Viking 82 – Untethered

SOLD!

2016 Viking Enclosed Skylounge – Untethered

$6,850,000

Untethered, this custom 2016 Viking Convertible with Enclosed Bridge, sits at the very top of sportfish design’s exciting evolution over the last twenty years – A direct path towards bigger and faster yachts, with uncompromising focus on both fishing ergonomics and megayacht refinement.

Viking Yachts was challenged by her owner, an experience yachtsman,  to spare no expense in creating a yacht that serves as both an ultimate battlewagon and a supremely elegant family yacht. Viking’s long-famous motto, “Build a better boat, every day” found complete expression in this stunning yacht:

 

Viking’s promise of “A better boat” sprung to life with her innovative layout. Her owner asked that the elements that make for an uncompromising fishing machine – Open, expansive areas for all critical functions – be similarly applied to Untethered’s interior.  As a result, her salon is open and airy:

 

As is her galley:

 

In a substantial improvement over most sportfish designs, down below the  long tight corridor to the bow (prone to a claustrophobic feel when cabin doors to port and starboard are closed) has been been opened up in an expansive way. Here, a huge and airy master cabin forward (with a king size walk­-around bed and his-and-her private ensuite heads):

 

Then, two matching and neatly contiguous guest cabins, just aft:

 

The result is a spacious yet intimate living area, perfect for a family that puts a premium on enjoying their quality time together at sea.

Her carefully sourced interior appointments are of a type rarely seen in sportfish. The owner chose a visual platform of high-gloss cherry, for its warmth in both bright and dim light. Even her sole is a rarely seen mix of cherry and holly, and her cabinet interiors are paneled in quarter sawn cherry as well. And, in the tradition of Newport and Southhampton “cottages,” the unique grain of each section of fine woodwork was carefully matched over multiple panels. This custom approach provides sweeping uninterrupted surfaces to one’s  eye.

This same attention to detail and esthetics applies throughout Untethered, even to her enclosed fly bridge, featuring (for comfort and safety) the only wholly flat floor Viking has ever built:

 

And of course, towering above it all is the functionally perfect flybridge, for both fishing and entertaining efficiencies:

For comfort and safety at sea, Untethered also offers:

  • A state of the art Atlantic Marine Electronics package;
  • A Model 26000 Seakeeper Gyro Stabilizer;
  • Humphree Interceptor tabs;
  • ZF JMS System with Skyhook;
  • Hydraulic thrusters and outriggers; and,
  • Viking’s patented Viper Steering System

If you’d like to get Untethered’s complete information packet, or would like to hear her build story in full, just launch a flare!

 

*** No way! ***

I. Words fail me….

 

If a picture is worth a thousand words, this video must be …. priceless!

 

My new Yachtworld listing for this Vicem 72 Flybridge generated more first week inquiries than any I’ve ever posted. And that’s before I added this stunning video! I reasonably expect she’ll soon become the subject of one of my “You-snooze-you-lose-agrams.”  If you are seriously in the market, I urge you to schedule a viewing as soon as you can.

The full listing can now be found under the “Brokerage Yachts”  tab at the very top of The Fog Warning, and on Yachtworld at:

http://www.yachtworld.com/boats/2008/Vicem-72-Flybridge-3150376/Miami/FL/United-States#.WhzZ87bMydE

Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

 

II. No way!

That’s what most production builders say to clients who ask for a custom build. And that’s the family-friendly response. On the factory floor they’ll insert a few choice words in between the “no” and the “way.” Then they’ll direct their client toward custom builders who quote these kind of projects every day.

You have to respect that kind of discipline.  After all, it isn’t every day business people turn down multi-million dollar contracts. But IMHO it’s the right call. The reasons why are wrapped in and around my favorite joke:

How do you make a small fortune in the boat biz?

Start with a large one!

That gets a laugh every time I tell it. But as Shakespeare so aptly wrote, few things are said in jest!

Successful builders succeed by understanding and managing risk. The best production builders excel by spreading that risk over many units. It’s not a foolproof model,  but it’s a well tested one.

But custom work? I will defer to the Wizard on that one:

If you’re a production builder, the added risks of custom projects make it difficult to charge enough to make it all worthwhile.  The reasons are many, but I’ll list just a few:

  • It is very hard to estimate costs, profitably. If you haven’t done it before, educated guesses about the labor involved often come up way short. For specific options, I’ve seen 100 labor-hour estimates exceed  500 hours when all is said and done.  And yes, it’s the builder that eats most of those cost overruns (with great indigestion).
  • Most custom builds require outside designers, architects, and interior designers. Building a yacht requires clear and efficient communication paths, and a shared vernacular. Bringing in outsiders can disrupt that process, in very costly ways.
  • Depending on outsiders makes builders subject to calendars they can’t control. Watching your exquisitely planned Gantt chart stall out because of people outside your organization is a painful and expensive exercise for a builder. Who pays for it? See indigestion, above.
  • Performance spec’s, everything from final displacement to max speed (two sides of the same coin, always) are hard to predict in a big custom build. Getting it right can add months and hundreds of thousands of dollars to a build.

But every now and again a production builder takes a big breath and accepts the challenge. The reasons?

  • It’s great way to get some quality R&D on someone else’s dime.
  • Knowledge gained during the build almost always translates well to their core production.
  • Remarkable custom builds have a way of becoming production builds for others further down the road.
  • Breaking the mold (a bad boat biz pun there) challenges the build staff to seriously up their game. This usually pays significant dividends on subsequent builds.
  • Magazine covers, magazine covers, magazine covers….

Which is my long and rambling way to get us today to this complete marvel of custom work:


Untethered
, this 2016 custom Viking 82 Enclosed Flybridge Skybridge Model, is as fine a yacht as I have ever seen. Viking accepted the challenge of building a highly customized yacht, with layouts and materials they’ve never used before. I’m very glad they did.

She was commissioned by a friend of mine, and her specs and design considerations are so unique that I am going to spend the next few months of blog-time highlighting features that I think that you, my loyal readers, will find useful and interesting in your own nautical adventures. Her story is fascinating from beginning to end, so buckle your seatbelts and enjoy the ride!

Additional pictures and specs can be found at the ‘Brokerage Yachts” tab at the very top of  The Fog Warning. And if you are impatient, or in the market for a true marvel (understandably so) just give me a call and I’ll tell you some of her stories. You can thank me later.  

I leave for Fort Lauderdale tomorrow to spend some quality time aboard both of these fine yachts. If you are in the area, launch a flare.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Big Wave Dave 

 

PS: On the subject of “then they’ll direct their client toward custom builders who quote these kind of projects every day,” that would be our crew here at Reliant Yachts. For example, this wonderful yacht came in on-time, on-spec, on-budget, and 30% less than the competition. Just saying…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*** Welcome Aboard! ***

 

Welcome to The Fog Warning, where we try to answer the two great and eternal questions about yachts:

What makes a yacht great, and why? 

Who makes a great yacht, and how?

 My name is Dave Mallach, and I wrestle with these questions for you here on The Fog Warning Blog, and on her sister publication, The Fog Warning Digital Magazine:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Both publications spring from my twenty years’ involvement with the design, construction and sale of fine yachts. Much of what I’ve learned comes from my experiences with classic downeast designs, like those built by Reliant, Hinckley, and Vicem Yachts. But I cover the waterfront, so to speak, for quality yachts of any style, from sportfish to mega-yachts.

Please feel free to explore at will, and hit the “Subscribe” tab to keep up with the ongoing discussion. A good time will be had by all.

Meanwhile, if I can help find you a fine yacht that meets your dreams and schemes – Whether custom, production, or brokerage – just launch a flare!

Thanks, and enjoy.

Big Wave Dave

Dave@Thefogwarning.com

(516) 816-1703

Dave Mallach in Sag Harbor NY at his showroom

Reliant Commuter 40 – “Reliant”

2016 Reliant

Newport, RI
$595,000

Reliant, a Commuter 40presents a rare opportunity to own a fine downeast-style yacht this season, without delay. She is now seriously for sale, as the owner wishes to move up.

Reliant Yachts is a premium builder of classic yachts, merging classic American yachting sensibilities with the unparalleled craftsmanship found in Istanbul. This Commuter 40 is a fine example of their work.

LOA 40 feet
Beam 11 feet 2 inches
Draft 3 feet 3 inches
Weight 16,800 pounds
Engines Yanmar 320’s
Hours 150
Cruise Speed 24 knots
Max Speed 30 knots
Fuel Tanks 290
Water Tanks 80
Holding Tanks 40

 

Electronics
GPS – Raymarine
Cockpit speakers
Plotter – Raymarine
Radar – Raymarine
Autopilot – Raymarine
Compass
Log-speedometer
Navigation center
Radio
Depthsounder
CD player
VHF

Inside Equipment
Microwave oven
Oven
Refrigerator
Electric bilge pump
Manual bilge pump
Marine head
Hot water
Battery charger – 80 amp
Bow thruster – Sidepower

Electrical Equipment
Generator – Onan 5 kw
Inverter – 1.5 kw
Shore power inlet

Outside Equipment/Extras
Teak cockpit
Teak sidedecks
Swimming ladder
Cockpit shower
Cockpit cushions

Covers
Cockpit cover – Eisenglass cover

Hull Construction
Hull – The modified deep-V hull has been designed to cut through heavy seas with confidence and comfort. Beyond their superior handling characteristics, Reliant hulls are designed with substantial chines to provide enhanced stability in a seaway. When cruising the hull trim is noticeably more level than other performance boats where vision over the bow is impaired at speed.
Construction – Fiberglass laminate with cored structural frames, bi-directionally laminated to produce exceptionally strong structure. Lateral and transverse beam stringer system to distribute loads and proved torsional and for and aft rigidity.

Hull Interior – Accessible bilge spaces coated with white epoxy pain to provide smooth easily cleaned surfaces

Bottom – painted with two coats of International bottom paint, Ablative Copolymer Technology anti-fouling paint.

Boot Top – Single stripe, Awlgrip paint system used.

Name & Hailport – done in Burled Gold

Hull Exterior – Blue – using Awlgrip paint system

Cove Stripe – Gold using Awlgrip paint system.

Deck

Helm station with two forward and two side clear fixed windows.
Includes double windshield wipers with fresh water spray controls.
Toe rail – Custom jointed varnished mahogany cap and rub rail with SS nosing.
Ports – Four side opening ports, with screens, recessed into cabin sides.
Deck Hatches – One large Lewmar overhead hatch and two medium Lewmar deck hatches. Aft are wrap around open windows inset for eisenglass.
Quarter and Midships chocks – Integral chocks set into toe rail, two port, two stbd.
Mooring Cleats – Stainless steel: two 10” forward cleats, two 8” springline cleats and two 8” aft cleats.
Brow Molding – Varnished teak brow moldings along cabin house sides.
Scuppers – Four stainless scuppers in aft cockpit sole.
Flag Pole Socket – High gloss varvished mahogany ag pole at stern and SS welded in socket on bow pulpit.
Bow Rail – Fabricated from 1” diameter heavy wall stainless steel tubing.
Deck Anchor – Reliant Anchor Deployment System TM – Hinged anchor arm recessed in deck compartment for deployment.
Deck Joinerwork and Trim – Varnished mahogany with smooth high gloss nish.
Deck, Cockpit – Laid teak sole in cockpit and bridge deck at no additional charge.
Windlass – Lofrans, 1000W, 12V stainless windlass with controls at helm station and at bow.
Swim platform – Large teak surfaced platform with S.S. frame. Dinghy cleats and boarding grabrail. Removable S.S. Swim ladder mounted at swim platform.
Superstructure – Laminated marine plywood with berglass and epoxy exterior.
Deck and Superstructure – Exterior painted white using Awlgrip paint system.

Accommodations
Bridge Deck – Forward starboard steering station with custom helm seat and with custom steering console. Aft port and starboard are large upholstered settees. Entertainment center and electrical panel to port.
Galley – Located to port below. Fully applianced with 2 burner stove, microwave, refrigerator and doublesink.
Aft cockpit – Standard teak sole. Cockpit with Sunbrella covers. Storage provided under seating. Large deck hatch with pneumatic lift assist pistons.
Head – Separate head and stall shower compartments. Head provides vanity, cabinet and linen storage. Framed mirror, bath towel racks, hand towel rings, glass and soap holders. Large shower compartment with shower sump.
Forward Master Stateroom – Large center line double berth with filler cushion and drawers with deep double drawers under. Hanging locker and built in cabinets to port and starboard.

Mechanical
Engines – Twin Yanmar 320 hp engines.
Engine Panel – All electric including gauges for RPM, oil pressure, voltage, temperature and audible alarm for over temperature and low oil pressure, fuel.
Fuel Fill – High speed fill
Shafts – 316 Stainless Steel 2″ shafts
Propellers – Two bronze 4 blade props
Stuffing Box – Dripless shaft stuffing box
Fuel Tank – Stainless steel fuel tanks with baffle plates and inspection ports
Fuel filters – Two Racor 75/900 max fuel filters with selection valving
Engine Room Insulation – 4″ mylar foam laminated with lead insulation
Fire Extinguishing System – Automatic type installed in engine space
Trim Tabs – 36’9″ dual cylinder trim tabs with helm indicators
Generator – Onan 5kw with sound shield
Engine Ventilation – Engine room ventilation fans. Delta-T mist eliminators at house sides with matching paint color

Electrical
DC Switchboard – DC voltmeter, DC ammeter, with DC circuit breaker positions, 12 volt DC electrical system
AC Switchboard – With ship/shore power selector, main breaker for each power source, polarity indicator, volt meter, ammeter, & 8 branch circuit beakers.
Engines Starting Circuit – Dedicated alternator charges engine starting bank of two, 200 amp hour maintenance free batteries, one for each engine.
Ship Service Electrical Feed – Dedicated alternator charges two maintenance free 200 amp hour batteries
Inverter – 1.5 kw inverter provided for convenience running small 110V appliances
DC Power Selection – Dual switching system permits independent selection of battery engine bank for starting or ship operation
AC Outlets – 2 cabin, 2 saloon, 1 galley, i head and one in engine compartment
Outlets – Six 120VAC outlets
AC System – 3-wire galvanic protected ground, 250V, 32 Ampere service system
AC Service – NEMA standard locking type chrome inlet fitting, white 50 foot cordset with galvanic isolator, # 10 AWG
Shore Power – With isolation transformer. Outlet connection located at transom
Battery Charger – Marine, 80 amp, multi stage multi bank electronic charger for gel batteries
Navigation Lights – Aqua Signal port and starboard running lights, Aqua Signal bow and masthead light, Aqua Signal stern light
Galvanic Bonding System – Common buss ground plate for underwater metals
Forced Ventilation – Blower for engine compartment
Fume Sensor – Carbon Monoxide detector installed in accordance with ABYC

Galley
Stove – 110V electric cook-top with two burner solid heating elements.
Refrigeration – 12 volt DC under counter refrigerator/freezer
Microwave Oven
Sink – Stainless Steel double bowl, galley sink and Franke faucet with spray handle.
Marble counter tops

Plumbing
Water – HDPE fresh water tank with electric gauges and access port
Potable Water System – US FDA formulatin lined hose, polybutylene piping
Water pressure – Jabsco 12V DC fresh water pump with pressure tank.
Water Heater – Whale eleven gallon, 40L, operates both from engine and 110V AC
Sinks – Franke stainless steel in galley and Grohe stainless steel, mirror finish head sinks
Head Faucets – Grohe, European style chrome bronze faucet in head
Galley Faucet – Franke, European style chrome bronze
Toilets – Tecma electric marine toilet connected to holding tank with deck discharge and valving for use outside restricted waters.
Sanitation Device- Type III, 30 Gal. holding tank with Jabsco electric pump for underwater discharge
Shower Sump Pump- Feed through strainer to Whale Gulper 320 power diaphragm pump with overboard discharge. Stainless shower tray with teak grate
Bilge Pumps – Three Rule 2000 bilge pumps, with level sensors
Inlet and Discharge Fittings – Thru hull fittings with labeled seacocks on all underwater connections. Plumbing lines labelled with function and flow direction.
Tank Gauges – Water, fuel and holding tank level monitoring system
Engine Room Faucet – Fresh water outlet in engine room
Deck shower – Fresh water shower aft with hot and cold water

Misc. Gear & Safety Equipment
Anchor and Rode – Delta SS primary anchor and 250 feet of 1/2″ laid nylon line with 15 feet of 5/16″ galvanized chain leader
Anchor – Galvanized spare anchor and line
Mooring Lines – Four 40ft length 5/8″ laid nylon dock lines
Fenders – Four 10″ * 26″ ribbed pneumatic fenders with lines
Fender Covers – Four soft fabric fender covers
Fire Extinguishers – Four dry chemical type
Life Preservers – Six type 1 life preservers with reflective material
Colors – Varnished 1 1/4′ * 60″ flag staff & 4′ * 6′ yacht ensign, socket mount
Burgee Staff – Stainless steel flag staff and pulpit socket mount
Burgee – Reliant 16″ * 24″ bow pennant
Fog Bell – Cast fog bell for emergency sounding
Boat Hook – 8′ telescoping aluminum
Horn – Chrome plated trumpet, 12 volt electric Marco Electric pneumatic horn
DC Plugs – Soft wood tapered plugs affixed to each underwater thru-hull fitting
Swim Ladder – Telescoping stainless swim ladder mounted under swim platform

Reliant is winter-stored in Greenport, NY. She can be seen at any time.

For additional information please email Dave Mallach at dave@thefogwarning.com

Vicem 85 – Essence

2006 Vicem 85

Palm Beach, FL
$1,950,000

At some point in their history, most successful custom builders find that they can hit a sweet spot in the design and execution of a very special yacht. And that becomes their true flagship. For Vicem Yachts, their flagship was this 2006 Vicem 85 Classic– Essence.

This stunning Down East-style yacht is the largest and most elegantly appointed express-style lobster yacht that Vicem (or anyone else) has ever splashed. Top designers on three continents came together to meet the unique aesthetic standards of her knowledgeable owner. I can say unequivocally that everyone who has ever boarded Essence has come away fully impressed.

Her special appeal is highlighted by her two large, beautifully furnished salons.  A formal salon of 300 square feet down below provides seating and dining areas for eight pampered guests, adjacent to the chef’s galley. And an informal salon of 260 square feet on the pilothouse deck, with seating and dining for eight, adjacent to the outdoor grill,  provides spaciousness and intimacy.

As the photographs show, her full-beam Master Cabin approaches Mega-yacht standards in elegance, as do her his-and-her heads.

Even the briefest of walkthroughs of Essence make clear a level of detail and overall fit and finish that is, again, usually only found on high-end Northern European Megayachts.

Essence can be seen in Palm Beach. Essence is fully MCA-compliant, and superbly suited for charter (as her numerous A-List celebrity charterers can attest).

**NOT OFFERED FOR SALE OR CHARTER TO U.S. CITIZENS/RESIDENTS WHILE IN U.S. WATERS**

LOA 85 feet
Beam 20 feet 8 inches
LWL 80 feet
Draft 6 feet
Weight 140,000
Engines MAN CR 1300’s
Hours 1380
Cruise Speed 21
Max Speed 28
Fuel Tanks 1900
Water Tanks 500
Holding Tanks 300

 

Upper Salon
The Upper Salon has an extra large from the cockpit, through double sliding doors. Essence was expressly designed to have the so the cockpit and salon soles on one level, providing an overall entertaining space of over 32 feet long.

There is an owner’s desk to starboard (with a retractable 37″ plasma TV, that doubles as a computer monitor). To port is the private stairway that leads down to the Master Cabin.

Forward you’ll find comfortable seating for as many as twelve guests. Remote controlled glass panels raise and lower to provide privacy from the helm area.

Pilothouse

The Pilothouse helm is on the starboard side with a double seating area, separated for privacy with retractable frosted glass panels. To port is additional seating with chart area. All the instruments are flush mounted:

Garmin Touchscreen 5215 chart plotter combo unit also displays depth, wind and temp
Simrad RA51 radar
Simrad IS 15 gauges for either logs, speed, wind or depth
Simrad AP 25 autopilot
Icom VHF
Wema fuel gauges displaying fuel levels in the three fuel tanks
Fire Boy fire system gauge
Lenco trim tabs
ACR 100D spotlight
Bilge control switches
Side power thruster
Onan Generator remote controls for the generators, showing oil temp, coolant temp, volts and hrs. Also capable of starting the generators from the Wheelhouse.

Lower Salon
Essence’s formal entertaining area is Lower Salon. It’s abundant natural and tasteful artificial light projects a warm and intimate glow for any event. Mahogany panelling, with 12 hand-rubbed layers of satin varnish, provide an “English Drawing Room” sensibility. Elegant fabrics and window treatments add to this sense of style. Starting for seven to port is provide in comfortable couches and a reading chair, while the dining table to starboard seats eight. Built-in provide ample room for fine art and collectibles.

Master Suite
The Master stateroom has a centerline king berth with a couch on the port side and a makeup table on the Starboard. Large walk in closet and vanity. The bathroom is a full beam his and her’s separated by a large shower with entry from both bathrooms. Her’s equipped with a bidet.

Samsung 49″ LCD TV
Yamaha cinema station surround sound system
Premier all region DVD player
GE mini refrigerator

Port/Starboard Guest Suites
The two guest staterooms are found aft through the lower salon. There are two well-appointed (The Red room and Blue room) separate guest cabins with twins and ensuite.

Sharp 19″ TV Premier all region w/ DVD player
Ensuite with shower, toilet and basin

Crew Cabin
There are two crew cabins that share the same bathroom. The captain’s cabin has a double bed with a single bunk above. The other crew cabin has two bunk beds.

Galley
The galley is beautifully appointed with state of the art stainless steel equipment. It is wholly situated in the crew area, forward of the lower salon, salon with its own dining area. Granite counter tops with plenty counter space to work on with very generous storage throughout.

GE Trash compactor
GE 5 Plate stove and convection oven
GE Dishwasher
GE Microwave/Convection Oven
GE Refrigerator, Freezer Combo with Icemaker, Water and Crushed Ice Dispenser
Sharp 19″ TV

Aft Deck
The aft deck is very spacious with sitting, serving area with ice maker, fridge sink and wet bar. Easy access to the water can be found from the aft deck. From the aft deck one can enter through to the upper salon.

GE Stainless steel refrigerator
GE Icemaker
Sink and wet bar
Dual anchors
The tender stores on the swim platform. The swim platform is fully hydraulic which enables the platform to submerge into the water to be able to launch and retrieve the tender.

Aft Lazarette
Easy access to spacious Aft Lazerette, perfect for misc. boating gear including all the air conditioning, shore power cables, transformer, compressor, water maker and extended range fuel tanks.

Cruisair AC fitted throughout the boat
AC transformer, can accept any voltage up to 100 Amp through two 50 Amp shore cords
600 GPD water maker

Engine Room
The engine room is very large for a vessel of her size with complete access to all equipment and 6′ plus headroom. The engine room is very clean and bright with polished diamond plate flooring throughout.

2 MAN V12 1200 HP engines
2 Onan generators each producing 22.5 KW – 780 hours (September 06)
Twin disk transmissions
2 Fresh water pumps, one 220v and the other 24v each with their own expansion tanks.
2 Racor 75100 MAX fuel filters per engine.
1 Racor 500 MA fuel filter per Generator
2 Fire boy 57.1 pound Manual/Auto fire extinguishers
2 Newmar “phase three” charges, engine and house batteries
3 fuel tanks. 2 X 3200L and the other 800 L
Fuel transfer system for transferring fuel between the tanks, either electric or manual

Want to hear the full story? Just launch a flare!

 

*** Privet, i dobro požalovat’ ***

I. Privet, i dobro požalovat’ v tumane predupreždenie ……

WAIT!

Sorry about that. Part of my new Russian language blog snuck in while I wasn’t  watching. What I meant to write was Hello, and welcome back to The Fog Warning.

Why a Russian blog? Because Google Analytics tells me that readership of your favorite blog (and mine)  increased 40% worldwide this year, to over 7,200 readers. And while 81% of you are from the US, the next largest readership is from Russia. So The Fog Warning is now available in Russian. Feel free to click on the upper right flags to test it out. And stay tuned for the Chinese and Arabic versions to  follow.

II. If’n you kin do it, it ain’t boasting!

That’s St. Louis pitcher Dizzy Dean speaking, the Depression-era 30 game winner. His National League winning record remains unbroken to this day. I use this great quote whenever I find myself  gushing over a fine yacht. Like this one here:

 

Yes, she’s making 26 knots into steady seven foot seas, somewhere off the Chesapeake during a challenging wind-against-tide delivery. Two things jump out at me here:

  • Stabilizers are a truly wonderful thing. Look at the laptop on the nav desk. If it were a glass of wine, it wouldn’t spill a drop.
  • Cold molded construction? An equally wonderful thing. Watching this powerhouse bury her nose into some steep and square waves, I don’t see any pounding. Not even a shudder. This video shows better than any I’m aware of that cold molded boats don’t slam or pound. Instead, they are designed and built to flex, squeezing themselves though mountains of water. Which is why more than a few owners over the years have said this to me: “Blindfold me and send me out into the slop.  I’ll know right away if she’s fiberglass or cold molded.”

I’m coming up on my twentieth year in this industry. And in that time I have come across very few yachts that can move this fast, with this kind of  safety and comfort, in these conditions. So, to paraphrase Jimmy Dean:

If’n you can find another boat that kin do it, buy it!

As I’m sure you have already guessed, I have found one for you. Her name is The Baron, and she’s a the 2008 Vicem 72 Flybridge in Miami. I am overjoyed to announce that she is our latest listing. Take a look:

 I’ve spent more time running 72’s than any other model. More time, perhaps, than even on my own boats. I was there when the first one launched in 2007. Trust me, it launched big!

It was at the Monaco show, and I could almost hear the competition gasp! No builder in America, Europe or Asia came close to building a large flybridge that could match this yacht’s elegance, speed, and value. But what really blew me away was how purely sexy she was. She gave nothing away to those sleek Italian go-fasts. And what was true then is just as true now, making  The Baron a very serious contender for the most sex appeal, grace, and value afloat.

You can find some advance photography on our Yachtworld listing. And while professionally shot video will follow, here are some amateurish clips I shot last week to back up my claims:

Her original owner has placed her on the market at $1,425,000 She is in beautiful shape, having been full-time captain-maintained the whole time. You can find the complete listing here:

The Baron listing

She can be seen at any time. But trust me, she should be seen right away.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Big Wave Dave

 

PS: At the Lauderdale show last week a loyal blog-reading client I had previously only “met” on the phone called out my name across the dock. I asked how he picked me out.

He said “Dave, nobody at a boat show dresses like you!”

I hereby choose to take that as a compliment.