Stanley Yacht Services

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Bon Voyage, Sea Smoke!
Another SYS Fleet Member Sets Course For New Home

This week, Stanley Yacht Services had the pleasure of handing over a 52' Hatteras (formerly Sea Smoke) to Capt. Joe Russell and his mate, Virginia Russell, who will deliver the 1993 cockpit motor yacht to her new owners in New York. They slipped the lines Sunday morning, departing from the Coral Ridge Yacht Club dock by early light.

This marks another successful transfer of ownership involving one of the yachts we've had the pleasure of managing and maintaining - Sea Smoke was a member of "our fleet" for the past two years and was only recently listed for sale with Luke Brown Yachts. We take no small measure of pride when a listed vessel member of our fleet passes the scrutiny of surveyors, brokers and prospective buyers to join the ranks of "boats sold on our watch" - two already this year!

So to all the parties involved, congratulations and bon voyage, Sea Smoke!

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Did We Mention .... Team Alvimedica Won Leg 9!

Hej Göteborg! We stayed up all night to watch the finish and, frankly, it's taken us a day or so to recuperate from the excitement. What a nail-biting end to the Volvo Ocean Race!

And with that, @TeamAlvimedica takes Gothenburg! We're so thrilled with this amazing finish to an epic 9 months...
Posted by Stanley Yacht Services, Inc. on Monday, June 22, 2015

Anyway, in case you were more responsible than us and went to bed at a decent hour, you can catch the final thrilling moments [hours] and the Gothenburg arrivals here:

Our congrats to all the amazing sailors and their shore teams and big kudos to overall race winner, Team Abu Dhabi - a dominant display of skill!Victory for Alvi, glory for Abu Dhabi
It's been an amazing nine months  - we can't believe it's been nine months - and we're so proud of our faves, Team Alvimedica! We'll probably keep wearing our orange bracelets from Lemon & Line just for good luck and the memories. #GoOrange! So, with In-Port races wrapping the whole thing up this weekend, until next time, bon voyage!

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!

Sunday, June 21, 2015

From The SYS Crew To All The Dads ...

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Tracking Two Sailing Races Is Hard!
Who Are We Kidding ... We LOVE It!

Photo Credit | Amory Ross, Team Alvimedica
It's a busy sailing weekend for the Stanley Yachts crew ... busy watching sailing, that is. As you know, the final leg of the Volvo Ocean Race is underway and we're spellbound (especially with our favorite boat in the lead). The finish in Gothenburg is so close - less than 400 nautical miles for Team Alvimedica - with some major tactical decisions to be made around traffic separation zones ahead. So we're on pins and needles, hoping they capitalize on (and maintain) the lead they docked with at the pit stop.
Team Alvimedica Leads at Halftime in The Hague
Photo Credit | Talbot Wilson, Marion Bermuda 
As if that's not enough excitement, we're also tracking the biennial classic Marion Bermuda Race. And, of course, we have a favorite - a custom 48-foot Alden, skippered by George Denny. Go Restive!

This year's 645 mile race to Bermuda could get particularly interesting later in the weekend when the remnants of Tropical Depression Bill could "enhance" conditions with up to 30-knot winds and 10-foot seas. That said, we'll be paying close attention.
Clean start- All Away from Marion to Bermuda So, anyway, excuse us if we're a little distracted for the remainder of the weekend. We're sitting (at the dock) in our wheelhouse, munching on popcorn and cheering on all the sailing souls!

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Beyond Routine Management & Maintenance...
At Stanley Yacht Services We Do It All!

After nearly 40 years in the industry, in and around every facet of it, there's one thing we know for sure - yacht owners sometimes need more than just our USCG licensed captain and crew. That's why we're a full service company. From custom carpentry to general "widget" repair to upkeep of logbooks and management of expense accounts, we take care of your yacht from stem to stern.  
Take a look at the services we offer and trust us: If it's not on the list? It's because we ran out of room! So don't hesitate to contact us for your yacht management and maintenance needs. Professional and reliable - we make yacht ownership a pleasure.
For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

You Leave Your A/C Running ... But Is That Cool?


Stepping into a perfectly climate-controlled wheelhouse or main salon can set the tone for your entire cruise. After all, who wants to invite guests into a floating sweat lodge? And, if you're like some of our clients, you know there are certain benefits to leaving your air-conditioning system running at all times.

That being said, before you tape the A/C breaker in the "ON" position, you should be aware of some of the pricey pitfalls this cool convenience can present. From plastic bags and jellyfish, to equipment failure and bad luck, several factors should be seriously considered lest you sink your boat. Literally.

A/C Pros & Cons

There are several steps you can take should you opt for the more cautious approach of turning your A/C off when you leave your boat for an extended length of time. For example:
  • Set up a dehumidifier - place it in the galley sink so excess moisture pulled from the air drains away safely. Products such as DampRid® are also helpful.
  • Plug in simple electric fans - these can be used throughout your boat to keep air moving. Place air fresheners nearby for clean, fresh scent.
  • Install solar vents on hatches - to facilitate the escape of hot air in the cabins.
  • Fasten solar screens to windows - fabrics such as Textilene® can protect your interior from glare and excess heat, protecting your wood finishes.
On the other hand, maybe you prefer to keep your floating paradise cool and crisp at all times. If you plan on running your A/C non-stop after you leave the dock, you might want to:
  • Insert chlorine tablets in sea strainers - this will cut down on barnacle growth, etc. in raw water intakes and hoses.
  • Double clamp those raw water hoses - routinely check for proper placement and fit.
  • Inspect hoses for cracks - a deteriorating hose can burst unexpectedly.
  • Keep a close eye on sea strainers - be prepared to remove & clean regularly.
  • Schedule regular bottom cleanings - unplugging thru-hull intakes is part of the job.
If you're ready to make a bigger investment, you may even favor a remote integrated system controller. The ability to remotely monitor and control your boat's systems is becoming increasingly popular and financially feasible. From high-end Internet-based interfaces, such as the one offered by Dometic, for example, to Marine Control Systems' more moderately priced Yacht Guard SMS-8 controller, solutions are available that allow you to start your A/C in advance of your arrival or turn it off in the event of say, a high water alarm code sent to your cellphone. So, problem solved, right?

Not so fast.

No matter what, when it comes to running your boat's A/C, whether you choose to keep it on "at all times" or "only as needed", you should always consider hiring a competent management team located near your vessel to maintain and inspect your systems and/or take corrective measures as needed. Nothing beats a set of real eyes and hands on board and at the ready! And, you know what we're going to say ...

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!©

[This article was first published Nov. 18, 2014]

Monday, June 15, 2015

Solo Row A No-Go
Sonya Baumstein Terminates Trans-Pacific Trip

Well, we were all looking forward to Sonya Baumstein's solo trans-Pacific row from Japan to San Francisco but, unfortunately, she's had to terminate the trip after 8 days at sea.

Citing concerns about equipment failures, heavy traffic (she'd already narrowly avoided a collision with a fishing vessel) and bad weather, Baumstein and her shore team decided to pull the plug before rowing beyond the Japanese Coast Guard's ability to reach her. A wise choice, no doubt.

After activating a distress signal on Saturday, Baumstein was rescued by a nearby freighter about 155 miles off Japan. According to a statement from her manager, no decision has been made yet about another attempt.
Expedition Pacific: Solo Row Across the Pacific Ocean
We're glad this courageous mariner is safe and sound and hopefully, she'll give it another go next year? #RowSonyaRow!

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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Early Tack And Don't Look Back!
Team Alvimedica DOMINATES In-Port Race

Photo | Ricardo Pinto, Volvo Ocean Race
Any onlooker would have to assume Team Alvimedica owned the course chosen for today's In-Port race in Lorient because they sure sailed it like they bought it with cold, hard cash. Seriously.

From the start line decision to tack off immediately, it seemed as though the young Turkish-American team knew something the rest of the fleet didn't. And whatever it was paid off big time with a tremendous victory for the Stanley Yachts favorite. Team Alvimedica Wins In-Port Race in Lorient
Congratulations to the entire team on stuffing another In-Port win in your pocket! This victory puts Charlie Enright's team in third place overall and surely adds to the excitement for the next leg with every single point counting. Go, Team Orange! Fair winds and favorable seas to all the sailors on their way to Gothenburg via The Hague pit stop.

In case you missed it, you can watch the entire race here.

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Magenta Bends, Does Not Break
Team SCA Bests The Bay Of Biscay

"The conditions might have been man-breaking but they were not women-breaking." And those triumphant words from Skipper Sam Davies on Thursday morning sum up Team SCA's first Volvo Ocean Race leg victory perfectly.

Leg 8 took the fleet through brutal conditions in the Bay of Biscay - 35 knot winds and 13 foot seas, anyone? - but the ladies braced themselves and braved the onslaught head on (literally). By selecting a more offshore course, the crew of the now world-famous magenta hull secured a dominant lead in the upwind battle and held on to it the rest of the way to Lorient.  

A sweet victory for Team SCA in Lorient - Team SCA in the Volvo Ocean Race 
Congratulations on an outstanding win to everyone on Team SCA! When you say you're going to grab a podium spot, you don't just settle for any old spot, do you? Awesome job and cheers!

Leg 8 Results |
Both runners up on the podium have reason to celebrate in a big way as well. Team Vestas Wind's second place finish marked an amazing return to the race after last year's devastating grounding off Mauritius. And by reaching the French docks third, Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing "quietly" secured the title of Volvo Ocean Race Overall Winner, barring any unforeseen penalties or mishaps in the remaining leg! Incroyable!

After a bit of a nail-biting skirmish between the final three, SYS favorite, Team Alvimedica, came in sixth behind Team Brunel with Dongfeng Race Team bringing up the rear.

Congrats to all the sailors - we're glad you're safe and sound after that leg. And now, let's continue the good action with this weekend's In-Port racing.

For smooth sailing and zero stress ... call SYS!

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