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SAN DIEGO BAY KNIGHT & CARVER YACHTCENTER · KNIGHT & CARVER WIND GROUP FEBRUARY 2009

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A Haven for Nordhavns
Agreement Provides Service for Nordhavn Yacht Owners

I f you own a Nordhavn, “Our crews are trained


Knight & Carver is the Nordhavn experts,” he
place to go for complete added. “And there’s no
service, repair and mainte- more devoted yacht owner
nance. than a Nordhavn owner.”

Nearly 20 Nordhavn yachts The agreement with Nord-


havn expands Knight &
Carver’s ties with the
world’s leading boat com-
panies.
have made stops at Knight & Knight & Carver also
Carver during the past year, as serves as the exclusive
part of our agreement with JOHN HALLIDAY (FAR RIGHT), CAPTAIN/OWNER OF West Coast repair warranty
L’ADAGIO, WITH HIS WIFE HAZEL (AT HIS RIGHT)
Pacific Asian Enterprises center for Benetti/Azimut
AND THEIR FRIENDS, PAT LAGRANDEUR (FAR LEFT)
(PAE). Yachts, the world’s largest
AND CATHY TAIT, DURING A RECENT STOP TO
PAE is the creator of the yacht builder.
KNIGHT & CARVER.
Nordhavn line of yachts and Over the past three dec-
one of the world’s leading Taking the Long Way to Malta ades, Nordhavn has be-
yacht builders. come known world-wide
“We’re pleased to provide our
specialty services to Nordhavn
F or John Halliday, cruising the West Coast aboard
l’Adagio, a 76 ft. Nordhavn, with his wife and
another couple is “as good as it gets.”
for craftsmanship, engi-
neering and style.
owners,” said Knight & More than 50 Nordhavns
Originally from Great Britain, Halliday is taking
Carver’s Terry Ruppert. “We are built yearly, with many
much of this year en route to Malta, where he resides.
welcomed lots of Nordhavns “We may never pass this way again,” he says, “but cruising the West Coast.
last year and we expect more.” it’s a great adventure for all of us. We love our boat.”

Over the past three decades, Nordhavn has become known


world wide for craftsmanship, engineering and style.

Dear Mr. President: Now is the time for action!


K night & Carver joins the nation in wel-
coming President Barack Obama. His
tasks are many and challenging.
keen, enlightened vision for America’s energy future
into immediate action — by creating thousands of jobs,
generating real investments and making good
High on his priority list, to be on his commitment to achieve energy independ-
sure, must be leading the na- ence. The time has come for action.
tion’s seismic shift to renew-
Along with you, we view the weeks, months
able resources, especially wind energy. We
and years ahead with equal parts hope, excitement and
PRESIDENT OBAMA look forward to Mr. Obama converting his impatience.
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“Believe me, Billy Joel brings a contagious energy to whatever he does. And
he’s always been an advocate for getting ‘his people’ involved in his life. We
never feel like we’re working for him -- it’s more like we work with him.”
— Captain Gene Pelland, “Audacious” (profile, page 5)

EMPLOYEE PROFILE: MARINO ALONZO, ELECTRICAL SUPERVISOR

I t makes sense that Marino Alonzo has


spent much of his adult life working
aboard ships.
As Knight & Carver’s Electrical Department
Supervisor since 2000, he made an easy transi-
tion from Naval amphibious vessels and cruis-
ers to luxury yachts.
“When you’re out at sea, you learn to be re-
sourceful,” says Moreno. “You’re it. You have
to come up with the answers. That’s how I
learned my trade.”
A native of the Philipines, Moreno joined the
U.S. Navy at age 18. He went on to spend 26
years in the Navy, becoming an expert in elec-
tronics and engine mechanics.
At Knight &
Carver, he
heads a four-
‘First, we talk to the owner/operator to ask him,
person staff, What’s it doing? What’s the sound? When does
including two
of his broth- it happen? Finding out why is up to us.’
ers and a
cousin.
“I always tell my guys that when you work on MORENO ALONZO: HE TAKES PRIDE IN HIS WORK.
a boat, it might not be yours, but you should be
able to identify yourself with that boat and say
“When you’re trouble-shooting, you need to concentrate on
to yourself, ‘That’s my boat,’ ” he says. “You
the root cause of the problem,” he says. “First, we talk to the
take ownership of the vessel because of your
owner/operator to ask him, What’s it doing? What’s the
attention to detail and your pride of workman-
sound? When does it happen? Finding out why is up to us.
ship.”
“It makes me happy when I can tell myself that we found
Moreno takes pride in his ability to make
the problem and we fixed it correctly,” he says. “That’s a
things work, especially when the problem
great feeling.”
seems to have no solution.

Senses’ Major Refit Wrapping Up


K night &Carver’s extensive
refit on Senses, the 197 ft
luxury megayacht that doubles as
The vessel has spent some six months
at K&C’s docks undergoing exterior
and interior upgrades. Its many “toys”
an Arctic research vessel, is sched- include a 42-ft motor launch carried
uled for completion by mid- on-board, plus numerous powerboats,
February. sailboats and dinghies.
SENSES: ADVENTURES AWAIT.
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K&C Launches‘Delivered’
Repair Services Provided Dockside in Southern California

K night & Carver YachtCenter has


announced the formation of
Knight & Carver Delivered,.
The new service extends Knight &
Carver’s high quality of service to vessels
at marinas throughout San Diego and as
far north as Marina del Rey.
Knight & Carver Delivered provides a

full line of boat maintenance and repair


services that are exclusively provided on
the docks.
“This innovative specialty service gives ONE OF THE KNIGHT & CARVER DELIVERED VANS, PARKED ALONG-
boat owners the comfort of knowing our SIDE PIER 32 IN NATIONAL CITY. THE NEWLY OPENED MARINA IS LO-
top marine craftsmen will report directly CATED A SHORT DISTANCE FROM KNIGHT & CARVER.
to their slips,” said Kate Pearson, Vice
President/Business Development for fully equipped vans for the new busi- comply with strict environ-
Knight & Carver. ness unit, which will utilize its most mental standards.
“The concept is simple and convenient: experienced marine tradesmen includ- As part of its regular Deliv-
Instead of our customers coming to see ing carpenters, electricians and me- ered services, Knight &
us, we go directly to them.” chanics. Carver also offers a planned
All work performed will meet the maintenance package which
Knight & Carver has purchased two provides on-site monitoring
company’s highest standards of excel-
lence, be fully insured and strictly of all vessel operations.

‘This innovative specialty service gives boat owners the comfort of


knowing our top marine craftsmen will report directly to their slips.’

Godbeer, Hodges Join K&C’s Sales Team


T wo popular additions have been
made to Knight & Carver’s
sales team — Ryan Godbeer and
As for Hodges, she joins K&C
after a stint in crew placement
with Fraser Yachts in San Diego.
Renette Hodges.
She brings enthusiasm and an
A native of South Africa, Godbeer ever-present smile to her new
is a former bank executive turned role at Knight & Carver. She
megayacht first officer who’s trav- also brings bagels by the dozen
eled extensively around the world. RYAN GODBEER to customers and new prospects. RENETTE HODGES
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Krisujen: ‘She’s comfortable, safe and secure’


T here’s a logical explanation
for M/Y Krisujen’s unusual
name: It’s an amalgam of
the first letters of the names of the
owner’s wife (Kristine) and his two
daughters (Susan and Jennifer).
It’s pronounced “Kris-Su-Jen.”
See?
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A 123 ft
Feadship, Krisujen has “good,
strong bones,” according to Cap-
tain Simon Davidson, who has

‘You’re in charge of a small business. You’re accountable


to your crew and they’re accountable to you.’
skippered the 25-year-old motor- CAPTAIN SIMON DAVIDSON PRAISES HIS YACHT’S “GOOD, STRONG BONES.”
yacht the past three years.
“She’s comfortable, safe and se- Owned by a Connecticut-based has worked for the same owner
cure,” he said. “These Feadships auto executive/entrepreneur, Krisu- for 17 years, mostly on sailing
are built to last. Given the right jen rarely stays in one place for yachts.
ownership, which we have, they’ll long. Krisujen marks his owner’s first
last forever.” venture into large-yacht power-
Over the first 10 months of 2008,
As for the best part of being a cap- the yacht logged more than 10,000 boating.
tain, Davidson says: “You’re in nautical miles, including stops in “Now his feeling is: What’s the
charge of a small business. You’re Alaska, Costa Rica, the San Blas point of having a boat if it stays in
accountable to your crew and Islands off Panama and Bermuda. one place all the time? So we go
they’re accountable to you.” everywhere,” said Davidson, who
A New Zealand native who resides
The biggest disadvantage? “You’re in Newport, R.I. with his wife and was very impressed with Alaska.
away from your family too long.” three children, Capt. Davidson “It’s like Maine on steroids.”

Spirit of Nyami: ‘Just look at her...she talks to me’


A dventure is what Don Walker lives
for. Now, he sails for it, as well.
Named for the spirit of Africa’s
Zambeze River that courses its way 300
He bought Spirit on a whim. “She
speaks to me,” he said. “Just look at
her – all wood, no plastic, except for
the hull. This is what I wanted.”
miles through Af- He was a proud
rica, the 53 ft ketch REPAIR & REFIT PROFILE soldier in the
is his new home. Rhodesian army
A few decades ago, he called Zimbabwe calvary in the ’60s, a tobacco farmer
home. Except he still refers to his native who later raised roses in Harare, the
land by its original name, Rhodesia. now-destitute capital of Zimbabwe.

“My country is ruined,” Walker said during His goal now?


a recent stop at Knight & Carver. “I can’t go “Round up a few research scientists DON WALKER: HE’S SPIRITED
back. I wouldn’t, not the way things are.” and go to Tonga.”
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Audacious: ‘He’s a great guy’


C aptain Gene Pelland
has been piloting
Billy Joel’s ever-
changing yacht fleet
for 11 years.
He’s now aboard Audacious,
an 85-ft Inace expedition
vessel that the famed singer/
songwriter bought late last
year.
While it’s more of a working
boat than the luxury craft its
new name might suggest,
Pelland says he’s couldn’t be

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happier.
Not only did he get married CAPTAIN GENE PELLAND (RIGHT) WITH CREW MEMBERS MATE BRIAN
late last summer, but he’s MCDORMOTT (LEFT) AND ENGINEER BRYAN OTIS.
charge of Joel’s six vessels,
all of which are less than 85 “Those are his version of jet “Billy’s always been an advocate
ft. skies,” says Pelland. “Every trip for getting ‘his people’ involved in
While that may be modest by to- we take has a certain purpose. his life,” said Pelland. “We never
day’s standards, especially given He’s into function, not just being feel like we’re working for him —
the celebrity stature of his boss, ‘beautiful’ for the sake of show- it’s more like we work with him.”
it’s the prolific “Piano Man” who ing off. Pelland clearly values his close

‘The thing with Billy is, he listens. It’s not his way
or the highway...That’s never the case with Billy.’
“He’s always into the working
wins raves. functions of his boats – whether working relationship with Joel, who
“In yachting, it’s not only about it’s his commuter boats, landing attended his wedding (to Michelle,
the size of the boat,” says Pelland, craft, fishing or expedition.” who often joins the yacht’s crew) in
“it’s about your owner. He’s such Sag Harbor.
By early spring, Audacious will
a great guy, I’d drive a canoe for “The thing with Billy is, he listens,”
join Joel’s other vessels in his
him if he wanted me to.” home port of Sag Harbor, NY, says Pelland, a Rhode Island native
Right after Joel purchased Auda- where he’s a regular cruising fix- who’s been a yacht captain for
cious (formerly Zembra III), Pel- ture during breaks in his extensive nearly 25 years.
land brought Audacious to Knight tour schedule. “It’s not his way or the highway.
& Carver for an extensive refit. Pelland and his two-man crew – That’s never been the case with
“Every part of this boat was re- mate Brian McDermott and engi- Billy.
painted, top to bottom,” says Pel- neer Bryan Otis – often join up “Believe me, life never gets stale
land. Plus, a working cargo hatch with Joel’s world-wide tour, when you’re around Billy Joel.”
was installed to store up to five of which also includes Elton John.
Joel’s 22 prized motorbikes.
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Chimera: ‘We can go pretty much anywhere’

C aptain Keith Jacob


describes Chimera as
being “a proper, well-
mannered sailboat.”
With that understated praise,
he means that Chimera, a 102

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ft Alloy built in New Zealand,


is his kind of boat.
“We can go pretty much any-
where with her, anywhere
that’s sensible,” he adds.

Captain Jacob, who hails from


the southeast region of Austra-
lia, has skippered Chimera for
six years. CAPTAIN KEITH JACOB: HE’S SAILED ALL OVER THE WORLD
During that time, he’s sailed
virtually all over the
world.
With a relaxed cruising
speed of 9 knots (under
both sail and power), the
sleek, blue-hulled Chi-
mera isn’t in any hurry.
Its leisurely pace is in
contrast to one
of its dictionary ‘A wildly unrealistic idea or hope
definitions: “A
wildly unrealis- or a completely impractical plan.’
tic idea or hope
or a completely impracti-
cal plan.”
Late last year, Chimera
spent several months at
Knight & Carver under-
going an interior refit
and extensive paintwork.
Jacob is grateful his sea-
faring career has worked
out. CHIMERA’S MAIN MAST MAKES FOR AN IMPRESSIVE SIGHT.

Before turning to yachts some 15 years


ago, Jacob worked in an Australian pet- actually entailed. Such as entrails.
food factory. His job description was “Believe me, nothing is as bad as making pet food for a living,”
“industrial process control,” which doesn’t he says. “ I’m grateful for every day we spend at sea.”
sound nearly as odious as what the job
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Blade Inspection Process Enhanced


K night & Carver has en-
hanced its blade inspec-
tion services, part of its
continuing upgrade of products
and field services. Inspection Techniques:
Starting immediately, full inspec- • Visual: Cracks, splits, erosion, de-
lamination.
• Lightning system check: Measuring
the resistance in the system.
tion reports will be provided with • Thermograph: Locating voids and
these components: other problems that are not readily
visible under the finished surface.
Inspection Services:
Infrared Imaging: A camera or video
• End of Warranty Inspection: camera is equipped with an infrared
Performed prior to warranty expi- light source to illuminate the interior
ration to determine manufac- of the blade, to locate problem areas.
turer’s repairs.
• Probing: A chisel or knife is used to
• Warranty Inspection: Performed THE VIEW FROM THE EDGE. remove layers and determine extent
while blade is under manufac- of damage.
• Root Cause Analysis Inspection: Blades
turer’s warranty to determine
and circumstances around the event are Deliverables:
cause and validate fault owner-
analyzed to determine the cause of dam-
ship. • Blade database compilation
age or failure.
• Preventative Maintenance In- • Blade cataloging
• Insurance Inspection: When an insur-
spection: Used to locate and rem-
ance claim is filed, the insurance inspec- • Repair estimates.
edy problems before they become
tor provides an expert opinion on whether
more serious, followed by esti-
the blade is able to be repaired.
mate of repairs, as needed.

KANABY PROMOTED TO NEWS & NOTES WIND GROUP SET TO


VP SALES & MARKETING ATTEND LOBBY DAY
RAMON HERRERA
K night & Carver has promoted execu-
tive Gary Kanaby to Vice Presi-
dent/Sales, in charge of the wind energy
NAMED TOP EMPLOYEE K night &Carver will be repre-
sented at the American Wind
Energy Association’s annual
company’s Sales, Mar-
keting and Develop-
ment.
F ield technician Ramon Herrera
has been honored as the Wind
Group’s top em-
“Lobby Day” by Vice Presi-
dent/Sales Gary Kanaby and Com-
munications Director John Free-
Mr. Kanaby, who has ployee for 2008. man.
been closely involved The award was The two will travel to Washington
with composites for given to Herrera at DC in mid-February to meet with
more than 35 years, the company’s first elected officials and staff members
leads the company’s annual Holiday from California and South Dakota.
GARY KANABY sales effort for blade Party in late De-
cember. Organized by AWEA, Lobby Day
repair and production projects. provides members with the oppor-
“Gary has long been an integral part of our Herrera has been tunity to meet personally with their
pattern of success,” said President/CEO with the Wind Group for four years. representatives and staff.
Sam Brown. “Through the years, he has He spent much of last year working in Numerous industry seminars and
achieved a solid reputation in our indus- upper New York State on a major presentations are also scheduled by
try based on his technical knowledge, repair project. AWEA.
insights and communication skills.”
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Holiday Party Brings Cheer to Employees

K night & Carver YachtCenter held its annual


Holiday Party at Swiss Park in Chula Vista.
Several hundred company employees and their
families attended. As in past years, every child received
K&C Gives Donation
to Child-Care Center
in Howard, S.D.

A
a gift. And of course, Santa Claus (below) was on hand s part of its commitment to
to provide his Christmas cheer. the community of Howard,
S.D., Knight & Carver Wind
Group has made a
generous donation
to Children’s Care
Corner.
At left, Presi-
dent/CEO Sam
Brown shares a
laugh with a few
of the youngsters.

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