ICEBERG is an astonishing motor yacht designed by Dashew Offshore for serious passage making. She is part of their FPB (Functional Power Boat Series). She is the largest yacht that Steve and Linda Dashew considered could be handled effectively by a family crew. This, she has proved herself to be. Built beautifully by Circa Marine in New Zealand – in this ownership she has cruised far. During this ownership, she has been beautifully maintained and much updated. This work includes a repower of the main John Deere prime movers, which has further increased her capability. As her owners don’t have unlimited time to use ICEBERG she is run with a crew of 2 who have comfortable quarters, and who are on hand to maintain and position the yacht when the owners are not aboard.
ICEBERG has the FPB trademark matrix deck, which is described elsewhere as the fly bridge. This is a marvellous covered upper helm position with a lovely teak laid deck and trim, together with a lovely entertaining area. The main saloon is a true FPB ‘Great Room’ with 360 degree vision and is a light and airy place for watch keeping, entertaining, cooking, relaxing and living within the marine environment.
Sue Grant & FPB designer Steve Dashew chat about FPB 97, ICEBERG – A Berthon International Podcast:
ICEBERG is the first and only FPB 97 series passage maker motor yacht designed by Dashew Offshore in the United States and built in New Zealand by Circa Marine. She is a true expedition yacht with a proven resume designed for the adventurer who truly wants to explore the far reaches of the oceans in comfort, safety and functionality.
ICEBERG was launched in spring of 2014 and, as of November 2019, has completed 51,687 nautical miles (at 12 knots) of blue water cruising. She has cleared into 16 different countries including, New Zealand, Australia, Tonga, French Polynesia, west coast of the U.S. from San Diego to Seattle, Canada, Panama, Bahamas, Caribbean windward islands, the east coast of the U.S. from Florida to North Carolina, Bermuda, Azores, Netherlands, Gibraltar, Spain, France, and Italy. ICEBERG has made the passage from South Pacific up to the Caribbean, along with two total Atlantic Crossings. She is currently still in service.
The first FPB (Functional Power Boat) was the 83′ prototype WIND HORSE, followed by the 64 series of which there are now eleven. ICEBERG, a 111’ model, launched in 2014 is the largest of the fleet. All are designed based on principles originally applied to the iconic Dashew designed circumnavigation sailing yachts, which include Deerfoot, Sundeer, and Beowulf. All are ideally suited for short-handed cruising comfortably over long distances, efficiently and safely.
At a cruising speed of 12-13 knots an FPB 97 averages 312 miles a day on passage, and has a range of 3,926 nm. Diesel fuel capacity is 24,160 litres and freshwater storage is 10,050 Liters with an onboard water maker to make up to 264 Liters per hour. The fuel and water are stored low in the hull for ballast, contributing to stability and self- righting capability. Power is provided by 2 x 500hp John Deere engines. Hydraulic Naiad stabilizers contribute to the smooth ride, even in rough seas.
The rugged aluminum exterior belies an elegant, comfortable interior that contains a master suite, a double guest cabin, a triple bunk guest cabin, and a double bunk crew cabin aft. There are 4 heads with showers, a steam room in master, an office, and a full electrical/control room with large fridge and freezer in aft end of center line hallway.
The main deck saloon offers a large fully equipped kitchen to port, and a bar with cocktail cupboards to starboard. In addition, this area boasts double sinks, induction cooktop, convection oven, icemaker, dishwasher, washer/dryer units, and oversized refrigerators and freezers. The roomy saloon features an 8-seater dining table, with a large couch to starboard. A lift up flat screen TV sits to port for comfortable viewing from couch/hydraulically extendable day bed. This area has a panoramic view of the sea through continuous wrap around windows on all four sides, as well as a navigation station with a full complement of electronics. All around an exceptional area for comfortable family living.
The huge walk-in engine room is a mechanic’s dream, accessible from aft deck and aft end of interior hallway. Great space around systems, along with a large workbench and exceptional tool storage.
The exterior features a fly bridge with comfortable seating, a hydraulically controlled dining table that can turn into a full or half day bed with side coffee table, 360deg views and your main helm station. The strata glass clears are all openable for fresh air and visual awareness, with wing stations to port and starboard which give extra visibility for docking or access to high commercial wharfs. There is a stationary bicycle aft and room for a work out center.
The aft deck has a comfortable seating area for 8 with under counter freezer and drinks fridge, and a spacious day head. To starboard, you will find two storage lockers and a garbage compactor.
Moving further aft there is room for onboard storage of a 3.2mtr inflatable tender which can be launched by the lifting boom on the port side. To starboard a C type davit is provided for safe and speedy launching of the 6mtr David de Viller- Circa Marine built matching aluminum tender, there is also a barbeque, and kayak storage onto of the C-davits. This complete aft deck can be covered overhead and on the sides with a shade cloth system, providing full sun cover for all angles.
A 4.3mtr long swim platform 15cm off the waterline creates a beach club style feel. Its integrated folding stern pulpit also act as a large dive ladder, easily deployable and retrievable on large recessed hinges. Large storage lockers x 3, passerail, Glendenings electric shore power reel, petrol jerry can x 2 storage, stabilizer fin and roller track for small tender storage. A warm water shower are all neatly located on aft bulkhead to starboard of the steps.
Forward on the main deck is a spacious lounging trampoline and sunshade awning for added comfort within bow area. Foredeck area is accompanied by an extra 4 storage lockers, 1 designated and vented for petrol fuel storage of 156 litres in Jerry Cans. One oversized hatch into forepeak for motorcycle or large equipment storage, and one daily service hatch provides great access to forepeak. A removable manual crane also services this deck for equipment, motorcycles or small tender.
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