Smelly Cheese Not Included

A fun thing about going to the boat show is getting to look at some ‘previously loved’ sailboats for sale. Used to be there were more of them at the show. Now, I think it must cost the brokers too much to give just any boat that kind of visibility, so the pickings are slim. We got to look at  2005 Malo 45 Classic designed for Nigel Calder (It had a new engine. How appropriate.).  It was a pretty nice boat, and only $599,999. Even at less than 20% of that price, we like Galapagos better. Whew! Close call.

We got a couple of ideas for Galapagos on board the Malo 45 Classic. OK, sure, maybe I like the galley a little better on this boat.

We also got to look at a nifty 1982 Shannon 38 Pilothouse, one of only 9 built. The price tag on that one was only a cool $95,000 so getting a bit closer to our league. Shannons are really good boats, so someone is going to have fun with this one. It was a saucy boat but, again, we like ours better. I do love looking at boats, but it’s good to continue to be happy with what we have.

Some of the lovely, saucy stuff on board that Shannon.

What flipped us totally out was going aboard the 2009 Garcia 76. Oh my good golly Miss Molly! That boat is simply amazing. If this is an example of how ‘the 1 percent’ must live, then I have been born into the wrong life. When this boat goes onto the U.S. market, it will be listed at about $2,500,000.00. That’s a lot of zeros.  This is a number that is so far beyond my reality, it seems like one should be able to buy a small country, complete with serfs for that amount. The amount of pure hedonistic indulgence is the equivalent of a gallon of your favorite ice cream from Cold Stone Creamery. It’s enough to make you completely sick.

Still,  the aluminum hull of this monster called to me from across the docks. I just had to go aboard because I wanted to be able to wrap my head around a boat that big that looked like it was an awesome sailing boat. Yes, I know there a many boats that that big. But I’ve never been aboard them. Mike and I almost raced each other to the swim step to clambor aboard

The 2009 Garcia 76. Oy vey. I couldn’t get far enough away from her to get her entire self in the frame.

I’m so glad the boat’s owner wasn’t aboard to see us gawking and exclaiming about the size of the equipment on this boat. How embarrassing that would have been. We were all kinds of ‘touristy Americans’, exclaiming in wonder as we surveyed the breadth of the mast, the sheer beefiness of the blocks, the world of electric roller furlers. And on this 2+ million dollar boat, someone had wound the foresail so tightly around the furler that it was hurting the sail. I could barely walk away without feeling its pain. Awful.

Look at the space on that deck! It’s like a Mother Ship!

Here you go. A little sailing eye candy:

Pretty! Just real pretty!

Mike noticed their use of soft shackles, pieces of sailing ‘hardware’ that Mike, too, uses liberally. So we’re sort of kind of like the owners of this boat. In a way.

Soft shackle ahoy!

When I look at boats, I always like to spend an appropriate amount of time on deck before going below because it makes me look like I am actually interested in all the sailing stuff going on up there. But of course, I am really dying to go below. You know, true confessions and all.

Can you just say WOW!?

I believe the word ‘stunned’ would be an appropriate description of what we must have looked like upon finding ourselves in the main salon. Just WOW! First, get a load of that settee and dining area. I’ll show you the galley, which goes the entire beam of the boat, in a minute. Mike and I had our mutual jaws hitting the floor about every two seconds just looking around. Then, when the broker heard me say I would be writing about this boat on the blog, he asked if he could give us the tour and show us some of the finer bells and whistles. Are you freaking kidding me? Lead on, friend, lead on!

First, I noticed the flooring which is not at all the traditional sole in a boat. It’s actually an all weather fabric mesh that I have seen used on floors in industrial chic designs. You can buy outdoor rugs made of it. And it makes a dandy surface on the sole of the boat. The color in this boat, a deep graphite, is quite soothing and gives the boat a quiet feeling.

The other side of the salon.

On the other side of the salon there is another white leather settee and matching white leather club chairs. And the thing about those club chairs is that they are attached to the floor with magnets. To move the chair, you just flip a switch and it releases. Pretty darn cool. But wait! There’s more! What’s behind the chair? That would be the electrical and workshop area.

These are so well organized. They seem like they should be bronze or something but what do I know?

With all the tools of your dreams, of course.

Get a load of that panel. Mike’s sighs were deep and long.

So turning back to the salon, we tarry awhile longer admiring the view of the furnishings (a little afraid to touch them, actually, with our plebian hands)  then move to the galley. The galley; that which left me speechless. It’s just not possible to understand how a sailboat can have a galley like this. I mean, I get it that cruise ships have galleys. But this boat is owned by an INDIVIDUAL person. Not a government or a large corporation. I only wish I could have had a gander at that refrigerator. But we were not allowed to open it due to the presence of smelly French cheese, at least that’s what the sign said.

Starboard side galley.

And this:

Port side galley. I love the counters. Just love them.

And let’s discuss storage. No, let’s not bother. Because this boat has so much it may as well be a condo. But of course, it is 75 feet long. Seventy five feet. I wonder. Does this boat spend much time in a marina? Oh, wait. No. No need for a marina when you have a crane on the stern of the boat where your OTHER boat lives. The other boat was missing, but I’m guess that the ‘dinghy’ would have been roughly the size of our previous Cal 34, Moonrise.

Can we get this on Galapagos? Um. No.

What a world we live in.

We move toward the bow of the boat and find an entire new world of berths and cabins, with heads everywhere. I believe the broker said there were 4 heads on this boat and I didn’t take a photo of even one of them. When that happens, you know I am overwhelmed by all the other sights I am seeing. I’m sure they were simply grand. We have enough trouble with two heads on Galapagos, so I can’t imagine doubling that. But I supposed if you can buy this boat, you can pay people to take care of it for you.

More photos because I simply don’t have enough adjectives.

The port galley is on the other side of those pillows.

And another cabin. This boat seems to be layed out like the big sailing yachts of yore;  like S/V Odyssey, the pretty Sparkman Stephens sailboat owned by the Tacoma Sea Scouts. The owner’s cabin is in the stern of the boat, with captain’s quarters up front, along with guests and crew. Here’s another nice cabin.

Who wouldn’t sleep well in this cabin?

And then, far away in the fore peak, the serf quarters. Nothing says ‘this isn’t really your house’ like a toilet in your bedroom. On a normal boat, this cabin would be pretty nice. On this boat, it pretty much pales in comparison to the other cabins.

Less accommodating and really? The servants can’t use the regular heads?

But I’m saving the best for last. The master cabin. Have mercy, this is a lovely cabin.

The master cabin. Why yes, I believe that IS a glass door to the head.

Alert readers will see that this bed is not on the midline of the cabin. But what about when the boat is under sail and she is heeled over nicely? Won’t the owner be irritated by that? Not to worry. This is a FRENCH boat! And the French are all over your comfort at sea. They have a long tradition of building fine boats. They keep these details in mind. Watch this:

Did you see that?

The broker was positively gleeful as he pushed a button and magically the head of the bed began to rise. Starboard tack?  Port tack? No problem. Push the button again. Raise the foot, raise the head, raise whatever you need to raise in order to get a good night’s sleep below. Sweet.

Then, of course, there is the storage behind all those pretty wood panels. Drawers pull out, hanging lockers pull out.

Pull out hanging locker. Clothes are still in it. Whoopsie!

Finally, there is a work station to die for in the master cabin.

Work station in the master suite.

On the way out I took notice of the nav station.

A plush leather navigation station. Wow.

By the time we’d seen the master suite, we were getting the idea that it was time for us to let other people have a turn. People were lined up waiting to board so no time to actually talk about little things like engines or sailing systems, things like that. I’d say we got a bunch of ideas for refitting Galapagos by looking at this boat, but you’d probably think I was exaggerating. And you’d be right. We just have to appreciate this boat for the work of art that it is and be glad we had the luck to be at the show to see it. Plus we have a blog so we got to see the magic bed and all. What a great day! You see? There IS a benefit to writing all this stuff down!Garcia sign


16 thoughts on “Smelly Cheese Not Included

    • That boat is pretty nice though. Imagine having that much money. I would treat my serfs better though. The serfs quarters are pretty bad. You and everything you brought aboard would smell like the head plumbing. Who wants offensive smelling serfs?

    • I agree. Serfs deserve decent quarters. Let them eat cake and all. But I know how you feel about boat shows and boats that cost WAY too much money. Even the little Shannon was listed at 95,000 and it needed a ton of work. No way will they get that for it. Many years ago it was cheaper for people to have their boats at the show. Even owners had boats there. I remember a lovely big wooden sailboat that had all kinds of cool things aboard. A family lived on it. I remember thinking it would be so cool to have a boat like that. Except for the wood part.

  1. Oh.
    Wow. Just…wow.
    I have been on big spendy yachts plenty of times and to be sure, they were lovely but no where as well thought out as this one. I am impressed by how it seems the designer paid such careful attention to functionality.

    • Get this: the broker says the owner single hands this boat. Probably no problem once you are underway, since everything in sight is electric.

  2. We had a good laugh about the adjustable bed. These folks have waaaay too much money. We would just take the pillow to the high end of the mattress to sleep and save ourselves a gazillion dollars on this option 🙂 Now, if the bed was hooked to the autopilot / inclinometer and self-gimbaled depending on the tack ~ how cool would that be?

    I gotta say, the galley was awesome!

    Mark and CIndy
    s/v Cream Puff

  3. Great post about the boats. We didn’t make it there this year so I really appreciated reading your descriptions. If you are interested in stainless steel counters for Galapagos, check out appliance recycling centers. There’s one in Snohomish where I bought 3 stainless steel panels that had once been on refrigerator doors. I paid $20 for all three. I was intending to use them to line the icebox on windcat.

    • Great idea, Diane! We are doing a galley re-do, but haven’t decided what kind of countertops we’ll have. However, we will have new ones because the sinks have to come out anyhow, and the fridge section has to be ripped out. So much fun ahead!

    • I’m with you in using the word ‘decent’. There literally was something a little ‘indecent’ about the size and opulence of this sailboat, as if the charm of sailing were somehow lost. I’m sure the owner wouldn’t see it that way. Maybe I just have trouble imagining how one would feel like one was actually on a boat. Incidentally, the salon is so cavernous that they must string lines from one end to the other to enable places to hold on while under sail. Crazy. There are handholds everywhere you look on Galapagos. And also that galley, while really beautiful, is bigger than my kitchen at home. It would take a long time to clean that galley. See? We’re feeling better already!

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