Friday, May 30, 2008

Friday yacht spotting

As summer approaches (albeit very slowly) here in Seattle, larger yachts begin to show up in town. Most of them are merely passing through on their way north to BC or Alaska. A couple of weeks ago Senses was in town, but she left while we were on vacation. I only got a couple of pictures of her but they're not very good so I'm not sharing.

Today there are a few other interesting boats in town. First, and largest, is Paraffin. She's 198' and was built by Feadship at the Royal Van Lent yard. The owners are the founders of the Yankee Candle Company, hence the name. The interior is not my style, but it is impressive that the owners designed the entire interior themselves. That's almost unheard of on a large yacht with the 1,000,001 details to consider. We were anchored next to this boat in St. Barth's 6 years ago and I was impressed with it then. You can get an idea of the scale of the thing from the two crewman working at the top of the mast. Even the nooks and crannies hidden from view need to cleaned...


Behind Paraffin in the picture you can just make out the stern of Piano Bar, a 156' Picchiotti. Behind that you can see a yacht with a blue-grey hull; that's the 151' Daedalus, the Boeing yacht. She was built in Seattle by Delta Marine almost 10 years ago and was previously named Affinity. She used to have a dark green hull and I think I liked her better then.

The other big boat at the marina is Bossy Boots. Kind of a silly name for a serious boat. It's 136' and was built in Savannah, GA by Intermarine. I don't really know much more about the boat other than that.

3 comments:

Romach said...

WOW! Thats a whopper! And worth a few pennies I would say. We have the big ships event in the bay of Merseyside. Nothing as modern as this beauty!

Grrrowler said...

A few pennies is right. The rumor is that it cost US$75 million to build it. Apparently being a candle maker is lucrative!

Romach said...

WTF! Now thats called treating oneself! Especially for a candle maker lol