Feb 1, 2011, 10:16 AM
Post #2 of 4
* From David Pedrick, President, Pedrick Yacht Designs: (re, Eight Bells)
Re: [The Publisher] EIGHT BELLS - Marvin H. Green Jr.
[In reply to]
Log-In to Post/Reply
Marvin Green set the tone for a boatload of competent people who enjoyed each other’s company. There was a spirit of camaraderie aboard Nirvana that started many friendships that continue today. This was in no small way through Marvin’s trust in Michael Keyworth as his captain from construction through the following years of racing and cruising.
When Marvin commissioned the design of Nirvana, coming from an older Swan 65, he said he wanted to race “occasionally.” Once we established that it meant against the likes of Kialoa and Boomerang, Pedrick Yacht Designs engineered a thoroughbred, cruiser/racer maxi that carried a full teak deck, teak interior, tiled galley, clothes washer/ dryer and bathtub successfully against her stripped-out competitors.
Marvin originally planned to race for three years; he had such a good time of it, though, that he stretched it to five, and then moved on to other things. Marvin set a high standard of amateur racing in the Grand Prix arena, and, wow, did he have fun with it! As did we who were his shipmates. Wherever you are, Marvin, keep on laughing.
* From Tyler Carder:
Those of us who grew up around Western Long Island Sound and in particular, Stamford Connecticut and the Stamford Yacht Club, remember Marvin Green and NIRVANA with great admiration, respect and pride. After all, NIRVANA was one of the most famous racing yachts to ever come out flying the SYC burgee (in addition to all the other yacht clubs of which Mr. Green was a member, he never forgot the good ol' SYC.)
And in the BN world, there were few more fun days on the docks at Yacht Haven West as when you had NIRVANA and BOOMERANG both in town and at their places of honor at the ends of adjoining piers....
It's a hard pick between those two, a couple of the most beautiful maxis ever built; but to a lot of eyes NIRVANA was always the prettiest- and a HELL of a lot more comfortable!. RIP Marvin Green.