*** Welcome Aboard! ***

 

Welcome to The Fog Warning, your destination for answers to those two great and eternal questions about yachting:

What makes a yacht great, and why? 

 

Who makes a great yacht, and how?

My name is Dave Mallach, and I take a deep dive into these questions every day here on The Fog Warning blog.

The blog springs from my twenty years’ obsession with the design, construction and sale of fine yachts. Much of what I’ve learned comes from my experiences with classic designs, like those built by Zeelander, Hinckley,  and Vicem Yachts. But I cover the waterfront, so to speak, for quality yachts of any style, from sportfish to mega-yachts. So 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

DaveMallach@Thefogwarning.com

(516) 816-1703

Dave Mallach in Sag Harbor NY at his showroom

LATEST NEWS

Big News in the Yachting World

Greetings, and welcome to the launch of The Fog Warning. My name is Dave Mallach, and I’ve been a yacht broker and an enthusiastic observer of all things nautical for almost twenty years. It’s my hope that you come to enjoy my unique take on some of the finest yachts afloat, as well as some engaging […]

Why a duck?

“Why a duck?” asks Chico. Or, more to the point:  Why a Hinckley? Well, here’s one [lengthy] answer: When you get a bunch of builders together at happy hour, sooner or later the conversations turns to this: “What should we build, and how should we build it?” It can be a tough call. A builder […]

The Real Deal

So this clip from 1933 – to me one of the funniest in film history – playfully illustrates the difference between the real deal, and that which is not quite. I see this in the boat biz all the time. Last week I wrote about fun times at yacht builder Happy Hours. They are fun, […]

From Yacht to Ship

I. Running the Race –  Our Hinckley Experience event in Sag Harbor last weekend was much fun, but I will admit I worked my ass off!  When it was over I was pleased to have time to play – by taking our Talaria 34R from Sag Harbor to Hinckley’s yard in Portsmouth, RI. That’s 56 […]

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 […]

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?   The fine little yacht at the dock in Rye is the Hinckley Talaria 29R, and this was my first opportunity to […]

I have a haddock (II)

I. Headache-free Ownership – Yes, I’m opening this post the same way I closed the last one. If you laughed last week, get ready to laugh some more: Why, you may ask,  all this talk about headaches in what is supposed to be a yachting blog? A bunch of years ago I sold a dealer […]

You snooze, you lose!

I. A Very Rare Opportunity –  I used to be known for a particular phrase in this biz (and no, not launch a flare, which I still delight in using). This other phrase had travelled far enough around that boaters I’d never met would quote it to me at boat shows: You snooze, you lose! […]

The Gorilla in the Room

Two wonderful book recommendations this week, loyal readers. Their common theme is … genius! This first book jumped out at me from a glowing review in the Wall Street Journal earlier this year: The Making of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Piers Bizony. This is a stunning coffee table book, ingeniously packaged in its own […]

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 […]

Back to the future!

  How’s this for a Back-to-the-Future development, loyal readers? I have again surrendered myself to the beauty and value of Turkish-built yachts! I am thrilled to have joined Reliant Yachts, of Newport, Rhode Island in their goal of bringing a stunning line of sail and power yachts built by Istanbul’s Su Marine to the global […]

The stuff that dreams are made of…

  Dreams indeed! Sixty-five years after Bogart starred in The Maltese Falcon, famed Italian builder Perini Navi stunned the yachting world with this namesake: With a budget of almost $200 million, owner Tom Perkins could have chosen to have this yacht built by anyone, anywhere in the world. He chose Perini Navi because they had the […]

Va-Va-Va-Voom!

This week I’d like to talk about the challenges of great boat design, and take you on a photo safari of downeast boats. I believe you’ll see the method to my madness. And if not, at least you got to look at some pretty pictures. But first, a video of unparalleled artistry.  It’s a clip […]

*** Fasten your seat belts ***

A bumpy night, indeed! Clearly Bette Davis wasn’t talking about boats here (we all know what she was talking about).  But talking,  writing and selling boats is what I do. So this week The Fog Warning turns to the timely subject of hull construction. Specifically, an analysis of cold molded vs. fiberglass construction methods. Let’s […]

*** Innovare ***

I. Innovare The word just just rolls of the tongue, doesn’t it?  “Innovare,” the root of “Innovate.” It’s meaning in Ancient Rome? “To renew.” My meaning today? Way cool. Maybe even Daddy-O cool…. To be cool and classic ain’t easy. When you can innovate and celebrate tradition at the same time, you’ve achieved (and can own) a […]

*** Chain, chain, chain ***

I. STUFF HAPPENS Let’s face it – ten scary minutes at sea get a lot more attention than a thousand peaceful hours. The problem is that those fun hours can lull us into a false complacency. It’s easy to forget that most problems afloat start small and seem innocuous. But bad consequences can mushroom very […]

*** Crunch of the Week ***

I. Crunch of the Week: As far as I’ve been able to determine, The Fog Warning is the most widely read blog in this (rather small) industry. On average,  anywhere from 2,500 to 3,500 people around the world are regular readers (not counting shares and forwards, which I can’t track).  So a huge thank you to […]

*** Tesla smart! ***

I. Tesla Smart! Any fellow Crunchbase readers out there? Reading it is part of my morning routine, along with the Times and my oatmeal and raisins. This week it informs me that Tesla, upon releasing their new broader-market Model 3, has come to understand that service is king. To support their next phase of growth they’re […]

*** Night Moves ***

I. Florida First and foremost, to my Florida friends and clients – My thoughts are with you today. Please let me know if and how I can help. My list of high-quality service providers in Florida is long and well-tested, so just launch a flare for even the smallest question. II. A Classic Pocket Yacht […]

*** The essence of Essence ***

At some point in their history most successful custom builders are able hit a sweet spot in the design and execution of a truly special yacht. So special, in fact,  that it becomes their flagship. For Vicem Yachts, that flagship was their 2006 Vicem 85 Classic – Essence.  Essence is the largest and most elegant […]

*** 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 […]

*** 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% […]

*** 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 […]

Gemstone Quality

I. Gemstone Quality A client recently asked me if The Fog Warning had a specific theme. I quickly said: “Sure! On any given day I write about whatever yachts I like.” But thinking about it later, that seemed just a little shallow. With this new year approaching us, and excited by some improvements you may have […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mayday! A Cautionary Tale

Mayday!   Last summer I did a solo delivery of a friend’s 45’ boat from Sag Harbor to Newport. A few miles off Fisher Island she caught fire, and I sent out the first (and, I hope, the last) Mayday call of my life. It all ended well enough (meaning no one was hurt) but […]

You Snooze, You Lose (again)!

I. More Mayday My last posting, Mayday – A Cautionary Tale, was the most widely read (and shared) post in the ten years I’ve been doing this. I am thrilled to report that readership of The Fog Warning has now climbed past 10,000 readers. For what this can mean to you and your yachts, please see below. […]

Solutions

I. A Christening I was shocked to learn that long after his heroic WWI exploits in the Middle East, Lawrence of Arabia swapped his camels for boats and became a successful boat designer. By all accounts, Sir Lawrence was pretty good at it. Here is a wonderful video of the 1938 christening of his record-breaking hydroplane, Empire Day: Now I’m […]

If it ain’t Dutch, it ain’t much!

I’ve been traveling the breadth of Holland for most of September.  Having bounced around between Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and that booming metropolis of Urk (no, that’s not a typo) for weeks on end,  I return with fascinating tales and stunning boats for you. So grab a Heineken or two and settle down for the story. I […]

If it ain’t Dutch… [Continued]

I. Portuguese for “peaceful, or gentle…” I’ve heard it said over the years that “Northern European’s don’t do sexy.” Yachts, that is. I don’t know if that’s ever been true – after all, these are the people who brought us Zeelanders, as sexy a yacht as any I’ve seen come out of Italy:   But it […]

Not supposed to notice…

I. What you’re not supposed to notice… To all whom I was lucky enough to catch up with at the Fort Lauderdale Show, thanks for your time! I can say with complete authority that no one who boarded our Zeelander 55 left unimpressed. And my clients, I am very proud to say,  are very hard […]

Time and Tide…

I. The Magazine! At least one of your holiday wishes has been granted! The Winter issue of The Fog Warning Digital Magazine has just been published on the Apple and Google App stores:   The winter issue contains 178 pages of cool articles and in-depth listings of featured yachts. You can subscribe to this free and […]

Flash Alert: Price Reduction

Mahogany Rose, the esteemed Vicem 67 Flybridge currently in Charleston, has undergone a $350,000 price reduction, to $1,050,000. She is scheduled for a new paint job and re-covered exterior cushions, presenting an opportunity for a timely buyer to pick their own color scheme.   The full listing can be seen here: Mahogany Rose Yachtworld Listing […]

You Snooze, You Lose!

I. You Snooze, You Lose…. Ah, Baron, we hardly knew ye! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, The Baron, our premier Vicem 72 Flybridge listing, is now under contract, and soon to make her 35-knot way to her new home.  As a parting glance for you, my loyal readers, I leave you with the video that was […]

Your Globe-circling Report

I have returned! With four cities and ten boats over five days under my jet-lagged belt, I’d like to share with you some of what I learned. Feel free to skim through until you find something you like, and trust that I’ll tie up all its diverse threads in a bow for you at the […]

The fast, the blue, and the custom…

This week, loyal clients and readers, we go through three iterations of fine yachts – The fast, the blue, and the custom! Fast Boats! I’ve run a couple of big boats (+20 meters) at 50 knots and more, and what they all had in common was their drivetrains: Surface-drive propulsion. If you want to drive […]

Your Special Newport Opportunity

Short of a full blown boat show, I can’t think of a more exciting yachting opportunity for my US clients in 2019 than this one: From June 20th through the 26th I will be presenting THREE Zeelander models, side by side for your viewing and sea-trialing pleasure at Pier 41 in Newport, RI! First up, […]

From Newport to Cannes, to … Newport?

I. Summer in Newport I am so pleased to report that our Zeelander Yachts “pop-up” boat show last month in Newport Harbor was a wonder and a joy – an [almost] living, breathing example of the “If it ain’t Dutch, it ain’t much” dynamic. We had a brand new Zeelander 72 available for sea trials […]

Lauderdale Offerings

The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show countdown clock is now at T-9 days! Running from October 30th through November 3rd, I look forward to seeing you there aboard a wonderful three-boat display from Zeelander Yachts: You will find us on the Hall of Fame side of the show, under the Northrop & Johnson banner, slips 41A, […]

You Heard It Here First!

Greetings, loyal clients and readers! Some very exciting things have happened in your yachting world recently (on both sides of the Atlantic) and I’d like to take a moment and dive into what this can mean for you.  I am thrilled to announce that I have formed a new enterprise – Zeelander Yachts of North […]

The Survey from Hell

I’ll get it to it, I’ll get to it. But first, a word from our sponsor… We are eight weeks out from the delivery of our (or even better, your) Zeelander 55! It takes about ten months to build a Z55, depending upon the level of customization. But with yachts this size just about everything […]

2020 Zeelander 55 for Spring Delivery

New 2020 Zeelander 55 – For Spring Delivery – Call for Pricing You can view her full Yachtworld listing here. About the Author Latest PostsAbout Dave MallachIt amazes me to say that this now my twentieth year as a yacht broker. I’m lucky enough split my time between Manhattan and Westhampton Beach, but in season […]

Zeelander 72 for end of 2020 Delivery

New 2020 Zeelander 72 – For December 2020 Delivery – Call for Pricing and full details. You can view her full Yachtworld listing here. About the Author Latest PostsAbout Dave MallachIt amazes me to say that this now my twentieth year as a yacht broker. I’m lucky enough split my time between Manhattan and Westhampton […]

Your “MZY” – a Master’s degree from Zeelander University!

I. Zeelander’s Latest Video Review I have a lot to share with you all today, about yachting things both big and small. But the most exciting by far is the the premier of a really impressive video review of our [soon to arrive] Zeelander 55. Last fall’s video review of our Zeelander 72 has become […]

Love Me Tender

Welcome back for chapter two of your continuing twelve-part series in advanced Zeelander ownership. In the end you’ll be awarded your well-deserved Masters in Zeelander Yachts degree. This week we try to answer that age-old question of yachting, reportedly first asked by H.M.S. Bounty’s Captain Bligh himself: Where is the best place to store my […]

The Ghosts in the Machine

Welcome to Chapter #3 in Zeelander University’s Master Degree program – The latest course in your 12-part series in advanced Zeelander ownership. Today we’re going to explore together one of yachting’s high water marks in innovation, one where Northern European builders and engineers jumped far ahead of the rest of the industry: The ins, the […]

Words fail me….

Sometimes it’s about the words. But more often it’s all about the pix. Especially these pix, taken just this week in Rotterdam. Our 42-knot Zeelander 55 (#7) ships out on a freighter on July 7th. You will have your opportunity to see (and sea trial) her at our Norwalk CT docks on the afternoon of […]

You Snooze, You Lose….

I’ve got an almost dizzying amount of news for you, my loyal friends and clients. So much so that I’m taking a short sabbatical from teaching Zeelander University this week. But worry not, your Master’s Degree in Advanced Zeelander Ownership will resume next with Chapter Four, entitled “Stable and Able.” That chapter will lead off […]

Snooze again, lose again…

I’ve got more fast-breaking developments for you, loyal friends and clients, coming in from all 32 points of the compass. That would include: Another Zeelander sale; Another new summer event where you can experience our new Zeelander 55; Another cool update on said fine yacht; and, Another Zeelander 72 opportunity. I’m sure you are all […]

Stable and Able

I think I can distill down to three simple words an answer to The Fog Warning’s eternal question of yachting: What makes a yacht great, and why? Those three words? Stable and Able. If your yacht delivers that for you in all respects, you’ve done well. So here in unit four of Zeelander University – […]

25 Runabout

Runabout About the Author Latest PostsAbout Dave MallachIt amazes me to say that this now my twentieth year as a yacht broker. I’m lucky enough split my time between Manhattan and Westhampton Beach, but in season you are most likely to find me on my trawler “Gypsy” at mooring #44 in Coecles Harbor, Shelter Island. […]

29 Runabout

29 Runabout About the Author Latest PostsAbout Dave MallachIt amazes me to say that this now my twentieth year as a yacht broker. I’m lucky enough split my time between Manhattan and Westhampton Beach, but in season you are most likely to find me on my trawler “Gypsy” at mooring #44 in Coecles Harbor, Shelter […]

33 Runabout

33 Runabout About the Author Latest PostsAbout Dave MallachIt amazes me to say that this now my twentieth year as a yacht broker. I’m lucky enough split my time between Manhattan and Westhampton Beach, but in season you are most likely to find me on my trawler “Gypsy” at mooring #44 in Coecles Harbor, Shelter […]

40 Runabout

40 Runabout About the Author Latest PostsAbout Dave MallachIt amazes me to say that this now my twentieth year as a yacht broker. I’m lucky enough split my time between Manhattan and Westhampton Beach, but in season you are most likely to find me on my trawler “Gypsy” at mooring #44 in Coecles Harbor, Shelter […]

25 Sportsman

25 Sportsman About the Author Latest PostsAbout Dave MallachIt amazes me to say that this now my twentieth year as a yacht broker. I’m lucky enough split my time between Manhattan and Westhampton Beach, but in season you are most likely to find me on my trawler “Gypsy” at mooring #44 in Coecles Harbor, Shelter […]

28 Sportsman

28 Sportsman About the Author Latest PostsAbout Dave MallachIt amazes me to say that this now my twentieth year as a yacht broker. I’m lucky enough split my time between Manhattan and Westhampton Beach, but in season you are most likely to find me on my trawler “Gypsy” at mooring #44 in Coecles Harbor, Shelter […]

20 Sportsman Open

20 Sportsman Open About the Author Latest PostsAbout Dave MallachIt amazes me to say that this now my twentieth year as a yacht broker. I’m lucky enough split my time between Manhattan and Westhampton Beach, but in season you are most likely to find me on my trawler “Gypsy” at mooring #44 in Coecles Harbor, […]

33 Sportsman

33 Sportsman About the Author Latest PostsAbout Dave MallachIt amazes me to say that this now my twentieth year as a yacht broker. I’m lucky enough split my time between Manhattan and Westhampton Beach, but in season you are most likely to find me on my trawler “Gypsy” at mooring #44 in Coecles Harbor, Shelter […]

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*** The essence of Essence ***

At some point in their history most successful custom builders are able hit a sweet spot in the design and execution of a truly special yacht. So special, in fact,  that it becomes their flagship. For Vicem Yachts, that flagship was their 2006 Vicem 85 Classic – Essence.  Essence is the largest and most elegant […]

*** Crunch of the Week ***

I. Crunch of the Week: As far as I’ve been able to determine, The Fog Warning is the most widely read blog in this (rather small) industry. On average,  anywhere from 2,500 to 3,500 people around the world are regular readers (not counting shares and forwards, which I can’t track).  So a huge thank you to […]

The stuff that dreams are made of…

  Dreams indeed! Sixty-five years after Bogart starred in The Maltese Falcon, famed Italian builder Perini Navi stunned the yachting world with this namesake: With a budget of almost $200 million, owner Tom Perkins could have chosen to have this yacht built by anyone, anywhere in the world. He chose Perini Navi because they had the […]