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The Perfect Ending

Last September saw a good boat show in Newport, Rhode Island—warm sunny days and cool evenings: pretty much a perfect New England fall weekend. It had been especially nice for me, as I’d moved out of this haven on the Atlantic a few months earlier—it was nice to be back. As Sunday afternoon approached, a group of Power & Motoryacht staff decided to take a little harbor cruise on the Cruisers 41 we had on loan from the manufacturer. So with the show winding down, we headed to her berth at the Newport Shipyard, threw off the lines and snaked our way off the chock-a-block docks, past the eager-to-be-finished launch drivers, and out into the harbor.

Editor-in-chief George Sass, kitchen maven Nikki Vasquez, industry vet Jock West and Group Publisher Gary De Sanctis take in the sights in Newport’s Brenton Cove.
(Right to left) Editor-in-chief George Sass, kitchen maven Nikki Vasquez, industry vet Jock West and Group Publisher Gary De Sanctis take in the sights in Newport’s Brenton Cove.

We were joined by my old friend and champion of all things kitchen Nikki Vasquez, who set up shop in the galley and laid out a bevy of delicious snacks as Power & Motoryacht Publisher Arnie Hammerman, Editor-in-Chief George Sass, AIM Marine  Group Publisher Gary De Sanctis, Soundings Associate Publisher Sean O’Leary, and a few more marine-industry hooligans set up shop on the cockpit settees, and kicked back to enjoy a beautiful afternoon on the water. The Cruisers’ pod-propulsion provided great control over the vessel as we nudged her nose into various coves and sneaked up close to particularly beautiful boats in the mooring field.

I’ve cruised around Newport Harbor countless times, in big boats, small boats, sail boats, rowboats, and once on a paddle board, and it really never gets old. But that didn’t take anything away from this particular afternoon. The shining sun, cold drinks, good conversation, and gorgeous boats galore made for a delightful afternoon on the Cruisers 41. For the Newport boat show, it really was the perfect ending.