NordhavnDreamers 2012 report
Posted by Dreamer in Chief at January 17th, 2013
(Originally published in the private Yahoo Group Dec 2012)
I am continually amazed at the head of steam that this group has built up. The group was started at the back end of 2008 and although initially I was astonished at the speed of growth, I really thought that the group had about a 24-month life-span. Each year, I consider that we’ve probably covered every topic that can be covered only to discover another major and important topic that crops up that is debated in sometimes considerable detail. You are all to be congratulated on your contributions. I particularly would like to thank the owners among us, who continually inspire me (and the other dreamers here). Checking back to the beginning of October this year, we’ve sent over 1,000 messages to this group (in three months). Quite incredible. We are now a group approaching 1,600 members and although the speed of new membership has fallen slightly, we are still attracting new members at almost 1 per day, from a peak about 18 months ago of 1.5 per day. The Nordhavn brand has a pull all of its own.
Many will know that at the beginning of this year, I was overwhelmed with running two businesses as well as the day-to-day management of this group. I was lucky in finding Ed White, who stepped forward as a moderator. Ed adds new members to the group as well working closely with myself and the other senior members to make sure that we stay on track and ensure that everyone gets a voice. Believe me, we sometimes have to grit our teeth in anticipation of what might happen to some threads. Luckily, they almost always smooth themselves out. I’d like to thanks Ed for his work this year,particularly his diplomacy skills which has proven to be a major benefit to this group. I thank him for making the contribution he has had. Being an active moderator means that both Ed and I have to read every message to warrant that the culture of this group is always staying in synch with the values that we have built up – and Ed has been marvelous in this regard.Thanks Ed.
There are too many people to thanks personally for making this group into the value that it has but maybe I can single out a couple of people just for fun.
Ken Williams is famous for having a superb blog and writes great stories for his own 10,000+ readers as well as writing directly for this group. Thanks Ken, you really do help make this group special.
Michael T Jones of Google Earth fame doesn’t have a Nordhavn, but has alliances with many boat builders across the globe – but his technical knowledge is fantastic and can almost guarantee to knock the socks off most deep queries. He has a brain like a knowledge sponge and we can always rely on Michael’s input to place another dimension into a debate. Cheers MTJ.
Andy Nemier went from Dreamer to N62 owner this year. Congratulations Andy.His contribution to this group currently sports 285 messages since him joining at the back end of 2010. How time flies.
Of course, many other owners have gone from Dreamer to Owner via this group and their experiences that they have passed on to us have been invaluable in letting us see into the mid of a new purchaser.
Grant Jonsson became an owner the year before (think) and his contribution also mounts to 250+ messages. In my mind, his best topic that he started was“My Brain Hurts”, as he started to get to grips with ownership. Grant is now a seasoned owner and he also imparts great knowledge. He once said, “But these ain’t canoes. Hang in there. It’s kinda fun.” Thanks Grant.
Bob Senter, otherwise known as Lugger Bob who always has great advice on engine maintenance, oil changes and everything in between. Cheers Bob.
There really are too many people to list separately. Just view the list –you’ll soon see who is making the creative stuff. Thanks to you.
Last up is Dan Streech, the powerhouse behind PAE. We wouldn’t be the amazing group we are without Dan’s periodic visits. He comes, imparts a few nuggets and flies off to negotiate the next N86 deal somewhere in the world.I sometimes wonder what the succession planning is for PAE. I’ll put my hatin the ring for the next CEO but I have a funny feeling the brand will be staying in the family. Thanks Dan for giving us all such a great ride.
To conclude, in past years I’ve given a run-down on a selection of the best threads that have developed in the previous 12 months. Unfortunately, the group is so huge and so amazing that it’s impossible to pick out the great threads anymore. We talk about everything from PAE strategy to cost estimates and safety. However, flicking back through the last six months we’ve discussed many topics, the ones that had a run of a week or more were toys, electronics, pilot house systems, shows, engine room temperatures,fuel filtering, navigation, boat designs, financing, comms, sinkings, making offers, stabilizers, towing, air con, electrocution and spares.
Finally, I realise that I’m a faceless “Brit” stuck in the middle of England, far away from the sea. To help you connect with me, I’ve put together a photo-gallery of me – and my family to give you something to identify with. Feel free to have a browse around my pictures:
I really can’t add much more to this other than wish you all a very happy New Year for 2013 and let us all dream of the day when we can all sail away into the sunset on our own personal adventures.
Callum, Dreamer in Chief.