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Atlantis, Paradise Island, Nassau; The Mega Yachts!

December 18 – 21, 2008

Atlantis Resort and Marina – Paradise Island, Nassau

Approach from the Sea.

Approach from the Sea.

Atlantis Resort & Casino, Paradise Island, Nassau.

 

We’ll let the pictures do the talking in this post.

The next morning we pulled up the anchor, and started to motor into Atlantis. Ironically, our guests Sorin and Adriana were getting a time share tour of the property. Sorin told the salesman that his friend was suppose to be coming in today with his Yacht. As the salesman was showing Sorin the view of the harbour, he could see our boat coming in. Sorin was yelling at us from the rocks, as we waved to each other, I could hear Sorin say, Amazing, unbelievable, and yes, I am still amazed myself that I sailed here from PCYC in Mississauga, near Toronto.

Sorin & Adriana Welcome us at the breakers.

Sorin & Adriana Welcome us at the breakers.

The salesmen asked if it was a large boat. Sorin proudly said yes, it’s pretty big. Later we both found out that our boat was about the size of some of the dinghies of the mega yachts docked here. Most of the boats in this marina were over 100 feet, some close to 200 feet. A small boat is anything less than 100 feet. A 70 foot power yacht truly looks small in this harbour. And yes I was not kidding, the largest boat, had a dinghy that was almost the size of our boat with three, 300 HP motors on it. Some even have helicopters instead of dinghies, one had two helicopters.

La Grand Bleu at Cape Canaveral, also seen in Nassau.

La Grand Bleu at Cape Canaveral, also seen in Nassau.

Notice the 40 to 50 foot power boat next to it, and the mast of the sailboat on its decks.

Notice the 40 to 50 foot power boat next to it, and the mast of the sailboat on its decks.

Rear view of La Grand Bleu.

Rear view of La Grand Bleu.

The funny thing is these are small boats compared to one private yacht we saw, that could not even fit into Atlantis, it had to dock in the cruise ship terminal. it must have been over 300 feet, it had a 50 foot Oyster sail boat on its decks with a 75 foot mast. He uses his yacht to travel around the world and enter Oyster Yacht regattas. His dinghy was a 50 foot power cruiser, at PCYC this would be one of the largest yachts. The boat was called La Grand Bleu, owned by a Russian Billionaire, who also owns the Chelsea foot ball team. I only know this because he made the local Nassau papers.

Ironically, we also same this same boat in Cape Canaveral, he was also docked there by the cruise ship terminals. When I got home and reviewed my photos, I found the pics posted above.

A letter from the Captain of the m/y “Man of Steel” – Pictured Below is now for sale $56 Million US Dollars.

Dear Ed,

The owner of “Man of Steel” is a North American businessman who is prominent in the steel industry (Hence the name) and this is his second yacht from the Heesen Shipyard in Holland. When you saw “Man of Steel” she was only 3 weeks old as we had left the shipyard in Holland on the 30th of Novemeber 2008. We sailed directly to Nassau with a brief fuel stop in Madeira. It made for a good shakedown cruise as we encountered somewhat adverse conditions crossing the Bay of Biscay with seas over 20 feet and wind gusting up to 60 knots. Turns out “Man of Steel” is an extremely good sea boat and took it all in her stride. Our voyage average speed was 12.5 knots which is her cruising speed, (max speed is 15 knots), we carry 23,000 gallons or about 90,000 liters of fuel. This gives us a range of 4,000 NM or 7,500 KM at cruising speed.

The boat is purely for private use and is therefore not available for charter. It currently does not have a website. However, the yacht will be featured in most yachting magazines over the next few months starting with an article in Boat International in March or April. This magazine will have pictures of the interior and full specifications of the yacht.

Thank you for your interest in the yacht and you are welcome to post any of this on your blog.

Captain Pieter Ferreira

m/y Man of Steel

Man of Steel, evening view.

Man of Steel, evening view.

Man of Steel, I heard that boats like these often carry almost a million dollars in cash, just in case.

Man of Steel, close to a $100,000 just to filler up.

Man of Steel's Bow, it's not a cruise ship but a private yacht.

Man of Steel’s Bow, it’s not a cruise ship but a private yacht. Notice the small people on the walk way.

Man of Steel's Dinghy is almost the size of our boat with 4 x 300 HP motors, thats 1,200 HP!

Man of Steel’s Dinghy is almost the size of our boat with 3 x 300 HP motors, thats 900 HP!

Man of Steel's crew carry side arms, that means guns, for our Canadian friends.

Man of Steel boasts a very professional crew.

Motor yacht, "Time for Us"

Motor yacht, “Time for Us”

man of Steel about 200 feet, stern view in the evening.

Man of Steel is 165 feet, stern view in the evening.

Notice the black power yacht in the corner called, "Shadow"

Notice the black power yacht in the corner called, “Shadow”

Average size 100 feet.

Average size of yachts are 100 feet.

Can be surreal for yacht lovers.

Can be surreal place to be for yacht lovers.

A little stroll in the marina.

A little stroll in the marina.

Packing them in for the Christmas holidays.,

Packing them in for the Christmas holidays.,

And just one more pic.

And just one more pic.

The marina is part of the Atlantis Resort, our boat was considered a room in the marina. We quickly realized the resort is enormous, however we enjoyed the golf cart service provided only for marina guests, so we could get a ride around the marina. The dock pedestal, not only provides you with power and water, but also 150 channel cable TV and a hotel phone so you can order room service to your boat. When you walk around the resort you can charge things to your room, in our case our boat. Our room number was “Black Diamond” it’s funny when ever we pulled out our room card, people thought we were millionaires, on some fancy boat called the Black Diamond. When Sorin checked out of the hotel, to check into our boat. The front desk clerk said, I see you are getting a room upgrade to a fancy yacht named Black Diamond. Sorin’s said, “No only the name is fancy”.

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Our approach of Atlantis by sea.

Our approach of Atlantis by sea.

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View of harbour from Sorin's hotel balcony.

View of harbour from Sorin’s hotel balcony.

Ed & Sorin enjoying their welcome pina coladas.

Ed & Sorin enjoying their welcome pina coladas in Purple and Green Radonic Rodgers cups!

Sorin and Adriana spent 3 nights at the Hotel, and 2 nights aboard Black Diamond!

Sorin and Adriana spent 3 nights at the Hotel, and 2 nights aboard Black Diamond!

The kids were excited to see a pool with a kids sprinkler area and a hot tub directly behind our boat. The hotel grounds are beautiful with every area artistically designed to resemble the underwater lost city of Atlantis.

Alex enjoying the sprinklers.

Alex enjoying the sprinklers.

Lazy River ride around the resort, with Sorin, Ed, Thomas and Alexander.

Lazy River ride around the resort, with Sorin, Ed, Thomas and Alexander.

Takes 45 minutes to complete, around a large part of the grounds.

Takes 45 minutes to complete, around a large part of the grounds.

It takes you through some rapids, and the power tower, which is like a roller coaster ride in this tube.

It takes you through some rapids, and the power tower, which is like a roller coaster ride in this tube.

The high speed drop, apparently you are going as fast as a dolphin can swim!

The high speed drop, apparently you are going as fast as a dolphin can swim!

Sorin, Adriana and Captain Ed!

Sorin, Adriana and Captain Ed!

Alexander in the children's sprinkler park.

Alexander in the children’s sprinkler park.

Thomas having a blast!

Thomas having a blast!

Thomas & Alexander love the kid's area.

Thomas & Alexander love the kid’s area.

Thomas on the left, and Ed on the right making a big splash, Thomas won the race!

Thomas on the left, and Ed on the right making a big splash, Thomas won the race!

The boys posing in front of Atlantis.

The boys posing in front of Atlantis.

There are many aquariums on the grounds containing tropical sea creatures. The kids thought it was really cool to walk through a glass tunnel under the shark tank. We saw many large fish, sea turtles, sea rays, sharks plus enormous manta rays.

The Shark Tank! One jumped out and apparently died soon after! Urban Legend?

The Shark Tank! One jumped out and apparently died soon after! Urban Legend?

Dozens of aquariums to explore.

Dozens of aquariums to explore.

The water park was the highlight of our stay here. We spent four full days at the pools and the water slides. One of Thomas’ favourites was the slide where you go down sitting on a tube, at the end you slowly glide through a glass tube in the inside of the shark tank.

We all enjoyed the lazy river ride, that takes you through a long river, and rapids through the entire resort. This ride takes almost an hour to complete.

Sorin's a Senior Designer at Radonic Rodgers, he does not just build sand castle, he sculpts!

Sorin’s a Senior Designer at Radonic Rodgers, he does not just build sand castle, he sculpts!

You won't find this at Marine Land.

You won’t find this at Marine Land.

Would you like to go swimming with this guy? Some do!

Would you like to go swimming with this guy? Some do!

Street band in the Marina Village.

Street band in the Marina Village.

Night life in the Marina Village.

Night life in the Marina Village.

Roxane and Ed, yes it's Christmas in the Bahamas.

Roxane and Ed, yes it’s Christmas in the Bahamas.

Out for the evening without the kids, baby sitting on board the boat provided.

Out for the evening without the kids, baby sitting on board the boat provided.

We went out for dinner with Sorin and Adriana a couple of times. The marina will provide baby sitting on your boat at a cost. The resort also has an amazing kids club, Thomas and Alexander loved going to the kids club, and it gave us a little break for a couple of nights.

Kids favorite meal is chicken nuggets.

Kids favorite meal is chicken nuggets.

s/v Black Diamond

I have been boating for over 25 years, at the age of 43, this is more than half of my life time. Starting out with a number of smaller power boats, then switching to sail about 8 years ago. I have sailed various boats from wind surfers, dinghies (lasers), keel boats from 26 to 45 foot yachts. I live in the area of Toronto Canada and sail mostly on Lake Ontario. I have been racing yachts for the past 7 years. I have also entered many long distance races such as the Fort Lauderdale to Charleston, completed in 2 days 8 hours, we received 4th place in division, 8 minutes in PHRF behind a 3rd place trophy. Then 4 times finishing the Susan Hood, a 75 mile over night race, 4 times entered in the Lake Ontario 300 the worlds longest fresh water race, a 308 knotical mile race around the perimeter of Lake Ontario. My crew and I on Black Diamond finished in 2 days 12 hours in 2009. In 2009, delivering the boat back up to Canada from the Bahamas we entered in a couple of interesting races, one from Fort Lauderdale to Charleston described as a sled ride up the gulf stream, the Charleston race week regatta series and the New Year's Day Staniel Cay Regatta in the Exumas, Bahamas. This race we came in 2nd over entire fleet, only lost by 3 minutes in a 2 hour race to a 47 footer. This was a boat for boat race, no PHRF scoring. "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So cast off the bowline, Sail away from the safe harbour. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." Mark Twain Blue water experience include yacht deliveries from the Abacos, Bahamas to Charleston South Carolina 2006. This delivery was a non-stop, 3 and half days, total of 500 miles. We crossed parts of the Bermuda Triangle, and during most of the delivery were over 200 miles offshore. The delivery of Black Diamond a 40 foot Jeanneau racer/cruiser has been delivered to New York City and then offshore to Florida and the Bahamas from Toronto, Canada. This delivery from NYC to Florida was completed 100 miles offshore, for a distance of over a 1000 miles non-stop to Jacksonville, Florida. Completed in what might be a cruisers record of 5 days 3 hours non-stop offshore. This fall my family and I added another 500 miles of sailing throughout much of the Bahamas. Spending 6 weeks aboard Black Diamond sailing the Abacos, Nassau and the Exumas. I then sailed the boat back to New York, completely offshore, entered a few races along the way, and back to Toronto through the Hudson River and Erie Canal. During the 2009 season, we sailed Black Diamond off the dock 148 different days out of 365, winning the Vacant Dock award the second year in a row. Most recently, 2011, completed the delivery of friends boat Tracey & Nilson Ruiz, from Tortoal, BVI to New York. Tortola to Georgetown Bahamas in 5 days non-stop. Last leg from Charleston to New York over the momorial day long week-end non-stop Friday to Monday in 4 days. All completed safe and sound without incedent. Need any deliveries let me know. I am also an Open Water Certified diver and an active member of the Canadian Power and Sail Squadron, certifications included Power/Sail boat handling, Seamanship Sail, Piloting/charting, GPS Navigation, Extended Offshore Cruising and a VHF Radio operation license. I hope to further my education, qualifications and experience in long distance cruising and racing. One of my goals is to obtain a commercial Captains License. Feel free to contact me at er@radonicrodgers.com

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5 Responses

  1. Ethel and Bob Thayer says:

    Hi Radonics,

    Great to see and read about your adventures at the Atlantis Resort. Some of the photos did not come through but those that did are terrific.

    Happy New Year to all of you.

    Hugs,

    Ethel and Bob

  2. Julie Haller says:

    I was just in the Bahamas at the Atlantis celebrating my daughter’s Sweet Sixteen. We arrived at the Atlantis on 11/13 and left on 11/16. It will be a trip we would always remember. The funny thing is the waiter at Bimini Road told us the yaht belonged to Shaquille O’Neill. I guess he has not discovered google! Your site set me straight on whole the real owner was.

    Thank you for sharing your pictures! You have a beautiful family. I have another daughter 9 years old,, so hopefully we can talk Daddy into going back. My husband is a pilot and I am a former flight attendant; therefore we have passes on 2 airlines. We sure do love the Carribean!!

  3. kids love water slides, they go crazy about it *

  4. ask says:

    Hey there! I’ve been reading your web site for a while now
    and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a
    shout out from Dallas Texas! Just wanted to mention keep up the great job!

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