Discovery Yachts was founded in 1996 by Michael Locatell CPYB and Elizabeth Locatell to serve the Offshore & Coastal Cruising Community. The Locatell’s have been boaters for over 38 years and have owned sailing & power yachts in Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Sweden and France. The Locatells are the past owners of a Linssen Dutch Sturdy 320 Royal steel trawler and have just received a new Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 Sedan! Discovery Yachts specializes in new European yachts, importing over 40 new semi-custom yachts to North America. Michael Locatell: “To insure the yacht meets your specifications we travel to the European yards 2 to 3 times during each yachts construction. New yachts imported by Discovery Yachts are built to North American standards in regards to AC electrical, propane gas, and safety systems. Europeans have long enjoyed exploring the continent on the extensive network of canals and waterways stretched like a spider web across Europe. Well within the capabilities of all people and boats, such adventure is a wonderful blend of history, food, art, nature and fellowship. And these factors make the joys of inland cruising a long-term fascination among the boating community. The Inland and coastal Waterways of North America however have just as much to offer.
Visit Michael and Beth at the following boat shows:
- Seattle Boats Afloat Boat Show September 12 to 15 with a display booth no 101. www.boatsafloatshow.com
- Trawler Fest Baltimore MD September 26 to 28 for the Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 Sedan. www.passagemaker.com/trawlerfest/trawlerfest-baltimore-2019.
- United- States Power Boat Show Annapolis MD October 3 to 6 for the Linssen Grand Sturdy 35.0 Sedan. www.annapolisboatshows.com/united-states-powerboat-show
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European market leader in steel full displacement trawlers
Linssen’s steel displacement yachts (trawler) are designed and built for a vast variety of waterways. Whether you cruise inland waterways, or go along the shores, a Linssen can take you almost anywhere. Not with speed, but in style and comfort. Cruising at a comfortable 7-9 knots, and a draft of 4’ (Grand Sturdy 40.0) many waters are within your reach.
Slow down… and start living! Is the motto of Linssen Yachts.
Although Linssen’s main market is Europe - Linssen builds and sells around 70 motor yachts between 30 – 50 feet a year - since 2000/2001 several of their trawlers motor yachts have been exported to North America and still cruise around the extensive waterways. Now, Discovery Yachts has been Linssen’s importer for several years.
Maybe you can start with the Florida Mini-loop, or Smuggler’s Run. Head west from Stuart, Florida through to Lake Okeechobee and then onward to Fort Meyers and then along the west coast down to Everglades country. Then cross over to the Florida Keys and anchor at Key West. Follow the Keys to the east. You can either take the “inside” route through the Florida Bay or navigate Hawk Channel on the ocean side. Be sure to let weather and other factors guide you in your decision. Sometimes the “outside” route can be the better choice at times as it keeps you on the lee side of the islands. Then the final stretch along the east coast brings you to Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. Bays like Biscayne Bay are a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the scenery.
If you feel up to it, then maybe The Great Circle Route is America's delightful variant
In North America there is a similar adventure and it is one that also holds adventure and lush promise for boat owners on the American continent. As much as Europeans dream of baguettes and barges, a significant number of Canadian and American boaters find their dreams far afield… but close to home.
Called the Great Circle Route, this travel adventure circumnavigates the East Coast of North America, and connects Canada and the United States in a great big waterway loop. There are many variations of this basic route, which can engage the cruiser for almost a year if done all at once. Many owners spread the trip over several years, staying longer in some areas and taking side cruises that take full advantage of being there.
One can begin the Great Circle Route along any of its many sections, and while seasons do affect the timing for the northern sections, it is entirely doable for the typical boat and crew. Some people begin the trip in Florida in the early months of spring, and travel north along the U.S. East Coast as summer progresses, then ensuring the warmest part of the season while travelling through the Great Lakes in both the U.S. and Canada, then following the great Mississippi River south as autumn approaches, reaching the Gulf of Mexico and Florida before winter's cold reach.
Unlike passage making of the blue water sort, completing the Great Circle Route usually involves stopping each night in a new town, getting off the boat to explore the sights and enjoy local cuisine. One is almost always near both service and supply facilities and communications is never a problem. It is somewhat similar to cruising Europe's waterways in this respect, but the sheer size of North America makes this a rather large adventure indeed, exceeding 8,000 km in total length.
The extensive cultural and geographic diversity of North America is one of its many assets, and treats those who can appreciate its many flavors. And another interesting factor is that, as in Europe, the political, social and economic development of this continent was chiefly centered around its seaports and rivers. The history of the United States and Canada, while considered a relatively recent phenomenon by European standards, can be seen up close and personal by travelers standing on the decks of a passing trawler yacht. From New York City to Toronto, Chicago to Mobile, Miami to Charleston, there is something for every interest and every heart.
Much like waterway travel in Europe, the Great Circle Route includes sections with locks, and bridges dot the charts on a frequent basis, so there are some essential dimensions that dictate one's voyage planning. A draft of five feet (1,50 meter) or less is the desired ideal, and the minimum bridge clearance height is found along the Erie Canal as one approaches Buffalo, New York, which is limited to 15 feet 7 inches (4,65 meter). There are numerous alternatives, but if your motorboat is within these dimensions, the world is indeed your oyster on the Great Circle Route.
The Linssen Grand Sturdy is an ideal vessel for this adventure, with plenty of room for visiting friends and family. Many otherwise splendid motor yachts are simply too much boat for this route: too high, too deep, or the layout makes them too much to handle by a short-handed crew maneuvering through locks and close quarters. The Linssen's European heritage is a decided asset while transiting the waterways of the American continent. And the major swift rivers, notably the huge Mississippi and Ohio rivers, often have trees, branches and storm debris along with the long barges and tugs, so the confidence of steel construction has much to recommend it.
Hundreds of couples have made this adventure their life's dream, yet I'm always surprised how no two couples share the same experience. It is partly due to the joys of cruising, where even familiar territory can have many faces. But this route offers so much variety, even for those who choose the shortest direct line that connects the dots on the route instead of lazy side variations off the beaten path. Some may head north from the Great Lakes to Canada's Trent-Severn to Georgian Bay, to spend quality time floating in water so pure it is the local water supply. Or one might take a diver-gent path off the Mississippi to taste the wilderness of the man-made Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway. The Great Circle Route fits many moods.
There are numerous resources available to provide information needed to plan such a trip, so would-be cruisers can ease into planning without difficulty. Internet resources and nautical bookstores have begun to cater to those planning a Great Circle Route cruise, and offer lists of required charts and cruising guides that provide coverage on the many sections of the route. And land guides help identify the many attractions and reasons to get off the boat and stay awhile.
Most people who have completed the journey agree the biggest fault is over-doing the preparation, and worrying too much about supplies and provisions. Many return home a year later with all of the canned provisions and supplies they so carefully collected before setting out.
The Great Circle Route is clearly a major undertaking for a family cruising America. But it is entirely reasonable to do it on an affordable budget and boat. If the great numbers of cruisers who undertake it each year is any testament, the lack of fresh baguettes along the way is hardly a deterrent. Ever tried a low-country boil?
The Pacific Northwest is a paradise to cruise around. Its calm, protected waters that feature many parks, islands and inlets along a winding coastline make it a very suitable destination for a displacement Linssen.
The abundant sea life living in the tiny bays and coves makes the area ideal those interested in nature and serenity. Moor at San Juan Island or one of its neighboring islands or the Gulf islands a bit higher and experience one of the most popular areas of the North West. You can go shopping, dining, experience art and history or enjoy the serene tranquility in Desolation Sound. This North West sailing area has a plenty to offer any Linssen owner. Many islands, small bays and snug little coves to stay in. Enjoy beautiful scenery, trails & wilderness walks on land.