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*** Welcome Aboard! ***

 

Welcome to The Fog Warning, your waypoint for answers to those 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 every day here on The Fog Warning blog  and on her sister publication, The Fog Warning Digital Magazine:

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These platforms spring 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 downeast designs, like those built by Zeelander, Hinckley,  Vicem and Reliant 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

Dave@Thefogwarning.com

(516) 816-1703

Dave Mallach in Sag Harbor NY at his showroom

LATEST NEWS

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

*** 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 […]

*** 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% […]

*** 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 […]

*** 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 […]

*** 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 […]

*** 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 […]

*** 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 […]

*** 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 […]

*** 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 […]

*** 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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! […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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