Welcome Aboard!


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.

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. Takata is now on the hard in the Med.

I arrived in New Zealand on December 27th, 2017 and since, Steve Parsons and I have been involved in moving aboard, commissioning, and sea trials. Debby arrived January 13th and we plan to build some more hours on the engines before heading to Tasmania. After Tasmania, we are still reviewing our options but are now looking at Costa Rica via French Polynesia once we leave NZ. The South Pacific Islands still beckon so that is an option as well.

Welcome Aboard and Cheers

Pete and Debby Rossin

PS For more a lot more about the FPB series, visit setsail.com

30 Responses to Welcome Aboard!

  1. Bob Owens says:

    Thank you both for sharing your travels and wonderful commentary with the world. I so much look forward to your blogs every day.

    • myironlady says:

      Hi Bob

      Thanks for your kind words. A blog is a fair amount of work and I was doing it to create a record of your journey for our kids. It is gratifying to know that others are enjoying it as well.



  2. Lesley Scelly says:

    Thankyou Debby for the contact. Would love to follow your adventures.
    My friend on Great Barrier is Gae Macown near Tryphena if that is where you are heading.
    Thanks so much Lesley

  3. Lesley Scelly says:

    Hope you have found a save haven for the predicted weather bomb/storm whatever.
    We are battening down the hatches here tonight in case of gales, luckily from norwest and not nor east which is our worst direction for damage!
    Happy travels.

    • myironlady says:

      Hi Leslie

      We left Barrier yesterday AM and made Marsden Cove Marina around 1 PM. Turned out to be a good weather window and we are tied up nice and tight to good floating docks. Have seen 40 knots so far in the marina.


      • Lesley Scelly says:

        Great progress, well I hope you are somewhere to enjoy the wonderful autumn conditions of yesterday and today. Its picture perfect here, not a cloud, not a breath, about 22degs. Nice swimming conditions still.
        Best wishes Lesley

  4. graham Trotter says:

    Hi Pete,
    Please update my email
    My email address is changing to full.displacement@gmail.com
    My last email ending in ntlworld.com will stop shortly.
    Thank you for your interesting posts, always look forward to them.

    • myironlady says:

      Hi Graham

      I am not sure that I have the capability to make that change. I think if you resubscribe using your new address, notifications will then be sent to that address.

  5. Doug ' says:

    Thanks for the call and reminding us about your blog.Wow. How amazing this all is! What an adventure! Doug and Helen

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  7. Matt McGrath says:

    Nice to have met you in the Marquesas and wish you a great voyage onwards. Look me up if you ever make it to Phuket. Matt from S/Y Tang.

  8. Mike says:

    Hey Iron Lady,
    I was cleaning out my wallet and just found your boat card. Nice to have met fellow Pennsylvanians on the other side of the world (we were in the same anchorage as Tang in the Marquesas)! You guys have a really cool boat (for a motor boat). Good Luck with your travels.
    SV Hartley

  9. Carol Parker says:

    We anchored in exactly that spot in Princess Louisa, but there was a storm predicted, the wind started going in circles, and lightning flashes were lighting up the sky. We wound up pulling up our anchor and spending the night taking turns on watch while Avatar floated in the middle of the sound with the radar telling us how far away from the cliff walls we were. Long night – pulled out as soon as the tide would let us at the crack of dawn. Don’t know if I can talk Mike into trying it again, maybe in more settled weather! Love the photo of Iron Lady through the mist from Chatterbox!

    • myironlady says:

      That is a shame – we had some wind but the flow from Chatterbox held us steady off the falls and the holding was good so we slept well. We had one of those nights in Kwatsi Bay. If you go there, don’t anchor. Make sure you get a spot on the docks. The anchorage is pure rock and we ended up dragging at 2 AM (why is it always 2 AM?). That picture is one of the better ones I have taken. Steve D gave me hell for shooting it in jpeg and not raw. I have since switched to raw after a few lessons from him.


  10. Just saw this incredible M/Y in Seattle.. Litterally stopped us in our tracks on the dock. She’s a stunner!

    • myironlady says:

      Thanks for that. Iron lady now has new owners – will be doing a post on it shortly – it was with mixed emotions that we sold her. Now looking forward to things 78.

  11. James Masters says:

    Congrats on the sale of 64-3. Usually it’s “the kids” who “grow up and leave home” — this time, it’s “the folks” who “moved-out and -up and -on”. It’ll be interesting to notice how many days on the 78 until y’all have the experience of … “i can’t imagine how we ever could have managed with only a 64 …?” — lol. Something nice to look forward to, … yes?

    • myironlady says:

      Absolutely – although its hardly like we were “just managing” on IL. I have been working with Steve and the FPB folks for over two years now on the 78 and she is going to be very special. Heading to Whangarei in October along with Steve and the Owner of 78-2 to review progress and finalize details. Can’t wait.

  12. Jeb Stewart says:

    Hello we are friends with iron lady while in koolina Hawaii,,Jim ,was live aboard captain at the time, would like a contact number if possible, Jim is a great person and a great captain please help me find my friend ,,,808 2557849

    • myironlady says:

      Sorry for the delayed response. After Koolina, Jim sailed his boat to Japan from French Polynesia and then rejoined us to watch Iron Lady in British Columbia. After, Jim bicycled across the US and made the leap to Iceland and Europe before returning to Japan to sail his boat to AK where he spent this winter. I believe that Jim will be joining Steve Dashew aboard 78-1 (Cochise) for a trip north to Maine or Greenland this summer. Jim has no phone but I will forward your email address to him.

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  14. Victoria says:

    OH MY GOSH DEBBIE AND PETE! What a beautiful vessel! I was just thinking about you Deb,
    Wondering where in the world are you! Safe travels and congratulations on your new ship. You both have to be so excited! She is such a beauty! Oh , the adventures you will have!!! Keep me posted. I love you and have a fabulous time. When you get home, we can go for fish taco’s.
    hugs and kisses.

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