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Big crowds and boat sale cap off successful Open House
December 8, 2011
The staff at Nordhavn’s Southeast sales office are extremely
pleased with the success of last week’s Open House which featured nine boats on
display, more than 100 guests in attendance, and a pending boat sale as a
result. The Stuart, FL-based sales team put together a terrific effort once
again by unveiling an impressive exhibit of boats which, this year ,included
the iconic Around-The-World (ATW) Nordhavn 40 as well as a brand new N60 and several high-quality brokerage
Nordhavns during the two-day event which took place last Friday and Saturday.
Terrific weather greeted guests who not only got the chance to climb aboard a vast
array of Nordhavns, but were also able to pick the brains of current Nordhavn
owners who were on site to give first-hand accounts of what Nordhavn ownership is
really like. “We had a fantastic turnout last year for our first Open House and
it was very encouraging to see that high level of interest continue for this
year’s event,” said Southeast Sales Manager Andy Hegley.
The weeks before Christmas traditionally provide a lull in an
otherwise packed fall/winter boat show season, so timing for the Open House was
perfect. Plus, the casual mood was more akin to what the cruising lifestyle is
all about. “It’s a different and relaxing way to see so many different
Nordhavns in one place,” said Hegley. “Other advantages of an event like this are that it’s structured to allow clients
more individual time with staff, in addition to providing a chance for them to
speak directly with owners who will talk candidly about all aspects of their
boats including running costs, benefits of stabilization, places cruised, conditions
encountered, safety, and the like.” Regardless of which stage of their boat
search guests were at – whether the initial research phase or having
already narrowed down the perfect candidate for purchase, there was something
for everyone to learn. And the owners seemed to really enjoy sharing their
experiences. “There’s an absolute element of pride that comes through as you
listen to the owners discuss their Nordhavns,” remarked Hegley. “You can tell
they enjoy reliving the times spent on their boats.”
Amongst the owners on hand were Bill and Debbie Bradshaw,
current owners of the ATW boat, called Finally. The Nordhavn 40, hull #21 in the series, which took PAE staff and
guests around the globe in 2001-02 was part of a research effort by the company.
Upon completion, the ATW boat set a record for fastest circumnavigation by a
production power boat and at the time had elicited scores of publicity and
fanfare. With her ATW decals intact, the Bradshaws note that Finally is still an attention-getter, no
matter where they go – a point that was well illustrated during the Open
Lots of interest was also had in Nordhavn 57 KeelWorks, a boat that’s only been on
the market just over a week. She’d been well looked after by her owners and
showed extremely well. In fact, by the end of the Open House, KeelWorks had an accepted offer.
“I’m a firm believer that Open Houses are an ideal showcase for every brokerage Nordhavn,” said Nordhavn southeast salesman Ted Robie.
Other Nordhavns of significance were N46 Satchmo, the last of the Nordhavn Atlantic Rally (NAR) boats to leave the Mediterranean and Nordhavn 35 Searcher, which represented the smallest boat ever produced by
Nordhavn. This semi-displacement yacht gives seamen the ultimate in versatility
– her sturdy, seaworthy hull and range allow for considerable cruising
while her compact size affords an owner to have her trucked long distances:
think fishing Alaska in the summer months, then transporting her cross-country
in time for a winter of snorkeling in the Bahamas.
If you missed the Southeast Open House, you can still make
an appointment to view boats by contacting the southeast office at
772-223-6331. The next Florida-area Nordhavn exhibit happens February 2-4 at
the Fort Lauderdale Trawler Fest. Visit the Calendar of Events page for details
on this and all other Nordhavn displays.