Given the Edelbrocks' passion for fishing, there's a custom vertical rod locker—really, a showpiece of glass and metal—forward to starboard in the saloon, only this one is 4'L x2'5"Wx7'H, a foot longer and six inches wider than the one on the previous yacht. (Three additional rod lockers—this time traditional ones—are located overhead on the California deck.) The galley and pantry are the same setups as VictorE had, just bigger due to the extra beam and LOA. But the Edelbrocks added an entire wall of freezers built into a separate compartment below decks, just aft of the master. This and the larger work areas make both the chef's job and keeping more stores for long cruising trips easier.
In fact, in late June Victorious was in Langura Island, British Columbia, planning to head to Alaska for a few weeks. This would amount to about a month's time of continuous cruising, the longest stretch that Vic had ever been away from his office and home on one of his yachts (though obviously not out of touch, given satellite voice and Internet communications, which are de rigeur on megayachts).
The Edelbrocks' choice for the builder, Nordlund Boat Company, is also indicative of their experience with their previous yacht. They were so pleased with the way VictorE, their first custom yacht (their previous boat was a 60-foot Hatteras), was built by the Washington State-based yard that Vic says they never considered anyone else for the new project. The reasoning then—Nordlund's reputation for building durable sportfishing machines as well as high-quality custom yachts—still applied. Though, there was something else: "Nordlund is like family," Vic explains.
A family indeed—brothers Paul and Gary Nordlund run the business, which was started by their parents and Walt Silva in 1958. Upon first meeting Paul and Gary, you'll certainly take note of their relaxed demeanor—as well as the dusty coveralls they wear over their street clothes, leaving no doubt they're out on the shop floor on a regular basis. In fact, they've been running around the Tacoma boatyard since they were tots and are as enthusiastic about their projects and have as much fun as their customers, many of whom are repeat clients like the Edelbrocks.
Vic says he and Nancy definitely "had a lot of fun," visiting the yard "at least once a month" during the entire build process. ("We got to be very good friends with the Sheraton," he jokes.) And the fun has continued since they took delivery in April, with trips through Washington's San Juan Islands, a few weeks in Vancouver, Canada, and other parts of British Columbia.
Judging by how long the Edelbrocks took to step up to their 110-footer—four years between delivery of VictorE and the commissioning of Victorious, unusual in the megayacht world—it's safe to assume they'll hold onto this one for many years to come. They might not even commission a new yacht to replace her, considering Vic's comment that if they didn't do it now, they probably never would.
Then again: Vic, be suspicious if your next birthday present is wrapped up in a big bow.
Nordlund Boat Company
This article originally appeared in the September 2006 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.