Written by Ben Ellison on May 16, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
We’re just one month away from one of my favorite days of the year, The Brett T. Bailey Mako Rodeo out of Hoffman’s Marina in Brielle, New Jersey. The event, which is held in memory of Brett Bailey, who was 28 when he died at the World Trade Center on 9/11, raises money for the families of New Jersey National Guard members, among other charities.
Written by Ben Ellison on May 13, 2014 for Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
We spoke to three brokers each of whom had a Riviera 48 Convertible listed for sale. Here’s what they had to say about fishing, and not fishing, and what it means on this boat.
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.