Up to Nova Scotia for the restoration of the legendary Bluenose II, "Down East" to Hinckley Yachts in Maine to watch them craft their Talaria Flybridge Jet Boat, and south to Kentucky to Stardust Cruisers. First we travel to Nova Scotia to the UNESCO World Heritage site Old Town Lunenburg, founded in 1753, a major hub for fishing and wooden shipbuilding. Canada's most famous boat is the fishing schooner Bluenose that was built in 1921 and won the International Fisherman's trophy for 18 years straight. But she became a memory after striking a reef in a hurricane off Haiti in 1946. In the 1960s a Canadian Brewery commissioned a replica of Bluenose and sold her to the government for one dollar. In spite of regular maintenance over four decades, her hull deteriorates to where Bluenose II needs a new hull. The Canadian government commissions a rebuild to the tune of $15 million and contracts Lunenburg Shipbuilders Alliance, a consortium comprised of Covey Island Boatworks, Lunenburg Foundry, and Snyder's Shipyard. At the inception, the LSA sets up web cams for the public to witness the build from day one. Throughout the progress of the build we meet Captain Phil Watson, Lunenburg historian Paula Masson, Al Hutchinson of Covey Island, and Lunenburg Foundry's Peter Kinley-each of whom shares a folktale of how Bluenose II got her name. The LSA spends 3 months deconstructing Bluenose II, salvaging the booms, masts, sails, rigging, and sections of the living quarters. For the hull, the LSA purchases and mills Angelique, a durable hard wood from Surinam. Covey Island employs the traditional lamination process to build the frames while Snyder's Shipyard builds the centerline structure. It takes more than a year before the hull is ready for its exterior planking of Angelique-and the John Deere engines can be installed with generators, plumbing, and electrical. Meanwhile, the LSA is in constant contact with the American Bureau of Shipping, monitoring the build's progress and ensuring present-day safety standards. Then on to the deck of Douglas fir and building the deckhouse. Finally, after 3 years, Bluenose II is ready for her original sails, masts, and booms. We see her in the harbor, rigged and ready for sea trials-elegant, majestic, and equipped with a minimum of modern-day features that don't belie her original character. Then we head west but "Down East" to Trenton, Maine to the Hinckley Company, builders of sailboats and yachts since 1928 when the company began to repair boats of local lobstermen. Today Hinckley is famous for its patented "JetStick"-a joystick that offers the captain the ability to maneuver with ease and surgical accuracy. Hinckley's Mike Arieta takes us behind the scenes to witness the start-to-finish build of the Talaria Flybridge 48, their jet-propelled $3 million dollar yacht with a "tumblehome" stern and handcrafted cabinetry-a favorite of celebrities Martha Stewart and Matt Lauer. First we are privy to the build of the Talaria's custom hull of fiberglass, epoxy, and carbon fiber-finished off with resin by way of a vacuum process. When finished the hull is ready for the marine jet engines, the "JetStick," the deck, electrical, and the bulkheads. Woodcrafter Henry Beaudoin shares his painstaking process for crafting Hinckley's elegant teak toe rail. Then down to Monticello Kentucky to visit the world's oldest houseboat builder, Stardust Cruisers. President Terry Aff offers a start-to-finish tour of the build of a double-decker custom houseboat that is going to reside on a lake in Tennessee. We learn why houseboat hulls are flat and watch the progression of the build of the under $1 million "Bella Vista" from floor plan to interior designer Shelly Aff's custom furnishings. When the houseboat is complete and at home on a lake in Tennessee, we see a creation that seems to be more of a house than a boat with everything from a full-sized chef's kitchen to 2-person showers of cultured marble.
British builder Sunseeker shows off their new 40 metre masterpiece. Then in North Carolina, Hatteras builds its innovative 80 motor yacht. And MetalCraft Marine has the ultimate firefighting boat on the water, the Firestorm 70. First we travel to Poole, England to visit Sunseeker. Known for their upscale marine craft, the producers of the 1999 James Bond film, The World is Not Enough used one of their most extravagant yachts for the film. Founder Robert Braithwaite, started the company in 1967 with his first 17 footer and since then, the company has grown by leaps and bounds. Poole, England, where Sunseeker's factories are located, has the world largest natural harbor in the world. From that factory Sunseeker produces more than 200 boats a year. Currently being built is the Sunseeker 40 Metre yacht, which has been designed with long range travel in mind. The Sunseeker design team is in a production meeting to discuss special requests made by the buyer, including carbon fiber to reduce weight of the biggest fly bridge they've ever made. Preparations for the mould start at Sunseeker's futuristic 5-Axis machine that carves from builder's clay the plug that will make the mould. Sunseeker's advanced technology is discussed and explored, including state-of-the-art hydraulic pack and at-rest and at-anchor stabilizers. Once all the engineering is completed, the Sunseeker crew builds a wooden replica of the interior of the boat, the only way to be 100% satisfied with the interior design. The cabling, pipes, and wiring are installed as we see the wheelhouse, upper deck salon, and humongous galley. After a full year of building, we're taking on an incredible tour of the Sunseeker 40 Metre. It's the perfect balance of practicality, beauty, and luxurious design. The impeccable living area is completely customized with no expense spared, from specially commissioned artwork throughout its 4 remarkable state rooms and master suite, to the state-of-the-art entertainment system. Then we travel to New Bern, North Carolina to visit Hatteras Yachts, the very first production builder to build a fiber glass yacht over 40' long. In March of 1960, the first Hatteras was launched and since then they've launched 8,000 vessels. Their newest masterpiece; the Hatteras 80' Motor Yacht features their revolutionary convex hull shape, giving a steady and softer ride. We're shown their lamination process, which provides solid reinforcement to the hull. Then the hull is extracted from the mold and the twin Caterpillar diesel engines are installed. The complexities of the propulsion system is broken down and explained from the size of the propellers to how the hull is shaped to house them. Meanwhile the designers incorporate a new bow design for front of the boat seating and well as adjustments to the interior to mix modern and eastern design. We view the onsite metal shop which includes a water jet device that pressurizes water up to 55,000 psi which will cut through just about anything. At the milling center, over 40 sheets of plywood will be used each day to make the yacht's custom cabinetry. Then the electrical experts are there to install the wires, air conditioning, and other components as the exterior paint process draws to a close.With the Hatteras 80' Motor Yacht ready for delivery, we're taken on a tour through its incredible and elegant interior including the country galley, the gorgeous master stateroom and bathroom. Finally we go to Kingston, Ontario to see the ultimate patrol and rescue boat at MetalCraft Marine. Their award winning Firestorm 70 is admired all around the world. Designed for every emergency scenario, the Firestorm is a mobile command center, a high capacity pumping machine, a firehouse, and a primary patient care unit, all in one. The Firestorm is built out of aluminum because it is lighter than fiberglass and much stronger.
Lazzara, a builder that brings the mega yacht feel to the motor yacht class, designs a whole new model. Then in New England we explore the traditional styling of Sabre Yachts. And Catalina Yachts shows off its award winning Catalina 445.
We're talking floating opulence-from sleek classic sailing yachts that hit fourteen knots to mega yachts with Italian birds-eye maple staircases to two hundred foot super yachts with service rooms, captain's cabin and on-deck helicopter pad. Hop on some big water boats that are fabulously appointed small-scale mansions rivaling anything in Beverly Hills. Visit yacht yards where world-class designers tackle tech and design issues and meet the passionate homeowners whose address is the ocean. Short version We're talking floating opulence-sailing yachts and mega yachts to two hundred foot super yachts. Hop on some big water boats that are fabulously appointed small-scale mansions. Visit yacht yards where world-class designers tackle tech and design issues and meet the passionate homeowners whose address is the ocean.
Ocean Alexander, Viking and Tartan show off their most extreme yachts.
AllSeas, Marquis and Macatawa show off their most extreme yachts.
Richmond, Northern Marine and Chris-Craft show off their most extreme yachts.