I have owned the 198-foot (60.35m) luxury motor yacht BLUE MOON since we took delivery from Feadship in 2005. She is my third Feadship; each one has taught me more about how to use your yachts for pleasure and entertainment. When I purchased my first Feadship, it was four years old and in perfect shape; she was 158 feet (48.15m). Like so many owners, there were, of course, a few things we wanted to change. After delivery, our minds were made up.
We knew that someday we would build a yacht based on what we learned from the first one we owned. Having always wanted to retire and spend most of our time on the water seeing the world, we began designing our next yacht with all of the elements we felt were missing on the first. We then took delivery on a 165-foot (50.29m) Feadship, which we thought we’d keep for the rest of our lives — this was wishful thinking. Five years later, we took delivery of a 198-foot Feadship.
We chose a 198-foot (60.35m) Feadship because it had all of the things we wanted for the comfort of the crew and our guests and family. We will never regret it. We have a wonderful crew and a yacht that takes us anywhere that we, and our guests, would like to go. The people of Feadship treated us so well, and the quality of their work was so exceptional, we didn’t want to start relationships with the other great boatyards.
We have two tenders and one crew boat; these include a 28-foot (8.5m) Riva Aquarama Special and a new 28-foot (8.5m) Gar Wood Streamliner, plus the “toys” for all ages. We use the BLUE MOON about 80 to 100 days per year on average. When we are aboard, it’s like living in a different world. We can sleep in the morning without an alarm or stay out all night with guests if we like. We mostly do our entertaining on the boat because there are so many ways to entertain. We have traveled from Alaska to the Mediterranean. It would be difficult to say what we like best because every place has been tremendous. We don’t really have a favorite. We genuinely have liked every place we’ve traveled to. We’ve been fortunate enough to enjoy the kind of trips that you can’t do with a car or a plane; there is no limit to what you can do with a yacht. Plus, you meet such wonderful people of all different nationalities when traveling by yacht.
There is a common language for those who arrive at a new port via yacht. Arrival in port presents a wonderful opportunity to speak about your yacht and for others to tell you about theirs. When you have a yacht, it makes no difference as to age, nationality or native tongue; the world all becomes one and that truly is one of the most unique and exciting elements of being a yacht owner.
BLUE MOON is available on the charter market; she is listed with Northrop & Johnson.