Dettling 51 Motoryacht ‘QB 111’ Delivery from Edgewater, MD to Cardinal, VA by Captain Jerry Taylor

One of our favorite boats.

October, 2018

Jerry and Wendy’s Excellent Adventures……..

“A small adventure is better than no adventure at all.”

Our two day 123 NM adventure

Day One:
We drive a rental car 5 hours to Edgewater Md, quickly check out and familiarize ourselves with the boat, return the rental car to Annapolis, are driven back to the marina and move boat to the fuel dock, we fill the fuel and water tanks, and get underway ASAP to arrive before dark in Solomons, MD.
Day Two:
We depart at dawn from Solomons and arrive at Zimmerman Marine, Cardinal two hours before low tide to be able to enter the tiny harbor entrance at the boatyard. After cleaning the exterior and interior, we turn the boat over to Zimmerman Marine with a copy of our log and a list of recommendations, and return to our Z36 Zimmerang, moored nearby.
This was our second Dettling 51 delivery. Ed Dettling built these exquisitely crafted motor yachts without compromise in Trappe, MD. Like many boat builders, his creations were limited production, expensive, and appreciated by a limited number of people who could afford them. And like many boat builders, eventually went out of business because their high quality standards couldn’t support a profitable business model. Dettling produced yachts with very advanced engineering that simplified access to all the systems, and integrated the complete yacht into a thing of efficiency beauty and speed.

Delivery Summary

Total Distance: 123 NM

Total Running Hours: 10

Average Speed: 12.3 Knots

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Grand Banks 42 Trawler ‘Blade Runner’ Delivery from Clearwater, FL to Key West, FL by Captain Jerry and Wendy Taylor

‘Blade Runner’ in Key West for Xmas
December, 2016

Day 01:img_0227

We arrived at Clearwater Beach and were greeted by our past clients and friends, Ron and Caren. Their GB42 ‘Blade Runner’ is moored behind their beautiful home and  also seemed glad to see us. Ron and Caren became ‘Blade Runner’s’ owners less than a year ago. Since then they have transformed the boat from and aging dowager queen into a beautiful young princess! Built in 2000 it has had a succession of good, caring owners but Ron and Caren easily take first prize. The boat now looks as if it just arrived from the Grand Banks Factory yesterday. We have the responsibility of taking their ‘Baby’ to Key West, so after going over the boat, and a great dinner together, we turned in for an early morning departure.

Day 02: Blade Runner GB42 2016 Leaving Clearwater
With a good weather forecast for the next 3 days we left  Clearwater Pass at the first hint of dawn. Ron and Caren accompanied us to the outer mark in their Albury Skiff to get some early morning shots of ‘Blade Runner’ underway. We turned south towards Egmont Chanel outer marks and then to Venice, dodging hundreds of stone crab pots.  After fueling at the Crows Nest Marina we moved to our alongside slip, washed the salt off, checked all the engine room levels and conferred with a diver to make sure the bottom was clear of any debris, as a strange vibration had developed during the day. The diver reported that all the running gear was clear so the source of the vibration had to be somewhere else. At 1700 we poured ourselves an adult beverage and adjusted our attitude on the bridge deck watching the sunset over the Gulf.

Day 03:Blade Runner GB42 2016 Departing Marco Island
Heading out of the Venice inlet at 0700 we began another day of light winds, fair sea conditions and thousands of crab pots!  Unfortunately we still had a vibration. Lots of head scratching and eliminating various possibilities in the engine and drive line, leaving us with the suspicion that the starboard vibration dampener was the culprit. The Raymarine system was also up to it’s old tricks, losing the GPS signal every few hours, and the depth readout at the most critical moments. At 1500 we arrived at the Marco Island entrance and were safely tied up at Factory Bay Marina at 1530.

Day 04:
Another beautiful day for a 0645 departure to begin the 88 Nautical Mile run to Key West. 8 more hours of dodging crab pots and we entered the Key West Channel and then to the Galleon Marina where we ran down between the outer breakwater and the first row of slips, and into a slip only one foot Blade Runner GB42 2016 Galleon Marinawider than the boat.

Blade Runner GB42 2016

Delivery Summary:

Total Distance: 228 NM
Total Running Hours: 23
Average Speed: 9.9 Knots @ 1800 – 2000 RPM

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Krogen Express 49 Trawler ‘ViewFinder’ Delivery from Ft Lauderdale, FL to Southport, NC. Captain Jerry Taylor

Just when you think nothing can surprise you!!!
October, 2014ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014

Thanks to a recommendation from Steve Zimmerman and his highly regarded yacht purchasing service we arrived in Ft Lauderdale on Wednesday September 24th, to pick up the 49′ Krogen Express newly named ‘ViewFinder’. She had successfully come through sea trial and survey and was ‘ready to go’ for the delivery to Southport, NC.
On the drive dViewFinder KK49 Express 2014own to Ft Lauderdale we had checked in with ‘Yacht Management’ to ensure that the keys and any yard invoices would be ready for our inspection and payment. We checked in at the office and were told “No key, the boat is open, and the invoice is not ready yet.” We made our way onboard and carried out our initial inspection and found that there were 3 undersized and frayed docklines, each sharing multiple functions, there were 2 old  ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014undersized fenders, there was no name on the stern, the 10′ inflatable and outboard shown on the listing was missing, and the worst news of all – NO BATTERY VOLTAGE – a completely dead ship caused by the yacht management’s ‘Captain’ leaving the inverter/charger switch ‘off.’ The batteries actually tested zero volts with our Fluke meter. Now the worst part – all this bad news, including the fact that we would not be departing after the new owner’s predicted one day of prep, had to be passed on to the new owner. Next, we made a plan to order and gather all the necessary materials before the weekend and get to work.

Priority 1: Get out of this dirty, noisy boat yard and move down the river to Marina Bay. To do this we now needed to accomplish the following:  get the door keys from the yard manager, trouble shoot and correct the voltage problem, find the dinghy and outboard, review and pay the bill.

ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014The aft door key was eventually found hidden in the man overboard throw line bag. The side door keys were never found, and the entire lock assemblies had to replaced by Yacht Management. The dinghy was also never found. It was rumored to have dissapeared before the sea trial and stored in the seller’s driveway on a trailer, which was news to the buyer. The 25 HP outboard was laying on a pallet in the boat yard. Operational state? Anyone’s guess.ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014
The batteries were determined to be ruined, and  Yacht Management agreed that due to the  remote possibility that they caused the problem, they would only pay for the installation of the 3 new 8D batteries. The owner had to pay for the batteries. The bill was charged to the owner’s credit card on file before it could be reviewed by the owner or us. Late Friday afternoon we made our escape down the river to Marina Bay whViewFinder KK49 Express 2014ere we set about making the boat ready for the delivery.
Two complete sets of new mooring lines were made up for us by Rope Inc at Nance and Underwoods in one day. It’s nice to have so many friends over the years in the marine industry in Ft Lauderdale.
The Fire Ranger came to service the ‘built in’ and portable fire extinguishers.
Rob Miles from Nautical Specialists arrived to trouble shoot, then replace the two frozen Air Conditioning controls.ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014
We went to Signs in a Flash and ordered a basic ‘vinyl stick on name’ to satisfy the USCG identification requirements for the delivery to Southport. In spite of windy conditions, we managed to get it stuck on in an almost professional manner.
Our most important aim is to always make sure we can complete the delivery without expensive “surprises” or shut downs. We gathered the necessary parts from Marine Gear and Pantropic, and started to work in the engine room.
ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014

First, both Caterpillar raw water impellers. We used the special threaded bolt to back the impelleViewFinder KK49 Express 2014r out of the pump so as not to damage the ceramic liner. Both impellers were in worn out condition and definitely needed changing.

Next the often overlooked ‘On Engine’ fuel filters. ViewFinder had been sitting hauled out for at least a year with almost empty tanks, so the condition and quality of the fuel was our major concern. Then we cleaned the Air Sep air cleaners, and changed the the old clogged  Racor fuel filter elements.

ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014

ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014           ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014
All these tasks, and many more, were accomplished between our arrival Wednesday morning and the following Tuesday. Most by known and trusted independent contractors, and the remainder by us, (who we know and trust). That afternoon we moved over to another dock, and scheduled the fuel truck to top the tanks. Wednesday morning we rented a liferaft to subsitute for the missing tender, loaded it on board and left Marina Bay at 1100 to travel down the New River and out to sea. We had a trouble free run offshore, and arrived at Old Port Cove in Palm Beach at 1700. We checked the condition of the Racor filters after shut ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014down – not good  – so another change of the duty elements. The weather was fine on Thursday so we were able to run offshore the 112 NM to Cape Canaveral. Friday morning we departed Caper Canaveral at 0700 and again were able to run offshore the 116 NM to St Augustine.
The next morning the weather window was slammed shut with strong northerly conditions. Areas of the ICW south of Fernandina are very shallow at low tide, so we delayed our departure until 1030, and arrived in Fernandina at 1700 after making 51 NM. Again leaving Fernandina we delayed our departure to avoid low tide at Little Mud River, casting off at 0730 and docking at Kilkenny at 1800 making 89 NM. With better weather ahead, we left Kilkenny at 0700, turned down river at the Savannah River crossing, and headed for Charleston offshore, arriving at Ashley Marina at 1845 and covering 120 NM. The good weather held one more day, and we were able to clear the Charleston Channel by 0800, and run direct to ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014Southport, arriving at the Southport Marina at 1900, making good 130 NM. Running in the Southport Channel we shot this picture which unknown to us, shows the owners’ house on Bald Head Island. It felt great to have completed the delivery and to hand ‘ViewFinder’ over to her very excited new owners who have plans to ‘make her beautiful.’
The rented liferaft had to be shipped back to Ft Lauderdale. This started off as a seemingly insurmountable problem due to it’s ‘hazardous classification,’ but thanks to the efforts of Steve Wallace, Manager of the Zimmerman Marine Southport office, we found a freight forwarder who made the entire process inexpensive and easy. We highly recommend Jeff at for his help.ViewFinder KK49 Express 2014

Delivery Summary:                                                                                      Total Distance Run: 678 NM

Total Running Hours: 69 

Average Speed: 9.8 Knots @ 1800 RPM

Average GPH: 10.9 including generator

Grand Banks Eastbay 58 ‘Souvenir’ Delivery from Naples to Palm Beach and Return Captain Jerry Taylor


With Captain Jerry Taylor

March/April, 2007

HPIM1025On Wednesday, March 14, 2007, we drove a rental car from Ft. Lauderdale to the Naples Yacht Club to pick up the beautiful Grand Banks Eastbay 58 ‘Souvenir’ to place her in the Palm Beach Boat Show. Wednesday afternoon we provisioned the boat, topped up the engine oil, topped up and pressurized the steering reservoir, re-secured the lock-down for the anchor well hatch, got familiar with the Raytheon H6 navigation system, and were ready to depart Thursday morning. At 0730 we left the dock headed for Marathon. By 0900 we were throttled back to 1500 RPM as the winds and seas easily surpassed the forecast conditions, and finally arrived in Marathon at 1330. The last 8 miles of Florida Bay are very shallow – around 7 feet deep, and with the 6 foot draft of the Eastbay kept our concentration on “high alert.” We put 371 Gal of diesel onboard, and pulled into our assigned slip, only to discover that the power cord would not reach with the boat facing bow in, so turned around and docked for the third time that afternoon.
Thursday morning at first light, we departed Marathon and ran up to Old Port Cove, entering at the Palm Beach Inlet. Souvenir East Bay 58 2007Wind and seas were still fairly boisterous on the beam and starboard quarter, enabling us to run at 1800 rpm making 24 knots. All systems functioned well, except the H6 electronics which ‘locked up’ several times and had to be rebooted.
Saturday morning we left Old Port Cove, and were safely secured in the Boat Show by 1200.

Unfortunately, ‘Souvenir’ did not sell at the show, and remained an extra month at the Hall of Fame Marina in Ft Lauderdale to take advantage of any “after boat show,” sales oppertunities. With no buyers readily available, on April 28 at 0700, we departed Ft Lauderdale for the run back to Naples. We attempted to take on fuel at the Bahia Mar Fuel Dock, but were informed “They would not be pumping any fuel until 0900,” so we fueled at Lauderdale Marina. Once clear of Port Everglades we ran at 1750 rpm – 22 knots – down to Marathon. The only casualty was the Raytheon H6 which ‘crashed’ completely, and demanded it’s Windows Startup Disc, which unfortunately wasn’t on board. Navigating at over 20 knots without a plotter is no fun. Fortunately we carry backup paper charts and HPIM1026publications on every delivery trip, and continued on without incident to Marathon. We put 1000 gallons of diesel onboard and moved to our slip, this time backing in. Sunday morning at 0715 we left Marathon, and made our way carefully at 1200 rpm – across the shallow flats and out into Florida Bay, where, once again VHF weather under estimated the wind and sea conditions, it soon became too rough to run at cruising speed, and once again we were down to 1600 rpm. We arrived at Naples Yacht Club at 1300. We topped up the fuel tanks, moved to the slip, cleaned up the interior and rinsed the exterior as a cleaning crew was scheduled for Monday. A taxi took us to the Naples Airport where we picked up a rental car and returned home in Ft Lauderdale, arriving at 1800.
Delivery Summary
Total Distance: 446 NM
Average Speed: 26 Knots at 1900 RPM
Average GPH: 120
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