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.
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.
To showcase its Prestige line of motoryachts and express cruisers, French boatbuilder Jeanneau welcomes select guests to its impressive factory in Les Herbiers in western France. Prospective boat buyers, dealers, and a few lucky journalists got a glimpse of the entire boatbuilding process from the design and engineering studios to the yard where the boats are loaded for truck delivery. Oh and there was a really nice lunch with a little champagne as well!
To see the company’s savoir faire for yourself, check out the details here. ▶