Boating, so the theory goes, is good for kids. It brings families together, it builds quality time, it creates memories. All great concepts. But, from my experience, be careful what you wish for.
Many years ago I brought three of my four children along for a long-planned, much-anticipated vacation on my new boat, a Grand Banks 36. I’d just been divorced, and I thought the boat would be the platform for us all to be together again. I had dreams of blue skies, lots of laughter, warmth, and family bonding. We would all start a new portion of our lives together, afloat. The possibilities were endless.
What would you do if a single-engine plane looked like it had lost control and was heading straight for your cruiser? Take evasive action? Jump overboard? Several boaters did both near South Padre Island, Texas—after which the pilot pulled up at the last minute and flew away.
Rodolfo Gonzalez-Gonzalez, a 20-year-old novice pilot, was arrested in September for allegedly buzzing three boats in southern Texas. Police say the Mexico City man flew his small plane very low near Port Mansfield, as if he were going to crash into the boats, and then pulled up before hitting them.
Italian megayacht-builder Benetti has had a busy fortnight with the launch of two megayachts.
Some of you may have heard a recent rumor floating around the industry that long-time Jersey boatbuilder Ocean Yachts was closing for business—which is simply not true. I had caught wind of the rumor and went straight to the source, John Leek IV, the company's general manager, to see what was up. Here is what J4 had to say via e-mail:
When cruising from Fort Lauderdale to the PMY Rendezvous in Bimini, our Vicem 72 went right past the 160-foot Major Wager.
In the February 2011 issue, we introduced you to Benetti Sail Division and its new partnership with sailboat designer Luca Brenta.
Together, they developed the Logica line of motoryachts, which drew from Brenta's sailboat-influenced background.
It finally happened you guys. I had a dream to fly, and I made it come true. Jetlev was kind enough to get me a test flight on their R200 Jet Pack, and ... It. Was. Suh-weet.
I don't want to give away too much because PMY Tries in our January issue will have all the details, but keep your eyes peeled for a video of my flight coming soon to our Web site.
Since I've started here at PMY, there's been an interesting little shift in the forwarded emails I receive and conversations I have with friends and family.
It's slowly starting to shift to all about boats.
There are the spottings, when friends, family, and coworkers send me pictures of boats either to share or to identify it and demand more information.
For example, I received this picture with the simple request to identify it: