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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 with this well known and unforgettable clip, brought to you direct from George Clooney on the wildly pitching decks of the Andrea Gayle:

I. Your Snoozeagram

Yes, one and all, this is your latest in my twenty-year long line of “Snoozagrams.” I am quite pleased to report that Makai, our Zeelander 44 listing in CT, is now under contract!

Zeelander 44

If you didn’t get to see her in Norwark, worry not. It appears she will continue to spend the rest of her days in Connecticut waters.

But you do have another bite of the Zeelander apple available to you! We have her twin sister still available to you (last time I checked).

She is down in Fort Lauderdale, and you can read all about her right HERE. But phones are ringing (they really are) so I recommend you call me quickly, lest you find you are on the wrong end of my next snoozeagram.

II. Our Brand New Zeelander 55

As I blog with you today, our new Z55 is on a freighter somewhere out mid-Atlantic:

Final Loading, Rotterdam!

Courtesy of our wonderful team in Holland, here’s a video of her final (42 knot!) run from the factory to the freighter:

Humming along….

Her next stop? Newport, this coming weekend. She will be available for sea trials at our Connecticut docks by July 29th.

By all means call me now to schedule your sea trial.

Our northern home (when we are not in Fort Lauderdale), is in Norwalk, at Norwalk Cove Marina:

Norwalk Cove Marina
Norwalk Cove Marina. If you’ve been to the Norwalk Boat Show, you’ve been there.

You’ll find us at our 150′ of docks there (right under the Sunset Grill). That’s more than enough room to dock the Zeelander 55 above, as well as our [just sold] Zeelander 44, and of course your yacht when you come to visit us (or perhaps trade it in because where there is a will, there is a way).

I’ll also take the liberty to add here that should you buy the our Z55, and would like to stay local, I can make you an attractive deal on this season’s dockage as well.

III. Your August Viewing Opportunities

August presents you with some exciting opportunities to experience all that Zeelander offers. We are now making appointments for two safe and private events. And a third one is in the works!

A) Your Sag Harbor event….

First, from August 7th though the 13th, you can see and sea trial the Z55 in that gem of the Hamptons, Sag Harbor:

Sag Harbor, at the foot of the docks.

You’ll find us at slip #10, opposite the mega yachts, so artfully shown here:

Zeelander 55, Slip 10, Sag Harbor Town Dock

We are providing sea trials from 10am through 6pm by prior appointment only. Please schedule yours now. Because, as you’ve heard me say (quite recently) You Snooze, You Lose.

B) Your Montauk Event…

From Sag Harbor we head to that other storied yachting capital – Montauk! From August 14th – 16th we will be at the Montauk Lake Club:

We will be the outer dock:

Again, this is by appointment only, so I recommend you jump quick and loud.

IV. And Now For Something Completely Different

Beyond the Z55 in its standard hardtop configuration, Zeelander now has information available on her “topless” sister. She’s called the Z55 Cabriolet-flair:

Zeelander 55 Cabriolet-flair
Zeelander 55 Cabriolet-flair

This new and striking 55′ design is named after the beautiful (and sometimes squirrelly) seaside road that runs from Saint Jean Cap Ferrat to Monaco. If you’ve driven in heavy fog from Nice to Monaco, you may know it too well.

I was in Sag Harbor this week and found it hard not to notice the tremendous growth in the (mostly Dutch) dayboat market of soft top yachts, right up to the twenty meter range. George Clooney seems to get the whole dayboat concept (certainly in comparison to his Andrea Gayle experiences):

Well, the Cabriolet-flair floats quite proudly in this part of the market.You can read more about her right HERE. As always, for pricing (without hardtop tooling, she comes in less than the regular Z55) and delivery information, just launch a flare.

V. And, of course, our Z72

With all this Z55 news, I don’t want us all to lose sight of our Zeelander 72. Here’s the furthest along 72 at this very moment:

This particular Z72 will wrap up in September. Our scheduled Z72 will splash a few months later, at the end of the year. But if a September delivery works for you, I may be able to do some magic. Because, again,

Where there’s a will, there’s a way!

Until next week, when George and I return Zeelander University to your good graces.

Thanks, and enjoy!

Big Wave Dave (and now a first time grandfather!)

Meet Hallie!

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 (by far) the most viewed Zeelander video on the web (you’ll find it at the end of this report). But it will be getting a run for its money with this latest Zeelander 55 review. If you watch closely you’ll get a very strong feel for her handling and responsiveness. I guarantee a quality viewing experience here:

You’ll find more about her pricing and availability later in this posting.

II. Welcome to Z.U.

I’m delighted to welcome you here to Zeelander University. The story begins with some young people: Two young friends of mine are finishing up their advanced degrees in New York (in law for him, an MBA for her) and of course both have been shifted entirely to online classes. They tell me that from a learning perspective they don’t feel particularly shortchanged. But being young, single and ready to mingle, they report feeling extremely shortchanged, socially. 

Their both winners, and they’ll be fine. I’m impressed by their flexibility and dedication under difficult conditions, and they’ve inspired me to launch this new initiative – Your online MZY degree A Master’s degree in Zeelander Yachts! 

All the Z’s (so far) – 44, 55 and 72.

For those of you who find yourselves homebound (yachtbound?) I invite you join me here on The Fog Warning for the first in a 12-part series in advanced Zeelander ownership. For each class, I’ll select a single item from their intelligently designed options list, and do my best to relate it to your real-world yachting needs.

As always at The Fog Warning, these discussions will touch securely on yachting safety, but you can also expect wide ranging discussion of yachting ergonomics, aesthetics, and just plain fun. I’ll try to not make it too geeky, but then again, it is an advanced degree…. 

You can expect discussions springing off various Zeelander’s options like these:

  • Stabilization technologies – What technology works best, and when? 
  • Navigation electronics – Does Radar/Chart overlay really work?
  • Engine choices – What is your actual cost per extra knot?
  • Dynamic positioning – What are the hidden dangers?
  • Broadband vs. onboard WiFi systems – Cheaper Netflix?
  • Tender choices – All of them!

I am sure that by the time we get through both this crisis and this course (and we find ourselves back on the water with friends and families)  you’ll find there isn’t much you won’t know about what Zeelander can do for you. Everything, that is, except what you’ll learn on sea trials of these fine yachts, which I’m quite happy to schedule for you. 

So pull up a chair, grab a hot cup of coffee….

….and let’s get to it!

III. Mater’s Degree Lesson #1 – All you ever wanted to know (but were afraid to ask) about Night Vision

I know a skilled captain, one with many more sea miles under his keel than mine, who’s philosophy on yachting at night is simple: 

Just don’t do it!

I get that, I really do. But it’s a little like saying don’t boat in fog. Great in theory…

I come to nighttime operations from a different perspective, for two reasons. First, I’m a sailor. At 6 or 7 knots top speed, you never have the luxury of completely avoiding nighttime sailing. My trawler, for that matter, tops out at a blistering 11 knots (downhill) so that luxury doesn’t apply here either. Sometimes, despite the best plans and intentions, you find yourself getting home after dark. 

Second, my passion in life (beyond Zeelander’s, of course) is fly-fishing. The whole River-Runs-Through-It thing. But over the years I’ve spent more time fly fishing oceans than rivers. I live in the Hamptons, and up here that means fly fishing for striped bass from a flats boat at 3am. Because, as children of all ages know…

…monsters only come out at night!

My own personal go-to aid for hunting monster at night is a FLIR hand held night vision system:

It’s waterproof, has long (rechargeable) battery life, and it will show a big bass’ tail breaking the surface from 35 yards away. I can only cast 30 yards, of course, but that’s a whole other kettle of fish.

The handheld version does have its limitations, as I belatedly learned three years ago. I was running a Hinckley jet boat from lower Manhattan to Seawanakha Club in Oyster Bay. That’s about a 25 mile run, and after a [too] great dockside dinner I didn’t head east until just after sunset. She was radar equipped, of course, and my SOP for nighttime operations over open water is 15 knots, so all in all, it was no big deal. 

A Short Editorial Digression

No big deal, I might add, except that in my experience jet boats hate going just 15 knots. The shallow draft advantages of jet drives are well known. Their disadvantages? Well, for one, their power curve is quite narrow – They like going five knots, and they love going thirty knots. But in between? They tend to drag and lurch a bit, a semi-stagger that announces to the world they’d really just rather get up and go.  Like keeping an eye on my dog Trout around chewables,

it can be a little …. wearing. Trout and I find the power curve of IPS boats to be both wider and more predicable.

Anyway, as many of you know, the mooring field at Seawanaka is very crowded in summertime, and finding your assigned mooring ball at night can be tough.

I pulled from my trusty FLIR out, but found it completely useless.  It took a few minutes for me to figure out why – its’ heat sensing technology doesn’t work through a windshield (or even Isinglass, I later learned). In the end, I stood on the pilot seat, head and scope poking up through overhead hatch, and eventually found the right mooring. But I wasn’t thrilled with the work-around.

On a Zeelander, of course, my handheld would have worked just fine, operating this fine yacht fully from her rear (outdoor) docking station:

Portside exterior docking station

Even better, of course, would have been using FLIR’s big screen displays. On the Zeelander option lists, it runs through the Garmin Glass Bridge system display, in what I find to be a completely seamless integration.

It costs roughly $30,000, and I find it worth every penny. Handhelds are fine for small boats, but I highly recommend an integrated FLIR system for big yachts.  

An aside to my loyal readers: For a full options list on both the Zeelander 55 and 72, just launch a flare and I’ll get it right to you.

Here’s what the integrated units do that handhelds don’t:

  • Much greater range – a couple of miles, vs. just 50 yards. 
  • A built-in Wi-Fi connection, transmitting the FLIR screen from your helm to your phone or tablet. Terrific for dockside security, even if you’re belly up to the bar.
  • A wwo lens systems – one for low light (an enhanced video camera, essentially) and one for thermal, heat sensing displays.  For the latter, even the heat caused by the friction of a boat’s hull as it moves through the water makes her wake visible. 
Actual, low light, and thermal views
  • Because they are built primarily for naval use, their lenses are heated, allowing full use in sub-freezing conditions. 
  • They have a remarkable 2-axis gyro-stabilization feature.

All in all, this is why someone (not me) once said:

“If you want to use a tougher, better-performing FLIR, you’ll have to join the Special Forces.”

I certainly welcome you to apply for the Special Forces. For myself, I’d just settle for a FLIR-equipped Zeelander!

IV. Your Zeelander construction report

Your next available Zeelander 55 (#7 in her run) is about six weeks away from her first splash. Here you can find this week’s walkthrough of her latest status:

For how we have chosen to option #7 out for you, just launch a flare and I will send you her complete details and pricing.

And, your next available Zeelander 72 (#4 in her run) is getting closer and closer to her end-of-year delivery. Here is the latest shot of Z72 #2 getting unloaded:

Zeelander 72 #2

Again, feel free to let me know if you’d like to understand exactly how we optioned her out (and why) with full pricing.

And, as I’m sure you’ve anticipated, here’s your impressive (12 minute!) video review of the Z72 I mentioned up front:

V. Virus Supplies from the boat locker

Last week I went to check on Gypsy, my Island Gypsy 40 trawler. She’s shrink-wrapped and on the hard in a closed marina in the Hamptons right now. But I wanted to prepare my season-opening checklist, and I really needed to get out of the house. Poking around in my darkest locker, what did I find among my fiberglass supplies but half a box of disposable gloves, and four N95 ventilator masks! So, if your yard is isolated, and you are as bored as I am, it may be worth your while to dig around in your bilges to see what you can find.

Well, the class bell just sounded. But fear not, lesson #2 is in your near future. Between now and then, I’m here for whatever you need. Meanwhile, take care, stay safe, and launch a flare if you have the luxury of boredom in these trying times.

Big Wave Dave (and Trout)

Westhampton beach, this week

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.

All thoughts, feelings and opinions expressed in The Fog Warning are just that – My own personal can’t-fall-asleep-at-night ruminations. Some people lay awake and count sheep. For some of us,  it’s boats…