PAS­SION PROJECT

Yachting - - FEATURES -

A first-time yacht owner pur­chased a 124-footer need­ing a re­fit and poured his heart and soul into the ves­sel, mak­ing her like new.

much of what the owner of ARI­ADNE knew about yachts 16 months ago, he’d learned by watch­ing tele­vi­sion and movies. ¶ “I re­mem­ber as a kid, I al­ways thought that a yacht would be the be all and end all of so­phis­ti­ca­tion,” he says. “I re­mem­ber see­ing yachts when they were used in movies like Some Like It Hot with Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe. I re­mem­ber Madame X with Lana Turner and John Forsyth. They had th­ese el­e­gant, clas­sic, Thurston How­ell III looks — how he got that wardrobe and his wife’s wardrobe onto that lit­tle boat with Gil­li­gan, I have no idea, but he looked like he was go­ing on what I thought of as a yacht.” ¶ As a char­ter client in his adult years, he’d ex­pe­ri­enced a bit of that life­style, but yacht own­er­ship wasn’t some­thing he cov­eted. He fan­cied all things clas­sic, in­clud­ing boats and es­pe­cially transat­lantic lin­ers, but spent his time own­ing and fix­ing up his­tor­i­cal gems on land, rang­ing from homes to his 1977 Lin­coln Mark V Con­ti­nen­tal Coupe. ¶ Then he saw her. She wasn’t at the Mi­ami In­ter­na­tional Boat Show in Fe­bru­ary 2017, but her ad­ver­tise­ment was. Oh, the photo: her long lines, her sleek bow, her ab­so­lutely beau­ti­ful bones. ¶ She was a 124-footer built in 1979 at the Breaux’s Bay Craft ship­yard in Louisiana, which spe­cial­izes in com­mer­cial alu­minum ves­sels, but had own­ers who crafted her as a yacht for them­selves. More re­cently, she’d been tied to a pier in Florida and used as a go-nowhere sit­ting room. By an owner with re­ally bad taste. ¶ “It had over­sized, over­stuffed fur­ni­ture that made the boat look cramped,” the new owner says. “It looked like they’d gone to a fur­ni­ture store on a high­way some­where and bought it for a base­ment. Big, over­padded so­fas. The easy chairs in the salon were Bar­caLoungers.” ¶ He brought her to the Dereck­tor ship­yard in Da­nia Beach, Florida, named her Ari­adne — af­ter a Greek god­dess whose name he saw in an opera pro­gram when he was 10 years old — and spent the next 16 months mak­ing her once-frumpy in­te­rior match her el­e­gant ex­te­rior. He worked with man­age­ment com­pany DFD at Lauderdale Ma­rine Cen­ter, Wash­ing­ton-based de­sign firm Bar­tolomei &

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