Luxury powerboat that wintered in marina is headed south with a new owner, but not before taking on more than $14,000 worth of fuel
The largest boat in the Port Washington Marina was expected to leave the harbor for its new home in North Carolina Thursday.
Tranquility, a 130-foot-long, three-deck Hattaras powerboat that has been moored on the north end of the north slip marina since last July, was expected to fill up with about 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel at a cost of $3.65 per gallon Wednesday morning in preparation for its trip.
The boat was purchased May 22 by Tom Holderby, a 49-year-old developer who has built apartment communities in North and South Carolina.
Holderby, who declined to reveal the purchase price, arrived in Port Washington Tuesday to join captain David Nichols and a crew of six on the journey to Tranquility’s new home port in Moorehead City, N.C.
Along the way, the boat will stop to pick up family and friends in Maine, a trip Nichols said would likely take until June 20, then cruise along the East Coast before arriving in North Carolina at the end of July.
“Family and guests will pop off and on along the route,” Nichols said, noting Holderby won’t be aboard for the entire trip.
The boat will travel at a speed of 12 knots for much of the 3,000 mile trip, said Nichols, who also brokered the sale.
“It’s the second time I’ve sold it,” he said
The crew has been working for much of the past week to prepare the boat for the trip, he said, scrubbing and detailing it and making sure all the systems are on line.
“It’s going home,” Holderby said, noting the boat was one of two built in North Carolina. Its sister ship Charisma is kept in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., he said.
Holderby said he has been looking at Tranquility for the past four or five years, and stayed on it for two days at the Palm Beach Boat Show.
“I couldn’t get off it,” he said. “I’ve been looking at it for four or five years and waited for the economy to go in my favor.”
He bought Tranquility from Tom Weickardt of Whitefish Bay, who with several partners brought the boat to Port Washington last summer to oversee repairs.
Weickardt, who said last summer the boat was on the market for $4.9 million, bought the yacht in 2006 for a luxury charter cruise business.
But when the financial crisis hit, charter requests fell significantly and Tranquility was put on the market.
Since the boat has been in Port Washington, it has attracted a significant amount of attention from area visitors and residents alike.
Holderby said he doesn’t plan to charter the boat, but instead to enjoy it himself.
“I’m excited,” he said.
Image information: TRANQUILITY, THE LARGEST boat in the Port Washington marina, left its berth in the north slip Wednesday morning to be fueled by a tanker truck at Coal Dock Park. The boat was expected to leave Port Thursday and head to its new home in North Carolina. Photo by Sam Arendt