THE NEW IRON LADY SHORTLY AFTER LAUNCH in early December 2017
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