A Cool Video Walkthrough

I. a Vicem 42 Video

I went down to Annapolis this week for a showing of Saracen, my Vicem 42 brokerage listing. For those clients who can’t make it there yet, I have prepared this detailed eleven minute video tour of her. I hope you enjoy it. She is going into the yard shortly for an exterior varnish job, and for a buff and wax of her red hull. So if you’d like to see her with your own eyes, let me know so I can coordinate a fully effective showing for you.

II. Boatbuilding

I have a ridiculous number of hobbies. Or passions, if you will. Some people (my kids, for example) say I’m crazy. I prefer the word “eccentric.” I can’t even pick a favorite hobby, but the one that has captivated me most completely over the last few years is wooden boat building. Last year I rented some space up in Westchester to build my first boat:

Shellback Dinghy, the first boat I built

Shellback Dinghy

She’s called the Shellback Dinghy, and I got the plans from WoodenBoat magazine.

Here’s the shop, just before I began construction:

shop where I built my first sailboat, a Shellback Dinghy

She is of relatively simple construction, perfect for my first boat. The problem is the boat I want to build – that is the Somes 12 1/2, derived from The Herreshoff and Haven 12-1/2′s:

somes 12 1/2 foot sailboat, a classic hobby home built boat

From my perspective this is an advanced design, by noted designer John Brooks. She’s way beyond my skillset, and I’m a few years and at least two intermediate boats away from that project. So this June I’m heading up to the Wooden Boat School in Brooklin, Maine for a one week course taught by John Brooks himself. There are at last report two opening in the class, if anyone would like to join me.

Oh, one last thing on the subject. I’ve been looking for a house out in the Hamptons, close to my Sag Harbor office. I had two non-negotiable requirements: A pool for the kids, and a barn for my boat shop. I found what I was looking for – It’s a 100 year old farmhouse in Westhampton Beach:

westhampton house, front view

And here’s the barn:

barn in the back of the house in Westhampton where boatbuilding might happen in the near future

If you’re out east this season and would like to lend a hand and an eye and a brush, I would thoroughly enjoy your company.

That’s all for now, but please stay tuned for word on my next brokerage listing. ‘Tis the season!


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Options? Who needs options?

1. A bit of sailing

I’ve gotten a bit behind in my postings this month (between trips to Italian and French shipyards, and the Miami Boat Show) but I think you’ll enjoy this report of all the comings and goings.

During the Miami Show I was blown away by a high performance sailing cat that has quite a presence in Europe (240 built over the last thirty years) but is largely unknown in the States – its called Outremer. You can say their name any way you’d like (my first attempt was Out-reemer) but the French way is with three syllables: Ooooh-tra-mare.

This boat, their 60 footer called the Outremer 5X, is what I saw in Miami:
The Outremer 60 foot catamaran underway

And here’s their innovative cockpit:

Outremer 60' catamaran cockpit

You’ll see that there are four steering stations (well, five, if you include the autopilot at the nav desk). There are traditional (albeit carbon) wheels port and starboard. Each has a small clutch lever, so that you can disengage the wheels and ….steer her with a tiller from an aft-mounted throne. At the show they explained that it’s just like sailing a big Hobie. And they invited me to Grande la Motte in the Med to see for myself.  You don’t have to ask me twice.

Here are two videos of me sailing off (off Marseilles), from both the wheel and tiller positions:

II. Bugs and ‘bergs…

A lot has been going on with Benetti in the States. In fact I came to the Benetti line because they are making a conscious effort to gain additional market share in the USA. The majority of their sales have been in Europe and the Middle East (although Latin America has been coming on strong lately). This push is eloquently explained in a short video interview with my good friend Alberto Perrone da Zara, conducted by Superyacht Times:

I caught up with Alberto at the Miami Boat Show aboard the new and amazing 132-foot Benetti Classic Supreme, Petrus II.

Views of the new and amazing 132-foot Benetti Classic Supreme, Petrus II.

What amazed me about this yacht is how it addresses something I never quite get about Superyachts – the ratio of outdoor space to interior space. To my mind most Superyachts don’t devote enough of their footprint (fin-print?) to outdoor living. I say: If your life is all about the interior, stay ashore!

Now, for expedition yachts, OK, I get it. Dealing with bugs and ‘bergs brings up a whole other set of sensibilities. I’ll be writing at length about this in a future posting. But for most sailors, its all about the great outdoors, no?

I found that Benetti’s Classic Supreme, at 132 feet, has more exterior fun space than most 150 foot yachts (at a savings of seven or eight million dollars over these larger yachts). Between the bow area lounge (which on too many yachts is just an expanse of [expensive] wasted space):

Deck and pool on the bow of Benetti's Petrus

The extra-long upper deck:

The expansive upper deck of the yacht

The expansive mid-deck (with moveable furniture that slides forward in wet weather):

Benetti's expansive mid-deck with furniture that slides away on wet days

and, especially, my favorite touch, the extended “front porch” off the master suite.

porch off the master suite

detail of the extended porch off the master suite

Your playground decisions are made.

And of course the interiors speak for themselves:

luxury interior shot of inside the yacht

master suite of the Benetti superyacht

dining room and interior living space

Feel free to contact me at any time to go over pricing, layouts, and construction time. Or come with me on my next trip to Viareggio.

III. Calling all boats

If you’ll indulge me a moment, this is a re-print from my brokerage boats tab:

If you are considering moving up and out of your current boat, I’d like to help.

Dizzy Dean once memorably said “If’n you kin do it, it ain’t boasting.” Well, I’m humbled by the fact that in my fifteen years in the business I’ve sold $40,000,000 in boats. About 40% of those were brokerage boats, presumably just like yours. I know I can deliver for you.

All brokers maintain a baseline Yachtworld.com presence to sell their listings. I do too, but I’ve found that’s not enough. This is particularly true with custom, classic, and otherwise unique yachts.

The truth is that any yacht can be more easily sold – and at a higher price – when you can tell its’ story in a complete and exciting way.

That’s what my blog is all about. I have come to depend upon its’ 4,000+ supremely qualified readers around the world to profile and platform my listings. I believe you can depend on it as well.

One final point: I know that when selecting a broker you have many to choose from. I say look hard, and then go with the best. Perhaps this proves my point: This three-minute video shows two amazing dancers at the very top of their game in MGM’s Singing in the Rain. Yet if you look closely, I think you’ll see a difference. One of them is so talented, so smooth, that he makes it all look effortless. The other one, as great as he is, well, you can see he’s a fraction of a step behind.

As I said, “Look hard, and then go with the best!”


IV. Another brokerage Vicem

Here’s a late addition – a three-cabin 2008 Vicem 58 by the name of Fortuna. I had personally brought her from Charleston to Fort Lauderdale when new, and can tell you she ran wonderfully. Full details can be seen on my used boat tab. She’s down in Palm Beach, and can be seen at any time. If you’d like to see her, just launch a flare with my name on it.

On the subject of brokerage, we had a brutal winter here in NY. It snowed, on average, every other day this winter. But in a few weeks I’ll be able to re-commission all the systems on my catamaran. Spring is here, and I’ll be running down to Annapolis to check on my wonderful Vicem 42 listing, Saracen:

vicem 42 foot yacht

If you’d like to meet me there at the end of the month (or sooner), please let me know. Someone is going to sail away on this fine pocket yacht. Make it you!

V. Options? We don’t need no stinking options!

Air France has a great movie selection on board. So I watched three of them in a row on the long flight home: Fahrenheit 451 – Truffaut’s way cool 1966 science fiction story; All is Lost – Redford’s new sailing movie (for the second time); and Marriage, Italian- style (What can I say, I have a thing for Sophia Loren).

I didn’t quite have the time for a fourth flick, so I leafed through some boat brochures I had brought with me. Reviewing the standard equipment list for Grand Bank’s new Eastbay 50SX, I must say I was shocked. Now mind you, I came most recently from a [largely] custom builder, selling incredible yachts at the highest end of the spectrum. But still, I was amazed by how much is standard with a Grand Banks that are expensive options with other builders. For example, check out this list of Standard Equipment that comes with the EB50SX:

• Centek generator water separator
• Groco oil change system
• Seagull water purifier
• Delta T exhaust air system
• Fire suppression system
• Bose music system
• Inverter
• Overhead helm sliding hatch
• Hatch screens
• Bowrail
• Electric cockpit extending shade cover

My rough back-of-the-envelope total for all this is $80,000 worth of options. And on a GB they come standard. And I’m not even addressing $20,000 in bow and stern thrusters that are moot with pod drives.

If you’d like to see a just-arriving EB 50SX, just launch a flare. I’ll have one nearby (alas, it just sold) in a couple of weeks. But two more are available (one with MAN’s and straight drives) on the east coast. It will be a good use of your time.

That’s all for now. Next time, if your good, I’ll fill you in on the wooden boat I’m building.

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Ugly Boats

I. Ugly Boats…

After working about 100 boat shows, my good friend Michael and I instituted our own award category. We’d diligently walk the docks in order to select the “Ugliest Boat of the Show” award. When we found a candidate we could agree on (and that wasn’t always easy) Michael would always joke:

“You know, some designer worked hard and long to come up with a design just that ugly…..Maybe we can get the line!”

By far the ugliest boat I’ve ever seen at a show was this one, at Dubai:

The Winner and Still Champion! This is the ugliest boat I've ever seen, moored in Dubai. With a round black octagon shaped cabin, this custom 40 foot yacht turns heads.

The Winner and Still Champion!


It was right next to my Vicem 78 Cruiser, and its’ traffic was literally ten times higher than my Vicem’s. The sheik’s just loved her! The Emir of the UAE, the big man himself, came by with a retinue of forty (!) cabinet members. They stayed aboard for almost an hour. And my Vicem? It got hardly a glance (although it sold at the show).

My point is, of course, that these are subjective things. But to my own boating eye, it all comes down to one simple word: Sleek. And any boat, even a flybridge or an aircraft carrier, can look sleek. It just takes a designer with a great eye and a good autocad program. It helps, of course, (it’s almost an unfair advantage) if they’re Italian. See Benetti, below!

So how does one define sleek? Beats me. But my daughter, now in her first year of law school, directed me to this quote from Supreme Court Justice Potter Steward, talking about pornography:

I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be pornography. But I know it when I see it!

In that regard (um, sleek, not pornography) for the next few weeks I’m going to be adding my thoughts about the brand new Eastbay 50:

Eastbay 50

Eastbay 50

Eastbay’s have always been beautiful, of course. But I used to feel that my Vicem’s were just a bit sleeker (you, loyal clients and readers, can tell me if I kept that observation to myself). Now, with the Eastbay 50, I am really impressed with how the designers have shaked and baked their way to an amazing look. Note, for example:

New Eastbay 50 vs the 49

New Eastbay 50 vs the 49

 Features of the New Eastbay 50 vs the 49

  • The position of the pilot house, slung lower and forward;
  • The sexier shape of the windows;
  • The omission of the window mullions (I admit it, I had to look that word up);
  • The gentle rise of the stainless handrails over the deck;
  • The raked radar mast; and,
  • (Pardon the expression, – and bonus points if you get the reference –  the “Hinckley C”.

What can I say? She’s just a real hot boat. We will have the very first one for sale in the North East, arriving next month.  She’s got my favorite drive system: pod drives (see rudder discussion, below). I’ll be writing quite a bit in the next few weeks about how she changes the game, but if you ‘d like to see her with your own eyes, just launch a flare (and meet me at the Miami Show later his month).

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II. And a Beautiful Boat…

If you’ve been on my Brokerage Yacht page you’ve seen my listing for the stunning 2003 Vicem 42, Saracen. She has a red hull (funny, both of my brokerage Vicem’s are red) and can be seen at any time in St. Michael’s,  Maryland. Her galley-up design really shouldn’t be missed.

Vicem 42 – Saracen

2003 Vicem 42, Saracen







Following some technically-oriented inquiries, I spoke with the owner to get a better understanding of her fuel efficiency. It is very impressive. She has twin 300 HP Yanmar 6LP-STE’s. The owner typically cruised her at 2800 RPM, at a dry and comfortably 20 knots. And at that speed she burned just 15 GPH. Figure $75 per hour to run, but in Vicem elegance! If you’re curious, at full RPM (3,800) she maxes out at 24 knots and 33 GPH.

Only three Vicem Classics under 50 feet were ever built. The two other ones are happily owned in Europe. This one, at $325,000, is going to make a new owner the talk of the harbor. Call me, and make it you.

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III. Size Matters…

For rudders, anyway.

Be forewarned, I’m not a designer. I just sell ‘em. But I get to spend a couple hundred days a year on the water (is this a great country, or what?) which allows me to develop my own idiosyncratic and somewhat cranky personal opinions. And today’s is:

Your Rudder is Too Small !

Now I know that rudder size is controlled by strict scantling requirements, derived from complex formulas I’ll never understand. People get paid good money to study this stuff. I know a marine engineer who works on only one thing, forty hours a week, fifty-one weeks a year: propellers! I’m sure there are marine architects out there in the great beyond who focus their entire being on rudders. So what do I know?

I know rudders on planing hulls are too small.

Now at planing speed, they’re fine. Fingertip control is the name of the game on any good boat. But at idle speed, when you’re dodging mooring buoys in wind and current, we all know how things can get squirrely.  I suspect it’s part of the design tradeoff between optimal function and speed, or maybe between function and draft. We’re all aware of it, even if we implicitly accept it. But the next time you’re dodging lobster pots pay attention to how much work you’re doing just trying to steer a course. You don’t do that in displacement hulls and sailboats with big-ass rudders. Just in planning hulls (with shallow draft). Hence my cranky conclusion.

So let’s talk about pod drives now.  Knowledgeable people talk about the ease of joystick control and the 30% improvement in fuel efficiency. But me? I find low-speed steering to be much easier. Being able to direct the thrust as you like is the answer.  This just adds to my complete infatuation with pod drives.

Which brings me to my next cranky comment:

I’m not a big fan of jet drives.

Now, don’t get me wrong – I love joysticks for tricky docking situations, and I love the shallow draft. I’ve long told clients “If you need them, get them. but if you don’t, don’t.” Until today, I’ve never disclosed why I felt that way. Here’s the clarifying story:

I was bringing a 40’ foot jet drive boat through an inlet on a so-so day in October. You know, one of those wind-against-tide days we try to avoid. Maybe the waves weren’t huge, but they were huge for me. Let’s call them six footers. Big enough that my and my guest (who couldn’t swim) put on our PFD’s before entering the inlet.

After we committed to entering, the boat dropped into a trough right inside the sandbar. A pushy wave washed in right behind me, and when I pushed the throttles to surf ahead of it, NOTHING HAPPENED. As the wash of the wave met the opposing wash of the jet thrust, the boat just sort of squatted there for a  few [very long] seconds.  I envisioned, albeit briefly, losing stern alignment with the following sea. And you know what that can mean.

Fortunately,  the rear wave eased by, and the jets re-grabbed enough traction to move us up and on. But I hated that loss of power and control. And that’s when I soured a bit on jets.

Now of course in a straight drive boat, the same sort of thing can happen. But personally, I haven’t experienced it as dramatically.

And what, you may ask, is my point? Pod drives! To me their pivoting thrust is the perfect solution to running an inlet in wind-against-tide. In October. With someone who can’t swim.

OK, enough ranting for now. Let’s move on…

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IV. Miami Show

I’ll be down at the Miami Show (February 13th  - 17th) looking at some Super Yachts with a client. Benetti will have two amazing examples there:

A Benetti Vision 145 -

Benetti Vision 145

Benetti Vision 145

And a Benetti Classic 132 - 

Benetti Classic 132

Benetti Classic 132

 If you’d like a private viewing of these amazing creatures, or if you’d just like to get together for a drink and catch up, it would be great to see you.

By the way, this week I added some great Benetti photos to my New SuperYachts page, above. But it you are in the mood for a video, here ya go:

Benetti 47 M

This fine yacht just sold, but I can always build you another one.

Well, that’s it for this week. But you know the drill – Any questions, comments, interest or gossip, just launch a flare.

Thanks, and enjoy.

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Dave Mallach, broker for Grand Banks, Benetti and Eastbay yachts, at the Miami Boat Show in February 2014.







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Welcome to Fine Yachts of Sag Harbor!

We are brokers of yachts, super yachts and mega yachts like Benetti, Eastbay, Grand Banks and Trinity

Welcome to the launch of my latest adventure, and my resumed blog. I found that eighteen months of retirement was long enough, and I can already say it’s truly great to be back in business.

For yachts under one hundred feet, I am thrilled to be representing Grand Banks and Eastbay out of my office in Sag Harbor, NY. For even larger yachts, I am pleased to be able to assist my clients as their Superyacht specialist.

For new readers, this blog is my personal take on the finest of yachts, my insider info on the boat business, and my somewhat idiosyncratic opinions on all things nautical (from safety at sea tips to book reviews). I aim to publish more-or-less on a weekly basis. The easiest way for readers to stay up-to-date is to click on the subscribe button immediately to the North and East of here.

If you come to enjoy this blog even half as much as I do, I’ll know I’ve done my job. My previous “Vicem Blog” had over 4,000 readers worldwide. It’s my goal to boost this new blog to over 10,000 readers. Perhaps you can help me spread the word by clicking on the “Share” buttons below.

Thanks (sincerely) for staying in the game with me. You can begin to read about my new lines in the “Our Story” tab above. Ditto for the “Brokerage Boats” tab.

That’s all for now. Next week I’ll highlight a stock Eastbay available for the coming season, as well as a stunning brokerage boat. But as always, if you have any questions, issues or suggestions, just launch a flare!

See ya on the water.

Dave Mallach

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