Greetings to all
Back in the saddleUnlike our last posting to this blog, this entry has a good message!!
For quite a while I wasn't certain that there would even be another posting to the 'Grey Pearl' Blog. The fire that destroyed our boat in Phuket, Thailand was a tragic loss for Braun & me.
However; after six months, lots of discussions and soul-searching we have found another boat that will get us back on the water. We are thrilled to have acquired a Nordhavn 64, hull# 3, named 'Shearwater' (formerly owned by Scott & Pam Marks). The Mark's commissioned the boat in 2006 and, it was built in the Ta Shing Taiwanese boat yard the same yard in which the 'Grey Pearl' was built. This is the boat factory to which the GSSR group made a memorable visit in July 2010.
The boat is a stout Nordhavn, ocean going expedition type. The interior is finished in a rich African cherry wood. She is well outfitted with the essentials for worldwide cruising with many extras.
For inquiring minds
She's 40% heavier than our late Nordhavn 62 and weighs in at nearly 100 tons
Detroit MTU main engine 400 HP
Lugger wing engine 130 HP
ABT Trac stabilizers
Two 25kW generators
Bow & stern thrusters
Stand up engine room!!!
These are just a few of the features that attracted us to the boat.
Proud Owners of a Nordhavn 64
We arrived in Morehead City, NC last Friday to take delivery of the boat, and set out over two days to arrive at Portsmouth, VA. We are headed for Annapolis, MD. and so far so good!
Capt. Braun navigating the Intercoastal waterway/ditch ~
We are in the process of getting familiar with the boat and stowing our gear aboard. Our hope is to do some cruising later this summer in New Englandwonderful and familiar cruising grounds we haven't experienced in awhile! What happens nextwe'll see return to SE Asia and pick up where we left off..?? Maybe. We have the right boat for itwe know that for sure! Sostay tuned!
As far as the boat's namewe seriously considered 'Spirit of Grey Pearl'. However, it didn't seem quite right for although we will never forget the wonderful boat we sadly lost we need a fresh start, thusthe new name - 'Ocean Pearl'
Which reminds me of a conversation I had the other day with the Morehead City Yacht Basin dockmaster. I came in to settle up and let them know we were leaving very early the next day. He knew we were the "new owners" and he started drilling me with questions, "What do ya'll think of the boat? What plans do ya'll have for using the boat?" etcI didn't offer up too much other than we were very excited about it. His last comment to me, "Well..I read a lot of good reports about the Nordhavn 64 but, I'll always love that 62"all I could say was "me, too".
Lastly, Braun & I want to thank so many of you for your heartfelt messages when we lost Grey Pearl. We were truly comforted by your kind thoughts and words
It's great to be back on the water!!!
Tina & Braun