Our Dream Boat ‘viXen’

Our X-Yachts Xc 35 clients, Cindy Smith & Peggy Mangum were featured in the latest edition of X-Yachting Magazine. Read about the their decision making process and buying experience below!

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Welcome to the Dark Side

The FHY team had a great time at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show last weekend.  We had a strong presence and some might say we are a force to be reckoned with when it comes to selling powerful, capable, blue water sailboats.  For those of you interested in selling your sailboat and moving into a powerboat, we are well versed in helping sailors to the “Dark Side”.

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Welcoming Spring?

Snow 1 Oxford 2013.03.25We can be sure that warm weather is heading our way soon, though it may not feel like it. We woke up to piles of snow yesterday morning all across Maryland.

A client of FHY found this lovely scene on the way to his Bowman 48 in Oxford.

However, just a few hundred miles south, the flowers are blooming.

photoScott Taylor spent the weekend in Oriental, NC, where he took this photo, on a survey for a Najad 370.

Hopefully, we will all thaw out with the 60 degree weather coming next week!

Last of the Mohegans (for now)


photoUNCAS named for the last sachem of the Mohegan tribe is a N. G. Herreshoff designed Buzzards Bay 18 and is the first one to be built since 1904!  There were 5 boats built originally during the winter of 1903/1904 and construction details are scant.  The wizards of wood at Artisan Boat Works in Rockport, Maine built UNCAS for her new owners in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.  This photo of her transom, taken at the Maine Boat Builders Show by C. F. Horton Sr., exemplifies captain Nat’s genius and Artisan Boat Works’ flawless execution.  Bravo.

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Well Protected

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The new owner of this Pacific Seacraft 44 is working with Diversified Marine to put the boats bottom back to factory spec. The light grey material is the remnants (after sanding) of a factory installed barrier coat installed over the beige gel-coat.

The vinyl ester resins used by PS, have served extremely well to protect the boats laminate, even after (6) years in the tropics.

– Scott Taylor

Some Feedback About a Great Boat

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FHY broker, Bill Day recently heard back from some very happy and well traveled clients to whom he sold this 1985 Wauquiez 42.

The buyers report they…

“…have traveled over 7,000 miles since we last saw you.  We spent the winter of 2011-2012 in the Caribbean and went as far south as Dominica.  The following spring we crossed the Atlantic with stops in Bermuda and the Azores and after exploring some of Atlantic Europe we have spent the winter in Morocco.  Our plans for the rest of 2013 are to tour the Atlantic Islands (Canaries, Madeiras, more of the Azores) and make our way to Ireland and the English Channel.  Our winter plans are still up in the air as it is still a fair way off.”

Colin Archer ~ February Designer of the Month

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Photo from the Australian Dictionary of Biography

Colin Archer is one of the most influential yacht designers of all time and February’s Designer of the Month. Born in Norway and raised in Australia, Archer was part of a family of sailors. Before beginning his career as a naval architect and shipbuilder, he explored the Fitzroy River in Australia with his brothers. When he began designing, he maintained the explorer mindset, finding ways to make his hulls as efficient as possible. Many of his designs became known for their safety and stability. The Fram, his most renowned design, survived historic expeditions to both the north and south poles with the famed polar explorer Roald Amundsen aboard.

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Archer’s double-ender is one of the most imitated designs in history. Annapolis’ own Antalya is built as near to Colin Archer’s original 1898 design as can be imagined today. The only significant change was the transfer of the ballast from internal to external. Antalya has been meticulously maintained and was built to a standard seldom seen on yachts of any build.

The Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show

The first annual Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show is just around the corner. Next weekend, April 27th through the 29th, City Dock in Annapolis will host sailors and sailboats from all over the world. We will be featuring our very own Windalier and Helena in the show, a classic and a modern classic, built 47 years apart.

Windalier is a 1962 58′ Sparkman and Stephens yawl built by Abeking and Rassmussen of Germany. Her rich history is still being uncovered with a recent blog post from Sparkman and Stephens revealing some original photos of Windalier’s launch in 1962. You can see the photos on the Sparkman and Stephens blog.

Helena, on the other hand, was not launched until 2009. Designed by Berret/Racoupeau with Nauta Design, she wears the Beneteau name with pride. The high performance 54 Oceanis incorporates the comfort and reliability that Beneteau is known for with an aesthetic that combines gracefulness and efficiency.

Come enjoy the show and see both of these stunning yachts at City Dock in Annapolis next weekend, April 27th through the 29th. You wont be disappointed!

To read more about Windalier and Helena, visit the featured page of our website, www.forbesyachts.com.