and the four designated steering areas. With a spacious California
deck, six LCD flat screens, Burmese teak and burl wood paneling and
original sculptured artwork, it was the crown jewel of the show.
Many of the estimated 15,000 who attended the Lido Yacht Expo
Thursday through Sunday wanted to tour the fully furnished 2003 boat,
and many were turned away. Broker Orange Coast Yachts gave some of
the most interested parties 15-minute tours, and by appointment only,
because of the overwhelming demand to step aboard. The waiting list
was as long as two hours, first mate Lisa Burnside said.
"We've given tours to at least 100 people, but they weren't
necessarily the most interested buyers," Burnside said. "It's the
biggest boat here, and people are waiting to see it, which is nice."
Orange Coast Yachts salesman Paul Enghauser said there's a good
chance that someone will buy the boat after seeing it in the Lido
"The reaction I get the most is 'Wow,'" he said. "There's no doubt
it's the nicest in the show. There've been some very serious talks.
The difference between "Jelly Bean" and other boats is that there's
no competition with "Jelly Bean." It's not like you think about
buying it and have to come back."
In addition, the boat's main salon, galley, dining area and four
staterooms are supported by two heating and air conditioning
generators, and six bathrooms -- each with recessed lighting.
But the numbers don't tell the whole story. Every room on the boat
weaves together custom-made, exotic, rounded-wood paneling; brass
accents, doorknobs and lighting fixtures; and several mirrors that
make the rooms seem even larger than they are. The granite sinks,
floors and tabletops compare with those of a dream home.
Burnside said the boat's wheelhouse alone can seat up to 15 guests
and uses two radar systems, a global-positioning system, sonar, night
vision and a video-monitoring system. The wheelhouse's windows look
out on an upper deck and a 16-foot Boston whaler that can be lowered
into the water by using an on-board crane, she said.
The yacht's owner, Dave Parker of Palos Verdes, is replacing it