read the rest »]
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:
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 »]
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.
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 »]
Our design goal has always been to cross oceans in maximum comfort and safety [Read the rest »]
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 »]
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 »]
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 »]
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 »]
Slicing through the barriers of what can and cannot be done with a large yacht, the Wicked FPB 97 redefines the cruising paradigm.
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
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 »]
“…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.
When you have lifelines, glass… [Read the rest »]
In the process of wrestling with monitor tradeoffs, we have come across a great new monitor.
When you design a structural system, there are many considerations, among which is storage. [Read the rest »]
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 »]
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 »]
Your correspondent checking the helm chair position.
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 »]
There comes a time when it hits you, when the pieces fall together, when it feels right, and you know it has all been worth it. [Read the rest »]
Off to New Zealand today for a quick trip. [Read the rest »]
When it comes to naval vessels, and in particular submarines, enormous importance–and secrecy–is placed on their prop designs. It is not an exaggeration to say that in some parts of the world, a photo like this, if based in reality, could lead to the severest of penalties.
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 »]
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.
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 »]
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 »]
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!
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 »]
Beowulf leaving Norfolk, VA on her way to the BVI at the start of the 2001 Caribbean 1500. [Read the rest »]
You are looking at a huge mistake: a new mainsail that did not fit, with too much roach. [Read the rest »]
Innismara, the yacht that started us thinking so many years ago… [Read the rest »]
We offered SetSailors this special Once in a Blue Moon Deal earlier this year. As the holidays approach, our inventory is almost sold out. With just a few hundred copies left, the sale continues … [Read the rest »]