On Thursday afternoon the island was buzzing... "It's Mel Gibson's"... "It's Tim Allen's"..."Who owns THAT?" Quite frankly, I don't know who owns it although I did meet several folks who were on it. Regardless, it doesn't matter. The ship, no matter who is the owner, is fantastic. I took a few pictures then headed home to hunt the internet to discover more about this megayacht anchored in the harbor. Try not to drool on your keyboard while reading about this ship!
Here's what I learned:
Length overall: 150'0"
Construction: cored composite hull and superstructure
Classification: ABS + A1-AMS; MCA certificate
Fuel capacity: 10,500 gal.
Water capacity: 2,000 gal.
Engines: 2/1,826-hp MTU 8V 4000 M90 diesel inboards
Generators: 2/99-kW Northern Lights
Watermakers: 3,000-gpd Village Marine
Air conditioning: 30-ton Aqua Air
Electronics: Northstar GPS, 2/Furuno radars, Transas chartplotter, Furuno and Icom VHFs, Furuno SSB, Furuno video sounder, KVH satcom
Interior design: Williamson, McCarter & Associates
Naval architecture: Christensen Shipyards
Builder: Christensen Shipyards
Yuppers, that's a big boat! To read more about it and to see interior photos of her, from the 3-deck living aquarium to the $300,000 entertainment system aboard her check out these two websites
http://www.powerandmotoryacht.com/megayachts/0104christensen/ (the photos on this site are thumbnailed so just click on them for the bigger picture)
http://www.showmanagement.com/yachtandbrokerageshow/YachtandBrokerageShow_frame.htm (for this one you'll have to scroll down to read about the Mystic and all the goodies she holds.
She left the harbor early Friday morning. Rumor has it she's headed to Chicago for a boat show there.
From privately owned megayachts to cruise ships, our harbor had both on Thursday night as the Grand Mariner pulled in to the Beaver Island Boat Dock to keep the Emerald Isle's slip warm until her return.
This 183' ship is the newest of a fleet designed exclusively for the American Canadian Caribbean Line by the founder Captain Luther H. Blount and was commissioned into service on June 27th, 1998. She has a beam of 40', draft of 6'6" and a passenger capacity of 100. There are 50 passenger cabins. The Grand Mariner was built by Blount Industries, Inc., Warren, Rhode Island.
For more information on the Grand Mariner to http://www.accl-smallships.com/Grande_Mariner.cfm and perhaps you'll find yourself reserving a spot on their next cruise.
Taking a spin around the harbor (which is a requirement if you go to town) I noticed this gathering of gulls on Fogg's dock. Whatever the discussion was, it must have been pretty interesting to keep their attention so long.
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