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VictorEous Return

V is for Vic Edelbrock's excellent ride.

Vic Edelbrock's 66th birthday was, to say the least, memorable. He and his wife Nancy were out in Catalina Island, California, that day in August 2002, when she handed him a rolled-up sheet of paper swathed in a big red, white, and blue bow. When he unwrapped it, he discovered a computer-generated illustration of a yacht. It looked just like VictorE, the 89-foot Nordlund they'd owned since 1999, so he thought out loud, "Oh, that's nice, I'll frame it and hang it."

Nancy interrupted him: "No, Vic, take a closer look."

When he did, he discovered a G.A. (naval-architect-speak for "general arrangement," a.k.a. the accommodations plan for a new yacht) from Edwin Monk & Son with more room—and rooms. He looked at the profile again, and he realized that though it was remarkably similar to that of their beloved VictorE, it was actually about 20 feet larger.

He felt excitement starting to build. He then turned back to Nancy: "How are we going to pay for this?"

"I don't know, that's your problem," she replied, without missing a beat.

Joking aside, Nancy and the Edelbrocks' longtime captain had been working on the plans for a new yacht with Ed Monk, Jr. for about six months, unbeknownst to Vic. The Edelbrocks thoroughly enjoyed their 89-footer ("We loved the boat," Vic avows), cruising and fishing on a number of trips up and down the West Coast, but they had remarked on more than one occasion that it would be nice to have an extra stateroom for guests as well as another for crew. And it wouldn't hurt to have a few more feet of space in other rooms, either.

"If we don't do it now, we may never do it," Vic decided. And thus Victorious was born.

Because they had such fondness for the 89-footer, there's a lot of that yacht in the new one, and it goes beyond the similarity in the yachtfisherman styling, the Airex-cored hull, and the CoreCell superstructure. For example, there's an abundance of wood inside, and the layout is open, permitting rooms like the saloon and dining area to flow freely into one another (though the four-foot-wider beam does more for elbowroom than the lack of cosmetic bulkheads does).

Also just like VictorE, this 110-footer features the signature red, white, and black colors of Vic's company, Edelbrock Corporation, a leader in the aftermarket performance automotive and motorcycle world. You see it in the fabrics in the four guest staterooms (named for regions like Mexico and the Pacific Northwest) and the VIP suite (named Route 66, naturally). It's even reflected in the checkerboard sole in the galley and the red seats in the wheelhouse.

This article originally appeared in the September 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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