Friday, September 26, 2014

Newport Boat Show: Part 5 - Time to Celebrate

Reader Note: It's been a busy 12 days since were returned from Newport.  Time to catch up.

The Newport Boat Show ended on Sunday, September 14 at 5:00 PM. My Outer Reef friends asked if they could blow our Kalenberg (read as very loud) air horn as is traditional at the show's end. We immediately evacuated Kodi knowing that she would be upset by the noise. The horns never blew. Apparently New Englanders are more civilized than other regions.

Outer Reef team
Mike, Tracy, John, Geoff and Danny (Missing is Joel)

Danny on the boat deck chatting with prospects

Crowds walking by Guided Discovery
Blowing the horn would have been appropriate as we had much to celebrate.  On Thursday at the start of the show Mike handed me a copy of Passagemaker's October issue with Guided Discovery on the cover (and me too if you look hard enough).  On Friday, we closed on our Chicago property making us official "live-aboards."  And finally, on Sunday, we finished our boat show obligation.
Three Cheers: Hurrah, Hurrah, Hurrah!

Newport was great fun, which was not the case with the other three shows.  Miami was consumed with resolving boat problems as was Lake Park.  We headed off to Sarasota during Palm Beach and did not return until it was over.   At Newport I actually enjoyed the town, went on boats, including a 75 foot Molokai Straights being brokered by Outer Reef, and enjoyed the exhibitor displays.

Outer Reef was brokering this 2006 75 foot Molokai Straights

Very impressive Molokai Straights pilot house
Tempus 90 foot
Solid African Mahogany for only 5.5 Million
Kodi also had a good time.  She sat with me in the Outer Reef tent and entertained passer's by.  The conversations always seem to follow a pattern.  Someone will walk by and say "that's a pretty dog" or ask if they can pet her.  This is almost always followed by the question "how old is she?"  My answer is always the same.  "She can tell you."  The puzzled reaction is predictable.  At that point I put her in a down settle and ask "how old are you?" She counts to six with her paw.  A crowd usually gathers and we proceed to put on a show of our own.  Kodi loves to perform.  In retrospect I should have put out a hat.  I bet we would have made a hundred dollars.

The Furry Kid entertained passerby's
Unfortunately, no sales were attributed to her efforts
During the show I met a gentleman who follows my blog and who is a serious prospect.  He spent considerable time on the boat both with John and myself.

Blog follower _________ and John from Outer Reef

Scott, Lesley and Amelia joined me on Friday afternoon
Diana and Pam flew in from Chicago and joined me on Saturday afternoon after being picked up at the airport by Lesley and Amelia.  We then had a dinner at the White Horse Tavern (established 1673) and celebrated our three major events (boat on cover, house closing and last show).  Diana and Pam accompanied me on the return trip to Hingham.

Sunset on Sunday after the show ended
The next major event took place on Monday morning and it went off without a hitch.  We were slated to depart early and that is exactly what happened.  They pulled the docks locking us in at 8:45 and we were on the road 8 minutes later.

Show management removing the dock that locked us in

Passing Fort Adams as we depart Newport

A massive Newport Mansion, one of many

We pass the USS Arlington entering Narraganset Bay
a 684 foot San Antonio Class amphibious transport dock
The crew is on deck for review

Taking photos of Billy Black, the yacht photographer, as he photographs us

Guided Discovery off Cohasset at Sunset (approximately 7:00 PM)

We pass Minot's Light marking the reefs off Cohasset
The 97.1 NM cruise to Hingham took just under 12 hours at an average speed of 8.7 Knots.  We ran at 1400 RPM for most of the trip and burned a total of 93 gallons of fuel.  Contributing to our speed and fuel economy was a favorable current through the Cape Cod Canal,  The weather was perfect with clear skies and seas less than 1 foot.

The sun set at 7:00 PM as we passed Minot's Light off Cohasset.  At that point we were still approximately 12 NM and 90 minutes from Hingham.  Time for a run in the dark.  Well not exactly. Nautical twilight lasts another 38 minutes and provides some illumination.  That got us to Boston Light, From there we were operating in the dark.  We traversed Nantasket Roads, turned left at Hull Gut and ran southwest down the main channel to Hingham navigating with lighted buoys (great practice) and bread crumbs for security (chart plotter tracks from previous runs).

We arrived in Hingham at 8:30 PM.  By 9:00 PM Pam and I were dining at Alma Nove and toasting a successful return trip.

Written by Les.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Newport Boat Show: Part 4 - Show Time (Photos by Billy Black)

Outer Reef commissioned Billy Black, the renowned yacht photographer, to photograph Guided Discovery for use in their marketing materials.

The exterior photos were taken while we were returning to Fort Lauderdale from the Passagemaker Trawlerfest in Lake Park.  The interior photos were taken in March just prior to the Palm Beach Show.  Black chose to do the shoot at sunset.  The effect is spectacular.

In honor of our final boat show we present for your enjoyment Billy's photos.

Photographs by Billy Black

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Newport Boat Show: Part 3 - Getting Show Ready

The title of this article implies that I had more work to ready the boat for the show.  Well, this was clearly not the case.  Except for the installing the "formal" bedspread in the master stateroom, removing the canvas covers and putting a few item away, all of which are done in the morning before the show opens, the only big item was detailing the boat.  Outer Reef contracted with All Class Detailing for that project.

All Class Detailing and especially its president, Paul Minnucci, are all class.  They had team members on the boat from Tuesday morning to Wednesday evening. I can say with confidence that they cleaned every inch of the boat, inside and out.  Talk about attention to detail.  Beyond a very thorough exterior cleaning, they restored the teak on the aft deck and swim platform (a two step process), cleaned the gas grill and detailed the tender. Paul closely supervised the project and made sure the finished product exceeded his expectations, which quite frankly were more demanding than mine.

Paul Minnucci President of All Class Detailing
The bottom line was that starting on Tuesday morning Kodi and I were free to explore and enjoy Newport and that is exactly what we did.  Tuesday morning we walked west to the New York Yacht Club, a distance of 3 miles.

Two historic homes

Mega yachts along Newport's wharves.  View looking northwest

A Newport mansion overlooking the water

The New York Yacht Club

View of Newport Harbor from the NYC porch
Wednesday we headed east, crossed the bridge and explored Goat Island, a distance of 4 miles.  On the way we passed the Newport Shipyard, a yard with a 500 metric ton Travel Lift giving them the capability to haul mega yachts (see photos below).  At noon Lesley and Amelia joined me for lunch at the Midtown Oyster Bar.

Lesley, Amelia and I had a two hour lunch here
Newport Shipyard's 500 MT Travellift
Three masted schooner on the hard

80 foot Nordhavn on the hard

140 foot? Mega Yacht

Goat Island is reached from a causeway
Thursday Kodi and I headed east again this time walking all the way the Newport Naval Base, a distance of 4.4 miles.  This route took us past an entire block of historic homes.

Before leaving on the walk I took a photo from the flybridge.  It has been fun to watch the process of transforming a bunch of boats into a sparkling in-water boat show with manufacturer banners and perfectly detailed boats.

View of the show looking northwest toward the Newport Bridge

Guided Discovery ready to show

Guided Discovery is the third largest boat in this show (center of the photo)

And Kodi ready to go with her official show credentials
The next article, "Show Time" contain a complete set of interior and exterior photographs taken by Billy Black, the renowned yacht photographer.

Written by Les.