Two years ago I was invited to a party on the 165-foot yacht, Big Fish, named after the book/movie. Apparently the owner is buddies with the author so he named a $30-million ship after him. I’m still waiting for one of my quirky articles to inspire such an honor. Maybe someone will name their skiff the Funky Fred.
Needless to say the party was swanky. Lots of glittery dresses, giant bottles of Grey Goose, and Dom Perignon flowing. Most of the hors d’oeuvres had French names and fish eggs and I was not shy about sampling the treats often. Fortunately I’m comfortable hanging out with the rich and pretentious. Like the saying goes, they put their pants on one leg at a time just like everyone else. The only difference is their pants are $1,000 Gucci’s and mine are JC Penney’s bargain bin.
In February of 2012, I got another party invitation. This time to tour the new Hatteras 63 Enclosed Flybridge. They had Grey Goose too and a lot of fancy people but the Hatteras 63 wasn’t quite as luxurious as Big Fish, unless Hatteras decides to add a 14-person staff, a helicopter, and Michael Jackson’s anti-aging oxygen chamber.
While I’ll never own a monster yacht, even if that lotto ticket hits big, I might one day have fractional interest in a Hatteras. With that in mind, I tracked down Jeff Donahue, the Hatteras Sales Manager. I happened to bring along my Emmy-Award winning buddy George Schellenger. (BTW, that’s how I introduce George to people…”Hi, I’d like you to meet my Emmy-Award winning friend George.”) I mean, why not?
Before we indulged into the party treats (AKAn the GG), Jeff gave me a personal tour and George filmed the whole thing in great detail. In fact, we posted four, eight-minute segments on our website because I’m trying to butter Jeff up for another party invite for next year.
If you happen to be reading this and decide to watch the videos and then you go out and buy a Hatteras, please keep me in mind when you’re naming it. George and I will come film the christening.