Please select your home edition
Edition
Pantaenius AUS Always 728x90

Yacht of the Week- The Dashew creation- no sails, but eco-friendly

by Tom Cunliffe on 25 Mar 2014
FPB at speed SW
So, you like cruising, but you don't like all that running around on deck, messing about with sails? You really want a power boat, but you want to be eco-friendly? Maybe this boat, designed by one of the world's most famous long term sailors, is for you.

Looking nothing like your sleek 'mine's bigger than yours' typical modern superyacht, an FPB is a planet-friendly motor yacht designed by Dashew Offshore. She is built in New Zealand for the sort of long, blue-water cruising passages which until now have been the monopoly of sailing boats. In fact, she looks more like a converted Fast Patrol Boat. With a range of 5000 miles at around 10 knots (in flat water that is), the FPB offers an intelligent alternative to fuel-gulping, noisy, wash-creating power yachts that we sailors love to hate.



The latest FPB off the blocks, Steve Dashew-designed, New Zealand-built, Grey Wolf has been bought by an Englishman, Peter Watson, who is taking her on her 'long voyage home' back to the Old Country. So the 64ft, already British-flagged aluminium boat left her build yard Circa Marine in Auckland on this week bound east across the Pacific, planning to transit the Panama Canal, then the Atlantic and arrive in her destination of Lymington in early summer.



Her new owner Peter Watson is on board and skippering a 6-man crew which, excitingly for them, includes apprentices from the Berthon Boat Company, the European agents for the FPB.



Tom Cunliffe, who is handling the UK end of a blog dialogue with GREY WOLF and the Berthon apprentices, observed, 'The very idea of making this particular 12,000-mile voyage in a relatively small, semi-production motorboat is ground-breaking. The probable weather is far from ideal and the start has already been delayed by a named cyclone in the South Pacific.

'The first leg of 2000 nautical miles to Tahiti is regarded as a potentially heavy-weather passage and the crew have rolled the dice, playing the odds in a notably active hurricane season. Following the blog over the whole voyage promises a frank human commentary from several young men who never expected to go to sea. It will also secure readers a private glimpse of life on the ocean in one of these remarkable boats.'



Because the FPB's brief is to work with nature rather than battle to 'conquer' it, Peter Watson expects that some of his passages will involve significant detours from the Great Circle routes to optimise winds and avoid adverse weather. With modern meteorological data feeds, a real-world cruising speed of over 9 knots makes this entirely realistic.

Passage legs are:
Leg 1 – New Zealand to French Polynesia (11 days – 2225 nm)
Leg 2 – French Polynesia to Panama (22 days – 4450 nm)
Leg 3 – Panama to Antigua (10 days – 1150nm)
Leg 4 – Antigua to Bermuda (4 days – 950 nm)
Leg 5 – Bermuda to Horta (8 days – 1800 nm)
Leg 6 – Horta to Guernsey/Lymington (6 days – 1300 nm)



Follow Peter Watson, his crew and the Berthon apprentices on the GREY WOLF blog -
http://www.berthon.co.uk/greywolf

Specifications:



About Dashew Offshore, the designers:
• An experienced design house headed up by Steve and Linda Dashew, who have been involved with blue-water cruising in sail and power at the highest level for many years. The Dashew team also delivers detailed project management of the FPB range throughout build.
• The FPB is designed around the goal of crossing oceans in maximum comfort and safety, without fuss and offering extraordinary levels of fuel economy. The boats come with a myriad of custom design features that will be appreciated by yachtsmen wanting to undertake serious passages.
• You can find Dashew at www.setsail.com

About Circa:
• Circa Marine & Industrial Limited is a long-established family operated company with a 35 year proven history in building high quality aluminium vessels, and for turning out luxury interior craftsmanship, borne from a passion of excellence by all staff. www.circamarine.co.nz peter@circamarine.co.nz

BandG AUS Zeus3 660x82Harken AUS HL Snatch Block 660x82Beneteau SAIL Oceanis 35.1 37.1 41.1 660x82 1

Related Articles

Ocean Alliance and yachting industry clean up Sydney’s beaches
Take 3, the environment advocacy group collected over 20,000 pieces of plastic and 200 recyclable bottles and cans. Backed by the environment advocacy and education group, Take 3, the group collected over 20,000 pieces of plastic and 200 recyclable bottles and cans.
Posted on 24 Jul
Outdoor event deck features at the Sydney International Boat Show
Visitors can watch, learn and for those willing to brave the weather, try a kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP). Visitors can watch, learn and for those willing to brave the weather, try a kayak or stand up paddleboard (SUP).
Posted on 24 Jul
VMR Whitsundays celebrate the arrival of their new rescue vessel
In a ceremony hosted at Abell Point Marina last week, VMR Whitsundays announced the arrival of their new rescue vessel. In a ceremony hosted at Abell Point Marina last week, VMR Whitsundays delightedly announced the arrival of their new rescue vessel. Abell Point Marina VMR 1, as it has been named, has been 10 years in the making and certainly a labour of love for the VMR committee.
Posted on 24 Jul
Marine Notice - Official Nautical Charts
Marine Notice draw attention to importance of using only official nautical charts to comply with flag State requirements This Marine Notice draws attention to the importance of using only official nautical charts to comply with flag State requirements, which implement the relevant regulations of Chapter V of the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS), as amended.
Posted on 23 Jul
Marine Notice - Biofouling and In-water Cleaning
The purpose of this Marine Notice is to provide general information to vessel owners on In-water Cleaning Guidelines The purpose of this Marine Notice is to provide general information to vessel owners, operators, ports and marinas on the revised 2015 Anti-fouling and In-water Cleaning Guidelines for Australia and New Zealand (the 2015 Guidelines), and the International Maritime Organization’s 2011 Guidelines for the control and management of ships’ biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species
Posted on 23 Jul
Int Moth Worlds - Zhik returns to its spiritual home at 2017 Worlds
Zhik is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships Zhik, the innovative sailing apparel specialist, is returning to its roots as the official clothing sponsor of the 2017 McDougall McConaghy Moth World Championships. And, ten years on, the Moths are returning to their spiritual home on Lake Garda. Zhik and the International Moth class are virtually synonymous with each other.
Posted on 20 Jul
Twenty-fifth blog from Jon Sanders - Eggs and Sydney to Hobart Race
Island regions affect wind strengths. Often beginning several hundreds of miles distant. Generally less wind - up wind Island regions affect wind strengths. Often beginning several hundreds of miles distant. Generally less wind - up wind or down wind.
Posted on 20 Jul
Twenty-fourth blog from Jon - Taina Marina & Oyster World Rally
Hon. Ian Campbell former Australian Senator and Federal Minister has an Oyster 68 ft single mast yacht. Hon. Ian Campbell former Australian Senator and Federal Minister has an Oyster 68 ft single mast yacht. It is said and one believes, more material (not to forget etc.) goes into these stock production cruising yachts to stand the ocean rigours. UK built.
Posted on 20 Jul
New Jeanneau Sun Odyssey vessels added to the range
Since their launch the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey range has sold over 17,000 yachts. Since their launch the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey range has sold over 17,000 yachts. Now we are excited to introduce to you the new generation, the Sun Odyssey 440 and the Sun Odyssey 490. This new generation of sailboats is clearly high performance utilising multiple advance in design and technology to better enhance your quality of life at sea
Posted on 19 Jul
Cheeki Rafiki - Douglas Innes to face retrial over manslaughter
Douglas Innes to face retrial over manslaughter The Director of Stormforce Coaching, the company that ran Cheeki Rafiki, is set to face retrial for manslaughter over the deaths of the four crew. They were 700nm from Nova Scotia, returning to Southampton after racing in Antigua when the keel feel off. It is said that previous groundings had weakened the keel bolts....
Posted on 17 Jul