AVATAR is an exceptional example of her class. She was #1 of the 64 series, and was born as a result of lessons learnt by designer Steve Dashew aboard his FPB 83 WIND HORSE which led to the 64s which were designed as the optimum size and specification for a cruising couple to manage and to cruise far abroad. Her owners are experienced blue water sailors and owned a Dashew designed sailing yacht prior to AVATAR. She has been maintained by a professional crew, and has voyaged to some incredible places, with style and no fuss. You can follow the AVATAR blog – http://avatarlogs.com/ to read about these. She has the extended swim step and a wing engine also and is ready for more adventures now.
AVATAR is the first of a series of FPB64 passagemaker motor yachts designed by Dashew Offshore in the United States and built in New Zealand by Circa Marine. She is a true expedition yacht with a proven resume designed for the adventurer who truly wants to explore the far reaches of the oceans in comfort and safety.
AVATAR was launched in Spring of 2010 and, as of her sixth anniversary, has completed nearly 41,896 nautical miles (at 9.4 knots) of bluewater cruising and has cleared in to 22 different countries including (in chronological order) New Zealand, Fiji, Tonga, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands, Indonesia, Philippines, the west coast of the U.S. from Hawaii to San Diego to Seattle, Canada, Mexico, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Panama, Jamaica, Bahamas, the east coast of the U.S. from Florida to Maine, Turks and Caicos Islands, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands – and she is still on the move. Another FPB64, Grey Wolf, completed an epic maiden voyage in 2014 by sailing virtually nonstop 12,000 nm from New Zealand to Great Britain by way of the Panama Canal. The original FPB, Wind Horse, sailed to the edge of the Arctic in Svalbard, Norway, along the 80th parallel north.
The first FPB (Functional Power Boat) was the 83′ prototype WIND HORSE, followed by the 64 series of which there are now eleven. ICEBERG, a 97 foot model, launched in 2014. Three 78s are under construction with the first, COCHISE just launched in June 2016. The current wait list for a build slot for a new FPB is four years. All are designed based on principles originally applied to the iconic Dashew designed circumnavigation sailing yachts, which include Deerfoot, Sundeer, and Beowulf. All are ideally suited for short-handed cruising comfortably over long distances, efficiently and safely.
At a cruising speed of between 9 to 9.5 knots an FPB64 averages 222 miles a day on passage and has a range of 5,500 to 6,400 nm. Diesel fuel capacity is 3,400 gallons and freshwater storage is 1,800 gallons with an on board watermaker to make more. The fuel and water are stored low in the hull for ballast, contributing to stability and self-righting capability. Power is provided by one 235 hp John Deere engine but a second ‘get home’ engine is included for an added measure of security. Hydraulic Naiad stabilizers contribute to the smooth ride, even in rough seas.
The rugged aluminum exterior belies an elegant, comfortable interior that contains a master suite, a guest (or crew) cabin, and a single bunk cabin. There are two heads with showers, an office, a galley which features full-sized washer and dryer units in addition to sink, induction cooktop, combination convection/microwave oven, refrigerator and two freezers. The roomy salon features a lift up flat screen TV and has a panoramic view of the sea through continuous wrap around windows on three sides, as well as a navigation station with a full complement of electronics. The huge walk-in engine room is a mechanic’s dream. Generous storage is provided both in the forepeak and also in the ‘basement’ below the salon and galley, as well as lift-up cupboards, drawers, and hanging closets throughout the yacht interior.
The exterior features a flying bridge with comfortable seating, a great view, and additional electronics. The aft deck has room for on board storage of a dinghy (on AVATAR we have two) which can be launched by the lifting booms on either side, also a barbeque, fish cleaning station with sink, stern extension platform, and warm water shower.
Note: All artwork and wall-hangings excluded from sale.