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 end of this post.
I. First Stop – The Hague!
Midway between Amsterdam and Rotterdam, I spent the day at the home of my wonderful “little” pocket yachts – Long Island Yachts:
You’ll see below that the LIY factory is humming along nicely. Having sold 80+ of these wonderful boats in Europe, I am convinced they can handle the US market with skill and dependability.
I am so pleased to announce here for the first time that LIY is sending me a 33 Runabout demo boat for the coming season! You’ll find this lovely beauty at my dock in Shelter Island this summer, and in harbors from Montauk to Essex. I look forward to showing you what she can do, but until then, enjoy this video and call me for pricing and availability.
II. The Zeelander 72 Launch
I was honored to be among Holland’s yachting elite for the launch party of Zeelander’s greatly anticipated 72. It was … incendiary! I’ve seen launches like this at Cannes and Monaco, but never a party of this scale at a factory.
Trust me, professional photography and videography will follow at length, but here are some early views to tide you over until then:
You can see full coverage of this party, with additional photos right here:
I spent a full day exploring this fine yacht, and here are my observations:
Long time readers know that 72’ yachts are the most common models I have sold – at least six or eight of them, from several builders, all with traditional straight-shaft power trains. It’s a footprint I know intimately!
The Zeelander 72 changed my space-planning expectations. The interior volume that intelligent IPS engine installations provide is just remarkable. Her total living area almost approaches that of my Vicem 85 model (albeit in a narrower beam).
This was clear just about every place I looked:
Her master cabin is positively huge. The only time I’ve seen so much “empty” space around built-in furniture is on larger, mid-cabin master cabin yachts.
Although not terribly clear on the layout plan, she even has a walk-in closet to starboard.
Notably, each of the two guest cabins are quite large, almost the size of master cabins on many 58’ boat yachts.
What’s more, shower areas, often a space sacrifice in boats this size (particularly European builds), are voluminous here.
Exterior space, particularly with what I estimate is a 150 square foot extended swim platform, is almost ridiculous! For entertaining, this boat could easily absorb a 20+ person cocktail party.
My design quibbles are just two or three in number, and they are minor. Please feel free to reach out to me privately and I’d be happy to share them with you.
A brief discourse here, loyal readers, about global markets, and what they can mean for you….
Careful readers will note at the bottom of each page icons for the Russian and Chinese versions of The Fog Warning. They are becoming much-used services. How much so?
Currently 9% of all readers of The Fog Warning worldwide are from Russia!
3% are from China, by the way. But I’m working hard on increasing that number.
The Russian market is booming, and I find those clients to be among the most yacht-savvy boaters I have met. Case in point, the Zeelander 55 I’m shooting above has just been sold to a client in Russia. Here she is, the very next day, on her way to points east:
To continue this multi-lingual thread, in the last month I have received two inquires from the UAE about Ojala, our Vicem 80 listing:
Those inquiries have spurred me to add an Arabic version of The Fog Warning, and interested readers can find that new icon at the bottom of each page as well.
My point here, loyal readers and yacht owners, is that The Fog Warning’s global reach can be a huge asset in the sale of your fine yacht. Please call me to find out how my global reach can find a new home for your yacht.
OK, back to my Vicem 80! The number one question I receive about this yacht (formerly known as the Vicem 75, before the swim platform length was added to its overall measurement) is how she differs from the best-selling Vicem 72. Well, that is now an easy question to answer. You’ll see here how just a bit more length and a bit more height allows a comfortable fourth cabin to fit in nicely:
The full listing for this Vicem 80 can be found below. And if you are coming to the Palm Beach Boat Show next week, I’d be happy to meet you in Miami to explore her together. I’d say she is certainly worth your time:
You will find me on D – Dock at the Palm Beach Show, under the Northrop & Johnson flags. I will be aboard the Zeelander 55 from March 28th through the 31st. I look forward to showing her to you there. But until then, this will have to suffice:
III. On to Istanbul!
I spent a great day with my friends from Vicem Yachts in Istanbul. I saw their almost done 68 Cruiser coming together, and you’ll be able to see her for yourself at the fall shows:
Vicem is having an impressive line of yachts at the Palm Beach Show. They’re having a cocktail party on Thursday night, and you’ll see me there!
IV. And Finally, to Antalya
Antalya is a stunning historic Roman harbortown in the far south of Turkey. It is one of my favorite places on the planet, which is why this was perhaps my tenth trip there. It’s a sleepy, Mediterranean kind of place, as evidenced by my canine friend here:
I returned to Antalya to meet with AvA Yachts, the builder of the striking Kando line of go-anywhere steel/aluminum yachts.
They are finishing up hull #1 of the kendo 110, set to splash in six weeks:
And, I saw that they are two months in to hull #2, destined to deliver to NBA star Tony Parker in nineteen months:
In the end they will both look like this:
But they will have very different layouts. #1 is a five-cabin model, with the master cabin in the bow:
To each his and her own, of course. But personally, I have a thing for aft-cabin masters. By putting the master cabin on the aft deck, you get an enormous “porch” at the foot of your bed, presenting wonderfully romantic “sunsets-in-bed.” After all, in the end ain’t it all about the romance?
Numarine does this with their line of explorer yachts. But as you’ll see here, that back porch view will usually be blocked by tenders and water toys:
The Kando 110 (aft master) places the tender on the front deck, preserving those unblocked bedside sunsets:
As I say, to each his and her own. That’s the thing about yacht building in Turkey – You can always have it your way, usually at minimal extra cost!
V. And Home!
Finally, back to New York, for one week. Then I’m off to Zeelander-world at the Palm Beach Show. I do hope to see you there. But I’d like to leave you with this closing thought – A top industry executive once said this (kindly!) about my success in the boat biz:
“Dave may not be the absolute best broker in the industry. And he may not be the #1 hardest working broker in the industry. But he always shows up!”
Yah, showing up is what I do. So please consider letting me show up on your behalf, my loyal readers, sellers and buyers. You know me, I aim to please. And to deliver!
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 watched over 31,000 times to date. My video production company really pulled out the stops for Baron, and they can do the same for any of my Fog Warning – listing clients After all, doesn’t your yacht deserve this kind of marketing? Call me for the details.
II. And the Next Bullet in the Chamber?
I am so pleased to present to you my latest listing! Meet Ojala (Oh-hala) a truly remarkable 2011 Vicem 80 Flybridge from Key Biscayne:
Original Factory Photo
Owner’s, clients and long time readers of The Fog Warning know that Vicem’s larger Flybridge yachts are known far and near for their ability to take their family and guests just about anywhere, through just about anything, in safety and style. The only thing these models have lacked so far is a true four-cabin layout. That is exactly what Ojala delivers for you and yours:
I first ran this fine yacht when she splashed in Istanbul in 2011. Back then (before Vicem changed their model nomenclature to include swim platform measurements) she was known as the Vicem 75. I had the pleasure of studying her carefully for a couple of days last week, and found this yacht meets her mission of four-couple yachting superbly.
One of the many things that is remarkable about Ojala, even within the Vicem line, is her interior design choices. She was envisioned right from from her drawing board days as a yacht to showcase a lighter, European-style interior. As Yachting Magazine said in their glowing review:
“She presents a thoroughly contemporary interior fit and finish, notable for her light anigre wood, complemented by wenge accents and trim, offset by her dark iroko sole.The combination works, and instead of jarring the senses, the interior is soothing, providing a canvas that will not compete with the scenery beyond the salon windows.”
I could not agree more. You can read the full review of this 30-knot yacht here:
Ojala means “Hopefully.” As in, hopefully I will meet you at her Key Biscayne dock for a private viewing soon. She’s not that far from Palm Beach, so if you are visiting my yachts at the boat show from March 28th through the 31st I’d happily run down and show her to you.
You know the drill, loyal readers ….. just launch a flare!
III. Wait….Another Bullet in the Chamber
And yet another fine yacht for your inspection! Not to be missed in Charleston is Mahogany Rose, my classic Vicem 67 listing. She has had a dramatic price reduction to $1,050,000, and is actively in search of her next owner. In two weeks her hull is scheduled to get a new paint job. If you’d like to see her just before, or just after her new look, let me know and I’m happy to give you the grand tour.
IV. Adult Content Ahead…
The Baron video is not the only Fog Warning media to have gone viral. You may remember this Zeelander 55 video:
Well, not to be outdone, a Zeelander 55 owner in Europe suggested to me that his clip showed a better use of Zeelander’s remarkable swim platform design. He predicted that his would shortly surpass our Tango video in viewership.
Well, who am I to argue with this?
IV. Spanning The Globe For You
Yes, loyal readers, I’m off next week on your behalf – a three city/five day tour of some very fine yachts and their very skilled builders. First stop?
On March 15th Zeelander is proud and pleased to host the launch party of their first 72′ yacht:
To give you a sense of relative scale, here is their entire fleet:
It’s the full range of Zeelander’s offerings, and their design and build capabilities, that has made 2018 the best year in Zeelander’s history. You can read about their success here, and I invite you to ride the Zeelander wave with me:
Please feel free to meet me at the Rotterdam factory on the 15th. I am assured it will be quite a party! Otherwise, I will be displaying a Zeelander 55 (sans nudes) at the Palm Beach Show at the end of March. Please let me know if you’d like some private time aboard her that week.
From there, on to…
Back in the day, for almost a decade, I traveled to Istanbul perhaps eight or ten times a year. These days I try and go once or twice a year to keep up with all things yachting, to see old friends, and for the food (trust me, even in Manhattan authentic Turkish cuisine is hard to find!)
I’ve been hearing rumors that my friends at Vicem Yachts were planning something innovative and exciting in the coming year. So when they invited me over to hear the news first hand, I jumped at the chance. As someone who has been associated with this fine builder since 2004, I’m honored to be even informally included in their design, build and marketing plans. I’m sure I will be filling you in on their latest developments here on The Fog Warning.
Recently I was aboard Vicem’s latest splash, the V65 IPS. The sheer amount of interior volume and her grand sense of spaciousness surprised me. It may be the most I’ve seen in an express-style yacht. You can see a great video of her here:
Her full listing can be found below. I’ve been through her thoroughly, and have quite a lot to say. Feel free to call me if you are interested or have questions or comments.
Antalya is in the south of Turkey, some 600 miles from Istanbul. It’s built around an ancient Roman harbor, and its one of the most romantic places I know. I very excited to be returning there. This particular trip began in Cannes.
Readers may remember my stories from last September, when I took a valuable and informative trip to Holland and Cannes to expand my knowledge of steel expedition yachts.
In Cannes, I ran into a Turkish company that somehow had previously escaped my notice. AvA Yachts is a former commercial builder that has transitioned seamlessly into a builder of fine yachts. Their Kando 110 is the flagship in their line, so far. Their design team introduced me to the knowledgeable Norwegian owner of Hull #1, and he graciously invited me to sea trial her when she splashed.
Then, just a few weeks after I returned to the States, , Kando announced the sale of Hull #2, to NBA star Tony Parker:
I’m quite curious to see both the completed #1, and the early stages of Tony Parker’s build. Here’s a great introduction to what looks to me to be a great yacht:
In my meetings with the company’s founder, Atilla Kuckdiker, I was reminded of that uniquely Turkish approach to yacht building, a style I long ago labeled as:
“You draw it on a napkin, and we will build it!”
So I decided to challenge them with a napkin of my own…
A mariner I’ve know for a long time, who’s nautical judgement I’ve come to trust and depend on, brought to my attention a unique megayacht design. The Ocean Alexander 112 features an especially large master cabin in her bow. This is achieved largely by means of a “duplex-style” arrangement that puts the master head one level down, with a full size jacuzzi.
I just love this innovative use of space. I asked the design team at Kando if they could do the same. In less than a week they send me their interpretation, which I find outstanding:
That is high-level yacht building, Turkish-style. And, ladies and gentlemen, that’s exactly what keeps me coming back for more!
So off I go, friends and neighbors. But as you all know, I have little life beyond my boats and my clients. So please feel free to call or write about any little thing.
Thanks for listening, and enjoy!
Big Wave Dave
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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.
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…