Real Estate and Boathouses

Dry Rack Boat Storage, Pros & Cons by Trevor

The blog has an article about why you should and why you shouldn't store on a rack or In/out. A few points that I did not think of, and I do recommend the article for anyone considering it. One consideration I did not think of was the fisherman's schedule:

Worse yet, if you’re an angler who wants to leave at dawn and you fail to call in your request before closing time the evening before, you’re out of luck.

There are plenty of In/out locations in Grand Haven, and St Clair Shores, and of course Florida, but Northern Michigan does not have any. A few owners will get their boat pulled when not using, for many of the reasons advocated by this article, but obviously at a much greater cost than the typical "boatel".

Kicking off at Yacht Club Costa Smerelda by Trevor

Everyone Smile

It is time for Dave Johnson's newest project, the YCCS to get going full swing. This development in the British Virgin Islands is certainly not the cheapest spot for a 2nd, 3rd, or 4th home, but it sure looks to be beautifully situated.

FMYC is constantly impressed with Bay Harbor for a few reasons:

1. Started from scratch. Bay Harbor used to be a desolate gravel quarry. not exactly picturesque. The idea of turning this into an amazing resort community was so far off, nobody would listen to Mr. Johnson's vision -- particularly investors! But, he pulled the money together and did it. I believe he stayed debt free throughout. 2.Residents. All Bay Harbor residents we know are extremely friendly, down to earth people. We can be washing a boat, and the owner will come outside to talk boats, and then invite us in to have a beer and see his home theater, or antique car collection. It is easy to respect people who respect you, and we are always excited to pick up a new customer, not just because it is a new boat, but because it is a new 'story', someone else to get to know.

3.Community. Though not entirely self-sufficient, Bay Harbor proper has plenty to do, and enough amenities that you don't need to stray far if you don't want to. Restaurants, markets, cafes, and resort shopping is all downtown, and that is just downtown! Not including the amazing Yacht Club, Golf Club, Equestrian Center, Hotel...

4.Staff. The only people friendlier than the residents are the staff! FMYC has been helped so much by the friendly staff at Bay Harbor. Sometimes, at a public marina, or poorly run docks it can be hard to get things done. You'll hear things like "Oh I don't know if you can do that" and "I'll have to ask my manager" when trying to do the simplest things. Not so at Bay Harbor. If something needs to get done, it getting done! The staff is capable and empowered. We would like to thank John Russell, the BHLM Harbormaster in particular, for making BHLM a dream to work at, help us at Bay Harbor events, and often being a liason to new customers. This mentality is shown in a favorite story of Lewis and myself, of Mr. Johnson driving around in a GEM car during some event, a I believe a '08 boat show. He was pulled up at where the Oil Nut Bay (same site as YCCS) promotional center was, and one of his employees was explaining to him some problem, of a customer/resident/investor who wanted something done, and wasn't sure of how to proceed. Mr. Johnson's reply was 'Do it!'; "just say yes! just say YES". With a man like Mr. Johnson with the reigns, you know the development will exceed all expectations.

In any case, try as we may, we will NOT be covering the Superyacht regatta live. But you can see some of our pictures of the announcement ceremony on Mr. Johnson's 130 Westport RESOLUTE that we were in attendance for. We have a video of his speech (quite funny, I recommend you watch all the way through!) we will post.

Looking at the Superyacht Regatta schedule, don't you want to go?

Superyacht Regatta & Rendezvous

March 16 - 20, 2011

Yacht Club Costa Smeralda, Virgin Gorda, British Virgin Islands

Wednesday, March 16

Registration will take place at Yacht Club Costa Smeralda (YCCS), Virgin Gorda as well as customs clearance for yachts and crews from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Practice for sailing yachts will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Experience BVI” guest experiences upon request

Trip to The Baths, snorkeling adventures or scuba diving. Private or group guides available will be for each adventure from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Skippers’ Briefing: Sailing yacht captains – 4:00 p.m.

Skippers’ Briefing: Motor yacht captains – 4:30 p.m.

YCCS, Virgin Gorda Founding Ceremony

Sundowners and welcome cocktail reception will be held on YCCS lawn from 5:30 to 6: 00 p.m.

Caribbean buffet, reggae band and local entertainment on YCCS lawn 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Thursday March 17

Sailing Yachts: Race Day 1 11:00 a.m.

Motor yacht Program: Cruise in Company following the yacht racing, followed by lunch and swimming at quiet anchorage VIP Host yacht Resolute to lead the fleet 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Crew Party 7:00 p.m.

Friday March 18

Sailing Yachts: Race Day 2 11:00 a.m.

Motor yacht Program: Tender Treasure Hunt.

Pirate inspired treasure hunt in yacht tenders around North Sound, YCCS, Leverick, Prickly Pear, Saba Rock, finishing at Oil Nut Bay from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m

Beer and ‘signature’ rum cocktails for all crew on YCCS lawn after sailing races

Party at YCCS Marina

Cocktail and Canapé Competitions; each yacht will create a cocktail with a prize for best Caribbean-themed cocktails and canapés from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Saturday March 19

Sailing Yachts: Race Day 3 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Motor yacht Program: Cruise in company to Jos Van Dyke or Peter Island. Cruise to take in the finish line at the end of the race from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Sundowners and Prize-giving on YCCS lawn – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday March 20

Farewell Bloody Marys and brunch at Biras Beach – 11:00 a.m. For further information, please contact Alice C. I’Anson Widdows, +44 (0) 7591 006250;

Ultimate Pirate Ship Bedroom - For the boating child at heart by Ryan


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When I saw these pictures this morning, my jaw dropped! What cooler project could a father and a son take on together than building the ultimate in fantastically imaginative decor? Complete with a two story climbing rope, birds nest, port holes, a 2 story tube slide, and working rope bridge, this is by far the coolest nautical wonderland outside of a real pirate ship I have ever seen.


More than just an incredible design, the ultimate pirate ship bedroom was the culmination of a father's dream. As the designer Steve Kuhl tells us, "Our client grew up as a repressed type-A child and never really lived the childhood he dreamed of. He had to help support the family from a young age. When he became a father one of his goals was to give his son, Zach, a childhood full of play and adventure. He approached me about designing something special. I conceptualized a few different ideas including a space ship and a race car. Ultimately, the pirate ship ruled the day."

I for one am as jealous as any 4 year old! You can read more of the imaginative owner's interview and see original sketches of early design here.

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Ice Festival Kickoff! by Trevor

There are chain saws whirring in downtown Bay Harbor! We only got a few pictures of the sponsor wall and some of the smaller works, but the pro-carvers were stacking their blocks and getting ready to cut in on some of the larger works. The fish pictured is a medium sized work,  and we are told it will be surrounded by some other aquatic life. There is also a massive indian head, and something that look like a spread winged creature, or the spirit of ecstasy.

But what is that good looking larger brick on the North side of the sponsor wall? Could it be...

Also, the Cava "Chill Lounge" is set up, but don't worry, they have the fireplace going round the clock. If you are around, be sure to stop by the Inn at Bay Harbor to try our (soon to be world famous) chili!

Real Estate Spotlight: Bay Harbor's Little Lighthouse (house!) by Trevor

Bay Harbor Properties, which has recently joined forces with Sotheby's, has one of it's first post-merger listings up. The house, located up on the Shores II, is only a few lots away from the Yacht Club and new Lange Performing Arts Center. The house is known for having a rounded turret on the north corner that resembles a small lighthouse (this is not the only Bay Harbor home with that motif, so I call it the 'little' one). The house looks to be decorated in a simple/modern design. 5 beds, 5 baths, 5,50 sp ft and it looks like they are willing to bundle their slip at the Yacht Club!

Take a look at the Harbor | Sotheby's listing:

Unique custom built home located in Shores II just steps away from the Bay Harbor Yacht Club. Designed by an international architect, this five bedroom, fourand one-half bath property features two master suites and museum quality cherry wood floors, windows, doors, trim and cabinetry. With a 3-story observatory lighthouse tower, decking and walk-outs at each level, the views include the best of Bay Harbor Lake entrance channel, Yacht Docks, Lake Michigan and the Village. This home has high-end fixtures, appliances and a professionally designed controlled electrical system along with heating and air conditioning zoned to each floor. Additional features include athree car garage with a 10-foot clearance, a private courtyard and extensive landscaping. The professional state-of-the-art home theater system, furnishingsand a private yacht dock are available.

Definitely take a look, the sound system in the living room looks pretty loud!

And, congratulations to Mr. Johnson, Mrs. Baciagalupi, Mrs. Etienne, and the rest of Bay Harbor for another great achievement! I expect them expanding their reach out of Bay Harbor to the surrounding area may shake a few things up, and the customer will come out the winner!