de Marichalar of Spain can lay claim to being the first--and
only--person to cross the Atlantic on a PWC. The 41-year-old
made the trip in 120 days, stopping in 15 ports and spending a total
of 54 days at sea aboard a Bombardier Sea Doo XP. He was accompanied
by a large sailing catamaran on which he slept every night but which
was often out of sight during the day, as his 130-hp craft was able
to move along at 20 to 30 mph, conditions permitting. Each day the
Count averaged about 12 hours, covering some 150 miles while standing
up most of the time. His trip originated in Rome on February 23 and
ended in Miami Beach, Florida, on June 22. He plans a Miami-to-New
York run as soon as a foot injury heals.
Boats that bring efficiency over a range of speeds are appealing to today’s coastal cruiser. Those with style and a bit of panache are sure to have their own admirers. The Absolute 52 Navetta will certainly fall into both categories.
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