First commissioned 2017, GREY WOLF II is the second of her owner’s FPBs. The little WOLF, or GREY WOLF was an FPB 64, in which he steamed from New Zealand to the Channel Islands in Northern Europe. FPB 78 GREY WOLF II has taken him around one and a half times around the globe from New Zealand, through the Pacific to Chile, the Antarctic Peninsula, New Caledonia and many points between – an extraordinary 34,000 nautical miles.
Built to MCA Category Zero and MGN 280, GREY WOLF II is able to cruise as a charter yacht with no limitation whatsoever and without need to be within a prearranged distance from a safe haven. She is maintained to this standard and whilst the majority of her use has been family cruising, she has had charter assignments, such as supporting a pair of superyachts in the ice where she performed brilliantly, as she is nimble and her twin AB RIBS are aluminium bottomed with military hypalons and very rugged. Perfect for commuter work in the chilly Antarctic. Her owner commissioned a survey to measure sound and as a result she is the best insulated FPB afloat which makes her both quiet and comfortable in the cold places.
Have a look at this video of GREY WOLF II and her sister FPB 78#03 cruising on the Antarctic Peninsula:
Designed by Dashew Offshore, the first FPB 78 was built for Steve and Linda Dashew, the culmination of all their cruising experience and knowledge and the yacht that came after WINDHORSE, the FPB 83 that was the first member of this special, 4 wheel drive explorer yacht fleet, conceived and built for all the world’s oceans and to withstand whatever Mother Nature meted out. There are 3 x FPB 78s in total and they are very special yachts.
You can take a tour of GREY WOLF II with Sue Grant, owner Peter Watson and Harry Shutler:
GREY WOLF II comes with enormous range, massively strong construction and the ability to recover from capsize. She is finished internally to a high standard with lovely closed grain Australian oak joinery, and importantly she is designed with good access to all systems and a large and well laid out engine room, and masses of spares. She is capable of endurance at sea, taking with her all that she needs to service the systems aboard and with good access to enable the crew so to do. All her systems are well documented so that she is easy to manage and understand.
With a lovely matrix deck – or flybridge as you may think of it – which is covered and perfect for controlling the ship, with a comfortable seating area and wet bar, aft deck with barbeque and the fab Great Room – a saloon with virtually 360 degree vision, fantastic seating, dining and galley area as well as a helm station, she is very comfortable.
She also as a large owners’ stateroom, office or media centre, 2 en-suite guest cabins and a further 2 twin cabins, one forward and one aft of the engine room for crew or more guests. There is a vast lazarette forward.