Offering exceptional sea keeping and vast range, the FPB 64 fleet is well proven and is the perfect tool for a couple with guests to cruise far aboard. 11 x FPB 64s are on the water and they continue to put significant sea miles beneath their keels, including a voyage from New Zealand to the Channel Islands against prevailing winds and currents – undertaken by #5. They provide a safe and reliable platform for their owners and guests, with a range of over 5,000 nautical miles, a single John Deere, and a Yanmar get me home on a separate drive train.
The FPB 64 also had an extended swim platform to enhance surfing performance. Earlier yachts had these retrofitted. As with all FPBs – they have the ability to recover from capsize and an accessible engine room that is easy to work in. The FPB 64 fleet has a significant number of nautical miles beneath its collective keel.
The second class of FPB to launch, the FPB 64 was developed as a result of Steve and Linda Dashew’s experience with FPB 83 WINDHORSE. Learning from their time long distance cruising aboard the yacht, the two of them steamed over 60,000 nautical miles with her. They designed the FPB 64 at that time, considering her to be the perfect fit for a couple like them. In common with other FPBs their Naiad stabilisers are housed in coffer dams and are oversized providing a faultless ride and they are also robust enough to allow the yacht to dry out.
Forward there is a large owners’ stateroom with separate bath/shower cubicle and a great room with 360 degree vision, which houses the large and well equipped galley, seating and dining area and inside helm. Beneath the great room is the basement which is a vast storage area.
Aft is a double cabin for guests, heads compartment, office area and single berth cabin with access into the engine room.
The matrix deck is a simple helm area above the coachroof with comfortable seating and great vision. Her booms easily deploy the dinghy on the aft deck and can also be used with flopper stoppers when at anchor.
The FPB 64 has a large bowthruster and is easy to handle in close quarters and, like her sisters, surfs easily in the correct conditions.
Residual values on FPB 64s have been constant and as owners complete their cruising projects and want to do other things, they do come to the brokerage market. They always sell well.