A few weekends ago, I was elbow deep in Betty Jane's annual oil-change (a day-long extravaganza that usually entails, besides the oil deal, a total swap-out of coolant and filters) when I heard something strange and seemingly far off.
A bagpipe? Playing The Marine's Hymn?
On the wall of my office, right above my desk where I have to look at it every day, hangs a large black-and-white photograph of a ship. It lends a nautical ambience to what would otherwise be a cold and sterile space. But this isn’t a photo of just any ship. It’s of the RMS Titanic, as she’s leaving Southampton, England, on her maiden voyage, almost exactly 100 years ago.
The picture has been with me for a long time and adorned many offices because it has been a constant reminder of two rules that have been important to me, not only in magazine publishing but in life: Expect the unexpected, and you’re never as smart as you think you are.
Fairline Names New CEO
Fairline Boats has appointed Alistair Schofield as chief executive officer. The marine-industry veteran has worked extensively in business development and technical operations. “We are delighted to bring a CEO of Alistair’s caliber to the business and are confident that with his exceptional experience he will take Fairline through its next stage of development,” said Nick Sanders, chairman of Fairline.
Marquis Yachts Partners with Chinese Company
Marquis Yachts, LLC, announced that it has formed a joint venture with Poly Technology Company of China for the sales and distribution rights for Marquis Yachts throughout China. The joint venture, called the Poly Marquis Yacht Company Ltd., will open a sales and service center at Serenity Marina and Yacht Club in Sanya, China, where it will maintain an inventory of Marquis Yachts. Irwin Jacobs, chairman of Marquis parent company J&D Acquisitions, LLC said, “It is anticipated that over the next few years, China’s recreational yachting and boating market is emerging to become one of the largest recreational yachting markets in the world.” State-owned Poly Technology also holds distribution rights to luxury brands such as Mercedes Benz and Ferrari.
Ghosts of Red Hook
On a snowy Sunday afternoon in late January I found myself perusing the New York Times obituaries in a desperate attempt to avoid shoveling my driveway.
I normally have no interest in news of the recently departed but one entry caught my eye: “Pilar Montero, 90, Bar Owner and Link to a Seafaring Past.” And with good reason, for three decades earlier I had met Mrs. Montero when I visited Montero’s Bar and Grill, which is in the Red Hook section of Brooklyn and has been since 1945.
Would you like to own several thousand pieces of the most famous shipwreck in history? Then you better take out a new line of credit.
More than 5,500 items salvaged from the wreck of the RMS Titanic are headed for the auction block. On April 11, exactly one century after the ill-fated ship embarked on its first and last voyage, Guernsey’s Auction House in New York will begin taking bids on an incredible collection of relics discovered and hauled up from the ocean floor.
The fish are out there. Or more accurately, down there, out of sight. And while sometimes it’s just nice to get out and chase them around, striving to improve your chances of hooking up makes your time, fuel, and gear investments look a little more worthwhile. That’s where Mitch Roffer, PhD, comes in. Roffer founded Roffer’s Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service (ROFFS) to help take a chunk of guesswork out of anglers’ offshore fishing experience. And if you’ve got sea-surface temperature charts on your MFD, or are thinking about getting them, you need to know what Roffer has to say.
Tuning in to tune out
No question boating deserves its own soundtrack, its own voice, its own listening experience. Many of us want audio that’s distinctive when we’re on the water even more than we do when we’re on shore. Whether it’s Jimmy Buffett or nautical talk radio, boating goes best with its own soundtrack.
Our writer’s television debut makes a big splash—literally.
A while ago I flew to the Côte d’Azur to test a new motoryacht—a big, fast machine with surface drives. It was very much a bateau du jour , and several of my regular magazine clients were interested. One of these was a glossy Italian publication run by charming people who paid quickly and didn’t even ask me to write in Italian. Trouble was, they also had a cable- TV channel, and their staff writers were expected to be presenters as well, ad-libbing their insights during boat tests while the camera rolled. They had frequently asked me if I would do this too, and I had tried to explain, in my clearest English, that with no experience in front of the camera I really wasn’t qualified for the task. Besides, I’ve watched camera crews: Everything takes hours. Thanks, but I’d stick with my notebook and pen.
There’s something to be said for grilling or eating fresh food aboard. But sometimes, thanks to a late arrival to an anchorage due to challenging conditions, or better yet, too-good-to-leave-on-time conditions at your last stop, it’s good to have an easy backup plan for a great meal—you know you can do better than hot dogs or a can of Dinty Moore. What better dish to have on hand than a frozen pot pie?