John Gibson of San Antonio, TX USA asks:
We just found your website on your wonderful adventure. Thankyou
for sharring this wonderful trip and allowing us to live vicariously through
you. We wish you the best of luck and will look forward to checking the
captains log each day. If someone was considering a Nordhavn I assume you
would have nothing but excellent things to say about the vessel? We now have
a Pacific Seacraft 4O and are considering going over to the darkside and
buying a motor vessel - Nordhavn. Will Egret be the first Nordhavn to
transit Cape Horn? We admire both of you and hope to follow one of these
days soon. Good luck and fair winds.
Scott Flanders of Egret responds:
John, thank you for the kind words of encouragement. I believe Egret will
be the first Nordhavn to round Cape Horn. We hope to travel from east to
west 'doubling the horn'. (The hard way)
Now let's talk about what is important, your new Nordhavn. First let me
preface this with a fact we haven't shared to date with the readership but
will in the future to preface an upcoming article. I spent my entire
working life in the marine wholesale boat parts business and founded and
owned a boat building business for 9 years prior to retirement. I don't
claim to be anything but do have more knowledge than most simply by
I can see by your choice in sailboats you believe in 'the real deal'. Your
PS 40 is a great boat. Cecil Newsome, one of Egret's crew on the NAR owns a
PS 40. When he was first aboard Egret he asked what we do with the water
glass in the master head (sitting on the counter). I told him "we leave
it". He just laughed.
Nordhavns are the 'real deal', Egret's highest compliment. Beware of the
slick ad guys and the 'pretender' boats with raked back windshields. They
are sheep in wolves' clothing. Having been in the business I know a fair
amount of the inside stuff but will never repeat it.
If anything happened to Egret we would order a new 43, partially because of
budget. Other than personal option preferences including paravanes and
ELECTRONIC stabilizers we would have a washer only, not the combo unit, to
wash more clothes faster. We hang out clothes now and use our dryer just
occasionally. We would kill for their 200 gallons more fuel than Egret
carries. My advice to you if you are within a couple years of casting off
is to go to the Ft Lauderdale boat show the end of October and order a 43 or
whatever. They are hugely popular and will take a while to get. This will
give you time to sell the PS 40. We have 2 43s planning to join Egret when
we cross the Pacific next year.
Egret has no affiliation with PAE or Nordhavn. This is not a commercial
venture. They are kind in letting us use their website as a tool to
encourage newbies or wannabees as the Egret crew once was to put in their
coastal miles then spread their wings when ready and go long distance
cruising. We also pass along a few tech items it took us years to learn.
Long distance cruising will literally change your life.