Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Beneteau First 36.7 Cruise-out this weekend!

Just a quick reminder about the event coming up this weekend:

36.7 First Cruise--out to Richmond Yacht Club.

Crew/skippers/family and friends should show up in the turning basin at RYC no later than 3:00 for the 1st Annual R.U.M. Regatta that starts around 4. Dinner will be at the club right after the regatta with a slide presentation of the fleet and a short clip from last years Rolex Big Boat Series. Spankers to follow on Ay Caliente....if you've had one you know what I'm talking about!

Once again this is a great opportunity for interested parties to come out and meet the fleet, sail a fun regatta and have a great BBQ at RYC!!! Bring your family and friends...there should be plenty of room on the boats for a ride.

All guests are welcome to the BBQ post race. We'll have hamburgers or chicken breasts for $10 a person....the bar will be open for those of you who have a drinking problem (or in my case a rum problem).

Skippers: Please have you or someone from your program bring a side dish for the dinner...ie. your favorite dessert or salad etc. If everyone brings a little something that would be helpful...I estimate about 45-50 people showing up...FUN!

Please see the attached PDF for all the event details and NOR/SI's.

Cheers and happy sailing!!!

Aaron Kennedy
SF Fleet Captain

Classic Car Show, Open House, and New Boats -

This Saturday the 18th of July at the Marin Yacht Club in San Rafael.... Passage Yachts will be there with two new Beneteau's and an Island Packet... should be a nice day in the sun! 11-5pm, Saturday. Check the MYC web site for details.

Update on Hedley our Australian cruising client....

Passage Yachts broker, Klaus Kutz, of the Alameda Office has sent in an update from his wayward client, Hedley Thomas. As you may recall, Hedley set out from San Francisco back on June 9th, on his way to Australia via Hawaii. His boat is a 1985 Beneteau Idylle 11.7 (a 35 footer) that he bought used from Klaus...

Part one is now complete as he made it to Hilo on the Big Island.

Here is Klaus' note and Hedley's email:

Jim, this is my latest communications with Hedley. He arrived in Hilo, Hawaii on Saturday, July 4 in the afternoon, after twentyfour and half days at sea. He arrived in good shape and spirits. No major problems ( the only items to repair was a restitching of the UV protection on his jib). He had enough fuel to run his engine every day for at least three hours to recharge his battery banks. He used the electronic auto pilot almost all the time and had his refrigeration on all the time assuring cold beers for the whole trip. He is planning on leaving either today or tomorrow for Riaitea, French Polynesia. That is a distance of approximately 2400 nautical miles from Hilo, Hawaii. Hedley is hoping to make better time and arrive in less days than he used to get to Hilo from the mainland.


Hi Klaus,

Have been in Hilo for just over a week now and plan on leaving tomorrow
or Wednesday - weather permitting.

The leg from Alameda was pretty uneventful except for about 2 nights
when the wind blew quite strongly. There were about 3 -4 days when the
wind was contrary and did not blow at all or, blew from the wrong
direction. I am hoping for better luck on the leg to Tahiti.

I drove around the island yesterday and and would not recommend Kona as
a place to go. It is a small artificial harbour packed with sport
fishing boats and nowhere to moor for visitors. I understand that if
you want to be lifted out with the Travelift, you need to book a time
and be there at that time. About 40 miles north there is another
harbour which offers much better shelter but has no facilities at all.
Nevertheless, if I have to come back to a harbour on the west side it is
to Kaui I will go.

A & B Fleet Services in Hawaii have been most helpful with some minor
items that needed attention and are presently helping out another
yachtsman who was towed into Hilo in a Valiant 40 suffering fuel and
transmission problems. He was going to go to Kona but I have suggested
he go to Honolulu instead.

I figure I will go to Riaitea in French Polynesia rather than Papeete.
I have been speaking to a guy who is pretty experienced in these waters
and he said theft was a big problem in Papeete whether you were on the
boat or not. Apart from that there is a proper marina at Riatea and I
know Donna will like that rather than mooring stern to.

Will away now Klaus. May I suggest you keep in touch with Donna as she
will know where I am. If at all possible I will email from Fr Polynesia.

Cheers and best,


Sunday, July 12, 2009

Thursday, July 9, 2009

nice boat.....

Nice scenes from the water off of Sausalito this afternoon... the joys of being a Yacht Broker!!
(click the photo for a bigger view... nice helicopter too!)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Beneteau Swift Trawler 52

Yes... we do powerboats too. I have been getting several inquiries lately for Beneteau's flagship motoryacht, the Swift Trawler 52. Here is a link to more info on this beautiful yacht! There is a video, specs, plan drawings, and more photos:

Beneteau Swift Trawler 52

Thursday, July 2, 2009