THE NEW IRON LADY SHORTLY AFTER LAUNCH.
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.
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.
The pace of events is now picking up. The new Iron Lady has been duly registered in Guernsey flying a Red Ensign. She has now splashed in NZ for yard trials. Captain Steve Parsons spent a weekend with us in Pittsburgh reviewing all the items we have shipped to New Zealand, remaining items to be purchased, the move aboard, and myriad system and operational details – not to mention a good bit of fun. It was great to be with him again planning out our first year with the boat. My plan is to head down right after Christmas to begin the move aboard process and Owner’s training. Plans are still in progress but we would love to see Tasmania before heading off so that may be our break in cruise. If things go well, we will set off for Chile via Tahiti, the Gambiers and Easter Island.
Long time followers of Steve and Linda Dashew know that the FPB program is at an end. Our boat will be the last of the FPB 78’s. There are two FPB 70’s nearing completion in Whangarei and those will be the last of the breed. While we are sorry to see the program end, Steve and Linda have become good friends and we wish them well doing what they love to do – cruise aboard their 78, Cochise. For our part, we are simply grateful to have been part of the process and having our own 78. There are many boats out there that sell the dream of doing what we do, but after 45 years of boating, we know the reality. Few are truly capable of doing so.
Welcome Aboard and Cheers
Pete and Debby Rossin
PS For more a lot more about the FPB series, visit setsail.com