Classic yachts are a different breed. It takes time, effort and more than a little money just to maintain them, let alone to restore them. So why own a classic yacht? Four classic yacht owners – who took part in the Ocean Reef Vintage Weekend exhibition of classic yachts, planes and automobiles in Key Largo, Florida – explain why vintage yachts is the only way to go.
Jim Moores is in the classic yacht business but, unlike those who work on Ferraris and then, say, drive home in a Toyota, he spends his time off aboard Aurora II, his restored 1947 18.6 metre Trumpy motor yacht. Moores is a classic yacht junkie, first and foremost. When asked why people love classic yachts, he says, “The main reason is dreams — people dream of a quieter, less complicated time.” But he admits there’s more to it than just that. “It’s the beauty of these boats — [my Trumpy is] like a work of art. Many who designed these pre-war vessels were artists first and boatbuilders second.”
With his wife, Margaret, Moores showed off Aurora II at the Ocean Reef Vintage Weekend, but it was with a caveat: Don’t open the door to one stateroom because it wasn’t finished. For Moores, this is the classic tale of the cobbler’s children without shoes, but he admits that his customers come first before his personal yacht.
Words by Chris Caswell