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Alyssa Haak's blog

Feadship Air

Feadship is comprised of the De Vries and Van Lent shipyard, and in some amazing serendipity, both high-profile yards launched yachts this past Saturday, March 26. Together, the yachts totaled 158.7 meters (520.6 feet).

Pack a Pic-a-nic Basket

But where's Yogi?

After a successful Miami boat show that saw the sale of a number of Sanlorenzos, the shipyard has been busy finishing and launching a few more yachts.

There was Lady Kathleen last month. And now March brings Bubu Forever. (And yes, it is pronounced like Yogi's little buddy.)

When It Rains, It Pours (in the pool)

The Netherlands-based Heesen launched another innovative yacht hot on the tails of Air and Satori. The 55-meter (180-foot) Quinta Essentia is the largest launch by the yard to date.

Heesen keeping busy

It seems every week I am getting another announcement of a Heesen launch or contract signed. It's great news.

This past week they launched the 50-meter (164-foot) Satori, which is the enlightenment that is the first step to Nirvana in the Zen Buddhist tradition. At just under 500 gross tons, she has a top speed of 24 knots (27.6 mph), which will make it easy to marina-hop.

Thinking about 2014 already?

Even if you aren't, the Russians are. (I know I am focused on making it past 2012.)

Megayachts in Pop Culture

The Super Bowl's crowd favorite commercial seems to be the VW Darth Vader commercial. An adorable commercial no doubt, but not the one that got me to sit up and go, "Did you see that?! That was A!" (What can I say? I like my job.)

At this point, I had been strangely quiet as I was at a Steelers-centric party as my good friend suggested it would be wise of me to keep my Packers cheering to a minimum.

A Bright Spot in Winter

 

It's hard to even remember what sunshine and warm water feels like when it looks like this outside your window:

Selling a Megayacht and Naming Names

This weekend, the New York Times published a story about the state of the megayacht industry. The gist of the story is that it is very hard to sell a megayacht these days, which isn't that surprising.

Cape May, New Jersey

Part of the joy of moving to a new area is that it opens up new places to discover.

I grew up in Wisconsin, so if you want a great burger in Door County, give me a shout. (But I'll give you a hint.) Now I have the entire Eastern Seaboard to explore. I've been fortunate to see the Eastern Shore of Virginia and the Lowcountry, but I haven't been to much of the area a bit closer to New York City.