For the Love of the Game
Trinity Yachts’ Janie— By Diane M. Byrne
— February 2005
For the Love of the Game
Janie’s owner didn’t just need a replacement yacht, he needed something to take him to UT’s football games.
Do you like them?” the owner inquires. We’re standing in the pilothouse aboard the 157-foot Janie, and he’s pointing to the impressive array of large monitors to my right, all capable of split-screen displays, data overlays, and the like. There’s more-than-noticeable pride in his voice when he asks the question, but the pronouncement he makes next belies the innocuousness of his inquiry: “Saturday they’ll all have SEC football!”
He wasn’t kidding. This owner is serious about college football. Before he signed with Trinity Yachts, he wanted—no, had—to know if the yacht could make it up the Tennessee River. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Southeastern Conference football, one of the best places to watch it is the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, which is conveniently located on the shores of the Tennessee River.
Neyland isn’t just any stadium, and the orange-clad Volunteers aren’t just any players. The 104,000-seater is home to the two-time SEC title holders, who are also consistently among the top-ranked teams in the SEC Eastern division and have numerous bowl appearances and victories under their belts. Equally important, Neyland is home to some of the loudest, most passionate sports fans this side of Yankee Stadium, many of whom arrive by boat and therefore give new meaning to the term tailgating (see “Orange Crush,” this story).
While it’s hard to imagine Janie’s owner tossing a line to a member of that flotilla so he can raft up alongside her, entertaining onboard this season became a poignant priority due to a fire aboard his previous yacht. In April Janie II, a 136-footer, sank after a faulty light switch in a stateroom sparked a fire while she was docked in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Thankfully, no one was injured.) The owner would presently be without a boat if it hadn’t been for the actions of another one of Trinity’s customers. You see, the new Janie that had been commissioned wasn’t set to launch until late 2005, so the yacht now in his hands is actually a similar-size Trinity that was about ten weeks away from delivery. When the yachtsman who commissioned this similar-size yacht learned of the fire aboard the 136-footer, he offered to trade build slots with Janie’s owner. Except for a few minor decor items like curtains and a blue hull, the two 157-footers coincidentally featured the same space planning and similar color palettes.
And, even better, this UT fan has plenty of areas to choose from to watch the big game. (In another coincidence, the owner who offered to trade build slots is also an avid sports fan, though NASCAR is his preference.) Say it’s a beautiful Indian summer day. What better place to watch UT’s Vols battle the Florida Gators than the flying-bridge bar? Located to starboard, it has a big plasma TV mounted on a swing-out arm. While this gives those on the barstools good play-by-play viewing, friends and family sitting opposite at the alfresco dining area or reclining on one of the chaise lounges forward (no doubt clad in orange swimsuits) can follow the action as well.
On cooler days or even in inclement weather, Janie offers comfortable viewing options inside. Plentiful saloon seating, thanks to settees, chairs, and a game table, puts folks in full view of the 42-inch plasma TV that rises at the touch of a button. Should someone harbor a preference for Vanderbilt’s Commodores, he or she can retire to any of the four guest staterooms below decks, each naturally equipped with its own entertainment system. No need to worry about being discovered, though—Trinity, which launched its first yacht in 1990, employs sound-absorbing materials in partitions between guest areas as well as floating floors between decks.
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This article originally appeared in the February 2005 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.