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 An unsailboat for unsailors

"The Dashews - designers and builders of the Deerfoot, Sundeer and Beowulf series of short-handed passagemaking sailboats - just aren't comfortable trying to handle that much sail anymore, he says. But they still want to cruise to places where they have never been and where the seas get pretty rough: Tierra del Fuego, Alaska, and maybe Scandinavia or Greenland. "We're just not going to do that in a sailboat at this point in our lives," he says. So they are powering up. The Dashews and their design crew have spent 7,000 hours designing and engineering an 83-foot power cruiser - an "unsailboat," as they call it - which is fast, comfortable, and optimized for cruising in the high latitudes where the weather is extreme. Dashew says the aluminum-hulled FPB (fast patrol boat) will be maneuverable in very stormy seas, resistant to knockdowns, and self-righting. "

 (Submitted by Noel Tue Jul 20, 2004 )
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