All in the Family
Part 3: About six months later, Corisande VII set off as good as new. Better put, she was as good as old.
By Kim Kavin — August 2004
Meanwhile, Drummond and New York City-based interior designer David Kleinberg saw to every detail in the interior. “We didn’t want it to be about the fabrics and the pattern and the color,” Kleinberg recalls, “but more about the quality of the craftsmanship of the boat.”
They ripped out the galley’s parquet floors and installed teak and mahogany. (“Sometimes when you get a lot of teak and holly, it’s like too much chocolate,” Drummond says.) They added a collapsible mahogany mast on the flying bridge. They removed the boat’s heavily tinted windows. They added faux wainscoting with mahogany accents in the pilothouse, where the formerly Formica helm is now inlaid teak. For silver accents and vases, they used old family sailing and tennis trophies.
Drummond did allow himself a Sharp flat-panel TV in the saloon, but he’s thinking about covering it with tambour doors. “It’s just too new-looking,” he laments.
Drummond says his favorite touches are in the master cabin aft, including varnished mahogany headboards on the twin berths (“I sort of copied this from a Trumpy,” he admits) and a unique light fixture. “The decorator kept sending those mirrored rectangular lights you usually have in a bathroom or a bedroom, but we made this box that covers the interior of the light, a three-sided box with the light coming underneath. That was my idea, and it’s one of the things that goes back to building it as if Mr. Huckins and I had collaborated on the boat.”
About six months later, Corisande VII set off as good as new. Better put, she was as good as old.
She got lots of smiles while doing The Great Loop last summer—and one snarl from a boater in Alabama who called her “pretentious.” That guy probably wouldn’t appreciate the original owner’s manual Drummond still keeps in the pilothouse, or the feeling of satisfaction he has no matter where Corisande VII ties up for the night.
“All the other boats around us, they look like large pieces of plastic to me. They look like boats you should iron something with,” Drummond says with a smile. “And mine may be the least expensive boat on the dock.”
Huckins Yacht Phone: (904) 389-1125. www.huckinsyacht.com.
This article originally appeared in the July 2004 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.