Month: March 2022

M/V Figurati

We are officially the owners of our 2nd boat (3rd if you count the kayak), a 2022 Azimut 60 Flybridge! We haven’t even touched it yet and now we wait for it to be put on a ship and be delivered to Seattle.

Figurati is an Italian word that literally translates to “imagine that” or “picture that” and used the way an American might incredulously say “Can you believe it?!”. Colloquially, it means “It’s not a big deal”, “don’t worry about it” or “no worries” the way Americans might answer a thank-you. The lucky circumstances around us finding it and being a reminder that even when things seem to be going wrong, life works out right, made “Figurati” feel right to me. It’s also one word, sounds like it’s spelled and should be easy to use over VHF radio.

Hamid and the boat
Photo by seller’s broker moored in Jupiter, Florida

Specs

The boat is 60-feet long and 15-feet wide, has 3 bedrooms, each sleeps 2, plus a crew cabin with one twin bed, so it sleeps 7 people. It has ensuite bathrooms in the owner’s bedroom and in the VIP bedroom. The starboard bedroom with two twin beds has a bathroom that is shared as a day bathroom. The crew cabin, accessed from the swim platform, also has a bathroom.

It has a huge flybridge with a two-seat helm on the port side, a sun pad, a dining table, three couches aft, a refrigerator, ice maker, sink and a barbecue grill. I don’t think there’s a 60-foot boat with as large a flybridge. The salon has two couches, a dining table with a huge floor-to-ceiling window, and a large galley with a large refrigerator, a Miele induction stove and combo microwave/convection oven and a wine fridge (we will probably add a dishwasher). The cockpit has U-shaped seating and dining table. The bow has a large couch and coffee table and a sun pad which can be converted to an aft-facing couch to create an even larger seating area. There’s so much space for seating all over the boat. Azimut boats now have the same canopy and carbon fiber poles that act as a shade on the bow that I really like on our Cranchi and this one has them too.

It’s powered by two Volvo-Penta D13-900 diesel engines, has a top speed of 31 knots and a cruising speed of 26 knots. The lower helm to starboard also has two seats. Bow and stern thrusters and a joystick make it very maneuverable and easy to dock. And a Seakeeper gyroscope stabilizer keeps it steady in bumpy water, which should be nice for sleeping. It also has a YachtController remote control that makes it possible to maneuver the boat from anywhere on the boat, making docking that much easier.

Thanks to carbon fiber construction above the hull, there are huge windows everywhere, even in the bedrooms, that bring so much light inside that wasn’t even possible on boats that are just 5 years old. And the interior design and furnishings have the Italian style and European attention to details that I find missing in American-made boats.

It’s about time

I’ve dreamed about having a yacht since the summer I traveled in Greece when I was 19. I spent a lot of time in port towns on the islands that summer where you can’t avoid seeing all the boats in the marinas. I’d imagine how incredible it’d be to have a yacht when I’m old(er) that you could sleep on and sail around the Greek islands and across the Mediterranean. I made no progress on this goal at all, I kept postponing it while life went on. When we bought our first boat, my plan was to enjoy it for a year or two and then get a bigger boat that we could sleep on during multi-day trips exploring the towns and islands of Puget Sound and British Columbia. And to get practice for a yacht in the Mediterranean.

My father died at the end of 2020 and less than a year later, my mother unexpectedly died. These were reminders to me that life is too damn short and I committed to no longer postponing these goals. I don’t know how many summers I have left and our kids are getting older quickly, so I decided to not spend another summer dreaming about having a yacht one day. I like the saying “it’s better to have memories than dreams” and I made my goal for this winter to buy a yacht.

Hamid, the Cranchi dealer who sold me our first boat, kept in touch with me and when I decided to shop for yachts, he helped me by giving me advice on boats and negotiating the prices, teaching me about the industry, helping me with research, etc. Hamid has been a yacht broker for 35 years and was an Azimut dealer for many years before switching to Cranchi. He would have preferred I bought a Cranchi, but helped me go through boats from Azimut, Princess, Sunseeker and others. It took 9 months, looking at boats, making offers on several boats, even doing marine surveys on a couple. Hamid was very patient with us and our slow decision-making.

We were in contract on another Azimut 60 and on the day of the marine survey the crane at the shipyard broke, so we couldn’t finish the inspection. The frustrating 2-week delay turned out to be lucky because the inspection turned up things that made us uncomfortable and the delay gave us just enough time for this better spec’d boat and brand new boat to come on the market. Figurati! Hamid found it and we moved quickly, negotiating a deal to buy it within 24 hours. It was completed in December 2021 and shipped from Italy and it arrived in Jupiter March 16, 2022. The owner never took delivery of it because he bought an Azimut 68 while waiting for it to be delivered. Because of this, Azimut is giving us the full warranty, rather than a warranty transfer, including the 3-year “Peace of Mind” Azimut warranty that the dealer offers. Figurati!

Coincidentally, our friends, neighbors (and boat-owners) Deirdre and Patrick were on vacation in, of all places, Jupiter, Florida and were able to go check it out for us. Figurati! They got an hour-long walk-through with the seller’s broker while I participated on FaceTime.

Deirdre on the Flybridge with Dan, the selling broker

I hope it has a safe and quick trip from Florida to Seattle! Now I have to find moorage for it…

25 years in Seattle

Today is the 25th anniversary of my first day at Microsoft. I remember this date because I started on March 3rd, or 3/3, and 3 is my favorite number. It’s significant to me because I moved to Seattle a few days before that (not a memorable date), a place I expected to live five years at most, and I met the person who became my best friend, wife and the mother of my kids few days after that. It’s a life-changing event for me that wasn’t well thought-out or appreciated at the time but appears perfectly planned in retrospect.

In 2 years I will have lived in Seattle half my life. I find this remarkable because I still feel like Seattle is fairly recent in my life and living in Virginia before that still feels like a much longer part of my life. Time sure does fly by the older you get.