It was all fun, stories, and an afternoon of boating when more than 80 people attended the 10th Annual Owners Rendezvous Friday Luncheon at the Naples Yacht Club. A record turnout of 31 boats were represented. There was plenty of food, laughs, and camaraderie as new and seasoned owners alike shared tales of adventure, exploration, and family fun aboard their MJMs. Builders Mark Lindsay and Scott Smith of Boston BoatWorks and the MJM Customer Support Team of Jon Clermont, Raphael Silva and Mike Hall were present and lauded for the high level of quality and responsiveness in dealing with even the smallest of issues.
John Urban from the Mystic Seaport* was the featured speaker, showing a sampling of the million images from the Seaport's extensive Rosenfeld Collection… from father and three sons, who for more than 111 years photographed America's maritime experience in power and sail.
Founder Bob Johnstone gave his "State of the Brand" address, then with designer Doug Zurn told the story of how MJM's patented, signature look evolved, explaining the seaworthiness of MJM's exceptional hull design and illustrating where some design elements came from using photos of all-time classic favorites: an Elco PT Boat, Matthews Cruiser, Adirondack Runabout, Carolina Sportfish and Maine Lobster boat.
*In October, Bob and his Brother Rod of J/Boats were presented with the Seaport's prestigious America and the Sea Award of 2016 for their contribution to the country's nautical traditions.
The traditional post-luncheon MJM Yacht Parade had 9 of the 16 boats in the area participate…cruising up into the harbor, then down the narrow bay and out Gordon Pass to indulge in some high speed MJM fun in a 3-foot chop
MJM owners span the world, from Australia, to Italy, to Sweden, Maine and out to the West Coast. Coming together to share and learn is a tradition going back over a century and MJM is proud to be a part of this great American pastime.
MJM Yachts Hosts Sunset Party at Ocean Reef Yacht Club in Key Largo
MJM Yachts hosted 165 members of the Ocean Reef Yacht Club on January 13th for a Sunset Cocktail Party with Bob Johnstone, Chris Hughes and Florida Dealer, Augie Diaz doing the honors. Plans are being formulated to have MJM owners join in 2018 with an MJM owners dinner following.
The Perfect Spectator Boat
On January 21 MJM 50z ZING was the Seakeeper stabilized viewing stand for 17 fans to cheer on the Bullseye crews racing on Card Sound during the New York YC's Ocean Reef Weekend.
Doubling the Horn
Zing spent Saturday night, January 21st in Plantation Key Marina after dropping off NYYC spectators at Ocean Reef in Key Largo. You can see by the tracks on the chart below that this is the 2nd time ZING has rounded the Horn since November. In fact, it is now on the 2nd circumnavigation of South Florida after Mary and Bob finish their delivery across the Okeechobee Waterway and down the East Coast in early February to the NMMA Miami Boatshow on Virginia Key (Feb 16-20).