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

          AVATAR 128

          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.

          Our theoretical numbers now have the benefit of many thousands of miles of real world experience, both our own with FPB 83 Wind Horse, and those of the seven FPB 64 owners now actively cruising. As we are re-checking our weight, balance, drag, and power numbers for the FPB 78, four recent equinoctial gale season ocean passages with FPB 64s in the South Pacific have provided us with a new batch of excellent real world data. We thought you might like to see some of the numbers. This is the first in a series of very detailed passage posts over the next few days, each of which is a combination of the Owners’ comments and ours.