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          The Logs

          The Logs

          The Antarctic Way – Redefining What’s Possible – Life Changing Adventures Aboard FPB 78s

          … beautifully filmed, powerful video follows the journey of two FPB 78s as they cruise the remote and challenging Lemaire channel of Antarctica. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 3, 2020)    |    Comments (0)

          Fiji to Panama – 7500 Miles – One Stop – New Video

          Join Linda and Steve Dashew aboard the FPB 78 – 1 Cochise on a 7500 mile/12,070 kilometer record setting voyage, Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 18, 2020)    |    Comments (2)

          The Nature of Lightning – Avoidance, Protection, and Recovery Video

          Although we have never been hit with lightning, it is one of the few things about which we worry when at sea, in particular with modern yachts. Hence this new vide0. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 5, 2020)    |    Comments (0)

          The Way to Weather: Upwind Cruising from Fair to Survival Conditions

          This is the third video in Steve Dashew’s series on his search for the perfect cruising yacht. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 28, 2020)    |    Comments (6)

          Surfing is The Way

          Having grown up in Southern California, with a sailing and surfing background, riding the waves? a natural part of being in or on the water. Our sailing and FPB designs have reflected this from the beginning. Recently we were surprised to learn that some of our owners are afraid of what is actually. one of the best things you can do with our yachts. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 3, 2020)    |    Comments (2)

          Secrets of the FPB Hull Shape – A Video That Shows and Tells All

          For a link to the video which show and tells it all Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 3, 2019)    |    Comments (2)

          FPB Greenland Cruise

          Following on the success of their Antarctic cruise in company, FPB78s Iron Lady ll and Grey Wolf ll are going to do another jaunt to the ice summer of 2020, this time to nearby Greenland. Several other FPBs are planning to join, so this is a semi-official call for all FPBers to give this opportunity serious consideration. Greenland is a relative easy destination to reach for our FPBs. Having made this life-changing cruise in 2008 we offer a few comments on the route we took.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 20, 2019)    |    Comments (1)

          Doing It Right – Creating the Best Possible Cruising Yacht

          How do you create the best possible cruising yacht? Read on and we’ll share our formula. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 15, 2019)    |    Comments (6)

          Evolution of the FPB Super Cruiser

          I spent my first six decades on earth despising powerboats and those who operated them. In my early days of sailing dinghies, powerboats would always speed up to cross ahead of us leaving a huge wave to wreak havoc with us and our compatriots. My earliest recollection of the single finger salute was from such encounters. As cruisers, if there was a “stinkpot” around they inevitably would anchor close by and then run their genset 24 hours a day. And the lack of seamanship was stunning.? Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 3, 2019)    |    Comments (16)

          Steering Clear of Trouble: Our Search for Cruising Perfection

          We are standing at the forward end of the great room aboard FPB 78-1 Cochise. It is eerily quiet as we watch the steam gauge climb from 13 to 20 knots, linger for a moment, before peaking at 22. A fast-rising SE gale has kicked up a steep sea, now confused with a reflected crossing wave pattern as we rapidly close with the Southern entrance to New Zealand’s Bay of Islands. This 60 metric ton motor yacht is surfing under autopilot control. The seas are perfect for Cochise and she rides the better waves for several minutes at a time, at speed length ratios above 1.6. Cochise is the most recent iteration of the perfect yacht, at least for us. Aboard?Cochise, and the rest of our yachts, the key design ingredient upon which all else rests is steering control. We are warm, dry, and very comfortable.?

          It wasn’t always so. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 10, 2019)    |    Comments (19)

          FPB 781 Cochise Solar Update Spring 2019

          It is late spring in the Bahamas, water temperature is 83/85F and air that or more. Humidity often is in the 80% range. We are making water, staying comfortable with air conditioning in the evening, generally leading a carbon neutral existence. Welcome to the new world of solar panel cruising.? What follows is a bit of data and several suggestions that might help on your own vessel.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 18, 2019)    |    Comments (4)

          Cruising At Its Best In The Bahamas

          For those of you who want to experience cruising at its best, if you live in Europe or the East Coast of the US, in your back yards is some of the very best cruising on this planet. We speak of the Exhumas group in the southern Bahama Islands.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 7, 2019)    |    Comments (10)

          Cochise’s Final Matrix Nav Station – A Breakthrough

          It is finally done (and we mean it this time)! In the post that follows we will detail the logic that lead us to to this new paradigm for navigation stations, and the details that evolved.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 31, 2019)    |    Comments (9)

          No Good Choices: A Study In Ice

          Iron Lady?and?Grey Wolf?have been cruising together in Antarctica, what the few truly experienced high latitude sailors will tell you is the toughest place on earth. These waters are more difficult and dangerous than Svalbard; the Northwest Passage is a cakewalk compared to this. And summer 2019 has been even more challenging than the recent past.?In Pete Rossin’s post below you will catch a small sense of what it is like when there are simply no good choices. The photo above looks tame enough but think about it in 65 knots of breeze with eight to ten foot seas, and a glacier at your back.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 12, 2019)    |    Comments (5)

          FPB 78-2 & FPB 78-3, Where Are You? -Updated Feb 12

          FPB 78-2 Grey Wolf and FPB 78-3 Iron Lady are currently having a fun summer buddy boating in Antarctica… Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 29, 2019)    |    Comments (3)

          FPB 78-2 and 78-3: Ready for the Antarctic Cruising Rally (Updated with Reports Jan 24)

          Grey Wolf and Iron Lady are enjoying the bustling Chilean metropolis of Puerto Williams. They are preparing for the FPB ARC: Antarctic Cruising Rally.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 18, 2019)    |    Comments (8)

          Grey Wolf II

          Sue Grant at Berthon is running a series of posts written by the Berthon apprentices who are aboard FPB78-2 Grey Wolf II. They are both informative and entertaining, and cover their experiences right down to the bottom of South America, and eventually to the Antarctic where Grey Wolf II?is at this moment. To read about these intrepid apprentices click here.

          Posted by admin  (January 9, 2019)    |    Comments (2)

          FPB 64-6: How To Make A Winter Crossing of the Atlantic In A Difficult Year

          FPB 64-6 has just completed a winter crossing of the North Atlantic, which at one point featured hurricane strength compression storms in east and west regions. She did so in classic fashion, taking advantage of the weather when possible, but always with a bailout option if the forecasts turned negative. There are a number of lessons for us in this passage. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 2, 2019)    |    Comments (3)

          FPB 70-1: Breaking In Buffalo Nickel II

          Stan and Valerie Creighton, proud owners of FPB 70-1?Buffalo Nickel II, have a brand new post published on their site about the trials, tribulations and triumphs of breaking in a new boat.? Read the rest »

          Posted by admin  (December 22, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

          Ground Tackle Logic: FPB 78-2 Grey Wolf ll Makes A Statement


          With all the engineering tools at our disposal we still use gut instinct, based on years of experience, to size ground tackle systems. The wind speed graph above provides a glimpse at one end of the benefit spectrum. Grey Wolf II is cruising in Tierra del Fuego at the bottom of the world, and recently experienced wind gusts in excess of 100 knots, more than 116 mph, at anchor.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 13, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

          Old Friends

          There is nothing we enjoy more when cruising than meeting up with our designs and their owners. This past summer in Maine was great fun in this regard.? Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 28, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

          Simrad Forward Looking Sonar-A Winner

          With Simrad’s recent update, their forward-looking sonar has become a valuable tool, in particular when used in conjunction with their structure scan. The FLS is giving us an indication of the bottom coming up 350 feet ahead of us.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 7, 2018)    |    Comments (4)

          Sony 100-400 G Master with A9 Body Tracking

          There are a lot of Canon and Nikon shooters wondering if Sony has gotten competitive on focus tracking. The following series were shot in Pulpit Harbor, Maine while driving the dinghy and watching the depthfinder. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 2, 2018)    |    Comments (2)

          Grid and Bear It: The Joys of Drying Out

          Before there were Travelifts, before there were marine railways, and even before drydocks, mariners concerned with performance used tidal grids for periodic maintenance. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 19, 2018)    |    Comments (5)

          FPB 70-1: Splashed & Trialing

          We know readers have been eager for some FPB 70 news. With FPB 70-1 now splashed and undergoing sea trials, we thought we would share some photos with you.
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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 15, 2018)    |    Comments (3)

          Maine: It’s About The Light

          Painters, photographers and yacht designers have been drawn to Maine for centuries. Between the light and varied subject matter, it can be a visual nirvana.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 17, 2018)    |    Comments (6)

          FPB 78-1 Cochise Tests Survival Storm Tactic In Unusual Sea State

          Many years ago, while researching ultimate storm tactics for our book Surviving the Storm (free download here),?it became clear to us that, whether it was Fastnet 79, Queen’s Birthday Storm, or the 1998 Sydney Hobart Race, heading into the waves is often the best tactic in severe weather.

          Because our yachts surf downwind under control making quick passages, and since in all but one of the serious storms we have experienced our natural course was downwind, we’ve rarely had the chance to experiment with truly dangerous seas on the bow. And while this most recent experience is far from what we would call a survival storm, the unusual sea state did give us a chance to test several FPB specific steering and throttle techniques, along with gathering a couple of ideas for improving electronics and night lighting layout.

          The notes which follow, although aimed specifically at the FPB fleet, may offer some ideas to others who find themselves in difficult seas… Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 14, 2018)    |    Comments (2)

          Pulpit Harbor – Slowing Down

          We are re-learning about cruising, slowing down, changing priorities. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 31, 2018)    |    Comments (4)

          Let The Good Times Roll: The Maine Event and Unstructured Cruising

          Some of our cruising buddies, and most of our land-based friends and relatives, lead structured lives where they have a schedule and a plan. We prefer to go with the flow–letting happenstance dictate our options.? Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 21, 2018)    |    Comments (8)

          Matrix Deck Update: Were The Mods Worth the Cost and Time?

          At a point in our lives where we want to concentrate on enjoying ourselves aboard, we just finished a long and costly rework of FPB 78-1 Cochise’s Matrix deck. The original was cut up and carted off. And then we went through a steep learning curve involving dozens of changes. Having just completed a couple of passages and done some local cruising here in Maine, we are now in a position to pass initial judgement.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 14, 2018)    |    Comments (4)

          Simrad Halo Radar – Now As Good As Any Small Yacht Radar

          We have been outspoken in our critique of Simrad’s Halo radar. We felt that its ability to pick targets out of sea clutter was poor, making it dangerous to rely on. We are pleased to report now that after adding Simrad’s Velocity Track software, our Halo is working very well. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 30, 2018)    |    Comments (2)

          FPB 78-1 Cochise: Now Running Air Conditioning With Solar Energy

          We are anchored at Cape Lookout, North Carolina. It has been a very warm humid weekend, the type of weather that typically finds us in cooler climates. We’ve been waiting for the arrival of six new Sunpower 360 watt solar panels, the most efficient available, and very much in demand. Cory and Angela McMahon’s Triton Marine Team have just completed installation, and we are watching as the Outback Mate controller adds up the day’s power creation.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 26, 2018)    |    Comments (7)

          FPB 78-1 Cochise: Ready To Roll

          We’ve been out testing Cochise, checking out the many modifications executed for us by Corey and Angela McMahon’s Triton Marine team. There is lots to bring you up to date on… Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 14, 2018)    |    Comments (12)

          Anchoring Systems: Refining A Tried and True Approach

          We have been having an internal dialogue about the ever-critical issue of anchoring systems, and the fact is that there is nothing like a real blow with a lee shore off your stern to focus your attention on the subject. It will come as no surprise that we like to sleep well at anchor, and by traditional definition this requires substantial holding power. It’s a given that it takes weight to achieve security at anchor, but beyond this simple postulate there are a plethora of choices. What our experience has led us to evolve into may surprise you.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 30, 2018)    |    Comments (5)

          FPB History: A Look Back At The Design Cycle That Lead To These Yachts

          Fifteen years ago, when we were just starting to build the FPB Series prototype Wind Horse, we put together a video on the design cycle that lead to this new design. There was detailed information on her drag and motion analysis, including tank testing, as well as the historical foundation from which her design was developed. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 15, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

          A Revolutionary Approach to Navigation Layout

          This dim photo, taken with available light, turns everything we thought about navigation gear layout on its head. We are in the process of revising the Matrix Deck helm on Cochise, throwing out every design approach we have employed over the past 40 years in the process.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 27, 2018)    |    Comments (2)

          FPB 97 Video: Iceberg Put Through Paces off North Carolina

          FPB 97?Iceberg?has been up in North Carolina, where Cory McMahon and his Triton Marine team have been fine-tuning the Wicked 97’s steering and stabilizer systems. Steve has been there as well working on FPB 78-1?Cochise, and joined in on the fun. Read the rest »

          Posted by admin  (April 21, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

          Life After Death Experience For Sundeer 64 Theta Volantis

          When we started cruising, in the olden days, most cruisers – ourselves included – sold their home to help pay for their new life afloat. This was before GPS, which meant considerable navigation risks, and insurance, if available, was way too expensive for most. Considering that in those days roughly one out of ten yachts crossing the tropical Pacific ended up permanently parked on a reef, you can see where the experience, even when successful, would color your outlook. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 11, 2018)    |    Comments (2)

          FPB 70-1: Construction Update

          It’s a busy time down at Circa. FPB 70-1 is on the home stretch toward splashing. Systems, interior cabinetry, finishing welds, all happening at a rapid pace now. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (April 4, 2018)    |    Comments (9)

          FPB Feature in CCA Chronicles

          The following article by Linda and Steve Dashew appeared in Voyages, Chronicles of the Cruising Club of America, and puts the FPB 78 into a historical context. We thought you might enjoy giving it a read. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (March 19, 2018)    |    Comments (4)

          Life In A Post-FPB World

          “Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.”
          ~ William A. Foster

          This is a difficult post for Linda and me to write. But events in the past few weeks together with the urging of many of our friends and clients (often one and the same) have forced the issue, starting with the William Foster quote above sent to us by one of our owners.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 26, 2018)    |    Comments (38)

          Sony A7RIII Full Frame Mirrorless Camera – Does It Live Up To The Hype?

          There has been a lot of hype about the new Sony A7RIII body. Some folks are going so far as to say the tech leap is on a par with the Canon pro line upgrade ten years ago, which introduced their L-series lenses and the 1DX/5DII bodies (which we experienced). You can easily judge for yourself with one example, this first photo.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 16, 2018)    |    Comments (3)

          Optimizing for Night Vision

          The older you are the more critical it is to design for good night vision. We thought we had this subject nailed down. We were wrong.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (February 8, 2018)    |    Comments (17)

          Maretron N2K View – We Have Seen the Light

          Cochise is on the hard at Triton Marine and we periodically check in on the vital signs from the phone, tablet, or desk computer. This ability is just one of the reasons we believe Maretron’s N2K view is a vital cruising tool. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 18, 2018)    |    Comments (0)

          Running Aground As Anchoring Technique

          The FPBs are designed with drying out in mind, and like all aspects of seamanship, we think testing the process in controlled circumstances before we actually need to use it makes sense. The following comments are based on a lifetime of avoiding experience with the subject at hand. But the old saying – it is not if you will run aground but when – is as true today as it was a couple of generations ago when we made our way without long range nav aids and few, if any, charts. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (January 3, 2018)    |    Comments (6)

          Photo Speed Test #2

          It is that time of year again. There is chaos in the parking lots, everybody seems to be fighting a cold, several major airports are snarled, and we are looking forward to seeing the family…..

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 19, 2017)    |    Comments (23)

          FPB 70-1: Growing Big and Strong

          You are standing on a rigid coaming of the FPB 70-1’s Matrix deck, looking toward the bow. Inside and out, she is coming together.? Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 12, 2017)    |    Comments (4)

          Photo Speed Test

          You are looking at step one of the new and improved SetSail. This upgrade includes a much faster website connection. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (December 11, 2017)    |    Comments (20)

          FPB 78-3 Launches


          FPB 78-3 launched, and Steve Parsons is well into Builders sea trials…? Read the rest »

          Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (December 5, 2017)    |    Comments (1)

          SetSail Undergoing A Bit of Surgery

          Howdy SetSailors,

          SetSail is in the midst of re-vamping and switching servers, so as to speed up performance and generally anchor firmly in the harbor of modern-day internet technology. While this is happening, there is a delay on new content. The transition should be complete next week, with faster load times and lots of new posts.

          Posted by admin  (December 1, 2017)    |    Comments (3)

          Cochise Goes to Washington

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          For some reason this summer, numerous friends asked us if we’d visit Washington, DC with Cochise. Go 170 miles out of our way to see a city that epitomizes waste and inefficiency? Then we thought, why not. We have lots of friends in the area, it would give us a chance to visit some of the buildings?that were constructed with our concrete forming equipment (a very long time ago), and we could catch a few museums. And if we were really lucky, maybe the leaves would turn and we could finally snap?a photo?that has eluded us over many years. To see how this all turned out (and there is even a free lunch!), read on.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 13, 2017)    |    Comments (3)

          FPB 78-1 Video: Windage Versus Stability – Now We Know


          The recent storm that did so much?damage along the east coast of the U.S. made for an interesting evening at anchor aboard FPB 78-1?Cochise.?With sustained gusts above 75 knots/88mph… Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (November 6, 2017)    |    Comments (5)

          Plans Are Made To Be Changed


          We are supposed to be in downtown Annapolis, on the dock for a few days, doing chores and having a few technicians visit. But then we were uncomfortable after a phone dialogue with the marina dock master – he was a shade too casual about handling our lines in a very tight space with a building breeze – and we decided to anchor.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (October 30, 2017)    |    Comments (4)

          The Cruising Mindset

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          We are beginning to get into the cruising mindset, at least as far as this concept applies to the two of us. This typically means sitting more and moving less. But Cochise makes this hard.

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

          So Ends This Voyage

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          The Nespresso coffee machine hisses in the background as Linda makes a change-of-watch latte. The faint glow under the eastern clouds heralds another beautiful morning at sea. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 29, 2017)    |    Comments (33)

          Red Sky At Night – Headed to Maine While We Can


          September 22: Red sky at night, sailor’s delight…That is probably as accurate a forecast tool right now as the supercomputers crunching away. Between Jose and Maria, the present risk factors are high.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 25, 2017)    |    Comments (4)

          FPB 78-1 Video: Exploring With Simrad Forward Looking Sonar


          We have been critical of the Simrad radar?and chart plotting systems. But there is good news as well. The AP 70/80 autopilots are excellent, easy to program and very smart. But that was expected.? Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 19, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

          Turning Point

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          We are at the top of Cape Breton Island. Plan is–or was–to head to Newfoundland at first light. However, hurricane Jose is giving us?second thoughts.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 15, 2017)    |    Comments (9)

          FPB 78-1: Time Traveler


          Having barely completed sea trials a year ago in New Zealand, FPB 78-1?Cochise?has just surpassed the 14,000NM mark.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 12, 2017)    |    Comments (1)

          Time To Travel

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          From the glorious J-class sloops, we move on to the even more compelling fishing schooners, such as Columbia (above). This Sterling Burgess design (he is the creator of Ranger, the fastest of the Js) represents a combination of speed, beauty, and purpose matched in our minds only by Donald McKay’s extreme clippers.

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (September 5, 2017)    |    Comments (2)

          J Boats – An Awesome Sight To See

          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


          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)


          Time to go 109 of 21

          We are now in full-time cruising mode…

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          Posted by Steve Dashew  (August 9, 2017)    |    Comments (3)

          FPB 70 Update: Interior Intentions – Expectant Owner Valerie Creighton Weighs In

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          We have recently been sent some final interior renderings for the FPB 70s. As owners of FPB 64-7 who are awaiting 70-1, we can offer a few comparisons between the two designs. Read the rest »

          Posted by admin  (August 4, 2017)    |    Comments (14)

          Heavy Weather Tactics For Power Boats: Big Waves and Small Details

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          FPB 97-1 Iceberg running before a stiff breeze during sea trials.

          The post that?follows this introduction is a chapter excerpted from the FPB 70 and 78 Owner’s Manual.?Everyone who goes to sea thinks and/or worries (or should) about heavy weather, and how their vessel will handle different conditions. It doesn’t matter whether you’re on a 25,000 ton container ship, a moderate-sized sailing yacht, or one of our FPBs. We think it is better to discuss these issues openly, rather than ignore them and hope you never get caught. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (July 12, 2017)    |    Comments (6)

          Born To Run: FPB 78-1 in Boat International


          The July 2017 issue of Boat International magazine features a nine page article?on FPB 78-1?CochiseRead the rest »

          Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (June 27, 2017)    |    Comments (8)

          FPB 70 and 78: A Much “Kneeded” Perspective On The Next Generation Of FPBs

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          The current America’s Cup spectacle has us entranced: unbelievable speed, maneuverability, and difficult sailing, the likes of which has never been seen before. The design and engineering required to achieve this level of performance is nothing short of astonishing.

          The time to study what’s happening in Bermuda in detail is the result of this?correspondent’s photography accident (night sky shooting on a dark dock), which resulted in a shattered kneecap and a forced hiatus from summer cruising… Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (June 16, 2017)    |    Comments (21)

          FPB 78: Dream Machine Page Updated


          The FPB 78 Dream Machine page is recently updated, and features multiple detailed interior and exterior photos of both FPB 78-1 and 78-2.? Read the rest »

          Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (June 6, 2017)    |    Comments (1)

          FPB 70 Update: Expectant Owners Weigh In

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          Proud owners of FPB 70-1, Stan and Val?Creighton, have kindly agreed to periodically share their thoughts with us during the FPB 70 build process. Read on to find out what it’s like to be expecting… Read the rest »

          Posted by admin  (May 26, 2017)    |    Comments (7)

          FPB in the Press: “The Big Picture”


          The June issue of?Motorboat & Yachting features FPB owner Peter Watson sharing his reasoning behind “Why FPB”…? Read the rest »

          Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (May 23, 2017)    |    Comments (0)

          FPB 70: New Build Updates


          Berthon now has a fortnightly update on their website for all things FPB construction… Read the rest »

          Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (May 16, 2017)    |    Comments (8)

          Why We Cruise: Stanley Creighton’s Photography – Posted by Sarah


          We spend a lot of time focusing on the importance of “where” when it comes to cruising. But we often forget to recognize perhaps the most important aspect of why we cruise — “who”. Read the rest »

          Posted by Sarah.Dashew  (May 10, 2017)    |    Comments (4)

          Spring Is Here And Flying Fast – Update On All Things FPB


          Spring is here and with it the promise of things to be discovered, adventures to be enjoyed, and new lands to visit. Read the rest »

          Posted by Steve Dashew  (May 2, 2017)    |    Comments (7)

          FPB Video: FPB 78-1 Cochise Experiments With Heaving-To in the Gulf Stream


          FPB 78-1 Cochise is currently headed up to North Carolina for some boat projects. A few days ago, Steve and Linda sent in the following video… Read the rest »

          Posted by admin  (April 25, 2017)    |    Comments (6)

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