A few years ago, Capt. Bill Pike and I joined Bentley Collins, vice president of marketing and sales for Sabre Yachts and Back Cove Yachts, on a delivery run with a Sabre 48 Salon Express from Portland, Maine, to the Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors show in Rockland. I’ve since told everyone who’ll listen how I never feared the boat couldn’t handle the unseasonably raw conditions we saw on that brisk August day (big, gray swells topped with a bit of confused chop), but rather I was more concerned with how I would hold up.
So let’s go totally retro for a sec. Let’s say it’s 1988 and I’m just making what I remember as a fairly ragged transition from commercial seafaring to the recreational realm, or to be more technically accurate, to the realm of marine magazines.
Written by Ben Ellison on May 6, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Back in the day I could work 20 hours straight, get four hours of sleep, and maintain an okay level of performance. That has all started to change over the last couple of years. Today, I don’t do sleep deprivation well.
So with that said, let me tell you about a rather interesting assignment I got recently. It started with a call from my broker friend Steve Fithian of HMY who needed me to deliver a 42-foot Grand Banks motoryacht from Ft. Myers to Ft. Lauderdale. This delivery was to be an educational run with owners Becky and Gerry, not time sensitive.
For the cruiser who has always wanted to ply the waters of a far-flung locale but doesn’t have the time or the means to get a boat across an ocean on its own bottom, there is an exciting new partnership you might want to look into. DYT Yacht Transport (formerly known to most boaters as Dockwise) has recently partnered with Sevenstar Yacht Transport to provide transport for vessels all around the world.
Written by Bill Bishop on May 4, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Written by Ben Ellison on May 2, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
Early in April, Grand Banks Yachts Ltd. Announced that the company would make their first acquisition with the purchase of Australian boatbuilder Palm Beach Motor Yacht Co. for a total of $10 million Australia (about $9.4 million U.S. dollars. Once the purchase is complete, Mark Richards, founder and CEO of Palm Beach Yachts, and internationally renowned yachtsman, will be appointed CEO of the new enlarged group.
I recently got onboard the new Weaver 80 off of Palm Beach. She’s a really cool, fully custom boat that we’ll do a full review on in a future issue of Power & Motoryacht, but for now I want to share an image with you I got from a Seakeeper rep who was also onboard running some tests. The boat has two Seakeeper gyro stabilizers in her engine room—and to be blunt, they work.
Written by Ben Ellison on Apr 29, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub