Category Archives: 78-3 Updates

Dinghy Handling

One of the more potentially dangerous activities aboard is launching and retrieving the our large aluminum bottomed rigid inflatable. At 16 feet with a 70 HP Yamaha outboard, it weights in just around 1000 pounds. While the FPB 78 and … Continue reading

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Te Kouma

As we have been delayed getting into the Viaduct Marina in Auckland, Steve has a a lot more pleasant anchorages for us to explore. We spent two nights in Te Kouma Harbor on the Coromandel Peninsula. Beautiful little spot with … Continue reading

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Waiheke 2018

From Kawao, we went out to Flat Rock and had a go for some Snapper. Lots of fish but no keepers. Late morning we moved on south to Waiheke Island. In days gone by, it was kind of a hippy … Continue reading

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Commissioning

Interesting day today. I composed this yesterday and tried to upload it and I was denied access to my blog. After four hours of working with various tech types at Hostgator (my web hosting service) and wordpress (my blog outfit … Continue reading

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Iron Lady Dockside

I arrived in New Zealand December 27th to begin the move aboard process on the new Iron Lady. Steve Parsons, our long time Captain, has been engaged by Circa Marine to do the commissioning of all the new FPBs including … Continue reading

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78-3 Build Update May 2017

Work is progression nicely in NZ and I thought I would share some of the latest pics from the yard. As an aside, it has been wonderful receiving frequent picture updates to monitor progress. Another technological marvel has been Skype … Continue reading

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78-3 Update February 2106

Its been awhile since my last update on the 78 series. Last October, the owners of hulls 1, 2 and 3 were all in New Zealand to review progress on our individual boats and have a good look at 78-1 … Continue reading

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FPB78-3 – October 2015

I am just back from New Zealand and still shaking off the effects of 30 plus hours of travel (even though I arrived back in the US before I left New Zealand – a quirk of crossing the International Date … Continue reading

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