Dashew takes second FPB 78 order from UK buyer
by Tom Isitt
Dashew Offshore and Berthon tell us that they have taken an order for hull #2 of the FPB 78 from a UK customer. This extraordinary yacht will start construction at the end of 2014 and will be commissioned at the end of 2015.
With the first FPB 78 now in production, as well as an FPB 97 and three FPB 64s, the builder (Circa Marine in Auckland, New Zealand) is busy with the FPB programme.
Like her sister vessel, The FPB 78 will be powered by a pair of L1066 Lugger diesel engines (based on the Deere 6068 series block). The unique Matrix deck has evolved from the same area on the FPB 97. Inside, ‘The Great Room’ as the saloon is called, has much in common with the FPB 97.
The FPB 78 has a range of 8,100 nautical miles at 10 knots, is built to MCA Category 0, has capsize recovery capacity, includes comprehensive solar systems, and accommodate six guests in a master suite and two double guest suites, with crew quarters for two. Her unique hull form also means that she is able to 'dry out' at low tide.