The pictures I posted yesterday, of the Nordhavn 86, attracted a far amount of comment – as they should. It’s an incredible boat.
One email yesterday referred me to a message board, where someone had posted a message that I thought really captured the spirit of the Nordhavn 86:
“…I somehow like that little Nordhavn yacht. It has charm and an aura of adventure…
I’m not sure I agree that it is a “little yacht” … but, certainly I agree with the rest of that comment.
To those who haven’t read the comments: click here, and read the comments at the bottom of the page.
Thank you to everyone who commented, both on my blog and via email!
Personally, as much as I like the color of the 86, and of the dark blue hulled Nordhavns, this whole (or, is it hull?) topic reminds me of a trivial pursuit question that I once had. The question was “What is the ultimate thirst quencher?” and the answer, which I didn’t guess, was “Water.” Sometimes, simple is good. I once saw an article that talked about the btu requirements to cool a dark-blue hulled boat versus a white-hulled boat, and the difference was huge. I wish I had saved the article so I could quote it. Unfortunately, I can’t give accurate information, but I do remember that the btu difference for cooling was very significant. I doubt the color of this 86 is anywhere near as difficult to cool as a dark-blue hull would be, but it’s probably well ahead of what a white hull would be.
On a semi-related topic, I shouldn’t admit this, but I chuckle a bit when I think about my prior boat, which was painted completely black by its current rock-star owner, who this summer probably caught on that, as “hip” as it might look, black has certain flaws when sitting at the dock during a muggy New York summer.
Several people; on my blog, on message boards, and in my email, commented on the anchoring setup on the 86. Most positively, but a few with concerns. Perhaps someone could clarify the concerns, because I don’t understand them. The dual anchor setup, which I copied for my boat, is a great idea. One person posted on a message board that they thought the anchors would be pounded by the waves, and slow the boat down. Perhaps I’m missing something, but this isn’t something I’ve ever seen as an issue. The anchors sit high enough off the water that it is rare for the waves to come over the bow, and when they do, which does happen, the shape of the bow pulpit doesn’t seem to make much difference, or at least none that I’ve noticed. As I said, perhaps I’m naïve on this issue, but I read everything posted, and still don’t get the issue. The dual bow-anchor setup seems awesome to me.
One message board posting I read seemed biased towards anchors that launch from the sides of the bow. This has always seemed awkward to me. Often when pulling the anchor, it comes up packed with seaweed. With the side-bow anchors, you can barely see the anchors. How do you know if they are packed with crud when reeling them in? How do you knock the crud off? Obviously, there is something here I’m not seeing.
The one area where I might have done things differently than the 86 owner is to have considered putting two different types of anchors. I carry a Rocna, and a Fortress, whereas the 86 appears to have twin CQRs.
I’ll close by commenting for a second on my boat. Today was a “big-deal” day. Today was the day when the shipping company was supposed to let me know whether or not they could transport my boat.
For those who haven’t followed the whole soap-opera, I’ll give a brief summary:
Over the past five months, I have been given three different shipping dates, all of which the shipping company has missed. As you can imagine, my conversations with the freight company have not always been pleasant, and my hands are somewhat tied as to what I can, and should, say. To make a long story short, I’ve been assembling a delivery crew, who can bring the boat north from Costa Rica to Seattle. The freight company, which has already been paid in full, today asked to be given a “fourth chance,” and that they “may” have a boat for me in a couple of weeks. As I said, I cannot comment, however, the old saying “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me three times, and ask for a fourth try….then ….” comes to mind.