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January 20, 2012
P.A.E.ís First Nordhavn Christening of 2012
By Amy Zahra
P.A.E. didn’t wait long to celebrate its first Nordhavn christening of the year, and this festive event took place January 6th to the sounds of bells ringing and one stubborn bottle unwilling to ceremoniously break on cue. Nordhavn 68 hull #22 Rest Assured was handed over to her owners Jim and Jane Slattery, who were thrilled to take delivery and eager to celebrate with their son Mike, close friends, their captain and the P.A.E. gang.
It was a terrific celebration and a good thing at that, because the Slatterys are going to have to repeat the ritual in another year. With construction of their 68 just having gotten underway early last year, so impressed with Nordhavn were the Slatterys that they struck a second deal to build a larger Nordhavn – an 86 which will be delivered to them in about 10 months. In the meantime, they will enjoy Rest Assured and spend 2012 getting some crucial Nordhavn miles underfoot. It’s a task they wasted no time in tackling. The day following the christening, Jim and Mike Slattery, Captain Dustin, and the Slattery’s salesman, Paul Hutton from Nordhavn’s southwest sales office, left for Mexico. Currently sitting in La Paz, Rest Assured has provided her crew with extravagantly comfortable living at sea; without question, Rest Assured is a true beauty, with a first class interior that is both elegant and relaxing.
From Mexico, Rest Assured will be a boat on the move. Jim and crew have a full itinerary planned for the months ahead which includes transiting the Panama Canal, cruising the Caribbean, the U.S. East Coast including New England up to Maine, then Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, and finally ending up in the Mediterranean.
It’s a funny story how Jim, a successful business owner, “stumbled” upon Nordhavn. In an attempt to reach a different trawler company, Jim wound up inadvertently dialing Nordhavn and got Paul Hutton on the phone. Paul convinced Jim that he should include Nordhavn in his boat search; and so, a few hours later, Jim found himself in Dana Point checking out a few boats including the Nordhavn 76. By the end of the day, he was certain the N68 was the right fit for him. Jim and Jane have owned several boats in the past including a 45-foot sailboat, a “go fast” boat and a catamaran which they still use for fishing. But their dream had always been to cruise around the world, which they are excited to achieve, and in doing so will follow in the wakes of so many other Nordhavn owners.
Jim Slattery’s christening toast, which was based a more traditional navy ritual, is something that we can all reflect on when heading out to sea: “We toast to the sailors of old, to Rest Assured. The moods of the sea are many, from tranquil to violent. We ask that this ship be given the strength to carry on. The keel is strong, (we ask) that she keeps out the pressures of the sea. We ask the sailors of old and the mood of God that is the sea, to accept Rest Assured as her name, to help her through her passages and to allow her to return with her crew safely.”
We at P.A.E. wish the Slattery family a safe, wonderful adventure full of memories that will last a lifetime.