Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Mega Yachts

We are in Fort Lauderdale this evening, in the world of Mega Yachts, and in a marina where a boat slip costs more than a decent hotel room for the night. The yachts we have seen are simply stunning. Last night we spent the night in Jupiter, Florida, just a few slips down from  "Privacy", Tiger Woods' yacht.
Tiger Woods' Yacht
Tiger's yacht seems downright small compared to the boat tied up at the end of our dock. It is named "MLR" and was built by Delta Marine of Seattle. It is 53 meters in length, around 174 feet. While my boat's displacement is roughly 50 tons, MLR's is 955 tons. We use one 50-amp shore cord in marinas, but this yacht appears to be connected to three 100-amp cords.


 I have searched high and low on the internet and I cannot determine her owner, but I ran across one interesting tidbit. According to the yacht's designer, MLR stands for a "Momentary Lapse of Reason". This makes it the only boat I have heard of other than ours that is named after a Pink Floyd album. 

It is unlikely that we will be able to cross the Gulf Stream to the Bahamas tomorrow. The wind just won't quit. The offshore forecast calls for seas of four to six feet, more than we wish to handle. My magical PredictWind app shows four-foot seas under all of its three models but shows the wave period, or time between waves, as only 4.5 seconds. So these are not gentle four-foot swells eight or 10 seconds apart but steep four-foot waves that would slam us up and down. Interestingly, my forecaster Chris Parker shows that a messy eastbound crossing might be available Friday or Sunday. We'll see, and will continue to watch and keep you posted.

1 comment:

  1. The big girls are really jaw dropping, especially when they are being towed up and down the New River through downtown Fort Lauderdale, and you have to pass them!


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