Welcome to the journeys of Iron Lady.
Designed by Steve Dashew and built by the good folks at Circa marine in Whangarei, New Zealand, Iron Lady was launched in February of 2011. After extensive builder’s trials and owner training by Todd Rickard we have been off to see the world as it can only be seen on an ocean going motor vessel.
Year one saw adventures in New Zealand as we got to know Iron Lady and then it was off to Fiji and Tonga with a return to New Zealand late in the year. In 2012, our journeys took us on a complete circumnavigation of the North and South Islands of New Zealand. In 2013, Iron Lady made the crossing to French Polynesia where we spent three months cruising the Societies, Tuamotus and Marquesas. Then it was north across the equator to Christmas Island in the Kiribati’s and Palmyra Atoll with a final destination in Oahu at Ko Olina Marina. May of 2014 saw us off from Hawaii to Vancouver, British Columbia – another crossing of some 2300 nautical miles. Our southern most point in New Zealand was 50 degrees South and in BC we were over 50 degrees North.
On August 14, 2015, we closed on the sale of Iron Lady with her new owners, Chris and Carolyn. Rechristened as Takata, there plans include a full circumnavigation.
Since then, we have been actively involved in the design of the new FPB 78. While that has been great fun, we are now anxiously awaiting completion of our new 78 – hull number 3 (probably to be christened Iron Lady as well). Builders Trials are scheduled for late 2017 and Owner Trials and training should commence in early 2018.
Welcome Aboard and Cheers
Pete and Debby Rossin
PS For more a lot more about the FPB series, visit setsail.com