After a news TV program, “Inside Edition“, featured John Rosatti’s 157-foot super motor yacht, “Nice N’ Easy“, being compared to Tiger Woods 155-foot yacht, “Privacy”, in December 2009, “Nice N’ Easy” will be the showstopper at the February 11-15, 2010 Miami International Boat show, this week. Both “Nice N’ Easy” and and Tiger Woods “Privacy” super motor yachts were built by the world-renowned yacht manufacturer, Christensen Yachts. John Rosatti’s super motor yacht is spacious and magnificently decorated: “Nice ‘N Easy” features six stately cabins with marble bathrooms in each suite, the grand master bedroom, consisting of a huge walnut walk-in closet, and a magnificent marble bathroom with the Jacuzzi tub and shower. The VIP-room is complete with a sunken Jacuzzi tub that pampers any important guest. “Nice N’ Easy” has an elegant dining room with a table for twelve, custom-made walnut furniture, and marble interior decoration. Next to it, is a stunning state-of-the-art kitchen with a huge double-door refrigerator. It also can boast with multiple decks, revealing breathtaking 360-degree views.
This Willy’s was originally built by Clayton’s Custom Cars for Gary Smith as a yellow show stopper. After its purchase by John Rosatti, the coup was disassembled for repainting using PPG Automotive Finishes black and dressed out with Harliquin flames. The custom interior is done up in spice and black leather, with air brushed details by Augi’s Artworks. It rolls on Budnik Gasser series polished aluminum wheels; 17×7 on the fronts and 17×15 on the rears. Stopping is done through polished Baer 2-piston brakes and controlled through a polished front and rear coil over suspension system.
A blower hat protruding through the hood is just a tease of what’s underneath; a Keith Black, polished aluminum, 667ci Hemi V8, sporting a Sonny Bryant crankshaft, custom ground cam from CompCams, Childs & Albert rods connected to Ross 7.5 compression pistons. Sitting atop the block are polished Indy 16 spark plug, 16 injector cylinder heads…. I did mention that blower hat right? It’s bolted to the top of a polished BDS 10/71 system. The entire assembly is feed pump gas through a BDS fuel system and helped along by nitrous when it needs just that little extra kick. Behind the massive power house is a PTC TH400 transmission and 3500 stall.
The drive train is finished off with a CCC fabricated Ford 9” rear, 3.55 gears, and true track differential.
The car was chosen by Budnik Wheels as September 2008’s “Cool Ride of the Month.”
Just in case you missed it in the notes, this is a converted top fuel motor tucked inside a nearly sinister looking 1941 Willy’s coup. I feel only slightly bad for the poor guy with the mini van two pumps over at the gas station.
Scores of high-profile individuals turned out this year for the 22nd Annual ShowBoats International Boys & Girls Clubs Rendezvous held November 12-14, 2009 at the Rybovich Marina in West Palm Beach, Florida. The fundraiser’s venue of 17 exceptional yachts, collector cars from the 50s, Sparktacular Fireworks, and Worth Avenue designs, also featured singer Donna Summer at an after-party James Bond Ball held at Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club. A tremendous success, this year’s event raised over a million dollars for the Broward County Boys & Girls Clubs.
Starting back in 1965, the Broward County Boys & Girls Clubs of South Florida have since grown to include 13 facilities and serve approximately 13,000 youth. Its mission is “to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.”
Some of those in attendance were Rick and Rita Case of the Rick Case Automobile Group, Felix Sabates of Trinity Yachts-who has attended the event every year, and Linda Von Allmen, Rendezvous Co-Chair and B&GC of Broward County Board Member. “This is our second year at Wayne Huizenga, Jr.’s Rybovich Marina, and he could not have done more for us,” said Linda Von Allmen.
The James Bond formal ball at the Mar-a-Lago Club boasted the talents of Donna Summer and notable guests such as Florida Governor Charlie Crist and host Donald Trump. “Everything went off just right,” remarked Rick Case. “If there’s anything harder than selling cars in this economy, it’s raising money for charity. It was a great event, and it was all for the kids.”
International yacht owners John Rosatti and John Staluppi were also present as they were for the first ever ShowBoats International Boys & Girls Clubs Rendezvous back in 1988 on Cat Cay in The Bahamas. John Staluppi, owner of the Cars of Dreams Museum, opened the museum’s doors Friday evening for dinner and dancing. “I think it was one of the best Rendezvous they have held, in spite of the economy. The weather was good; the venue was terrific. The way it was organized made everybody feel like a part of it,” he said. John Rosatti, member of the Broward County Admirals Club, was also on hand to show his support: “It’s a truly worthy cause, and we look forward to coming out every year.”
The Admirals Club founded in 1995 by Rick and Rita Case, Felix Sabates and Larry DeGeorge recognizes those individuals who have made annual donations of $50,000 or more to the Boys & Girls Clubs. One of its newest developments is the Admirals Club Marine Academy, a program providing young adult vocational training in the field of yachting. “The Admirals Club Marine Academy is helping to train the next generation of yacht crew and helping kids in need in the process—a real ‘win-win’ for our industry and the community,” said Rebecca Cahilly. Members of the Admirals Club, who made their donations afterward, were honored this year with a private party held at the home of fellow Admirals, Suzanne and Robert Tomsich.
Most of us have only wondered what it might be like to travel aboard a super yacht across the open ocean, sailing to far-off destinations, experiencing the world. I recently had the privilege of speaking to Captain Johannes about his experience as captain of John Rosatti’s luxury yacht, The Nice ‘N Easy, and about John Rosatti’s latest sailing venture, Remember When.
What I noticed first off when I spoke with Captain Johannes was the feeling that if it had to do with yachting, he would know it. I began by asking him about the perks of traveling by yacht: “Well, first, it is the open ocean and clean air and every day brings surprises likes whales, dolphins, and the stars at night. Second, it is the safest way of traveling…all other ways of traveling you’ve got seconds if an accident happens. On the water, you’ve got minutes to hours to do something.” Another benefit is the freedom a yacht gives you to simply pick up and go anytime you feel the desire to move on to a new, more interesting location. Of course, the relaxing atmosphere and first class service aboard a luxury yacht also help make it one of the most popular forms of leisure travel today.
Captain Johannes admits that, although yachting is a very safe mode of transportation, emergency assistance can be days—even weeks—away; so maintaining a safe environment is crucial: “Mr. Rosatti knows as well as I that you cannot cut corners…the yacht is an investment and business that needs constant maintenance. He has a motto to leave the deck in a 100% condition.” In fact, one of the best things about working for John Rosatti, according to Captain Johannes, is that he’s the type of owner who knows his yacht, including its engine room, better than many of the crew members.
He’s also the type of owner who’s not about to settle for second rate. Soon-to-be launched Remember When will have many of the features that made Nice ‘N Easy a world-class yacht, but will also incorporate the very latest in both technology and design. For instance, she will be of the first yachts of her size to be equipped with an integrated dynamic positioning system (DP), a system that allows a vessel to maintain a fixed position despite forces such as current and wind, helping to ensure safe and efficient operation. This technology is currently being used in military and commercial vessels. About Remember When, Captain Johannes remarked that she is being built “to the highest standard for class and safety and can be used for commercial charters anywhere in the world…She will be the best Christensen built up to date.”
“Why Christensen?” I asked. “Currently it is the best American-built yacht out there and the best composite yacht in the world. In 2005, Mr. Rosatti was ready for a newer and bigger yacht. We did look at many different builders, and I flew to Europe, Turkey, China, and all over the U.S. For the price and quality, though, you will not be able to compare any other builder in this size range with Christensen yachts, and they are really easy to maintain,” he replied.
As for navigational equipment, Remember When boasts the best available there, too. Aside from standard sonar, she also comes with forward-facing sonar, 2 FLIR infrared cameras with a split screen for a 180-degree view, 2 96-nautical mile S-Band radars, and one X-Band radar.
What also sets Remember When apart from other yachts in her class is the under-floor heating in each of the marble bathrooms, air conditioning on the outside of all three levels, full walnut walls and cabinetry, and some of the world’s finest marble inlay and stone work. She also features 2 Sea tel TV satellite dishes and a Sea tel satellite-internet dish for 24/7 Internet access.
- Remember When:
- LOA: 162 ft.
- Beam: 29’6”
- Draught: 7’10”
- Fuel: 15,000 gal
- Fresh Water: 3600 gal
- Clean Oil: 300 gal
- Used Oil: 500 gal
- Gas Fuel: 300 gal
- Sewage: 600 gal
- Grey Water: 700 gal
- Main Engines: MTU/DDC 12V4000 w/continuous rating of 1770bhp at 1800 rpm
- Gearboxes: ZF model 4650-A
- Stabilizers: Quantum Zero Speed
- Bow Thrusters: 100hp Electric Ocean Yacht Systems
- Stern Thrusters: 100 hp Hydraulic Ocean Yacht Systems w/360 degree rotation
- Generators: 2-160kw Northern Lights, 1-night 99kw Northern Lights
As to John Rosatti’s plans for Remember When: She is due to be released from Christensen’s Vancouver shipyard in January 2010. From there, she will cruise down the West Coast, through Mexico, Costa Rica, and the Galapagos Islands, on through the Panama Canal, and finally onto Florida. She will then head out to the Mediterranean during the summer of 2010.
On closing, I asked Captain Johannes how the experience of being on the water, visiting new places has changed for him over the course of his career: “It’s amazing how some exotic places have changed through the years…and the yachts have all these capabilities these days that an owner can choose any place in the world and still be connected with the rest of the world with cell phone service and internet via satellite.” One thing that hasn’t changed is the experience of being on the water far out at sea where “the stars at night are a lot brighter and just being in the middle of the ocean makes you realize how small you really are…it brings you closer to God.”