Nectar of the Gods — By Diane M. Byrne — January 2001
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Compliance with some of the other rules represented firsts for Crescent. MCA requires the use of a self-closing, pneumatic engine room door. It also requires the door to have an air reserve that, in the case of a power failure, permits it to be opened five times; a manual lever above the door lets the crew enter and exit the engine room after the reserve is used up. MCA also requires that the emergency genset be located somewhere other than the engine room, since if a catastrophe occurred there, the unit wouldn't be accessible. On Nectar of the Gods, Crescent placed the genset and its 18-hour fuel supply aft of the sky lounge. The hydraulics, emergency lighting, and even the 4,000-pound-capacity Marquipt davit on the boat deck can be run off it.
Other MCA requirements involved creative interior space planning, drawn up by Bill Scales Design and executed by Crescent. The rules required Nectar of the Gods to have two means of egress from all interior spaces in case of an emergency. Some are escape hatches placed unobtrusively in closets, but there's one visible doorway below deck, between the double-berthed stateroom forward on the starboard side and the VIP stateroom adjoining it aft. It was originally intended to allow Garrido's 16-year-old daughter Mariangel and her friends to travel quickly and privately between their staterooms. Because the door is watertight, MCA permitted it to serve as a second means of egress.
Besides being enriched with the utmost in safety features, Nectar of the Gods is also graced with beautiful exterior and interior amenities intended to appeal to both family and charterers. A major focal point on deck is the custom-designed, nicely raked, aluminum radar arch. It incorporates a blue-stone-topped bar and stainless steel gas barbecue. The rest of the flying bridge has abundant seating and sunning space, and its aft portion partially overhangs the boat deck. When the yacht's 20-knot speeds (thanks to twin 1,800-hp DDC-MTUs) aren't enough, guests can take a spin on either of her two three-person PWCs; they're stowed alongside two Nautica tenders on the boat deck. For more relaxed fresh-air pursuits, guests can stroll down to the main deck's cockpit or California deck, the latter of which has benchseating and a table.
Inside Nectar of the Gods, Eastern white maple with Australian lacewood details combine with the 25-foot beam to make every room feel comfortable. Wise space planning adds to the airiness, most evident in the two-level, main-deck master stateroom. The king-size bed, a long settee, a desk, and a sink room occupy the first level. Curving stairs flank the entertainment system forward and lead down to the head--or, more appropriate, the spa, given the 11 shower heads contained in the curved, etched-glass panels and the separate curved compartments for the bidet and toilet.
The rest of the onboard atmosphere is such that the Garrido family and charterers alike can delight in casual gatherings as easily as they can formal affairs. There's both a country kitchen (with the table and benchseat raised slightly on a platform) and a formal dining area, but the latter also handily accommodates no-fuss meals when the screen closing it off from the dining room is open.
Every yacht has a pièce de resistance, and the one onboard Nectar of the Gods is a stained glass piece depicting a coffee plant. Garrido commissioned it for the yacht; he had rescued his family's third-generation coffee business from near bankruptcy in 1983 and sold it to a Japanese firm a few years ago. Crowning one of the circular stairs that runs through the yacht's three decks, the artwork is comprised of several panels that each have at least 200 pieces of glass; all told, there are 1,500 to 1,800 pieces.
As for Garrido's grand plan to introduce charterers to all that Puerto Rico has to offer, he set the wheels in motion well before he took delivery of his yacht last September. At a surprise party he threw in San Juan in May--he'd kept Nectar of the Gods a secret from everyone except for his immediate family--hundreds of relatives, friends, and business associates mingled with members of the media and representatives from the top charter and yacht-sales firms in the business. The buzz has been spreading since.
That's not to imply that Nectar of the Gods has been tied to the dock since delivery. The Garridos took a shakedown cruise through the Pacific Northwest in early fall, and the yacht transited the Panama Canal in November so the family could enjoy their home waters prior to her departure for the Nicholson Charter Show in Antigua in December. Garrido and his wife Beby have even been investigating tutors for their children when they cruise Europe next year.
And speaking of the children, Garrido's seven-year-old son José Manuel has been having so much fun onboard that he adamantly forbade his father from selling the yacht; in fact, he wants to move aboard immediately.
Although it would be easy to dismiss young José's ardent declaration as purely emotional, something tells us his imagination is fueling the fire, too. And if Edmund Burke's centuries-old declaration about passion is true, it looks like papa Tillo will be in good cruising company for years to come.
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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.