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