Dear fellow boater.
Thank you for taking the time to view LA FEMME DE LA MER (The Lady of the Sea).
We realize that boaters purchase their vessel for different purposes and uses. You could, for example, plan to operate the vessel yourself, or on the other hand have it professionally crewed. We also know that in addition to price, you are comparing our vessel against other vessels of the same size as to their quality and functional uses. While you are inspecting our vessel, we would like to point out its qualities and functions in order that you may have a better understanding of how this vessel may be used and how it could fit into your own boating wants and needs.
We suspect that it would probably be best to begin with a brief history of the vessel in order that you may understand how she came to be the vessel which she now is. This vessel was the first of a new line of luxury vessels and was first shown in the 1991 Miami Boat Show in order to introduce the new line. At that time, she was a flush deck motor yacht 60 feet in length. As a boat show entry, she was equipped with an electronic navigation package far exceeding vessels of larger size. She had complete navigational and electronic capability at both the pilot house and sky lounge.
Ultimately, while this vessel, and her three sisters, were very well received, due to personal problems between the investors, the corporation itself did not fare nearly as well. The corporation soon disbanded and the owner from which we bought this vessel received her as his share of the corporation's assets. He used the vessel personally for approximately 4 years, until his wife became seriously ill, and was physically unable to use the vessel. It was then that they decided to sell her. We purchased the vessel in 1995 and kept her in Fort Lauderdale for 2 years. Now, unfortunately, we too have reached an age where we can no longer cruise, so it is time for new owners to enjoy the pride of owning such a fine vessel.
During that time in Ft. Lauderdale, we took numerous trips to the Bahamas and used the experiences of those trips to work out the details of upgrading in order to make her more usable and pleasurable. Our approach was to take areas of potential usage and then design them so that we could get the best possible functional use. Also during this planning process, we instituted an overall plan that would create maximum storage, convenience, and versatility throughout the vessel. Hence, when we lengthened the vessel by 15 feet to create the cockpit and lazarette beneath, we specifically provided storage and functionality throughout. Even after reaching Washington we have continually made major upgrades in equipment, systems, and decorations.
As an example, we wanted a scuba diving capability for this vessel. Thus, we built the coming around the cockpit one foot thick to provide space for storing and refilling the dive tanks when not in use. We designed the dive compressor to go under the water sink so that it would be out of the way and out of the weather. Thus, you can refill the tanks when in the rack, as it is plumbed to bring the air directly from the compressor to the tanks. This can be accomplished while you are, say, having lunch or taking a rest break. We also provided a full stand up closet in the cockpit in order to hang your wetsuits up out of the way and off the sole of the cockpit.
To use the vessel for fishing, we built into the coming five rod holders and mounting plates for five downriggers as well as built-in drawers for the storage of lures, lines, and other fishing paraphernalia. In addition, we also provided a fish finder in the cockpit so that those fishing may judge what is happening beneath the vessel (This is in addition to the navigational depth sounders up in the bridge areas).
We also wanted to have a vessel that had a long cruising range and a food storage capability in order to stay out unsupported for many weeks. We did this by installing a second full-size refrigerator/freezer in the cockpit in addition to the regular full-size refrigerator/freezer in the galley. We installed on the sun deck a full-size low water usage washing machine with a matching electric dryer. Additionally, we have a 1300 gallon per day watermaker, which amply supports the four staterooms.
For entertainment, and aside from a VCR and tape deck, we have a fully functional satellite television receiving system, as well as the normal amenities of a built-in barbecue and wet bar found on similar vessels.
To support our hard-bottom inflatable, we built in a 25-gallon gasoline storage tank, also in the coming of the cockpit. Attached to this is an electric powered gas pump which allows the inflatable to be fueled directly from the vessel. Obviously, this eliminates the requirement for gas cans to be separately carried and stored on the vessel.
Since we planned for a long-range blue water capability, we provided heavy ground tackle sufficient to handle any contingencies. Up forward, our main anchoring system consists of twin 65 pound CQR anchors fed from a large electric winch mounted on the bow pulpit. Each anchor is attached to some 300 feet of 3/8 inch chain. We also have in reserve a 65-pound Fortress anchor which would be used as a storm anchor. It is stored below deck, fully rigged, readily available to be deployed as the third anchor. Also stored below and fully rigged is a sea anchor attached with 1 inch nylon line. In the rear cockpit, there is an additional electrically operated stern anchor equipped with both chain and line. In 1997 we brought the vessel from Fort Lauderdale some 7000 miles (one single leg in excess of 1000 miles) thru the Panama Canal and onto Washington State. While we never had to use them, we were pleased to have the systems on board, in place, and ready for use.
As mentioned before, we have comprehensive navigational capabilities in both the pilot house and the sky lounge. In addition to what was on the vessel when we purchased her, we upgraded and added many systems including two separate computer navigation systems and a real-time weather reading program. We also installed a Coast Guard approved marine sanitation device which is an aerobic septic system that negates the requirement for a holding tank. We also partitioned the lower hull into four bulk-headed watertight compartments, each with its own bilge pumping capability. In addition, we installed a valve system enabling us to drain water from one compartment to the other if we wish to use the pumping capability from an adjoining compartment. We have both electric and engine driven bilge pumping capabilities. The vessel is also equipped with a central vacuum system for easy cleaning of the vessel.
In the engine room there is a small air compressor to provide shop air. There is also installed a fuel transfer system which allows one to clean fuel and move fuel from any tank to any tank, which makes all 1700 gallons onboard available for any individual purpose. We also have onboard built in engine oil tanks which includes an oil changing system for the main engines in order that one can change oil without having to manually drain and refill the engines.
The galley has been upgraded to both increase its capability and functionality. Rather than a single dishwasher we installed two one door dishwasher's which allow a savings of water if you're only washing a small load, but still having the capabilities for larger usage. We have a built-in vegetable and multipurpose steamer which is quite nice when cooking while the vessel is underway. For ultimate convenience, we installed a dumbwaiter between the galley and the sky lounge to simplify taking food and drinks from one level to the other. Just outside the galley we have a fairly large pantry available to the cooks.
One especially nice feature of this vessel is the large amount of living space it offers. In addition to the four staterooms, each with en-suite heads and showers, this creates some 1100 to 1200 feet of living space on all decks. In the past, we have had as many as 35 persons on board at one time without the vessel being overcrowded. With only the normal 6 to 8 persons on board you never have the feeling that you are tripping over each other. While we never intended to use her as such, she is well supported as a liveaboard vessel.
If you are considering the vessel as an elegant charter for small intimate groups, she has one additional feature. Besides bare-boat chartering available to all vessels, she has had a dedicated charter certificate from the Commerce Department for charters of up to 12 persons. We did not use her for this but if you are planning to use the vessel for this purpose, the Certificate would need to be re-certified to the new owner.
We trust, that as you inspect the vessel, you will find that the craftsmanship and quality of the vessel meets your standards. We endeavored to create this vessel as an asset that is something to be proud of, as well as a pleasure to own, and we hope you will find her so also.