If "location, location, location" is the motto of the real estate business, then "purpose, purpose, purpose" is the marine industry counterpart-a mantra no one believes as strongly as Steve Dashew. We saw how Dashew applied function to form in the conception of his legendary Deerfoot and Sundeer sailing yachts. He's at it again, but this time he's designed a motoryacht that he affectionately calls the Unsailboat.
The official design brief for the Dashew 83 Offshore Motor Vessel sets some ambitious and even provocative goals: to be "as comfortable as our sailing designs for long ocean voyages" and "capable of making passages of 4,000 to 6,000 miles at an average speed of 12 knots;" to have the "ability to make fast passages to windward in reasonable comfort" and "to cope with heavy weather at least as well as the sailing yachts but at a reduction in the work required by the crew;" to be able to "prepare for long-term storage in half a day" and be removed "from storage within a similar time frame;" to meet the goal of "minimal maintenance, maximal reliability;" and to suit "operation by a crew of one or two."
Like his sailboats, the last one being Beowulf, the Dashew 83 is narrow for her LOA, has a shallow underbody, is relatively light in weight, and will be built of aluminum and left natural. Everything about this design contributes to the mental comfort of its crew, as Steve Dashew says, a philosophy which explains why Beowulf was named after the Norse hero who killed the demons who were terrorizing a neighboring clan by night. A crew that's psychologically comfortable-free of anxiety about the yacht's ability-more easily resists the fatigue and panic that often accompanies bad weather or a mechanical failure.
Comfort in a yacht derives first from the shape of its underbody, followed in close order by the distribution of weight and the arrangement of its living accommodations. The Dashew 83 is as slippery as an eel below the waterline. Her designer gave her a fine entry, which severs the waves as nicely as a Wusthof carving knife parts a slice of standing rib roast. The bottom gains buoyancy in stations three to five, allowing the yacht to ride over the remainder of the wave. Substantial bearing in the after stations keeps the stern from squatting, which reduces the pitching motion. To further manage pitching, Dashew has left the ends empty, placing the engines immediately abaft the last bulkhead and cutting off the accommodations forward at about station four. For this same reason, he's concentrated the bulk of the weight-fuel and water, battery banks, galley and stores for extended cruises-over the center of buoyancy. The arrangement plan keeps the crew no more than 10 feet from the center of pitch about 95 percent of their time aboard.