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September 19, 2017

Some Simple Uplifting News

It seems that it is nearly impossible to escape the hysterical news that bombards us every day. TV newscasters now speak (yell) in breathless “end of days” tone, newspaper headlines scream disaster and Yahoo news and Drudge never seem to have a kind or unbiased thing to say. It is very fatiguing and a Nordhavn and the cruising lifestyle is a great antidote to the stress of the modern world.

One of my go-to happy places these days is my own Outlook in-box. There are nearly 600 Nordhavns in service now and even though they represent a miniscule fraction of the total boats in existence, they seem to be “everywhere” and wherever they are, they always stand out and draw a crowd. I love getting Nordhavn news from faraway places.

Yesterday, I received an e-mail from Jerome Fisher, owner of N60 #65 Daybreak relaying that he and wife, Karen were in Bora Bora along with eight other Nordhavns. Amazing, yes. Yet, this is the new normal. I am old enough now to remember that sailing to Bora Bora (only sailing - traveling by power boat was “impossible”) was worthy of a book...

What prompted this post however was the e-mail that I received this morning from my friend Maik Brotzmann who resides in Iceland. Maik has established himself as a weather router and guide and has already guided many Nordhavns with great success. See Maik’s e-mail below:

Hello Dan,

I hope everything is alright on your end. Especially with all the hurricane storms raging right now. I cannot believe the next cat5 system is already under way. I hope and wish you that both, people and business, come out of it all unharmed.

I thought some positive news might brighten up your day:

You wrote some very kind lines about Robert "Bob" and Kathy Valleau's development from first meeting to global travels on the Nordhavn webpage back in August. I am happy to tell you that I am working for them since they departed Boston. In fact, they visited me in my hometown and we got to spend some time together. This has been the second(!) Nordhavn 68 and third Nordhavn overall in Isafjordur, Iceland, so far. I attached some images. They now are headed along the Scottish coast and might pay a visit to Dublin, Ireland.

Also, I am on my way to the UK, today. I'll be in Hamble for multiple reasons and hope to see Philip's and Neil's (Philip Roach and Neil Russell of Nordhavn Europe) faces at some point, too.

With my very best wishes,

Maik’s email has an impact on me in a couple of ways. One, it pleases me to see a young man reaping the rewards of his hard work, and all the better that he has found success by carving out an important role in the Nordhavn world. Two, I am reminded - once again - that Nordhavns regularly turn up in exotic and remote places around the world. This week it’s Bora Bora and Iceland. Couldn’t be any more different from each other, yet it underscores the core theme of our brand: just pick a spot on the globe and your Nordhavn will take you there. Now that is good news.

Dan Streech is the president and co-founder of Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc.


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