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'Ocean Pearl'...As far as stories go...this is a good one!

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'

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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

Comments

Lars Byström 5/9/2014
Hi and thank you for a great blog! I´m considering buying a Nordhavn for extensive cruising. I would be very grateful to could get your opinion on a couple questions: 1. How does a N64 compare to a N62 when surfing on big waves coming from behind? The N62 has a more rounded aft and should theoretically track more true and move calmer. 2. Are you happy with with the MTU and the stabilizers? Maintenance needs and reliability. 3. If you where to order a new N64, would you consider any changes in the specification? 4. Have you done any modifications since you bought the yacht? 5. If the unthinkable happens with another fire, would you go for a N64 again or would you consider another yacht? Your yacht and your adventures seem amazing - all the luck and fun! Best regards, Lars
Tina Jones 5/14/2013
Just a test...!
David Saperstein 3/18/2013
Hi Braun and Tina, Had lunch with Mike B. last week and he filled me in on the demise of the Grey Pearl and the rise of the Ocean Pearl. We were just down in Eluthera (fighting the sand fleas). Doing lots of sailing out here in the PNW. Warm regards,
Scott Egerer 9/20/2012
Greetings, My name is Scott Egerer, and I wanted to say hello and wish you safe sailing on Ocean Pearl. I have a special fondness for the former SHEARWATER, as I captained her for 16 months during 2007 and 2009. If I can ever help with anything, just let me know......... Best, Scott
Stan 8/9/2012
I noticed that you formally owned a N62: I am 5'-11" tall and was a concerned about getting around the engine room; can't seem to find a published headroom dimension anywhere; can you share some on-hands experience, I would greatly appreciate it? Thanks so much, Stan & Bonnie
Bead Caps 7/24/2012
Nice artical
Brian Jones 6/28/2012
"...And all I ask is a tall ship and a star to steer her by"
James Keenan 6/27/2012
SUBJECT: Re: 'Ocean Pearl'...As far as stories go...this is a good one! Hi Tina and Braun, Congadulation on your new adventure. You guys rock. The boat sounds incredible. Wishing you guys many great and wonderful experiences on the beautiful Ocean Pearl. All is good on this front. Building a restaurant in Berkeley that has me extremely busy. Careful what you wish for.I hope to get back to Maine in August and do a little sailing, chillin with Mom. Loved reading your email about the new boat and am excited about the emails to come. I'll have to check in in August and see where you got your nose pointed. Good luck on your new travels. Happy cruising. Diamond Jim Jim Keenan James Keenan Construction LLC P.O.Box 15904 San Francisco, CA 94115 jameskeenanconstruction@y... Office: (415) 771-0520 Mobile: (415) 305-5771 From: "tina@p..." To: Grey Pearl Sent: Thursday, June 14, 2012 7:14 PM Subject: 'Ocean Pearl'...As far as stories go...this is a good one! Greetings to all – Back in the saddle…Unlike 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 England…wonderful and familiar cruising grounds we haven’t experienced in awhile! What happens next…we’ll see… return to SE Asia and pick up where we left off..?? Maybe. We have the right boat for it…we know that for sure! So…stay tuned! As far as the boat’s name…we 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, thus…the 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?” etc…I 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 You can access the blog entry here. This email was sent from this website: greypearl.talkspot.com -- To Unsubscribe: Click Here Website Name: greypearl.talkspot.com -- Email Address: blog-17828-comments@t... or, to unsubscribe, copy and paste this address into your browser: http://greypearl.talkspot.com/aspx/controls/mail/unsubscribe.aspx/parm/qbypLAtynjGcIvxttzvNiEF%40CvkIohqoG
John Lear 6/17/2012
Good Morning, I have been following your story on line (from your blog and the dreamers group) for some time and was very sadden when I heard about the former Pearl’s demises. It was a 62 that came through Norfolk that made me fall in love with the Nordhaven in the first place. I am happy to hear that your back on the water with a new boat and look forward to hearing about your travels. I have to admit that hearing that y’all were in the area I had to come by and walk the marina just to take a look. Nice upgrade. Never seeing a 64 in person (only photos online), she is absolutely gorgeous. Welcome to the Portsmouth area and I wish you fair seas.
Tom & Karen St John 6/16/2012
Congratulation on the continuation of your delayed dream.
Patti DiMiceli 6/16/2012
Tina and Braun... I echo the congratulations and excitement at seeing the two of you find your home on the water! Ocean Pearl is a beauty and, no doubt, will open up the world to you (and us) once again. Thanks for feeding my dream (I'm a realistic "Dreamer") of embracing the lifestyle—in style—in a Nordhavn! I'm in Annapolis as well. If you need anything, just give a shout and I'm happy to help. You can always reach me through our website under "Contact Us" www.embracetheangel.com I'd post my phone number but the "bots" might find me. Patti DiMiceli
Lynn & Loretta Johnson 6/16/2012
Don't suppose you guys will be stopping in Baltimore. I'am an avid follower of the Nordhavn Dreamers web site. So glad to see you back on the water after the tragic loss of Grey Pearl! Have a wonder trip. Albin 36 Loretta Jean Tele 410-687-6847.
John 6/15/2012
Mike.. i am also here in Portsmouth and i must have missed her. Real shame!!!! I am so glad to hear yall are back on the water..
Mike 6/15/2012
awesome! the first Nordhavn i have seen was apparently your boat. i was at the Portsmouth Naval Hospital this past Wednesday and looking out of the window in Bldg 3 i spotted a Nordhavn, which i thought to be a 64. your boat was in Portsmouth this past Wednesday wasn't it? in any case, congratulations, i wish you many adventures with your new boat!
Vic Lafrank 6/15/2012
So, when are you scheduled to arrive in Annapolis? Would love to come aboard briefly, just to drool on all the varnished woodwork! If a visit is convenient for you, pls advise. Many thanx in advance.
Callum 6/15/2012
All the best from all of us over at NordhavnDreamers. Happy days.
Rev. Stephen York 6/15/2012
I cannot tell you how happy I am for the both of you. I know it was very hard to loose a close friend (Gray Pearl) who always took good care of you. I am very excited to see that you will be underway once again. I hope that you will post when you arrive in New England, as I would love to take a picture of you and "Ocean Pearl." Blessings on your future adventures.
Cedric Rhoads 6/15/2012
My heartfelt congratulations to you both. Shearwater was, honestly, the boat I thought of for you two back when you probably weren't yet thinking about the next boat. She's a beauty and will no doubt do you both proud given her prior owners meticulous care. Good to have you back!
Chris & Viola 6/15/2012
I was thinking "Daughter of Pearl." Just kidding. T&B, this is wonderful news. You have buoyed the hearts of fans around the globe. We knew you would. We just got "back on the water" on the Viola Jean, and even if it's just cruising the upper Potomac, we know that karma-transforming feeling. We just brought her here from Kent Narrows. We'd love to see the Ocean Pearl while she's in Annapolis. Again, congratulations!
Ann & Steve Merriman 6/15/2012
Such great news - congratulations. Ann & Steve Merriman Royal Victoria Yacht Club
Jim Wade 6/15/2012
Awesome, congratulations!
Randy 6/15/2012
Good things happen to good people. Wishing you the sailors wind, safe and happy sails. Randy
Robert 6/15/2012
Good for you. I'm glad you're "back in the saddle" so to speak. I've had to give up my dream of a Norhavn and cruising the world thanks to a recent bout with cancer. I won that thank god. Now I have to live vicariously through you, so go and have great adventures and keep blogging.
Hal Wyman 6/14/2012
Tina, I wish you and Braun many more decades of worldwide cruising. If you ever need delivery crew I'm available.
Sjoerd Koppert 6/14/2012
Congratulations!!! May she give you years of trouble free, safe cruising!!
a loyal blog reader of yours 6/14/2012
Woo Hoo!