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Making It Happen

J Boats – An Awesome Sight To See

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It is blowing a steady 20, gusting higher. There is a sea state commensurate with the breeze, and the boats within the Newport anchorage are tugging at their moorings. The yachts offshore, following the J class racers, are plunging through the waves trying to keep up on the wind. And on the race committee boat…

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 24, 2017)    |    Comments (1)

J-Class Practice Race

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A spectacle for sure, watching these Js being handled like dinghies is a real treat.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 22, 2017)    |    Comments (1)

Maretron N2K Data System – Starting to Make Sense

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Extensive N2K data systems, like we use in the FPBs, are costly, and take a substantial programming effort on our part. Yes, they provide a lot of information (and you need to guard against info overload), but is the cost and complexity worth it?

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 18, 2017)    |    Comments (10)

FPB In The News: All The Reasons We Cruise

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Stan & Valerie Creighton have a lovely article in the latest edition of Berthon MagazineRead the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (September 13, 2016)    |    Comments (1)

It Is Time

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It has been a wet and windy winter for FPB 78-1 Cochise and her Kiwi boat builders at Circa. Perfect for sea trials. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 29, 2016)    |    Comments (12)

FPB 78 Great Room: A Study In Light

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The FPB 78 Great Room brings with it a festival of light, a wondrous ever-changing melding of inside and out. Whatever the weather and wherever your eyes lead, there is a constantly evolving mix of visual elements.  Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 23, 2016)    |    Comments (18)

FPB 78 Video: Cochise Heaves-To And Stays Dry

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Cochise heaves-to FPB style during sea trials… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 22, 2016)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78 Aft Deck: A Study in Flexibility

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The aft deck of the FPB 78 is a study in flexibility. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 19, 2016)    |    Comments (10)

FPB 78 Video: Night Entrance to Whangaroa

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We’ve had a chance to use our new nav tools… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 11, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78 Video: Testing Fuel Burn for Passage Planning

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The following short video shows us testing FPB 78-1 Cochise in different rpm configurations. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 10, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78 Video: Quiet-As Cochise

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The already quiet FPB 78 is now almost silent in powerboat terms, with some exhaust system refinements. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 5, 2016)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78-1 Cochise Interior: First Look

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The time has come to invite you aboard Cochise. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 25, 2016)    |    Comments (17)

FPB 78-1 Video: The Ultimate Surfboard? Watch and Find Out

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The video you are about to watch represents a seminal moment in the design arc of the FPB world. The last two minutes take place in some of the most difficult steering conditions we have ever seen in 40+ years of cruising, and are an extreme test for the design philosophy that is the foundation for this new generation of FPBs. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 20, 2016)    |    Comments (20)

FPB 78-1 Sea Trial Video: Cochise Surfing Like A Pro

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Cochise had a chance to test surfing skills Sunday, down near Auckland… Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (July 11, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

FPB 78-1 Trials: First BBQ, 3.1416, And Other Items

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FPB 78-1 Cochise stern to stern with FPB 64-7 Buffalo Nickel. Read the rest »


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FPB 78-1 Cochise: Preliminary Wave Analysis

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A quick couple of photos of Cochise at cruise, taken from FPB 64-11 (both FPBs are undergoing sea trials). Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 2, 2016)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 78-1 Sea Trials: Dinghy Launch – posted by Sarah

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I’ve arrived in wintery Whangarei to take part in sea trials with Cochise.  With guests on hand and a beautiful, cool day, we headed out in the bay to drop anchor and test the dinghy launch system.  Read the rest »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (June 30, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

FPB 78-1: First Sea Trial

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It is a little over a week since Cochise splashed and we are on our first sea trial. As the engines are new and in their break-in period, we are running a little harder than normal. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 20, 2016)    |    Comments (16)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: Electronics Peek

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Deon Ogden and Dave Minors at the Matrix con of FPB 78-1. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 18, 2016)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78-1: Dock Trials Report

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Dock trials are always a testing period for the build boat crew and designers. There will be a list of things that take time to sort out, a few items that don’t work as advertised… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 17, 2016)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78-1 Free At Last!

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FPB 78-1 Cochise is roaming free–at last. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 13, 2016)    |    Comments (16)

FPB 78-1 Cochise: Launched In A Gale – And In Its Element

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Wednesday, June 8, 2016: the wind is blowing 25 to 30 knots gusting into the 40s, with intermittent rain squalls. Those who know the history of the Chirakowa Apache chief after whom FPB 78-1 is named would say, “Perfect.” Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 8, 2016)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 78-1 Moving Day

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FPB 781 Cochise is on the move…

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FPB 781: The Time Is Near

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Soon now… Read the rest »


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FPB 78-1: We Are Having A Blast (And Other Details)

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


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 17, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

Pushing That Magic Button: FPB 70-1 Is Under Construction

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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 »


Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (May 14, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 78-1: A Bright Outlook

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


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FPB 78 Progress: Lifelines And Upholstery – The End Is Near

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When you have lifelines, glass… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 30, 2016)    |    Comments (7)

FPB 78-1 Monitoring The Situation: Update – A Great Monitor Find

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

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 26, 2016)    |    Comments (10)

FPB 78-1: Workshop And Swim Step Bulk Storage And Structure

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


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 20, 2016)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78-1 Forepeak: Boatbuilders’ Art

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 18, 2016)    |    Comments (25)

FPB 78 – Strutting Our Stuff

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 16, 2016)    |    Comments (1)

FPB 78-1 Final Details: A Seat At The Table And Elsewhere

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Your correspondent checking the helm chair position.

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Does Size Matter In Navigation Monitors?

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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 »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 12, 2016)    |    Comments (9)

Reflections – Sometimes You Just Have to Let It Sink In

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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 »


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Last Pieces Of The Puzzle That Makes Up A New FPB

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Off to New Zealand today for a quick trip. Read the rest »


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Propping Up The FPB Concept

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.

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Expanding Space With Art

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You can expand your visual interior space and add interest by adding art to vertical surfaces. We’re selecting art now for FPB 78-1, looking through some of our photos from the olden days for ideas, and thought this might be of interest. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 9, 2016)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 78 Battery Bank And Charging Details

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It is a law in the yacht building universe that the sparkies (electricians) are always the last ones off the boat. And with the DC system now almost complete, we can see the light at the end of the long building cycle tunnel. We thought this might be a good time to go through the DC battery bank and related circuits. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 7, 2016)    |    Comments (19)

FPB 78 – The Concept Evolves

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The design process for us has always been an evolutionary spiral. As we get further into the project, as the pieces begin to come together, we almost always discover hidden gems that, when teased into reality, help to make a better product. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 30, 2016)    |    Comments (32)

FPB 78-1 Last Details: Quick Visit

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Creating, fine tuning, and testing yachts intended for serious cruising is demanding, intense work–as you can see above. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 24, 2016)    |    Comments (6)

FPB 78-1 Has Sole

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With the annual holiday shutdown at Circa comes a massive cleanup of the work in progress… Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 18, 2015)    |    Comments (11)

Re-Thinking FPB Prop Design

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You are looking at one of the two ZF propellers for FPB 78-1. Very high aspect ratio blades with relative low blade area. But maybe this isn’t the optimum. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 16, 2015)    |    Comments (6)

FPB 78 -Thanksgiving 2015

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We’ve been gently reminded that new content has been lacking – our feeble excuse is that we have been swamped. As it is Thanksgiving weekend and we have much for which to be thankful, a pause for a brief update on the FPB 78-1, starting with a couple on interior photos. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 30, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 78 Custom Jewelry

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You are looking at as lovely a piece of yachting jewelry as has ever been afloat. The creation of Circa’s  Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 26, 2015)    |    Comments (4)

FPB 78 Dream Team Part One

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We’ve been blessed over the years with the good fortune to work with many great owners and marine professionals, and with the FPB 78 design and build cycle this has continued in a unique manner. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 23, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78 Update: Putting Things In Perspective – Maintenance, Storage, And Lots Of Details

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A quick report from New Zealand, starting with what is at the top of our list for successful cruising. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 21, 2015)    |    Comments (10)

FPB 78 Update: Anchored In Reality

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We have been accused in the past of being obsessive about our ground tackle systems, to which we contentedly plead guilty.

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FPB 78 – Making The Hard Stuff Easy

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We discovered long ago that a key part to agreeable yacht ownership is systems efficiency and access. The FPB 78 takes us closer to perfection in this regard than ever before. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 24, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 78-1 Exterior Renders Updated

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Following are a series of helicopter and then dinghy level renders of FPB 78-1. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 17, 2015)    |    Comments (15)

FPB 78 Update: We’ve Got Sole (in the engine room)

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We’ve got sole in the engine room, and it is ever so cool and functional. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 14, 2015)    |    Comments (11)

FPB 78 Aft Deck Evolution And Final Design

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The aft end of the FPB 78 has gone through a design evolution, a benefit of the 3D design process and working with two very experienced owners. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 11, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

FPB Resale Value: The Brokerage Market & Berthon Int’l

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In the fall of 2008, having visited Greenland and Ireland, we were looking for a place to store FPB 83 Wind Horse for the winter. Several of our cruising friends recommended that we talk to Berthon in Lymington, UK, and we ended up leaving her in their very capable care. Read the rest »


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Wicked FPB 97 Ups Her Smooth Water Record: A Few Thoughts On Props, Froude Numbers, And What Is Coming Soon

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Iceberg has just tried out her new propellers, this time without “interceptor” strips, and she has pushed her smooth water maximum speed to 15.0672 knots,  Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 31, 2015)    |    Comments (7)

Plumbing the Depths, Or Not, With FPB 78-1

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You are looking at a sea-change in the way we do raw water for the engines. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 24, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

FPB 78-1: Critical Phase Visit Last Day

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With a project as massive and complex as the FPB 78, there are times when we ask ourselves why we are still doing this. After all, we could have been cruising on Wind Horse these past three years. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 29, 2015)    |    Comments (3)

FPB 78-1 Plumbing Refinements: Being Ready To Switch Course

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Modern yachts are amazingly complex, with numerous interrelated and conflicting requirements. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 28, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 78-1: Workshop, Steering and Fuel Details

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Is this crew quarters, lazarette, engine room, or workshop? For us it might be considered all or some of the preceding. Right now it is going to be the workshop we always dreamed of having, Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 27, 2015)    |    Comments (13)

FPB 78-1 Critical Phase Visit

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There comes a time during the building of the first of a series when it becomes critical to have a look and detailed consultation with the various trades involved in the construction process. That time is now, and although we have a long list of discussions over the next three days, we will try to file a brief report daily. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 26, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 78 Engine Room Coming Into Focus

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Last week the engines were dropped onto their beds for the final time, and it now becomes possible to get a sense for how well this layout is going to work. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 23, 2015)    |    Comments (0)

FPB 78: More On Systems

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Reliable air conditioning, fridge operation, and water maker output depend on a clean flow of salt water. Trapping air in the plumbing, which leads to loss of flow, is a common problem due to suboptimal layout. This is the way it should be done. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 23, 2015)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 78 Systems Update: June 15, 2015

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Some of the hardest details to get right are alternator brackets. It is a question of drive belt, alignment, and structure. And these 7kW DC alternators – which can consume as much as 20 HP – are the most difficult of all. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 15, 2015)    |    Comments (15)

FPB 78 HVAC and Engine Room Ventilation

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Air conditioning, heating and ventilation are at the heart of all systems decisions. With the FPB 78 we are designing for the most efficient and comfortable environment yet. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 1, 2015)    |    Comments (8)

FPB 97-1 A Few Details

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We have been limited in sharing details of the FPB 97-1. In this post we will give you a quick overview of a few of the more interesting design and construction aspects. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 18, 2015)    |    Comments (16)

The Wicked One Revealed – The FPB 97 Shows Her Stuff

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A fresh breeze, smooth 12.5 to 13 knots, perfect light, and world class photographer Ivor Wilkins. Not much more you could ask for.

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Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 11, 2015)    |    Comments (16)

Wave Piercing – The Secret To Ocean Crossing Comfort and Speed

 

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We learned a long time ago that the key to happy cruising is a smooth ride uphill. Careful weather routing and a good turn of speed reduces your exposure, but those inevitable rough upwind passages are what people remember Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 8, 2015)    |    Comments (4)

Mega Drone Photos, FPB 97 Details, And Other News From Recent Trip To New Zealand

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We have just returned from New Zealand and there is lots to share about the FPB world. We’ll start with an iPhone app for photography during additional trials aboard FPB 97-1. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 7, 2015)    |    Comments (5)

FPB 97 Performance Prediction Contest: And The Winner Is…

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With the publishing of the first batch of performance data from FPB 97-1 it is time to declare a winner in the prediction contest. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 28, 2015)    |    Comments (2)

FPB 97-1 Performance Data

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We have just finished a first look at the FPB 97-1 sea trials and two passages worth of data. What can be done on board this 110-foot 100 ton yacht, with just 600 HP Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 20, 2015)    |    Comments (9)

FPB 97 and the FPB Concept: What The Establishment Thinks

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What would you assume is the ocean-crossing yacht of choice for the editor of a preeminent megayacht magazine who’s seen it all? Read Stewart Campbell’s editor’s letter in the April 2015 edition of Boat International to find out. Read the rest »


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FPB 78 – Get Your Dancing Shoes Ready, And Other Updates

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Having previously entertained you with photos of the great room sole, we thought its support and isolation would be of interest, along with a few other tidbits. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 3, 2015)    |    Comments (12)

FPB 78 Update – We’ve Got Sole, Baby

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It’s Friday, March Madness is upon us, and it is obvious that the FPB 78-1 has sole, and lots of it. This first photo is from the aft end of the galley looking forward. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 27, 2015)    |    Comments (11)

FPB 78 Series – Furniture Construction and the Weight/Center of Gravity Game

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Speed is a critical component of long distance cruising, as is a structure that carries a high factor of safety. We also want lots of heeled stability and the ability to recover from a capsize. But there is a conflict between these elements, and it revolves around weight and center of gravity.  Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 26, 2015)    |    Comments (10)

FPB 78-1 The Insulation Story

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Insulation of the hull and deck is critical to comfortable and efficient cruising. It impacts noise levels from exterior and machinery, condensation in cold climates, and electric requirements for heating and air conditioning. With the FPB Series we take the insulation game to a new level. Read the rest »


Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 18, 2015)    |    Comments (24)

FPB 78-1 Moving Day

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It is moving day for FPB 78-1. She is on passage to the fit out hall as welding has been completed, and this space is required for the third FPB 78 to begin its journey. Read the rest »


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