Forever a concept yacht – the FPB 130 demonstrates how the qualities of the FPB brand can be successfully scaled in order to deliver a crewed yacht with a low carbon footprint, enormous range, speed and extraordinary seakeeping. This design did not translate in build but the plans remain in the Dashew FPB archive as part of FPB’s legacy.
The concept was to develop an FPB with a 5,000 nautical mile range at 14 knots, with ice class strength, lifeboat like capsize resistance and recovery, and a most comfortable ocean crossing ride.
With around 20kW of solar array and with very efficient air condition, heating and ventilation systems she was to be as self-sufficient for cruising for extended periods as possible.
It was envisaged that she would be engineered and built for maximum reliability and minimum maintenance enables her to reduce crew numbers whilst expanding the speed, range and capability of this FPB.
With a sea kindly and efficient hull form, it was projected that she would deliver 16.5 knots from twin 675 hp diesels with a 14 knot cruising speed at 40% engine load.
As with all FPBs she was designed with a double bottom for maximum security and this system also of course delivers massive tankage.
With a shallow draft of 1.54 metres/5’5” and the ability to dry out in areas with moderate rise and fall, this was another important part of her FPB DNA.
The FPB 130 would have had unique cruising capabilities.