BUFFALO NICKEL has been equipped for 2 handed blue water cruising and has voyaged with her owners in safely and with complete reliability. She has taken them to Indonesia, Singapore and many points between. You will notice from the imagery in this specification that her décor and styling is quite simply, the business. She has also been meticulously maintained with very thorough records kept online of all systems and frequency of service and overhaul. Her new owner will have a complete record of this to enable them to keep up the good work. You can also see a little of BUFFALO NICKEL’s adventures by following her blog
The FPB 64 is an iconic bluewater cruising yacht and there are 10 of these great yachts cruising the 7 seas with another in build now. Designed by Steve and Linda Dashew and built by Circa Marine they are extraordinary yachts and only a personal inspection will show exactly what BUFFALO NICKEL is about and the concept behind the series. She is being offered in full cruising trim and is ready for her new owners and new adventures.
BUFFALO NICKEL has just completed the journey from Phuket, Thailand, to Circa Marine in Whangarei, New Zealand. The passage took 47 days – with 623 hours underway, and 6,289 miles under her keel.
When we left the U.S. in 2009 aboard our first boat, a traditional ‘trawler’ style motor yacht, our aim was coastal cruising with the occasional passage over a night or two. We are retired and prefer to cruise just the two of us. We had no intention of crossing big oceans on our own keel.
Within a couple of years, though, we found ourselves loving the cruising lifestyle even more than we had expected. We decided to expand our passage making horizons, and our concerns with regard to blue-water safety, comfort and range led us inevitably to the FPB-64. We’ve taken her from New Zealand to Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Has our FPB lived up to the advertised bulletproof design and build, and the comfort in sporty conditions? She absolutely has. The confidence we feel underway makes us both eager to venture even further off the beaten path. But that said, the majority of one’s time on the water is spent at anchor, making relatively short hops between destinations.
Most things to do with boats involve trade-offs, right? Which is why we were so surprised to discover that, in fact, our FPB is the most comfortable, practical, and user-friendly vessel at anchor that we’ve ever been aboard. Hull maintenance is almost embarrassingly minimal; and thanks to systems planned with ease of access in mind instead of wedged in after-market, equipment repairs and maintenance are equally stress-free. Massive fuel tankage gives us the ability to be very particular about where we take on fuel, based on cost and quality. Water toys and the like are close at hand and easy to deploy… the Captain is happy.
Since we spend the majority of each year actively cruising, we consider our FPB to be our primary home. We outfitted her with comfortable custom mattresses, a versatile, app-controlled boat-wide sound system, custom made throw pillows inside and out, and upgraded fabrics and other materials. A high-output water maker and gigantic fresh water capacity means we can enjoy as much fresh water as we like, while virtually never needing to make water while at anchor. Plenty of room for provisions, and a galley/great room with a stunning 360-degree view. Our interior is elegant, practical, and a breeze to maintain… the Admiral is happy.
We’ve only now discovered the one thing that could possibly part us from our beloved FPB: a larger one. We’ve succumbed to temptation yet again and await our new FPB 70.
Hull, Deck & Superstructure Construction:
· Basic hull and structure is welded aluminum including superstructure with three full watertight bulkheads and two half-height watertight bulkheads.
· Bottom is 12 mm aluminum plate.
· Integral aluminum tanks for water and diesel form a double bottom between the three full height watertight bulkheads.
· 19mm tempered windows with storm boards.
· The hull structure is massively strong with a double bottom throughout the accommodation space. The stabilizers are mounted within coffer dams.
· Matching grey tread master decking on exterior decks.
· External handrails, stanchions and foremast, et al are 316 L stainless steel.
· The ‘bolt on’ swim step extension section adds 3’/90cm to the waterline length and reduces drag six to eight percent. It also creates valuable space for loading/unloading passengers and stores from the dinghy, exiting to floating docks, and easy access off the stern for swimming. Finally, this extra waterline increases longitudinal, further reducing pitching. And the measured length of the hull? We will just say that the bolt on nature of the extension offers a degree of flexibility with “official” measurements not available with a welded extension.
· There is 6500 pounds of lead ballast, encapsulated within the fuel tanks.
Engine & Gearboxes:
· 1 x John Deere 6068 SFM50 236hp.
· Get-Home Engine: Yanmar 4JHE-THE, 110hp. Propels boat at approximately 8 knots.
· ZF280 V 2.556 to 1 reduction transmission with Drive Saver.
· All raw water cooling needs served thru single sea chest with clean out above the waterline and dual heavy duty strainers isolated by valves.
Maintenance & Performance:
· Main Engine Hours: c. 2,100.
· Wing Engine Hours: c. 50.
· Max speed approximately 11 knots – normal cruise of 9.6 knots at 1650 RPM.
· Fuel consumption 19 to 25 liters per hour.
· Cruising range – approximately 5,500 nautical miles; fuel range data sheet available on request.
Propulsion & Steering:
· Gori 3-bladed folding propeller for get-home engine only.
· 31” 4-bladed prop mounted – for main engine.
· Spare 3-bladed Aquamet propeller stowed in the forepeak
· Aquamet shaft with SureSeal shaft seal.
· Spurs line cutter.
· Steering system – single rudder with dual, independent Kobelt steering cylinders.
· Teleflex manual helm pump as back up to dual autopilot system.
Other Mechanical Equipment:
· Lewmar 24 VDC 8kW/11hp bowthruster.
1. Naiad Model 302 Datum with fins of 9 square feet.
2. Kolstrand 120 square inch paravane/stabilizer ‘fish’.
3. Magma flopper stoppers (2) for roll stabilization at anchor.
· Coltri MCH6 MarinePak 240 VAC dive compressor in Engine Room, with remote dual-tank filling harness on aft deck.
· Reverso oil change pump with manifold serving main engine, get home, transmission and generator.
· Murphy gauges tied to Maretron system for main engine oil level, gear pressure, coolant temp, and coolant level.
· Very Extensive Complement of Spares. Approximate spares list is available on request.
· Vessel Primary AC is 240V, with all main systems (air conditioning, water maker, induction cook top, speed oven, washer and dryer) able to run on 230V – 50 or 60 Hz.
· Inverter – 1 x 240V AC / 5KW Victron inverter provides power from the 24V DC battery system and support shore power or the 13.5 kVa 60Hz generator. System able to function on either 50 or 60 Hz shore supply and generator can be changed to 60Hz.
· 240 Volt, 24 volt and 12 volt plugs are located strategically throughout the boat. AC plugs/outlets wired to allow 110V changeover with minimal difficulty.
· Two main power panels – one near helm and one in aft office.
· Dual pole breakers disconnect both legs on AC and DC circuits.
· Remote Blue Sea disconnects for all 24 Volt high amp DC circuits and devices.
· Primary 24 volt DC – 2VDC cells x 12qty.
· Hoppecke traction style batteries provide 1200 amp hours of capacity at 24 volts.
· Secondary 12 volt DC – Two (2) Group 31 batteries provide power for engine and genset starting.
· 12 volt power points throughout the yacht via 24VDC-12VDC converters.
· The Victron Inverters double as main 24VDC battery Charger (240A total) - recharging the house bank via external shore power or the generator.
· Inverter emergency bypass switch.
· 110V AC battery charger and 24 to 12 volt converter charger, battery disconnects and parallel switch with center tap from house bank for secondary 12 volt DC start bank.
· 2 x Serpentine belt driven 28 volt Electrodyne alternators on the main engine provide a combined output of 7.4 KW (300 amps at 28 volts) thru two heavy duty remote mounted rectifiers while underway.
· This is sufficient to run key onboard AC power systems via the inverters while underway and recharge the batteries with some power management without running the generator.
· Onan 13.5kVa - 240V AC at 60 Hz.
· Generator Hours: c. 1,620.
· AC Shore power – Incoming shore power is isolated via an isolation transformer.
· Two shore power connection points in the forepeak and on the aft deck accept either 30 amp (110V – 60Hz) or 50 amp (240V - 50 or 60 Hz).
· Inverter/Charger can be adjusted to support available incoming amperage.
· Shore power cords and international adapters.
· 2 x SunPower, 245 W max production each, solar panels.
Fresh Water & Water Heating System:
· 2 x Headhunter X-Caliber 10 GPM fresh water pumps offer built in redundancy.
· 24 volt Kabola diesel fired boiler for hot water and boat heating.
· 55 liter stainless water heater with dual 2000 watt elements with heat exchanger that is part of the Kabola diesel boiler/engine waste heat circuit for hot water.
· Sea Recovery Aqua Whisper II 220 VAC.
· 58 GPH/1400 GPD with auto fresh water flush and soft start.
· Sea Recovery UV sterilizer for watermaker.
· 4-port manifold.
· PAR Jabsco diaphragm electric pumps – 2 x in engine room, 1 x in forepeak, 1 x in basement with roving hose and connections to stabilizer cofferdams.
· 1 x Pacer hydraulic damage control pump (600 liters per minute) plumbed to forepeak, living areas and engine room.
· Manual/automatic control on all pumps plus high water alarms.
· Tank Tender level indicator for freshwater and diesel tankage.
· Sealand tank gauge for black water level indication.
· Fuel Capacity is 11,960 liters (3,160 US Gal.) in two main tanks, two trim tanks and day tank.
· Tanks are integral aluminum.
· High capacity fuel transfer/polishing system with two geared Oberdoerfer pumps (offering redundancy), polishing filtration and debug system allowing transfer from any tank to any tank via valved manifolds.
· Day tank topped up automatically with pump running, low level, fill level and high level alarms.
· Manifold from day tank to all primary consumers with dual Racor filtration on main engine and additional filtration to other diesel consumers.
· 6,800 liters (1,800 US Gal.) in two integral aluminum tanks plus separate polyethylene galley tank for filtered water.
Grey/Blackwater holding tanks:
· Blackwater – Two Polyethylene tanks – approximately 150 liter (40 US Gal.) capacity each – one serving the master head and one serving the aft head.
· Filtered tank breathers.
· Remote level indicators.
· Furuno NavNet 3D black box radar/chartplotter/fishfinder system.
· Radar Antenna:
1. Furuno 6 foot open array with ARPA
2. Separate Furuno 4 kW 24 inch Radome as backup on flybridge.
· 3 x Dell 19” flat panel LCD helm displays (2 are standard).
· 2 x Commander V5 Comnav P2 autopilots, with control heads for each at both helms. Each are completely redundant on separate Hynautic circuits with dual Kobelt cylinders. Acu steer pumps for both helms
· Normal operation is fly by wire or autopilot mode.
· Comnav 203 FFV log at both helms.
· Teleflex manual helm pump with wheel for emergency use
· Furuno FA-150 Class A AIS transceiver (class B is standard).
· Furuno CH-270 retractable Searchlight Sonar forward-looking sonar system.
· Furuno 12” multi-function display/repeater for flybridge helm.
· Mac Mini computer running Windows 7 with dedicated GPS antenna and NMEA integration for PC based chartplotting.
· FLIR M-Series pan/tilt thermal night vision system.
· Engine room and aft deck cameras with picture fed into Navnet3D
· ICOM M604 VHF radio with second ‘Command Mic’ at flybridge helm with hailer
· ICOM M802 SSB/HF radio with HF Pactor modem.
· Fleet Broadband 150 satellite voice/data.
· 2 x Airmar PB200 WeatherStation (one is standard).
· 3 x Maretron DSM 250 color LCD vessel monitor display (2 is standard): one at each helm, plus one in master stateroom.
· Maretron N2KView PC-based vessel monitor system with dedicated black box computer.
· Electrolysis monitor meter
· Security system consisting of deck pressure sensors, salon door sensor, horn and light alarm alert – activated via remote key fob.
· Peplink MAX HD router – accepts 2 x cellular sim cards for data, 2 x WAN ports, 2 x Wifi ports, 4 x port wireless router for on board network
· Frigoboat 24 VDC, 12.3 cubic feet refrigeration.
· Frigoboat 24 VDC, 14.25 cubic feet freezer.
· Miele 220 VAC H4080 speed oven/microwave oven combination.
· Miele 220 VAC 3-burner induction cooktop.
· Fisher Paykel 120 VAC single drawer dishwasher.
· Galley Mate 1500 barbecue with grill, on aft deck.
· Asko 220 VAC separate full size washer and vented dryer.
· Broan 230 VAC 50/60 Hz 1.4 cubic foot trash compactor.
· Intervac Central Vacuum.
· Central vacuum system with 2 x pickup points – 1 x forward – 1 x aft. Vacuum hose and access.
· 2 x Planus Artic marine toilets.
· Freshwater deck shower on aft swim platform with hot and cold mixer valve.
· Aft head with separate shower stall and toilet, vanity/sink exterior to toilet compartment. Upgraded ‘dry’ aft head layout.
· Sink and shower drain overboard via Whale Gulper pumps.
· Master has separate tub/shower, toilet compartment with Planus head and vanity with sink integrated in to the forward area of stateroom.
· Shower and sink discharge overboard via Whale Gulper pumps.
Heating & Ventilation
· 230VAC reverse cycle Climma integrated air conditioning units – distilled water coffer dam cooler type heat exchange; allows air con to be run while yacht is ashore.
· A total of 4 air conditioning units. 2 x independently controlled units in the salon each of 16,000 BTU and one forward in the master stateroom and one aft. Both of these deliver 10,000 BTU
· Fan only and dehumidification modes in addition to heat and cool.
· Dual self-priming Primetime pumps on pump relays.
· Hot water heat with thermostatically controlled fan coils throughout the boat.
· Kabola hot water loop heats domestic water as well.
· Heat sources include the Kabola diesel boiler and engine waste heat exchanger.
· Manifold to bypass heating loop for summer operation.
· Awning system for salon windows (port and starboard); charcoal grey-wrap around mesh custom made for salon windows – reduces UV light by estimated 90%.
· Complete set of hatch covers and rain dodger for master stateroom hatch.
· Hi-Lo Delta-T engine room air exhaust fan in the engine room.
· Samsung 40” retractable LED TV (salon).
· Samsung 32” wall-mounted LED TV (master stateroom).
· Sonos wireless zone-controlled stereo system with speakers in salon, master stateroom and flybridge.
· Blu-Ray/DVD player.
· Interior lighting is recessed LED overhead on dimmers.
· Forward and aft deck flood lights and flybridge task lighting.
· Large forward facing 230VAC flood light on foremast.
· 24VDC fluorescent lights in engine room.
· LED light for swim step area.
· LED anchor lights.
Summary of Accommodation:
· 5 berths: 2 in master, 2 in guest and 1 in aft cabin.
· Fabric-upholstered headboard in master cabin.
· Custom HandCraft Mattress innerspring pillow-top mattresses in master and guest staterooms.
· Upgraded Hi-Macs countertops throughout.
· Upgraded ultra-suede type settee fabric throughout.
Description of layout from forwards:
BUFFALO NICKEL has a large forepeak forward which provides massive storage for all manner of equipment. Behind this is the owner’s stateroom with offset double berth and lots of cupboards and wardrobe. There is a basin incorporated into this cabinetry with a head and separated shower stall to starboard. Up steps to the Great Room with 350 degree vision, helm station, main saloon and incorporated galley with masses of refrigeration, working space. There is lots of space for cooking, eating, socializing and also for watch keeping when at sea. Beneath the great room is the cellar – a vast area which is available for the storage of spares and yacht equipment of all kinds. There is access from here to the aft deck with its barbeque, sink, working area and open deck. Stairs from the aft deck lead up onto the fly bridge (or matrix deck) where there is a second helm station, seating and a fold up table for dining. There is also an additional storage locker to starboard. Steps from the aft deck also lead down to a large swim platform with fresh water shower, two large storage lockers and easy access to floating docks and dinghies. From the Great Room there are steps down into the aft section of the yacht with a double guest cabin to port, and work station/office to starboard and access to the second head. Aft of these is a single berth cabin and then a door into the vast engine room which is designed for great access to all the machinery.
· Deck wash (salt and freshwater wash down spigots) in forepeak and BBQ locker on aft deck.
· Stainless deck stanchions with stainless lifeline system.
· Boarding gates port and starboard on aft deck and from swim platform.
· Aft deck propane BBQ with freshwater sink.
· Large storage lockers either side of swim platform.
· Large integrated swim platform aft with steps from aft deck.
· Stainless swim ladder.
· Aft deck freshwater shower (hot and cold with mixer valve).
· Lifelines on pelican clips for easy access to dinghy/docks.
Anchoring & Mooring Equipment:
· Maxwell VWC4000 24VDC windlass, with chain counters at both helms.
· Rocna 240 lb/110 kg anchor.
· Fortress FX125 and FX80 spare anchors.
· Fiorentino 21’ para-anchor.
· Hathaway Galerider drogue.
Covers, Canvas & Cushions:
· Covers for BBQ, dinghy console and flybridge helm/eating area. Side awnings.
Tender & Outboard:
· Circa custom-build aluminium 13’ tender with 40hp 2-stroke Yamaha outboard and Raymarine plotter/sounder package.
· Heavy integrated flotation/bumper around gunnels.
· Custom dinghy chock for tender.
· Launch and retrieve via booms and aft deck winch.
· 2 x Kayaks and paddles, with custom storage on pilothouse.
· Switlik 6 person SAR liferaft.
· Life Sling 2 overboard rescue system.
· Complete boat security system including deck pressure sensors and main door.
· Horseshoe throw collar with strobe and floating safety line on aft deck pushpit.
· 6 x Adult SOLAS Orange PFD’s.
· Fuel system, engine room air intake and automatic fire suppression system can all be remotely activated outside of engine room.
· CO detector.
· Engine room heat sensors, complete engine alarms along with other monitoring integrated to Maretron system.
· Fire extinguishers mounted throughout the boat in strategic locations.
· 2 x Fire blankets.