Yesterday was a terrible day….
The day began with my receiving an updated shipping schedule which said that because of the hurricance, they were swapping the boat that would be bringing my boat from Costa Rica to Victoria Canada. The smaller boat they were moving us onto was the “Marie Rickmers”, which is the same ship that months ago discovered that its crane could not lift my boat. Essentially, this meant our boat would not be shipped.
I immediately made the decision that we would run the boat on its own bottom, and stop waiting on the freight company. This triggered a series of correspondence with Jeff Sanson (my delivery skipper) and Weather Bob at Omni ( email@example.com). The biggest problem is “hurricane season”. We were trying to find a way to move the boat before the end of hurricane season safely.
Here’s a brief excerpt from one of his emails yesterday:
“..One thing that could be done is to leave ASAP and head north to Acapulco then wait out the res tof the Hurrcane season there. However, this area (and northward to Puerta Vallarta) is not the best Hurricane anchorage and being in one of these ports could be “worse” than being at sea, so proceeding north as far north possible, as soon as possible is a risky venture with San Souci. In addition, you may have to wait 3-4 weeks in order to make a safe passage northward from Acapulco…”
I contacted Dockwise to ask about their shipping schedules, and discovered they had a freighter coming north in December. I immediately asked them to send me the sign-up forms.
However… Jeff then spoke to the original freight company who said that the earlier email, canceling my trip, had been sent in error, and that they had been doing damage control all day– and, that I should relax. According to them, my boat WILL be picked up within a couple of weeks.
And.. on a different topic… We had a boat anchored in front of us yesterday that was really strange. And, REALLY huge – 393 feet! (CLICK HERE to see some pictures I took) The pictures don’t do the boat justice, but it is in the top 10 of largest private yachts in the world. It just finished construction, at a cost of over $400 million, and belongs to a 36 year old Russian named Andrei Melnichenko. An article in the Wall Street Journal named it as “the ugliest boat in the world.” And, coincidentally, Dan Streetch, Nordhavn’s CEO, when I sent him a picture, wrote back to say “What is that? It’s the ugliest boat I’ve seen!” … I actually think it looks kind of cool, so form your own opinion. One fun fact: The swimming pool is above the disco, and has a glass bottom, so that the disco partyers can watch the other guests swimming above.
Dan sent me back some very impressive photos of their new Nordhavn 120, which recently started construction in China, and of the amazing factory Nordhavn has there.
A quote from Dan’s email:
attached are some photos of our new factory. I can’t remember how much I have told you about this factory, but it is HUGE and GEORGOUS. It will almost certainly be the last factory expansion that we need and it will probably take us a couple of years to completely fill and utilize it. Our existing China factory is on 6 acres of land and has about 500 workers (Ta Shing including both factories is about 3 acres of land with about 275 workers). The new China factory is on 21 acres of land and will have room for about 1500 workers- as well as a small hotel for PAE people, owners and crew. The word “NORDHAVN” is written on the roof of the N120 building (that building will hold 6 N120s under construction) in letters 30 feet high. […] It is our hope that the next time that Google Earth updates, the word NORDHAVN will be visible. Attached is a Google Earth photo of the “old” China factory. The new one is just a few hundred yards southwest. You can just see the test tank and launching lock under construction. Subsequent to that photo, the road was moved and the mountain blasted away to create the space- only in China. If that were the USA, we would still be caught up in the permit process….”
Here are the pictures he sent:
Nordhavn 120 Photos, and Nordhavn’s China Factory
Here’s a zip file with the google earth file Dan was referring to:
South Coast Marine- Xiamen China.zip
Dan (and, I assume it was the same Dan), published a comment on my blog entry a few days ago that I thought I’d repeat here…
The German couple Wolfgang and Heidi Hass have just arrived in Dana Point with their N46 KANALOA. Incredibly, this completes their SECOND circumnavigation with their Nordhavn- and even more incredibly their THIRD circumnavigation if you count the voyage with their sailboat.
My point of this posting is that they had their cherished Norfolk Terrier Zulu aboard for this most recent circumnavigation. I know that they spent about 6 months in Australia as well as long stints in other locations including South Africa, so they probably have some great dog information.
I will send you their e-mail address off line and let them know to expect an inquiry from you.