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November 1, 2012
FLIBS - Nordhavn Owners Party and Distance Pennant Awards By Jeff Merrill
The 2012 Fort Lauderdale International
Boat Show (FLIBS) will be remembered most by the passing of Hurricane Sandy
which spread wind, rain and havoc (one vendor tent collapsed, full moon tides
invited the Atlantic Ocean to board main coastal driving route A1A and air
travel in and out of the Fort Lauderdale/Miami airports was dramatically
But the extra effort and perseverance
that show goers needed to muster were well worth the wait when they made it out
to the B dock at the Bahia Mar to be greeted by the Nordhavn team. A special thanks
to the three owners of the boats on display, the 47 Miro, the 56 Motorsailer Kindred Spirits. This provided an excellent mix of our product line. Miro, our smallest boat on display had a
steady crowd of viewers. Kindred Spirits stood tall and was a beacon for sail boaters in the forest of trawlers –
the not-quite-former sailors looking to cross over, who may be tempted to stick
with travelling by wind. Without doubt, Rest
Assured dominated the show – a statement that was underscored by the
scores of attendees who marveled about the boat being in a “class by itself”
and the best trawler yacht on display.
The Nordhavn team came out in full
force for FLIBS 2012, led by PAE president Dan Streech, Nordhavn’s Chief of
Design Jeff Leishman, along with his wife Nancy. Also on hand were Jenny Stern,
marketing manager and head of our Rhode Island office; Andy Hegley, sales
manager of our Southeast sales office in Florida; Ted Robie, salesman in
Florida and Robin Braathe the Florida office manager; Dave Balfour and Ben
Sprague, both salesmen from Rhode Island, Paul Hutton, a salesman from the
California office; Trever Smith, the 120 and 86 project manager and his wife Kari,
my wife Pam who flew out and helped with registration, our multi-talented webmaster/graphic designer/videographer Doug Harlow in attendance to shoot video tours of the three boats and capture the night’s festivities; and all the way from
England, Neil Russell, manager of Nordhavn Europe.
We were also pleased to have four
dignitaries in from Ta Shing, our Taiwanese factory which built the lovely 56
and 68 we had on display. Tim Juan, President, Roger Chang, Chief Engineer,
Douglas Deng, project manager, and Jessica Wu, executive assistant and head of
On Friday night we hosted our annual
gathering of Nordhavn owners and special guests. The weather prediction was
for high winds and rain, but we dodged that and had a comfortable, fun filled
evening. I did my best to get the attention of the devotees by welcoming all in
attendance, thanking them for their loyalty to Nordhavn and then, along with
Dan Streech, arranged for photos of various owners to celebrate the miles run
on their trusty vessels.
A couple of years ago we started the Distance
Pennant program to recognize significant milestones
and to honor the Nordhavn owners who have travelled thousands of miles on our
Of the nearly 500 Nordhavns built, we
have over 300 Nordhavn owners who have registered miles. Our cumulative total
of known Nordhavn miles is now over 4 and a half million miles!
In this total we have a record 8
Circumnavigators. Every ocean has been safely crossed, and today you can
find a roaming Nordhavn in about every port in the world.
Jeff thanked the owners in attendance
and asked for their continued participation and encouraged all to update their mileage
totals twice a year. We are very close to 5 million and every day Nordhavns are at sea rolling up more miles!
We are very fortunate to have such a
loyal group of owners and I would not be surprised to see Miro, Kindred Spirits sailing off soon under the
guidance of new captains who have already been Nordhavn owners.
A special thanks and spotlight needs to
be shown brightly on Scott and Mary Flanders from the Nordhavn 46 Egret. They may very well be our most
visible Nordhavn owners with their fantastic blog and non-stop promotion of the Nordhavn brand. It is always
a nice surprise to see them in Fort Lauderdale because you never know where
they will be next. Scott and Mary, who now have an estimated total near 72,000
miles including their successful and wildly popular adventure. (I didn’t think
to bring a pennant larger than 50,000 miles so we had to improvise with two
pennants to take their photo).
All Nordhavn owners are encouraged to
keep sending in photos of their boats in beautiful locations for possible
inclusion in future Nordhavn calendars. Speaking of which, the 2013 calendar
is at the printers and will be available for purchase soon on our website and might
make for an ideal gift.
After a fun (and challenging)
corralling of many owners for photos we called it a day and prepared for the
weekend which generally brought much better weather.
We are seeing a surge in sales as many
buyers who have put off purchasing during the previous couple of years are now
realizing that time is passing them by and the oceans are calling them for
adventure. Our Nordhavn brokerage stable is filled with incredible values and
beautiful boats in all sizes and price points. To keep up to date on the
latest, please visit the brokerage section
of our website.
As we approach the closing months of
the year I’d also like to let you know that we have several new Nordhavns being
commissioned at our sales docks. Please call your Nordhavn sales contact to
set up an appointment if you would like to get aboard (especially if you missed
the show). Right now we have two gorgeous 68s (both a forward pilothouse and
aft pilothouse) at our Southeast office in Stuart, Florida and a 60 being
commissioned at our Southampton, England office. Soon our Dana Point Southwest
office will receive a Nordhavn 52, 60 and 63. In addition to California,
England and Florida, all of our offices worldwide – Portsmouth, Rhode
Island, Seattle, WA, Queensland, Australia have Nordhavns available for you to
By the time you read this show will be
over and hopefully everyone will have made it safely home – the wake and
surge of Sandy was felt for days (including cancelled flights for company
personnel) and we were all feeling pretty lucky with our inconvenience compared
to the destruction that hammered the states to the north of Florida.. The FLIBS
is truly an international event and we had clients from Europe, Asia, Africa, Middle
East, South America and Down Under converge for the event. The next big
international show in Florida is Miami in February; we hope to see you there!