The Long Island Runabout 40 (and more)

The Long Island Yachts Runabout 40

Long Island Yachts of Rotterdam, Holland has a deep admiration for the looks and performance of classic American downeast designs. After great success in Europe – over 80 boats sold – they now come home to the country that inspired their classic designs.

The Long Island 40 Runabout, the queen of their fleet, delivers a well-worked balance of space above deck and below. Her open bridge deck and large cockpit area are designed to deliver open boating in comfort and style. Below decks, you’ll find accommodations for four – a master cabin with an island bed, and the guest cabin with twin berths. You’ll also find a seating area, and a surprisingly spacious bathroom with separate shower area.

The entire interior is pleasingly finished in bright teak and an attractive off-white finish.

The helm station offers a purely classic design, but with a state of the art dashboard:

The dinette is well protected by the windscreen, with a functional galley opposite. The spacious aft cockpit offers seating for six.

The deep V hull of the Long Island 40 Runabout is designed to travel comfortably at high speed. Her standard engines are straight shaft twin Yanmar 315’s. Upgrading to the optional twin Volvo IPS 600 enables the boat to reach speeds of over 40 knots.

The full Long Island Yachts line at work:

Including their 33’s:

Their 28:

And their 25’s:

As always, if you’d like to hear the full story, just launch that flare!

No Room at the Inn!

I. No Room at the Inn

For some of us it may be true that our first boat show is as memorable as our first kiss. In my case, they were both in the same year!  The boat show was at the old New York Coliseum, on Columbus Circle. Finding this New York Times article today, I was struck by the dates pictured on the Coliseum marquis. I’m certain I was there on the last day, as it was my fourteenth birthday! I must’ve been one of the smiling people mentioned in this headline, because that show set me on the course I travel with you all today. Boats make me happy. Always did, always will. You too, I am sure.

Here’s another  iconic New York Boat Show pic, from 1961. Looks like 42nd street to me:

To be charitable, the Coliseum was never the most attractive building in NY. Back in the day some called it “The ugliest building Robert Moses ever built.”


Architects and civic planners celebrated when it was razed to make room for the much more impressive Time Warner Center (Home of Club Dizzy’s at Jazz at Lincoln Center, where you can often find me on a Friday night).

Why all this history? What is the method to my madness? Well,  it’s all about that particular era in boating. You may recall that back in the 70’s recreational boats were designed and marketed around one simple measurement – and it wasn’t price or speed. The question was:

How many berths can we squeeze in?

It wasn’t uncommon to find a 32’ boat (sizeable, back then) with seven berths. No one ever filled them, of course. But manufacturers felt compelled to engage in this “berth arms race,” completing like crazy over a nonsensical number, and damn the torpedoes!

I’m glad we now boat in more rational times.  Because, really now, how many people do you want to cruise with? As Ben Franklin famously observed:

Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.”

Fortunately, with our functioning pressure hot water systems, this is no longer true. But there is a limit to how many people we want to travel with. Which is why designers now put their energies into creating beautiful and functional communal spaces, like galleys, dining areas, and salons. They understand that with guests, sometimes less is more. Of course, you can be lucky enough to own a six-cabin boat, and then simply choose not to fill them up.  But it’s always easier to tell your in-laws the simple truth: “Sorry, no room at the inn.”

My current listings, from 67 to 85 feet, all take the same approach – even the 82 and the 85 are three-cabin boats (plus crew quarters).  I’ve helped design and sell some four and five-cabin boats, but I suspect the last cabin or two is rarely used.

Better to be creative in how you cruise. When you’ve docked your three-cabin in Abaco, for example, in a crunch you can always fly in guests, put the kids in the crew cabin (oh, how kids love crew cabins)…

Crew Cabin – Vicem 72 Baron

….and stash your Captain in a local hotel for a few days. Trust me, three is the perfect number. Here, from the perspective of my listings, is why:

First, for your viewing pleasure, I present Mahogany Rose, my 2007 Vicem 67:

She has your basic three-cabin plus crew layout, but with a twist: The mid-ship cabin easily converts from sleeping cabin to full-sized working office, and back again.

This way the owner (um, that would be you…)  has a choice of master cabin’s to sleep in, either in the bow –


  – or mid-ship if the office isn’t needed. Between the two, as much as anything the choice comes to down to peace and quiet.  More specifically, when you want your piece and quiet.

If you’re tied up at a slip, and sleeping in the bow, you’re a long way away from your guests or crew when they’re stumbling through breakfast prep. It’s just much easier to sleep in. That said, considerations change when you’re on the hook in a roily anchorage. Once the harbor wakes up and boats get moving,  you will hear hull slap as your neighbors go by.

On the hook or in the slip, you won’t have any doubt when you hear your bow thruster engage. A client put it quite well to me last week when he said it sounds like “a ton of marbles in a blender” (although that under-berth enclosure can be easily soundproofed. I don’t know why more people don’t do it).

My conclusion here? As in all things in life, it’s nice to have choices. Move to the quieter space as circumstances and guests dictate.

In all of my flybridge listings, whether bow or mid-ship master, you’ll find Vicem’s infamous four-cabin bunk room. Perfect for kids and young adults:

Mahogany Rose Bunk Room

Look closely at above pic, and you’ll see that the upper bunks fold up, to create a roomy two-person cabin. Mahogany Rose is in Charleston, just waiting for you….

For a different approach to accommodations, check out Truant, my 2007 Vicem 70:

Truant, Vicem 70

She, too is an intelligently designed three-cabin boat, plus crew under the cockpit. And like the V67, she has a bunkroom for four. But Truant has, by far, the largest bunkroom in her class, with extra floorspace for dressing comfortably. And each of those four bunks has its own TV, and its own Direct TV receiver and headset. There are no entertainment arguments on Truant, ever.

Truant Bunk Room

Truant’s master cabin, by the way, is in the bow, with a stunning dressing area. Note how her high-gloss varnish work just pops!








Now Baron, my 2007 Vicem 72, is a three-cabin yacht with by far the largest owner’s cabin in her class. Her mid-ship master is apartment-sized, with closets to match. The best view of her is at 2:01 in this amazing video:

Even this video doesn’t quite capture the the size and elegance of her master cabin. Come to Miami and see with your own eyes how her uniquely accented blue LED lighting glows, and take in the view through her in-hull windows. If you are coming to the Palm Beach Show, it’s not hard to run over and take a look.

Untethered, my Viking 82 Enclosed Skylounge, is in a class of her own:

All other Viking 82’s are four-cabin models. As such, they all have a long narrow corridor leading to the bow, with cabins branching off to each side. When all cabin doors are closed, things can get a little …. claustrophobic. But Untethered was expressly conceived as a three-cabin yacht, with a huge master aft of the bow crew quarters:


This is a boat where space and privacy rule.  I’d be happy to show her to you in Fort Lauderdale at any time. (including during the Palm Beach show).

Lastly, the queen of my fleet is Essence, that wonderful 2007 Vicem 85:

Essence is the largest express downeast-style boat on the planet (So far, anyway. More on that below). Like Untethered, her owner designed her up front to be first and foremost an owner’s boat. His three-cabin layout supports that decision intelligently. Her crew cabin occupies the entire bow area, providing maximal privacy, while her mid-ship master defines elegance as few boats can:

Master Cabin, Essence – Vicem 85


I expect you‘ve discerned my preference – When it comes to cabins, after a certain point less is more. And I think Ben Franklin would have agreed with me.

II. On to Italy…

So, Essence is the largest downeast style express boat ever built. But apparently not for long!  I have been in discussions with with a yard in Italy for a client interested in this [four-cabin!] 105’ Belleza Express. Yes, that’s 32 meters. Isn’t she spectacular?






She has an eighteen month build time, which is remarkable for a yacht this size (although not for steel boats). I have all the details on performance and pricing, so if she interests you, just pull out that trusty flare gun of yours and launch away. Or even better, come to Genoa with me in March and meet the principals. Her pricing is attractive, and full customization is possible.

I never thought anything could eclipse Essence, but I’ve learned to never say never. Come to think of it, isn’t “Eclipse” a great name for a yacht?

III. On to Haiti…

Long time readers will remember my thrills and chills helping to build a school for 400 kids in a “you-can’t-get-there” part of Haiti. A couple of clients have asked recently  about it, so I’ll provide an update, along with a request for some help for some wonderful children.

It took there years and almost $175,000, but we got our school built and operating. What once looked like this:

Has become this, the flagship of schools in the hills of eastern Haiti:


It is a beautiful and humbling thing, but….

The original Bodarie School had a short teaching day – classes ended at 1pm. Not because we couldn’t afford the teachers. It’s just that we couldn’t afford a lunch program, and the kids had to go home to eat.  That changed after the Goudou-goudou, the awful earthquake in 2010 (Goudou-goudou is an approximation of the terrible grinding sound Haitians heard during the quake).

In a stroke of good luck, after the earthquake we were able to get a grant from UN reconstruction authorities. The deal was that if we could build a kitchen, they would provide food for our kids. Of course we raced to build that kitchen, and the school day was extended to 3pm. The kids were thrilled, as you can see here as they eagerly  await a rice delivery:

Unfortunately that food grant has now ended, and we had to end the food program. School ends at 1pm again, and the quality of education has of course been impacted.

My friends on the ground in Bodarie tell me that they need $35,000 annually to feed these kids. My friends and clients had a very significant role in getting this school built, and I humbly turn to you again.

We have a dedicated funding stream that largely covers all day-to-day educational costs. But this food enhancement  is just sitting there, waiting for generous souls like my loyal readers to chime in. Please let me know if you can help, and I promise to steward your contribution with the utmost care. An overview of the school’s mission and purpose can be found here:

And the reasons why are right here:

Feed these kids!

Thank you, one and all, for tuning in once again to my ramblings.

Spring is coming. I guarantee it!

Big Wave Dave


Drones and Bones….

I. Cats, lots of Cats

I’ve been on the road for much of the last six weeks, and I expect you’ll find the story interesting. The reason: One third of the charter catamarans in the Caribbean were destroyed by Hurricane Irma. That was over 350 cats!


Tornado’s spun off near the eye of the Hurricane reached an unimaginable 256 MPH, enough to lift a 65’ power cat off the water, flip it over, and deposit it onshore:


No one ever thought that was possible. All in all, it is an extremely humbling exposure to nature’s forces.

For the charter biz, rebuilding is a major challenge. Existing multihull factories in South Africa, France and elsewhere in Europe are running at maximum capacity to try and replace these boats, but they don’t have the facilities and staff to keep up. Under current conditions, it will take no less than three years to restore these fleets. So I’ve been flying about, connecting existing builders and charter boat companies with under-utilized factories in China and Turkey that can take up the slack.

The surprising news is that a big percentage of the re-build will not be sailing cats. Power cats are the future of the Caribbean charter trade. Over the last five years, more and more power cats have entered service. Vacationers increasingly find them ideal for their intended uses. The hurricane has greatly accelerated this trend, and in five years the best guess is that power cats will approach 50% of the entire fleet.

So, as you might imagine, I’ve been learning a lot about these felines. They are fascinating creatures, from design and engineering perspectives.  Of course, for fans of The Fog Warning and the yachts I cover, most will find them rather unattractive. To be fair to their designers and builders, it’s not for lack of trying. It’s just that very hard to build a high-volume power cat that has sufficient bridge deck clearance (measured from under the main salon sole down to the waterline) to prevent pounding and slamming, yet avoid appearing tall and boxy. Here’s some examples of the latter:


In time, if the market demands it, designers will come up with sexier approaches. My own highly subjective take on this is that one builder has already accomplished this, with what I see as a downeast style 47′ yacht (!) made by Maine Cat:

On the other hand, what do I know? Less than the marketplace, apparently, as only four of these have sold. I’m very curious what my readers think. This one is on the market, in Fort Lauderdale, for $579k. I haven’t sea trialed her yet, but if you’d like to see her, I’d love to show her to you. Just launch a flare.

II. V is for Visibilty

Long time readers know that one of my big answers to the question WMABGAW (What makes a boat great, and why), is visibility. Simply stated, can you see what you need to see, to operate safely in all conditions?   Providing that kind of visibility requires intelligently designed trim angle (both when coming up on plane, and staying there), ergonomic helm placement, and a proper salon layout. You can read one of my earlier discussion about trim angle if you scroll through the Reliant Yachts category, and you’ll find more related content under my Vicem blog.

What I’ve seen on my expeditions is that on the whole, power cats don’t do visibility well. The boats are so wide (with a beam equal to 50% of length, and even more) that flybridge helms (and even most interior helms) are blind to the boat/dock connect point.That’s asking for trouble, in my book. The Maine Cat solves this problem with a cockpit docking station:



They are not cheap to engineer and build, but I urge anyone considering a power cat to demand one. Your dock, your neighbors, and your insurance company will all thank you!

As for a bit more on trim angles, take a look at this new and additional (exterior views only) drone footage I just got on Baron, my Vicem 72 listing. It shows, IMHO, how all boats should come up on plane. Most don’t. You’ll see how the entire hull just rises up on the same plane. There is none of this pitched bow/squatting stern/strain-to-come-out-of the-hole kind of operation. In a quiet and fuel efficient way, she just elevates and goes. The bow never obstructs your vision, allowing nearby boats, kayaks and jet skis to all live in peace and joy.

Pretty cool, hug? I find it interesting how drones have fundamentally changed marine photography. Back in the day, around 2007 or so, I had to arrange a bunch of helicopter bookings to get these sort of views. They cost upwards of $10,000 each, and the truth is I never felt fully safe doing them. At one point, running a Vicem 67 from the flybridge, the helicopters’s blades were spinning below me, less than boat length away. I was …. uneasy. But the shots are great, and you can read that review, and see those pix, here:

Of course, this brings me to Mahogany Rose, the sistership to the Vicem 67 in that review. She is in Charleston, awaiting your viewing. Call me, baby….


III. The Mercy

I’m very excited about the coming release of  The Mercy, a film about Donald Crowhurst’s sad 1968 attempt to win the first single-handed race around the world. As most of you already know, he competed in a badly designed and built trimaran called the Teignmouth Electron. When it began to break up off the coast of Brazil, he decided to drift around the South Atlantic for six months, radioing false reports back to race organizers that showed him in the lead.

His plan was to jump back in the race as his competitors came back around the Cape, and to then claim the prize money as the first back to England.  In the end he couldn’t live with his deceptions, and he chose to simply walk off the back of his boat, leaving a widow and three small children. Today, reading the diaries he left behind,  we would recognize him as suffering from an untreated bi-polar condition. It is a sad story, certainly. But also an essentially human one. Here’s the trailer:

I have been obsessed with this story since I followed that race as a ten year old sailor. Obsessed to the point that a few years ago, when I heard that the Teignmouth Electron had eventually washed up somewhere on Cayman Brac, I decided I had to see her with my own eyes. Using Google Earth, I was able to find what looked like a wrecked trimaran up in the dunes:



And off I went on my Crowhurst  pilgrimage. It wasn’t hard to find what was left of her after almost fifty years:

Original name in faded red paint.


I don’t know if she is still there, given the recent hurricanes. But if you would like to make a pilgrimage of your own, I’ll send you the old coordinates. The diving and bone fishing in Brac is extraordinary, by the way.

IV. A New Way

In my last posting on The Fog Warning I talked about how the average time to sell a yacht has reached 13 months, in an otherwise strong economy.  Something ain’t right. I’d like to talk about that a bit more here, starting with a story from Monaco.

I was working the Monaco Boat Show on September 15, 2008. You may remember that as the day Lehman Brothers collapsed. There was a hint of panic on the docks.  I remember seeing an agitated American on the docks, screaming into his cellphone “Treasuries, move everything into treasuries, right now!”

 That night I went out with a bunch of my fellow brokers for a gloomy night of drinking. One of them asked “How long do you think it will take the boat market to come back?”

The first answer to be heard was “Never.

The general consensus was three or four years.

My answer? “Ten years.”

Sometimes (not often enough) I’m right. Here’s a chart for you, showing that finally, after ten years, we have just returned to 2008 levels.




But why then is it taking longer than ever for brokerage boats to sell?

My answer is three fold:

  • Too much product;
  • Not enough differentiation among that product; and,
  • A lack of informed and well-communicated information about which of these yachts are the best value, and of the highest quality.

As you all know, The Fog Warning devotes itself to analyzing and delivering that kind of information. So if your yacht is currently for sale with another broker – a relationship you’d like to keep – I can add a strong Fog Warning boost to their efforts. And I can do so usually at no additional cost to you. If you are curious about the why and how, please contact me off line.

And the same applies if you are looking to buy a high-end brokerage yacht. I can help you find your yacht, saving you real net dollars in the process, again at no charge.

It’s a new way of doing business, coming at just the right time. If you’d like to ride that wave, just launch a flare.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you. And thanks for listening.

Big Wave Dave

Viking 82 – Untethered


2016 Viking Enclosed Skylounge – Untethered


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!


Reliant Commuter 40 – “Reliant”

2016 Reliant

Newport, RI

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


GPS – Raymarine
Cockpit speakers
Plotter – Raymarine
Radar – Raymarine
Autopilot – Raymarine
Navigation center
CD player

Inside Equipment
Microwave oven
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

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.


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.

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.

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

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

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

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

Vicem 85 – Essence

2006 Vicem 85

Palm Beach, FL

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).


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.


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.

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!


*** A boat-shaped mind ***

I. Prize Winners

Wow! A big thanks to the almost two-dozen of you who took the time to send in your appreciation for last week’s Steinbeck quote from Sea of Cortez A client of mine said this about that:

“This quote sums up exactly why I decided to build my custom boat.”

That nice thought leads me today to take a break from talking about Reliant Yacht’s standard models to explore the exciting world of custom-builds. Specifically, the process of it all. But first, as a refresher, the quote in question:

And a boat, above all other inanimate things, is personified in man’s mind. Some have said they have felt a boat shudder before she struck a rock, or cry when she beached and the surf poured into her. This is not mysticism, but identification. Man, building this greatest and most personal of all tools, has in turn received a boat-shaped mind, and the boat, a man-shaped soul.

Steinbeck spent enough time at sea to recognize there is a kind of dialog, a close interplay between boats and their humans. He called it “a most passionate relationship,” and who am I to argue with the winner of both the Pulitzer and the Nobel?

There were virtually no production yachts when he wrote  Sea of Cortez . Until after the war, virtually every boat was a custom-build. For example, in the 1930’s Ernest Hemingway (another Pulitzer/Nobel double threat)  saw an ad like this for Wheeler Yachts of Brooklyn NY:



Note the partnership of  “the naval architect and the boat builder.” Wheeler Yachts had no stock plans or boats. And even if they did, Hemingway had very particular ideas about what exactly what he wanted in his sportfish (the specifications part of his contract ran twelve pages). So he came up to Brooklyn, and followed up with almost fifty letters to the builder (most of which have been preserved).  In the end Wheeler built him his Pilar — exactly the boat he wanted — for the princely sum of $7,495. And he fished the hell out of it! Here he is, trolling off Havana:

Ernest did it right. I’ve been fortunate to participate in over twenty custom-builds in my time, and more than anything its the process that fascinates me. It is rewarding on so many different levels – as a thrilling business enterprise, as a challenging creative endeavor,  and as the foundation for some really wonderful friendships.

The process usually begins with an image that springs from somewhere deep in a client’s cerebral cortex (now there’s a New Yorker cartoon for you). In one of my builds it was an image of a classic yacht sporting the proverbial “bone in her teeth.” Something a little like this:

The very first conversation I had with this client went this way:

“It’s all about the bow for me. I’ve got this thing about a fine forefoot and a clean entry. Can you guys draw me some ideas around that?”

We did.

Now,  Essence, our 2006 Vicem 85 listing, began with a different kind of image. The owner had a vision of a formal salon, one that would be completely at place in a fine Palm Beach estate. After many conversations spanning many months, this elegant sketch emerged:

Which, in the end, led to this absolute stunner of an interior:

And the yacht we built around it is equally stunning. Speaking about a fine forefoot and a clean entry, have you ever seen a more perfect bow wave than this?

A complete photo array can be found on this complete listing, with video’s to follow next month:

I’d be delighted to show her to you during the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, from November 1st through 5th. Please call me for a private and unhurried viewing on this unbelievable custom-built treasure.


II. Bandwidth

Essence came together in the early days of boat design autocad, before 3D modeling and other refinements. Designer and builder bandwidth, both literally and figuratively, has increased exponentially in the last decade. At the design stage, what used to take months and many air miles now takes just days and weeks, supported by jetlag-free video chats and shared digital workspaces. And monitoring tools allow clients and designers to watch their dreams get built, in real time, through 24/7 video cameras. Way cool.

Here’s a good example of how fast and how well custom builds can now proceed. We are building three (!) sold Reliant 40’s right now. Each is different from anything else on the market, and different even from each other (one each in fiberglass, cold molded composite, and aluminum.)  They have three different drive systems, too. The build didn’t come to us with an image, per se, but rather as a footprint. It has to fit into a particular space, and the space tolerances are to within 1/4 inch. That’s where autocad really comes into its own.

This was our first take on it, blueprint style:


Last month I watched our design team work on this project in Istanbul. Before multiple huge Apple monitors the team made adjustments to the seat angle at the helm. With each degree of radius, the reach to the throttles and electronics was measured to the inch, to not exceed the owner’s exact specifications. It was a remarkable exercise, and when it was done we could proceed with this plan:

All three deliver this spring. Stand by for some exciting times.

III. A Super Example 

Yachting Magazine has a great Chris Caswell article this month about the new Ocean Alexander 100. His point is that superyacht design elements are now being incorporated into  less-than-superyacht sizes. Specifically,

  • Flexible accommodations for both private use and chartering
  • Skylounges
  • Sophisticated galleys designed for five-star cuisine
  • Superyacht styling and finishes.

I won’t see this OA until the Fort Lauderdale Show (do the walkthrough with me!) but design-wise it looks to me like some very smart people hit their mark. As for their execution, I’ll reserve judgement on the stylings and finishes until I examine it up close.  You can find the article here:

Why am I raising this point now? Because we were hired to address this exact same challenge – superyacht elements in a smaller yacht – for a very knowledgeable and meticulous owner. Our amazing solution splashed just a few months ago:


This Reliant Yachts 32 Meter is now cruising the Med, but with some warning I can get you aboard. Here’s the complete photo array, demonstrating what our designers and builders can do for you:

Reliant Custom Power Photo GalleryX

I will take this opportunity to note (or is it gloat?) that our 105 ft. mini-Superyacht costs significantly less than the OA 100, and we offer a far greater ability to customize your build to your needs. I urge you to call me for a fuller explanation of our unique process.

IV. A Smaller Custom Build

You’ve read here before about our listing for Dora, a custom Duffy 35:

Well, autumn advances upon us, and she has not sold. So this week her price was reduced to $149,900. You can find the complete listing here:

Trust me, this fine little pocket yacht will soon be the subject of one of my snoozagrams (You snooze, you lose!) when she sells. Don’t let this one get away from you.

V. Ciao, baby!

So that concludes our regularly scheduled broadcast on custom builds. It went longer than I planned, but before I sign off I’d like to leave you with a short story and a small gift.

I lost a week of my life this month to a back injury (and really, now, who hurts their back fly fishing?And not, I’ll add, for 100 pound tarpon?).

Anyway, I was in a ferociously bad mood until the marvel of modern medicine intervened. Towards the end of it my brother took pity upon me and sent me this video clip. He wrote: In my experience it is impossible to stay in a bad mood after watching this footage. And you know what? He was right. So here it is, a ten minute and nineteen second cure for whatever ails you. But you may not want to open it until you really need it?


Big Wave Dave

Weapon of Choice

I.TIS THE SEASON: Long ago and far away I used to work a dozen or more boat shows a year, all around planet earth. That, plus monthly trips to Istanbul, left me in a near-constant state of jet lag. It all came back to me when, preparing for the coming boat show season, I rediscovered this great video – Weapon of Choice, by Fatboy Slim. That great hoofer Christopher Walken brought back to me the thrills and chills of  a peripatetic life. You’re gonna wanna wait for the ethereal Botticelli-like sailboat scene at the end:

Now I’m just pleasantly working a couple of local shows each year. Two are coming up:

  • The Newport Boat Show from September 15th through the 18th
  • The Norwalk Boat Show from September 22nd through the 25th

In truth, I never got tired of the boat show circuit. I used to particularly love the Annapolis Show, in part because of the incredibly complicated logistics it takes to put it together (the show has to put in and remove their own docks each year).

One of the best times I know is to book a room at the Marriott overlooking the show, and stay one extra day to watch the epic closing party. Here’s the sailboat version:

The Newport Boat Show is no less difficult to set up. I give the show organizers great  credit for shoe-horning in nine figures worth of boats, and making it look easy. As you’ll see on the bottom of this map, we will have three, countem, three jet boats next to the Black Pearl Restaurant (and our brand-spanking-new Hunt 72):

NIBS 2016 HH8.19 copy


Our largest offering will be the Talaria 43:


I’ve been watching this great video of a T43 underway. It draws me back to last week’s review in The Fog Warning of C. Raymond Hunt’s biography, A Genius at his Trade. I’ve become quite conscious of Hunt’s unique ability to look at a static, two dimensional drawing but perfectly picture what marine architects call the “laminar flow” of water over a hull.  This video highlights that flow. Keep your eye on the waterline, that spot where “the rubber hits the road,” so to speak. Note the almost complete lack of turbulence as she cuts through the water. This is what good naval architecture looks like, loyal readers:

If you want to see the T43 (and who wouldn’t?) she will only be at the Newport Show, not Norwalk. So, you snooze, you lose.

Our second offering will be our ever-so-popular Picnic Boat MK III.

Take a moment and  look back at my Newport dock diagram, above. Think about the scratch-potential of moving a fine yacht into one of those tight slips. But this clip of a MK III shows why it’s just not a big deal:

Pretty easy, huh? How about in a more challenging environment?

We’ve kept a Talaria 34 Pilothouse over in the Shinnecock Canal all summer. It’s a superb location, because to the south the Atlantic Ocean is just a few minutes away. Or head north, past Orient Point,  to quickly enter Block Island Sound.


But the tidal difference between the Shinnecock and Peconic Bays is a couple of feet, so sometimes, depending upon the phase of moon, the current can really rip down the canal.  It’s really more like a swift river at times, and docking a prop’ed boat (after all, it takes six hands to maneuver a double throttle/double gearshift/double bow thruster yacht!) takes skill plus luck.  But to achieve the docking ease shown in the above video in a ripping canal all you have to do is increase your RPM by about 15% and use your jetstick normally. Trust me,  she will obey!

Lastly, our new and much-buzzed-about Talaria 34R.


We just sold one to a knowledgable Hinckley owner (his third!) and when you see her at the shows you’ll understand why.

I’ve posted this particular video before, and probably will again. I just can’t get enough of the soundtrack’s baritone saxophone!

So that’s our Newport Fleet. Come see us, and to quote Fatboy Slim and Christopher Walken, find your Weapon of Choice!


II. The Gorilla in the Room (Redux)

Longtime readers  will remember my earlier blog (found on the home page as “My Original Blog). Over a span of four years that blog grew to have over 4,000 regular readers. I am really excited to report that The Fog Warning, in jut a few short months,  is now closing in on 1,000 regular readers. Thank you, one an all, for your support. It means a lot to me.

I’ve been averaging about a dozen insightful comments from loyal readers each posting. But last week’s posting (The Gorilla in the Room, about the true costs of yacht ownership) brought in over 40 responses, from as far away as Argentina. My favorite comment, however cryptic, came in from a Silicon Valley quant guy I’ve known for quite a while:

“Hmmm. Reduce #1 expense of boat ownership by 50%. Like it.”

Oh, that I could write with such eloquent economy!


This is big – I now have a 2013 Talaria 48 for sale in my backyard, so to speak. Meet me in Westchester and I promise you an eye-opening walkthrough. The circumstances of her sale are unique. Call me quick, and I’ll fill you in.

Here’s the listing:

Hurricane Hermine is making some noises today in Sag Harbor, where I keep my trawler. So I’m off to check her lines and to add some chafe protection. So ciao for now, peoples of the world. And remember, Newport Boat Show – Be there or be square!


Big Wave Dave

PS: The descriptions of C. Raymond Hunt’s genius in picturing water flow over a hull form reminded me of something, and it took a couple of days for me to put it together. Which is quite strange, because it’s a scene from my own novel-in-progress! Here’s the quote:

Hardened sailors on the circuit could be tough to keep up with, party-wise. But there was talk all that summer of some young black girl tearing up the docks and clubs every night of Key West Race Week. And after just a few minutes racing with Dawn it was clear to Tommy that she sailed exactly as she lived – wild, raw, and undisciplined.

Of course there was more to racing than speed. His dad had taught him it took focus, discipline, and tactics. But he couldn’t deny that Dawn had a brilliant feel for the wind. For her a breeze had an almost physical mass, and he sensed that she saw wind over water the way Van Gogh saw it over open fields; as colorful waves of swirling, airborne streams. 

She certainly had the intensity of an Olympic competitor. The story came up from Key West weeks before she arrived in Maine – trailing by twenty seconds around the final mark, she had slammed the wheel in frustration. Every crew within a quarter mile could hear her scream at the fitful wind: “Come on you motherfucker, give it to me!”

She broke two bones in her hand. And won the race by six seconds.

I have a haddock!

I. Our Last Event – 

Last weekend’s Hinckley Experience Event in Westchester was much fun, as these pix will attest. What is it about fine yachts that they bring out the nicest people?

Photo Jul 21, 5 52 56 PM

Photo Jul 21, 6 26 15 PM

Photo Jul 21, 6 21 36 PM


Photo Jul 21, 2 33 01 PM

The fine little yacht at the dock in Rye is the Hinckley Talaria 29R, and this was my first opportunity to see one up close and personal. The “R” in 29R stands for Runabout, and as this wonderful aerial footage shows, that’s exactly what she does:

Worry not – I’ll have more to say about exactly where and when you can see this rocket later in this report.

II. Singlehanding
The next morning I ran the Talaria 34 Pilothouse from Rye to Hampton Bays. That’s about a 75 mile run, and at 30 knots the T34 made short and easy work of it, burning just 18 gallons per hour, combined.

I did it alone (well, in truth I had Angelique Kidjo with me to provide the soundtrack) and sitting in my “easy chair” helm for a couple of hours  I gave some thought to my singlehanded routines at sea. Curious? I’ll put on my “Safety Dave” hat for you…

When I first started in this biz, a little over fifteen years ago, (strange as it may sound, I use to be a social worker) I had a memorable “man overboard” conversation with a colleague. He was a much more experienced offshore sailor than I, and was rather gloomy about the prospects of a successful at-sea recovery from a sailboat. He shot down every strategy that I knew as unworkable in the real world. Finally I asked him what the best solution was. I still think about his answer every time I’m on a boat:

Just stay on the freaking boat!

He was right. So my approach whenever I’m underway, and most especially when I’m alone, is to never leave the cockpit if I don’t have to. What impressed me in my delivery this week was the discovery that Hinckley makes this easy in at least three ways:

First, with the jets tied into the jetstick’s computer control, in Hover-Lock mode the boat sits at virtual anchor, no matter what the wind and tide do. Whether waiting for a bridge to open or a fuel dock to get free, this  allows you to calmly prepare for your next steps without undue pressure or worries. It’s become my favorite toy.

Secondly, Hinckley’s fenders come with precisely measured whips and pre-set location points. I could snap these fenders to their respective D-rings either directly from the cockpit or right through the helm window. I’ve been on no other boat where this is possible.  No more unnecessary climbing on deck!Photo Jul 22, 12 45 36 PM

Third, before I even left the dock I ran the attached dock lines back through the helm window, rather than removing them or leaving them coiled on deck (making sure they wouldn’t wrap around either the throttles or the jetstick):

Photo Jul 22, 12 45 31 PM

With jetstick control, its so easy to smoothly drift the boat sideways towards the dockhand, and simply reach out the window and hand him or her your lines. No fuss, no muss, no cursing. And, without having to worry about spinning props,  misthrown or dropped lines won’t wrap themselves around your drive system at the worst possible moment.  Why this only happens when there is a crowd of spectators on the docks is beyond me.  Enough said about that…

So here’s me, “staying on the freaking boat”, at 30 knots:

Captain Kirk-ing it!

Note that I’m not using the wheel. And no, I wasn’t running on autopilot. Rather, I had the system set to Power Steer mode. Just point ahead, and turn the switch one click to the right, and correct by jetstick as required. I barely had to touch it – perhaps a degree or two of adjustment every ten minutes or so. Way cool, way comfortable, way Captain Kirk!

Photo Jul 22, 12 45 18 PM
So, delivery done, our Talaria 34 Pilothouse is now in Hampton Bays, available for you to see at any time. If you’d like to see her, just launch a flare:

III. Montauk

Earlier in this post I mentioned you could see our 29R. I’m working hard on getting one to Montauk for our next event at the Montauk Lake Club, August 26th through the 29th. My next post will have the details and a reservation form to guarantee you a look. I’m really excited about this event, so please stand by.

Montauk Lake Club - Montauk's Original Estate

Montauk Lake Club – Montauk’s Original Estate

IV. And now for something completely different:

This is just a teaser. I’ll tie it all together for you in the next posting, after I finish some interviews with the folks up in Maine. But for the moment, just say Swordfish. Or, headache. As in, I got a haddock too!

Ciao for now, buds. And call about any little thing.


Hartman Yachts Livingston 34

You know how to whistle, don’t you?

I. Brains and Beauty –

Flipping through the channels the other night, this scene stopped me as just as firmly in my tracks as the very first time I saw it:

Lauren Bacall was nineteen years old here, in her first movie. Her brains and beauty knocked Bogart for a complete loop, both in the movie and in his life. You can see why.

Brains and beauty is the theme here today, loyal readers. Some of my earlier posts have been focused on the Hinckley aesthetic. It’s fun and easy to get lost in that. But in my time aboard these boats and at the factory I’ve become equally impressed by what I’m finding under the hood. In a word, technology!

Tech seems deeply intertwined into Hinckley’s DNA. I date it from their jetstick innovation (starting with the first Picnic Boat in 1994, and running right through this month’s splash of their 1,000th jet boat). And it goes on through the use of their proprietary infused carbon fiber/E-glass construction process that still hasn’t been beat in the industry. My friend Phil Bennet, Hinckley’s Sales Director up in Maine, tells me he actually tested this hull construction by firing a .357 magnum bullet into it. Unsuccessfully, I might add…

I wanted to learn more about this brains and beauty thing going on at Hinckley. So I spent some quality time this week with a key player there, a great guy named Scott Bryant. His title is “Director of New Product Development.” I asked him what that actually meant:

We’re the guys who engineer the value into the boats.

I love that concept, so I thought I’d share with you a bit about Scott’s day-to-day work life. Let’s start with an example of his end-product. This is the electric retractable awning for one of our best selling models over the last ten years – the Talaria 38R (there are five of these just in my home port of Sag Harbor!):


The development team at Hinckley managed this project as a classic engineering problem (think Boeing). For my fellow geeks out there (and for those that would rather just roll their eyes) those steps seem to me like something Tesla or Apple would engage in, and include:

  • Opportunity Analysis:
  • Concept Development (ever-cognizant of new developments in the aerospace, home automation and automotive industries):
  • Initial Drawings;
  • Specification Development;
  • Target Price Analysis;
  • Preliminary design;
  • Committee review (with direct input from Sales and Marketing):
  • Focus Group Management (groups include both current and prospective owners);
  • Board of Director review; and, finally (whew)
  • Tooling, construction and installation.

Wait, not finally! Finally ain’t until owner/user feedback comes in after delivery and use, with review of warranty and service reports over the life of the product.

I am amazed at this scope of work, and how much pure process it takes. Trust me, in manufacturing, process is expensive. It’s great that Hinckley has the resources and dedication to make this kind of investment. Way too many shoot-from-the-hip manufacturers don’t, or can’t. To them I say –


(Bonus points to whomever can identity the meaning and source of this expression, sans Google!)

And what did it take to design the 38R’s awning?

Eighteen months and a solid six figures!

And what’s more:

The components and installation in every 38R awning are another six figures.

Think about it – a Bentley’s convertible top is perhaps five feet long. And it spends most of its time in a garage. The 38R’s is eleven feet long and must thrive in a salt-water environment. What I see is that the Hinckley team made its technology beautiful and its operation seamless. That sort of value-adding result doesn’t happen by chance.

I displayed the brand new 34R (the 38R’s smaller sibling) at our Sag Harbor event a few weeks ago:

Talaria 34R in Sag Harbor

The sun was scorching hot, and people gathered when I put the top up for the first time. I’m no fool, so I spent the next few days punching that button every twenty minutes. The docks loved it!

Scott closed our talk this way, laying it all out, so to speak, on his drafting table:

You asked what my job was? Well, doing tech just for the sake of tech is pointless. The whole point of tech is to provide a better, higher-value experience for the owner. That’s my job.

 You know how to whistle, don’t you?

If you want to meet Scott, here he is, speaking about the development of “his” 34R:

And if you would like an opportunity to run this amazing vessel for yourself, howzabout this?

II. Hinckley Talaria 34R comes to Montauk!

From Friday, August 26th through Monday the 29th I will have a Talaria 34R for your use at the storied Montauk Lake Club:

Montauk Lake Club - Montauk's Original Estate

Montauk Lake Club – Montauk’s Original Estate


It is a thoroughly stunning location, and I have reserved three transient slips (up to 110 feet) if you’d like to stay for the weekend. Montauk will be blitzed that weekend, so I recommend you make your sea trial reservation now.

II. But What About Next Week?

Wanna see some Hinckley’s next week?

 This Thursday, July 21st, from 4pm till 8pm, I’ll have two Hinckley’s for your enjoyment: A Talaria 29R

Talaria 29R

Talaria 29R

and a Talaria 34 Pilot House –

Talaria 34 Pilot House
They’ll be at a cocktail hour showcase of an amazing waterfront estate, offered for sale by my friends at Houlihan Lawrence. They provided me with this this video, and you’ll note the owner’s Hinckley at his dock. Low tide in Rye gives him just over two feet of water – ample draft for his fine little yacht:

I would thoroughly enjoy seeing you there. You can register quickly and easily here:

Ciao for now, loyal readers. But as always, if you have questions, answers or good jokes, just launch a flare.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Big Wave Dave