Yachting - - THE NEXT CHAPTER -

tion for hold­ing value made strong im­pres­sions. So too did Thom Con­boy, Heesen’s di­rec­tor of sales for North Amer­ica, Mex­ico, the Ba­hamas and the Caribbean. Con­boy is the one who in­tro­duced the Books to Project Ruya, the yard’s in-build name. Since she was nearly fin­ished, she would be ready for the sum­mer sea­son. ¶ Project Ruya also had the tech­ni­cal fea­tures Book in­sisted upon. He wanted big MTU en­gines, for in­stance, along with a well­laid-out en­gine room. “I was al­ways spend­ing time with my en­gi­neer or cap­tain, learn­ing what could go wrong,” he says. The yacht’s 4,000-nau­ti­cal-mile range was the same as the transat­lantic fig­ure he had in mind too. ¶ De­spite the smaller LOA than orig­i­nally planned, Book Ends pro­vides sev­eral good spa­ces in­side and out for the Books and their fam­ily, which in­cludes grand­chil­dren. The sun deck is a fa­vorite spot for en­ter­tain­ing big groups, while the bow seat­ing is pre­ferred for qui­eter mo­ments. ¶ Given that there were mere weeks to go be­fore the yacht’s de­liv­ery at the time of the con­tract sign­ing, you might as­sume Book Ends is the same as she was when Bob Book first laid eyes on her, save for a few throw pil­lows. Not so. “We knew we could make enough cos­metic changes to the in­te­rior of the boat that we could re­ally put our sig­na­ture on it,” he says. ¶ The cou­ple in­stalled LED light­ing on the main deck for am­bi­ence. Sev­eral ad­di­tional TVs needed in­stal­la­tion, out on deck and in­side. The sky lounge un­der­went the most al­ter­ations. The fam­ily wanted a larger tele­vi­sion and a games ta­ble. A bar that was al­ready in place, for­ward to star­board, re­quired changes as well. The orig­i­nal de­sign, by Ban­nen­berg & Row­ell, con­cealed the bar be­hind doors. The Books wanted it out in the open. The col­or­ful na­ture of the liquor bot­tles on dis­play is rem­i­nis­cent of the own­ers’ art col­lec­tion. ¶ “There are no per­fect boats,” Book says. “Noth­ing is ever 100 per­cent, but if you get to 70 or 80 per­cent, I think that’s pretty darn good.” ¶ On a scale of one to 10, he ranks Book Ends “a strong seven” and cred­its Heesen with em­brac­ing a phi­los­o­phy he’s lived by as a con­sumer and as a busi­ness­man: “If you want to be suc­cess­ful, lis­ten to what the cus­tomer says.” ¶ And he is al­ready a fu­ture cus­tomer for the yard too. “While I feel re­ally com­fort­able and have nice vol­ume on the boat, I think I’d be bet­ter off with a Heesen 55-me­ter or 60-me­ter. So, here I go again,” he says with a laugh. ¶ Come June 2020, the Books are sched­uled to take de­liv­ery of a yacht in the yard’s 55-me­ter steel class. ¶ “Since I am early in the build,” he says, “this boat will be a nine out of 10.”


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