Super-yacht Disasters

If Only catches fire off Antibes The 39 metre If Only was pictured off the coast of Antibes on August 16 with huge plumes of smoke billowing from her superstructure. It is not yet known what caused the fire, but emergency services were quickly on the scene and successfully rescued all 11 people on board, according to local publication Nice Matin. Built by Feadship to a design by J.F.H. Roger and launched in 1974, If Onlyunderwent a major refit in 1989. This steel and aluminium yacht can accom...
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Loving LA

We have now been in Los Angeles (“LA”) for some time and I must say, something that has struck me a little like a freight train is, I really like the place!  Why is this such a revelation?  Well, if the truth be told, LA used to be my #1 most hated place on the face of planet earth.  As such, even the idea of spending time here caused me concern way back when we first started planning this trip. So why the change the of mind and what led to this turnaround?  How could I have been so wrong abou...
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Mega Yacht = Mega Lawsuit

This is a copy of article reposted here due to the nature and interest that this article will have for Pendanablog readers.  Original content of Passagemaker Bob Conconi, a wealthy Canadian businessman and philanthropist, was overjoyed with his new Nordhavn 120 when he wrote: “You have to experience the majesty of Aurora, her stature and magnitude to get a starting point as to your feelings. She is impressive beyond my or Diane's expectations. She exceeds every dream we have had over the last ...
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Pendana Arrives in Los Angeles

Pendana arrived safely in Los Angles and slips into her magnificent surrounds at Marina del Rey (“MDR”). After a relatively straight forward passage from San Francisco it sure feels good to be out of the wind and cooler climate of the San Francisco bay area and into the heat of Los Angeles.  Thank God, no more cold weather from this point forward for me. NEVER, EVER! Our departure from Marina Bay Yacht Harbor in Richmond was made so much easier when our good friends Adam & Eve (former owners o...
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Pendana Farewells San Francisco

  •  7/20/2017 10:28:17 AM
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Our time in San Francisco has been, to say the very least incredibly busy and while we would like to stay longer, Los Angeles beckons us further south to warmer weather and our next destination. I must say that trying to find a berth/slip in San Francisco was a little like trying to find the Holy Grail. It was not easy!  I remember Ken Williams saying to me, “James, you are going to have a hard time getting a slip”.  I thought at the time, Ken, Ken, Ken, I will get a berth, no problems at all,...
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Pendana arrives in San Francisco

  •  5/29/2017 12:31:01 PM
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Our plan was to depart Friday Harbor on Thursday mid-morning to make the eight hour run to Neah Bay where we would anchor, have a great night’s sleep and depart the following day, for the direct run to San Francisco.  All very civilised! However, that was not what happened due to some forecasted nasty weather off the Eureka coast in California forecasted to develop and our need to duck in front of it.  As such, our departure from Friday Harbor was in the wee hours of Thursday morning with engine...
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