Your Local Broker, Internationally

Berthon UK
(Lymington, Hampshire - UK)

Sue Grant
sue.grant@berthon.co.uk
0044 (0)1590 679 222

Berthon France
(Mandelieu La Napoule, France)

Bruno Kairet
bruno.kairet@berthonfrance.fr
0033 (0)4 93 63 66 80

Berthon Scandinavia
(Henån, Sweden)

Magnus Kullberg
magnus.kullberg@berthonscandinavia.se
0046 304 694 000

Berthon Spain
(Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Simon Turner
simon.turner@berthoninternational.com
0034 639 701 234

Berthon USA
(Rhode Island, USA)

Jennifer Stewart
jennifer.stewart@berthonusa.com
001 401 846 8404

Broker’s Comments

IRON LADY II is an astonishing explorer motor yacht designed by Dashew Offshore for serious passage making and she represents the very best of the qualities required for sustained operations in the harsh but beautiful world of high latitude cruising. She is part of their FPB (Functional Power Boat) Series. The first FPB 78 was designed by Steve and Linda Dashew for their personal use to allow crew and/or longer term friends and family aboard. Two more of these yachts were built with the other two going to very experienced yachtsmen, both of whom were former FPB 64 owners. Although similar in appearance to other FPBs the FPB 78s are a step up the evolutionary ladder.

These three FPB 78s have proven Dashew Offshore’s design concept by making a series of remarkable voyages look easy. 7,000 nautical miles from Fiji to Panama, with one fuel stop, averaging ten knots against the prevailing trade winds and currents is one example. The second and third FPB 78s have also crossed the Pacific backwards and then voyaged to Antarctica.

IRON LADY II has made nonstop passages from New Zealand to French Polynesia and onward to Costa Rica, the Galapagos, then Chile to Cape Horn and onto the Antarctic Peninsula. After further exploration of the Chilean Fiords, nonstop to Panama and then through the Canal to the US. Built to a high standard by Circa Marine in New Zealand she has been beautifully maintained and has many refinements to make it easier for her owner to handle her with minimum crew.

While each of the FPB 78’s have the same massive structural underpinnings and mechanical systems, each of them is unique. IRON LADY II, like the other FPB78’s, has been customized to suit the needs and preferences of her Owners.

This work includes a unique Matrix deck design that features a helm station with dual Stidd chairs that is designed to maintain external situational awareness while optimizing the functionality of modern electronics and monitoring systems.

In the aft starboard corner of the Matrix deck is a watch bunk. A pedestal mounted but also portable additional helm station can be operated from the bunk or nearby seating – to create port and starboard outside wing stations for close quarters maneuvering. Controls include shift and throttle, joy stick steering, bow thruster and a Maretron DSM for various readouts (normally wind speed and direction and rudder position).

All this while enjoying an outside view of the world in comfort.

IRON LADY II draws less than five feet/1.5m, and is happy drying out on a tidal river bottom, or a grid.

IRON LADY II is a true expedition yacht, with huge range and endurance, and a proven resume designed for the adventurer who truly wants to explore the far reaches of the oceans in comfort, safety and functionality.

Owner’s Comments

We have been yachting for over 55 years, starting with a runabout with outboard motors, through a Nordhavn Passagemaker and then to an FPB 64 and now to our FPB 78 IRON LADY II.

Our voyage to FPB started after reading Steve and Linda Dashew’s books about offshore cruising, culminating in contact with them when the first FPB – 83 foot WINDHORSE was launched. When the 64 series was announced, WINDHORSE was cruising in Northern Europe so I made the trip to the UK to see her and to meet Steve and Linda. After a sea trial in the confused seas off the Needles passage at the western end of the Solent, I was converted and signed the contract for the first IRON LADY, taking delivery in 2011.

Our first FPB was perfect vehicle for us both to enjoy cruising at a totally new level. During our first big adventure a compression gale on our way from New Zealand to Fiji and Tonga, threw up following seas of up to 20 feet. IRON LADY surfed down the faces at speeds of up to 20 knots with zero broaching and all the while, we had 100% steering control. These conditions would have concerned me greatly aboard any of my previous boats.

During our time with our FPB 64 we cruised extensively in the Pacific around New Zealand, to French Polynesia, the Societies, Tuamotus, and Marquesas, and on to Hawaii – then up to Vancouver and onto to the southern coast of Alaska. All this in 4 years of part-time cruising.

We then heard about the new FPB 78, and that Steve and Linda were building the first hull – COCHISE. The rest is history and hence our second FPB is the third of the 78s and having hugely enjoyed the build, we took delivery in 2018.

Working closely with Steve and Linda Dashew, by now close friends, it was good to see the same massive structural underpinnings and similar mechanical systems that were so successful on our 64. The interior design is custom to us, and IRON LADY II has her own personality and we love her. Being the third of the series, we had the opportunity to learn from the first two yachts and a lot of updates appear aboard IRON LADY II as a result.

IRON LADY II has taken us through the Pacific to the Galapagos Islands and onto Chile. From there we joined with FPB 78#2 GREY WOLF II for the trip past Cape Horn to the Antarctic Peninsula where we had an unforgettable cruise, in company, in this special place.

From launch to March 2020 when she arrived in North Carolina, IRON LADY II has steamed 22,000 extraordinary and life changing miles in some of the most challenging waters on the planet.

Sadly, severe nerve damage suffered during a hip replacement now makes it necessary to put our IRON LADY onto the market, as she is built for crossing oceans and going far and sadly I am no longer able to be with her. Hence, she needs a new owner for the next chapters in her cruising life.

Whoever buys IRON LADY II will be buying the culmination of our yachting experience as well as that of Steve and Linda Dashew. We know that she will serve and look after her new owners as well as she has us. If you would like to read our full owners’ remarks and the article that appeared in Motorboat & Yachting about the Antarctic cruise, please ask Berthon to provide this information to you.


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Yacht Details
  1. Builder: Circa Marine
  2. Model: FPB 78
  3. Yacht Name: IRON LADY II
  4. Hull Designer: Steve Dashew
  5. Year Built: 2015 (commissioned 2017)
  6. LOA: 86’ / 26.2m
  7. LWL: 83’4” / 25.4m
  8. Beam: 20’ / 6.1m (Deck) - 20’11” / 6.38m (Extreme)
  9. Min Draft / Max Draft: 4’5” / 1.35m (Canoe) - 4’11” / 1.5m (Prop Skeg)
  10. Air Draft: 22’4” / 6.8m
  11. Displacement: 54,885kg / 121,000lb
  12. Berths: 7 berths in 4 cabin(s) / 3 head/WC(s)
  13. Engine Count: 2 John Deere 6080 AFM75 (231hp) Diesel
  14. Country: Beaufort, NC, USA
  15. Asking Price: USD$5,500,000
Contact Details
sue-grant-18, Berthon Brokerage

Sue Grant
Berthon Yacht Sales
Tel: 0044 (0)1590 679 222
E-Mail: sue.grant@berthon.co.uk
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Your Local Broker, Internationally

Berthon UK
(Lymington, Hampshire - UK)

Sue Grant
sue.grant@berthon.co.uk
0044 (0)1590 679 222

Berthon France
(Mandelieu La Napoule, France)

Bruno Kairet
bruno.kairet@berthonfrance.fr
0033 (0)4 93 63 66 80

Berthon Scandinavia
(Henån, Sweden)

Magnus Kullberg
magnus.kullberg@berthonscandinavia.se
0046 304 694 000

Berthon Spain
(Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

Simon Turner
simon.turner@berthonspain.com
0034 639 701 234

Berthon USA
(Rhode Island, USA)

Jennifer Stewart
jennifer.stewart@berthonusa.com
001 401 846 8404


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