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FPB 64 Iron Lady Launches

Let us introduce you to FPB 64-3, Iron Lady, about to start her sea trials.

Iron Lady is the first FPB 64 to have a stern extension bolted on. We will have performance numbers on this shortly and report them in due course.

Note the nicely faired buttock lines.

The rudder is huge relative to the steering loads […]

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FPB 64 Owner’s Manual – Main Helm Layout

Being cold and wet in much of the Northern Hemisphere, with long nights the norm, we thought some light reading material might be in order.

If you click here, you will be able to download chapter seven of the FPB 64 Owner’s Manual. This will give you an  idea of the operation and logic behind the […]

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Anchor Snubber Lines

Anchor snubber lines, shock absorbers in reality, offer a number of benefits and several potential problems. Let’s address the rigging first.

The ideal snubber will be made from a stretchy material (we favor three strand nylon), and long enough to provide plenty of give as the loads come on.

Because the snubber line is constantly moving in […]

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Musical Propellers and How To Tune Them (out)

We usually specify what is called an anti-singing edge on our props. Essentially this is a chamfer on the forward face trailing edge of the blades as shown above. Occasionally this is not quite the right shape and at certain RPMs and loadings the prop will start a high pitched, and very annoying, song.

The props […]

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Protecting Your Wireless Internet Communications

Pete Rossin, on of our FPB 64 owners, has researched protecting wireless Internet communications in the age of “Firesheep”. Pete has been kind enough to share the approach he has adopted, including screen shots, to make a similar installation relatively painless.
 

We have put Pete’s comments into a PDF file which can be downloaded here. We […]

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FPB 64 Avatar Dive Prep System

Mike and Carol Parker, the owners of the FPB 64 Avatar, are avid divers. We asked Mike for some details on how they handle getting three sets of dive gear into the dinghy, and Mike was kind enough to take a few photos and send some comments.

We’ll start with Mike’s description of their filling system:
Note […]

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PB 64 Swim Step Extension Details

Within the next few days FPB 64 #3 will be ready to start sea trials. As she is being fitted with a swim step extension we are all awaiting the real world results from this small, but potentially potent addition.

The initial design has been done so the same approach can be used with the other […]

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Lightning vs FPBs

Steve, Linda — Happy 2011 !!
There was a readers´ letter on this month’s Yachting World (btw, the same that brings your article – congrats!) mentioning that lightning strikes often seriously damage electric/electronic equipment on yachts … given that on the FPBs some basic functions are supported by electric/electronic stuff (fuel pumps, autopilot, etc), I was […]

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Bosque del Apache Slide Show

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Bosque del Apache – A Special Experience

Since wings are a current topic in the marine world we thought this was a good segue to talk about Bosque del Apache.

Although we are swamped – still playing catch up with things related to the land – a combination of benign winter weather and the need to get out of the office gave us […]