In the era of beach houses and multiple homes, a vacation getaway was not only a fun thing to have, but a viable investment. Now, however, with challenging markets, many of us multiple residence owners can feel tied down and stuck at times. When those who are inveterate adventurers start feeling ‘trapped’ what do they want to do? Escape! So began our journey into the world of boating and the realization that there is a new breed of boater out there in the world: one that views a boat or yacht as a home, not just as a recreational activity.
Both John and I had an amazing weekend on a Grand Banks 57 on Santa Cruz island about two and a half years ago; we had won the trip at a Heal the Ocean auction. Paul and Dawn Noury own Le Grand Bleu yacht charters, http://www.santabarbarayachtcharters.com/, and we had such an amazing time on their boat, that we started thinking…’Hmmmm, this is not a bad lifestyle, come to think of it, and a mobile oceanfront home is not a bad idea’.
See: SantaBarbaradiggs.com for a great article about Paul and Dawn.
Cut to a couple of years later…
Apparently we aren’t the only ones thinking that way as there is a growing movement towards self sufficient long distance yachts, and they are being manufactured and sold in greater numbers than ever before. So as a hobby, we began researching which ones would be the right fit for John and me when we sell some of our property; we settled on Nordhavn as a brand. These are well- made, sturdy long- range boats that are surprisingly efficient, and leave as small a carbon footprint as possible with an engine. Largely a single-engine brand, Nordhavn had as its roots with sailboat designers, Jim and Jeff Lieshmann and Dan Streech. I, having been a sailor and having lived on a sailboat when I was younger, could relate to the challenges of living on sailboats. So, to see what they had done with the ‘trawler’ design was interesting. A whole line-up of these boats can be seen at www.nordhavn.com, and there are a number of these boats that have circumnavigated the world or are on extended world cruises at any given time.
Being a designer himself, John was singularly interested in the challenge of making a living space out of an oddly-shaped structure that could include as many ‘shoreside’ amenities as possible. We both agreed that the Nordhavn 64, Samurai, designed for a US couple, epitomized high style on the high seas, http://www.nordhavn.com/64/slideshow.php4. What a beautiful job, and what a beautiful boat!
However, John and I, prefer the lines of the Nordhavn 60 shown above, and if and when we are able to do this, we think that that particular boat might fit the bill– and someday the budget. Of course, our dream boat is the Nordhavn 86. We went aboard one of the first of this model when we visited the factory in Xiamen China last spring.
Check out the interior outfitting of the 86!
Nordhavn 86 Salon
Nordhavn 86 Dining Room