• Captain Steve

First time aboard

February 12, 2020 was the first time I have been aboard Coyote. She arrived Fort Lauderdale a few days ago and is undergoing dealer commissioning at the Hilton Marine. A funky marina as it is really an upscale hotel with a few slips. Today I met with Kenny and Paul from Atlantic Cruising Yachts to go over what was contracted to be done and any modification. I decided to forego the TV in the Owners cabin and added three more 110 volt electrical outlets. The rest we have pretty much agreed on over the past two years. I took pictures of all the cabinets and drawers. Not only were there the million I thought, but they were all much bigger than I would have thought. Figuring out where things will go will be a problem – and perhaps finding them again. We agreed on handover, Friday, March 13 with sea trials the following Monday. Major commissioning items include laying the Plasdek teak decking, the washer dryer, rigging the sails, detailing the boat and system tests. A couple minor surprises. The owners hull seems bigger than I remember from previous visits to sister ships. As mentioned, storage is greater. The view from the helm makes the boat look smaller in part because you are higher up but mostly because you are nearer amidships.

After my meeting I was off to West Marine to arrange for a substantial order to be ready when the boat was, to the Uhaul location where our pod will be delivered and to BestBuy to get the TV and mount for the saloon.

The next day, because I had completed my tasks, I went to the Miami boat show – the location where Lindsey and I first saw the Saona 47. Really nothing to see or buy, but I did meet with the owner of the Plasdek company who is installing the teak decking who had some good advice. I did go aboard the Leopard 50 which was the boat we were originally going to see and I don’t like it any more than I did two years ago. A huge boat, which many will like. The dealer told me what a piece of junk the Fountaine Pajot was but “didn’t want to disparage the competition, just talk about his product” which he never did. Hope he is wrong.


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