Sunday, 31 March 2013

Super Yacht Neighbourhood








There go the neighbours - at 213 feet (65 meters) Callisto is an incredibly beautiful motor yacht.  Built in 2006 by Feadship in Holland, she cruises at 15 knots, driven by dual Caterpillar engines totalling 4000 horse power,  and carries 128,000 litres of fuel.  Sixteen crew keep the guests happy and the vessel on course.

Its all very different to the way Crystal Blues functions, but I think we're fairly comfortable just the same.  Callisto was berthed right adjacent to us on "A Dock" here at Yacht Haven Marina.

At over 1,300 tons she dwarfed our mere 22 tons, but she did keep us shaded for several hours each morning.

She kindly shut down her port side generator for us, so we wouldn't have to live with the noise.  Hats off to the Callisto crew, who also offered assistance and tools when we were removing our Onan generator.  From our Rogue Wave wifi bridge I could count eight (8) wi-fi hot spots onboard Callisto, with 3 dedicated just to the audiovisual systems - my sort of boat !  On departure she pushed out from the berth sideways, against a 1.5 knot tide, with absolutely no effort.


 Crystal Blues Is Dwarfed By The Neighbours
Impressive though she is, she's not the only one here.  Right next to us is Moon Sand (135 feet), and next to her was another beautiful Feadship, Samax (180 feet / 881 tonnes).

When we arrived here there were at least seven of these beautiful yachts berthed close by, plus two sailing yachts over 150 feet in length.

Crystal Blues never felt so small.


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