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  • Steve Dashew says: We’ve been behind the bandwidth curve, but getting caught up now.
  • Scotto says: Yahoo, we’re back in business, I was having update withdrawal pains. Looking fwd to a busy 2014 of...
  • Steve Dashew says: Yes, the plating is very carefully welded to the framing. And checked with x-rays. Lots of man...
  • Martin says: Hi Steve, will the bottom plating be welded directly to those very impressive tank baffles you’re...
  • Steve Dashew says: Tough question, Jono as there have been so many things we have tested. For example, the Furuno...
  • Jono Frankfort says: Steve, Just curious, how many of the products and technologies you have tested over the years on...
  • Steve Dashew says: Re stabs, the hydraulic fins are the best solution for us because of our variable speeds. However,...
  • Dolph says: Hi Mark, do you have any more information on Mahitabel? I have a client that just bought her and would...
  • rene blei says: Steve, my apologies for an early question on my surprise to see the use of a V-drive. I realize now,...
  • Steve Dashew says: Yes the 57dB is under power (see Bill Parlatorre’s article in PassageMaker – there is...
  • Steve Dashew says: We use 5086 and 5083 aluminum alloys. There are tradeoffs between these and the...
  • Steve Dashew says: The V-drive is a ZF 280-V, and we have been told the efficiency loss is about four percent,...
  • rene says: In a number of engine room photos I noticed a V-drive and it looks like connected to the main engine?...
  • Bill Dowd says: I live on Bribie Island, about an hour north of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Recently a lot of...
  • Nicolas says: Hi Steve, What grade of Al do you use? 5083/5086 or higher? Do you think using Sealium or Alustar in...
  • Christian says: Hi, 57db? this is under power? and measured from where and with what? ( make / model of sound meter)...
  • Rene Blei says: Thanks Steve , I will put the hose on my opening windows and see what happens. Your site has a wealth...
  • Steve Dashew says: The frame spacing and plate thickness on these boats is based loosely on LLOYDS SSC rules....
  • Steve Dashew says: No such luck Steve R – We reside in the land of global warming, make that climate change, so...
  • Brian Rickard says: In case he missed it, Carlos might like to review last July’s article on weld testing...
  • Brian Rickard says: In case he missed it, Carlos might like to review last July’s article on weld testing...
  • Steven and Linda Radich says: I write a blokes n boats monthly column for NZ Fishing News [c 1000 words plus a coupla...
  • Steve Dashew says: Weld failure? You have to be kidding, right? Of course not, Carlos!
  • Rene Blei says: Thank you Steve for the great pictures. With a 12mm thick hull does that allow you to place the ribs...
  • Carlos V Sucre says: I am not familiar with metal boats. Not a single weld has failed so far in WHorse or the 64s?...
  • Steve Dashew says: We’ll try and show a few attachment details as we go along.
  • Henry says: Steve, It’s great to see how these boats come together. I was wondering how the timberwork is fixed...
  • Steve Dashew says: Speaking of foiling, Gary Seamen was a regular fixture on his foiling pipe in the early 70s....
  • Kurt Langford says: Alex Kosloff’s also Whirlwind-hulled C; Aquarius III had a nearly identical profile to...
  • Steve Dashew says: You are right about Seabird! Re the Beowulfs, 1 and ll were Sharks, lll was a sloop rigged C-Cat,...
  • Kurt Langford says: I think that last photo is Bob Hanel’s earlier 44 footer; Seabird. Double Bullet was...
  • Steve Dashew says: Hi Scott: Think of the area between solar panels and Matrix deck coaming as exposed structure...
  • Scott Evangelista says: Steve, I have been meaning to ask. It look as though there are divided “wells”...
  • David Law says: Want an Inboard engine and a tender ? http://www.tadroberts.ca/servi ces/small-boats/tender-laun...
  • Steve Dashew says: The Seakeeper gyro is not as suitable across a wide range of ocean going wave trains and/or...
  • Steve Dashew says: We have tested the rules wth a variety of combinations over the years. Looking at the different...
  • David Guest says: Merry Christmas to you all…..
  • Matt L says: The Bay of Virgins? How restrictive are they in this requirement? Virgins only? Are former virgins...
  • Bob N says: And a triffic Xmas and ’14 to you and yours.
  • David Law says: Steve has anyone considered or installed a Seakeeper Gyro instead of fins ? beside the cost is there...
  • Carlos V Sucre says: Best cruising boats ever, keep getting better. Merry Xmas for Dashew family Carlos
  • Steve Dashew says: No paint or fairing compound! It is a ground finish test on the bare aluminum.
  • David says: Is that fairing compound on the 97 hull? Wondering if the owner opted for paint?
  • Steve Dashew says: Actully, Bill, very helpful, and along the lines of what we have heard from severall professionals...
  • Sarah-Sarah says: I’ve always thought the forepeak as the place for the grandchildren on our 64. And although...
  • Steve Dashew says: Interesting question about how folks relate to the crew. For us – and this is theory since...
  • Rob L says: It’s difficult to offer advice on your layout without knowing how you relate to your crew. While...
  • Steve Dashew says: Having a hallway down the side of the boat, as well as moving the owner’s suite aft are...
  • Mike says: Steve- I am sure you considered this, but why not just make the master stateroom narrower and have a...
  • Steve Dashew says: Thanks Marcus: Exactly the type of input we are seeking.
  • Marcus says: Congratulations on a great website and interesting projects that I have followed with a lot of interest...
  • Steve Dashew says: You raise a good point, Martin: There is a trade off between function, comfort, and reliability...
  • Steve Dashew says: The crew quarters forward would not normally be used at sea. We are assuming the starboard aft...
  • Patrick Lasswell says: As somebody who has lived before the mast on destroyers I’m used to pretty secure...
  • Carlos V Sucre says: Now I have what to ask Santa for. Matt said it: WOW! Merry Xmas.
  • Steve Dashew says: The forefoot of the 97 is different, but in scale, not deeper.
  • Steve B says: Is the forefoot at the bow of the FPB97 relatively deeper than other models?
  • martin jan says: thanks for the detailed information on your website. Nice job, the way of thinking and producing...
  • Steve Dashew says: We’ll give this a look later, but double pane glass is tough to do in a seagoing environment.
  • Chris B. says: Outstanding!
  • Brian Perkins says: Hi Steve, Thanks for your response. SAGE is a great solution for the question you put in this...
  • Scotto says: I’ll second Matt’s comment. WOW! I will be keenly following this build thru 2014. Thank you...
  • John Rushworth says: Thanks Steve. They are the best cells I managed to find also at 21.5%. I’ll be using a 24V...
  • Steve Dashew says: Thanks Matt: It has been a long process, but finally now pretty much complete.
  • Steve Dashew says: We are fitting the highest efficiency SunPower solar panels (prox 21.5%).
  • Steve Dashew says: The entry door on the FPB 64 is a Circa fabrication.
  • Matt L says: Wow!
  • Nils Pettersson says: Beautiful work as ever. The door on the 64-8 with the full-length glazing and insulation looks...
  • Shannon says: Beautiful. The scale of the 97 is stunning. You must do a video walk through next time you are down...
  • John Rushworth says: Great photos as usual. Whose solar panels did you end up using and what spec please? John R.
  • Steve Dashew says: Re prop skegs, protection, etc. with twin engines the drying out/gridding issues are somewhat...
  • Nicolas says: Hi Steve, In your newer designs it seems that you have eliminated the propeller protecting metal bar...
  • John M says: Steve, Steve Callihan designed a small dinghie that could double as a life boat. He came up with the...
  • Susan Iwamoto says: Gilbert (Gil) Iwamoto was a very talented Masterbuilder. He was originally from Hawaii, but with...
  • Steve Dashew says: Interesting looking product, Brian: How long has it been commercially available in the marine...
  • David Sutton says: have a look at these foam collars… http://www.gilmancorp.com/Inte gralBoatFenders_.htm this...
  • Shannon says: Beautiful photos. I am in New Mexico & the desert is beautiful if you just slow down to look. I got...
  • Brian Perkins says: SAGE electronically tintable glass would make for a fantastic solution: http://sageglass.com/ It...
  • Roger says: With your drive for low maintenance, I’d go with the foam filled tubes, maybe rotomolded. No...
  • Thomas E Mcdonald says: Thanks Sarah. Great thing your doing.
  • sarah dashew says: Hi Tom, Nice to hear from you! Unfortunately we haven’t been able to locate a contact for...
  • Rigo says: http://www.oceancraft.com.au
  • Sarah-Sarah says: Or aakronboats.co.nz
  • Gene says: I am a Zodiac Hurricane H733 user and commute on her almost daily from the island we have a house on to...
  • Michael Jones says: The ribeye models with the flip-down seat are nice. (Though larger, so is the Rib-X custom line...
  • E says: Or http://www.seaswift.co.uk/cate gory/packages/
  • E says: Don’t reinvent the wheel. A range of 16 alu RIB tenders: http://www.ribeye.co.uk/our-bo ats/t-series...
  • Alan F says: another alternative – how about this little cat from Jim Pauling in NZ...
  • Peter says: Yes, both foam and inflatable.
  • marcus p says: http://www.gpengineering.co.nz /rigidinflatableboats.php similar construction tech to Naiad –...
  • Evan says: Or go with something designed by Fabio Buzzi if you want to go fast :) http://fbdesign.it/a24rib.php (He...
  • Tom McDonald says: Hi Sara, I am the original builder/owner of sundeer 60 “Orian” which apparently has...
  • Bill Kelly says: Steve, Have you looked at Bullfrog boats, out of Washington. Their 15 foot utility boat?...
  • Steve Dashew says: Do you have a source for d-shaped tubes?
  • Jeff says: Great pictures Steve (Family, and Friend)! Jeff
  • Graham says: Hi Steve, it is worth a look at Williams tenders. Many options to choose/customise. Some are under your...
  • Pete says: How about going for “D” shaped inflatable or soild foam tubes, this would give you more...
  • Patrick Lasswell says: My experience with RIBs is Navy based, but I differ with David above because I’ve been...
  • Steve Dashew says: We originally wanted to keep the FPB 64 under 20 meters due to various regulations that take place...
  • David Sutton says: Hi Steve, Using the Solas Fast Rescue Boat is a great starting point. These are typically about...