We have seven crew aboard and all slept comfortably on the hook through the night. Barrett and daughter Grace used the convertible salon for their stateroom and were impressed with the comfort and space. We woke at 5:30am to prepare for a 7am departure to the West to Emerald Bay for a photo and video shoot. We ran the generator for hot coffee and enjoyed that in the cockpit. The weather was overcast with a light drizzle, but the comfort at the lower helm and also on the hard top covered fly bridge was perfect. This boat is built for cruising in any weather, so this morning was a chance for us to feel her underway in less than perfect conditions. We had a short 10 knot cruise over to Emerald and proceeded beyond while Doc drove and the film crew shot footage from the photo boat (Wellcraft 290 Coastal generously volunteered and captained by Rick Day of South Coast Yachts). We will post the pictures soon of this powerful photo shoot. We promise you that they won’t be of an ST47 sitting in some beautiful tropical setting. She’s easily capable of that, but these pictures will show a sturdy cruising yacht, plowing through some challenging seas, under an ominous sky. We’ve found that she is very trustworthy and created a secure feeling for the whole crew. All systems are functioning properly. We find the cockpit and submersible swim platform very spacious.
All in all a great day aboard listening to Doc White’s stories of far off islands, unusual sea creatures, and fascinating people. 9:07 pm and secure on the hook and in our comfortable bunks.