January 30, 2015
At Home with the FPB project
January is a busy time for Team FPB with trials aboard the FPB 97 that is to be delivered shortly. In common with most FPBs she has a busy programme ahead of her so she is itching to be off.
Sue Grant from Berthon took the opportunity to hop aboard a plane and to head for Whangaroa in New Zealand for a ride. An extraordinary yacht, see the brief video of her in a gale off the coast of New Zealand –
Circa Marine are busy in the New Zealand summer with a string of new FPBs in built in their big sheds close to the water. The FPB 78 is an iconic yacht – read a little about her here – FPB 78 Spec
With 3 in build, this image with the Dashew Offshore Crew beneath shows what a very big girl she is. Built to MCA Category 0 as standard she comes with the now iconic FPB matrix deck and vast great room. On the lower deck there is room for a generous engine room, 2 guest suites and a large owner’s cabin. Owners’ needs differ so there is a workshop aft or crew suite and a massive boot forward or a combination with further accommodation on offer too.
Between the 78s, FPB 64#11 is being born. In port in Whangaroa her sister #10 is preparing for a cruise to the Bay of Islands and a further 2 x 64s are also in port preparing for more Pacific based adventures. It was a thrill to see a brace and a half of 64s together where here in Europe, GREY WOLF is the only FPB in captivity, but with interest growing we look forward to the next one which is due to arrive soon (see below).
Peter Watson the owner of GREY WOLF, and GREY WOLF II – FPB 78#2 was also in New Zealand. Now that 78#2 is taking shape now with a delivery planned for 2016 there was lots to discuss on systems as well as finishes –
Luckily Circa has a new coffee machine which was much used during the discussions with Peter and 78#2’s project manager Anne, Bruce Farrand who runs Circa sitting next to Sue.
Quality control is of key importance on the programme and each FPB is thoroughly checked over by Mark Fritzer of Dashew Offshore to ensure that every detail of the build and systems fit is absolutely as it should be. He has certainly been busy on FPB 97#1 over the past weeks.
Kelly Archer is something of a legend in New Zealand yacht building circles and built Steve and Linda Dashew’s BEUWOLF and the first FPB – 78 footer WINDHORSE, long before the FPB programme was born. His vast experience of yacht building and quiet, confident touches on the tiller ensure that the programme is executed to a very high standard. Both Dashew Offshore and Circa are totally committed to providing the very best in terms of usability and quality and no one on the programme ever forgets that these yachts are built to cross oceans, in safety and comfort.
Steve and Linda Dashew have very high standards having been designing and building sailing and motor yachts for over 30 years. Everyone involved in the FPB programme has bought into these standards and enormous effort is expended to ensure that each FPB delivers.
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