Last winter, the New York Yacht Club approached us about hosting a dinner party for their annual summer cruise. Without hesitation, we said yes and began preparations for approximately 100 boats on the Sound and nearly 500 guests at our yard. Though we have hosted several galas for local non-profit groups here on Mount Desert Island, we had never accommodated such a large group of boats! While the 60+ feet of water along our shore provided adequate depth to dock the various yachts, it was apparent that we did not have enough dock space to place them. To solve the issue, a new float with three finger floats was constructed and launched before the fleet arrived. Two of our Somes Sound 26’s were borrowed for the evening to use as a launch service to taxi guests to and from the party.
Boats began arriving on Somes Sound at 8:30 in the morning on August 19, and by the afternoon, the number of boats on the Sound was quite impressive. The weather was ideal as guests began arriving for cocktails and socializing. At sunset, there was a flag ceremony to mark the event, and guests were treated to a delicious BBQ dinner provided by Bianco’s catering of Brooklin, ME. The ambiance of the evening could not have been better. A nearly full moon provided a spectacular backdrop, and laughter and cheer were a common sound throughout the night. We were certainly honored to be a part of the New York Yachts Club’s cruise, and with a great collaborative effort from those involved, the night was certainly a special one.
Nautical photographer Alison Langley of Camden, Maine captured the magic of the evening on video; click the video below to view. To see additional still images from the event, take a look the slideshow on langleyphoto.com.
Re-fit Stanley 36
We were approached last winter by a customer who was looking for a Stanley 36 he could take his family cruising on. After some searching we located URSA, a 2006 ST-36 in the Great Lakes and had her trucked back to our yard on Mt. Desert Island. URSA was originally built for use as a committee boat and therefore had little in the way of accommodations and utilities. The boat needed hot/cold pressurized water, a reconfigured galley, bow thruster, new battery bank, anchor windlass and bowsprit, swim platform, wooden mast and boom, electronics, and an enclosed/extended pilot house with setts berths for the kids. The planned departure date was mid July and the boat arrived at the beginning of May. With the production crew, the rest were busy with Spring commissioning, we completed everything in time for the launch and the family’s cruise.
URSA has returned for the winter and a planned Stage II of the refit during which the pilot house will be enclosed with windows and a helm side door. Sound attenuation for the muffler and reconfiguring the helm seat will complete the winter’s work. She will be cruised around Long Island and southern New England for the summer with a planned return to the John Williams Boat Co. for the winter of 12/13 and Stage III of the refit. This will including the PVC rub and toe rails as the painted on eyebrow to solid teak as well as mahogany aft bulkhead and door.
The Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hawaiian voyaging canoe HOKULE’A, pictured above sailing off Diamond Head, Honolulu, will undertake the challenge of an up and coming World Wide Voyage in 2013. A preliminary interisland sail this July will initiate the WW Voyage and consummate PVS’s 37 years in existence fostering their vision to recognize “Hawaii as our special Island home, a place where people, land, and sea are cared for and communities are healthy and safe.” The first leg of the voyage takes HOKULE’A to Tahiti, the Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga.