Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Ft. Lauderdale Boat Extravaganza!

As many of you already know, I went to Ft. Lauderdale last weekend to visit an old coach of mine named Jack Nelson. It was wonderful to see coach Nelson and his wife and stay with them at their home. They have a beautiful house right on the intra-coastal waterway. His house is directly across from the Hall of Fame pool where he coached. This area is also where the Ft. Lauderdale International boat show was held.
This is me standing in Jack's front lawn with the boat show super-yachts in the background.
Coach Nelson and I played bumper pool and watched Texas football until 1am...it was a Blast!!!

The boat show was amazing. I probably went on over 30 boats of all types. I went on sport-fishers, trawlers, super-yachts, and weekend-cruisers. You name it, the Ft. Lauderdale show has it. Literally they have every kind of boat imagineable. It is the largest boat show in the world!

As I stated in my previous blog post about the boat show, my dream is to one day own a long-range trawler that I can cross oceans on. The specific brand I want to own is called a Nordhavn. I thought they were awesome just reading about them and seeing them in videos. When I actually got on three of them at the show I fell in love, literally. The most amazing thing about these boats is that everything serves a purpose. Nordhavns are specifically designed with crossing oceans in mind. Everything from the layout of the engine room, storage compartments and the location of the state-rooms are taken into account before the designs are finished. I boarded these boats and was just blown away. The capability and livability of these vessels is what really enthralls me. Me in the pilot-house of the Nordhavn 76. It's crazy how many electronics these things have...Checking out the engine room of the 76. It would take me a long time to learn all this machinery.I'm currently on lookout on the bridge of my favorite, the Nordhavn 62 YAAAAAYYYYY!
This is the 152 foot, 30 million dollar super-yacht I got a private tour of. Gorgeous.
I'm sure this solid gold sink and faucet have something to do with the 30 million dollar price tag.

12 comments:

Lauren Ashley said...

I'm sure the solid gold helps, as well!

glad you had fun... that pic of coach Nelson's front lawn is INSANE... wow... and that skyview of the super yacht was just plain sick... lol. Wow...

Do you plan on taking a crew with you when you embark on your boat?? Cuz I have no idea how one person could run one of those ships on his own...

Lauren Ashley said...

Oh yeah, I forgot to ask... what is bumper pool?

sparkl0413 said...

Why in the world would you need a solid gold sink for? All you do is wash your hands and spit in the thing. Other than that crazyness glad you enjoyed your trip.

Garrett said...

The view from his front lawn was totally insane...

I won't want or need a crew on my boat except my family and friends. However, on the huge super-yachts you must have a crew by law.

Bumper pool is a small pool table with rubber pegs in the middle and a hole on either end. Each player has five balls and the object is to get your five balls in the hole on the other end of the table first.

I have no idea why you would need a gold sink???

Lindsey said...

Those boats are gorgeous. I can see why you want one! As for gold sinks...it never fails to amaze me what people will do with too much money! It's beautiful, but really? Gold?? It kind of reminds me of descriptions of Aristotle Onassis' yacht The Christina. I think he even had gold toilet seats!

Lauren Ashley said...

Obviously, the purpouse of a gold sink is so you can say:

"I just washed my hands in a gold sink."

XD Bumper pool sounds AWESOME! :)

Garrett said...

The Christina O is amazing. I'm sure it does have gold toilets.

Bumper pool is awesome!

Miss Melanie said...

But what did the KITCHEN look like??

;=)

Garrett said...

the kitchen was quite large and expansive. I'm sure it is much nicer than most people's home kitchens, it certainly is nicer than mine...they didn't have gold sinks in the kitchen though hahaha:)

Miss Melanie said...

No gold sink??? Not much of a yacht then, LOL.

The best kitchen I ever had was the one in my first apartment. Wasn't much to look at, but I could cook whatever *I* wanted to, and I didn't have any housemates stealing my food!

Garrett said...

kitchens shouldn't be only for looks. Functionality is key!

Ian said...

Gold sinks don't corrode or rust like other metal would in a salt-water environment.


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