The FVF Fairweather is named after the Fairweather Glacier, located in Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve. The vessel was designed by Nigel Gee & Associates, a British naval architecture firm that has many years of high-speed ship design and build experience. It was constructed at Derecktor Shipyards of Bridgeport, Connecticut at a cost of $36 million; she began service in 2004. The FVF Fairweather is powered by four diesel engines and four water jets, making it along with its sister ship the FVF Chenega, the fastest vessels in the fleet. FVF Fairweather is 235 feet long and 60 feet wide, with a domestic gross tonnage of 1,280 and a service speed of 32 knots.