Jetboat Power: Newport to Maine in 9.5 hours

It’s the aspect of boat shows that most people never consider: Moving the yachts to and from the venue.

On Sept 16, I was able to help deliver a brand-new 42’ flybridge motoryacht from Newport, Rhode Island, to Thomaston, Maine, after the close of the Newport International Boat Show. As a sailor, I’m normally inclined to break this 200-mile trip into at least a few days. Under sail, the crossing of the Gulf of Maine is normally at least a 30-hour endeavor all by itself, and then there’s juggling the tide in the Cape Cod Canal and dealing with often turbulent seas in Buzzards Bay. But such things are much less important when you’re propelled by twin Hamilton jets, and so I was able to cast off the docklines just before dawn on Monday morning in Newport Harbor and find myself landing in Thomaston well before dinner.

Here are a few images from the trip. I wish they were better, but snapping photographs is not too easy when you’re tearing along at 25 knots!