Somehow over the years, the behavior of being open and honest has become associated with delivering bad news. Being in the business of helping people convey their innermost thoughts and feelings through pictures and words, we see being open and honest as a positive thing. Sincerity and authenticity are to be celebrated!
It was a pleasant surprise, then, when the following open letter hit out inbox this week. It’s from Terry Giles, who with his wife Kalli own the yacht Kalliente. Kalliente is a 92-foot (28-meter) motoryacht that they took delivery of a short few months ago, in fact. They wasted no time in putting the yacht to good use, as you’ll read. What really struck us, though, is how candidly Terry discusses Kalli’s susceptibility to motion sickness. They embarked upon the construction of the yacht knowing it could be an issue. To their delight—and, no doubt, that of Dominator Yachts, the builder—it wasn’t.
Terry further candidly discusses why they’re building an entirely new yacht, a 125-footer (38-meter), and selling Kalliente. Here, too, his openness surprised, particularly because one particular factor is anything but happy.
What follows is Terry’s open letter:
This summer my wife, Kalli, and I experienced a dream I have long had – periods over the summer off the coast of France in a magnificent yacht. The extensive sea trials, related to both the new design and the innovative technology on board the Ilumen, gave us a chance to see if Kalli enjoyed yachting and whether her motion sickness would make boating impossible. I was anxious to see how the Ilumen 28 performed and whether it fit our lifestyle.
First, Kalli loved every minute of it and between the stabilizers and a great captain who watched the weather reports and took no chances, she was great. She cannot ride as a passenger in the backseat of a car without getting ill, but on the Ilumen she never once was sea sick.
From my standpoint, I loved the boat. The performance and special feel of comfort and elegance was spectacular. Together, Kalli and I could not have been more pleased.
There were only two issues. (1) We have owned a hotel (Chateau Eza in Eze Village) in the South of France for 28 years and we have already explored a lot of the Med. Additionally, we have now received an offer for the hotel, which we just cannot refuse. As a result, we prefer our yacht be stationed in North America. (2) We loved the Ilumen so much, and Kalli was so excited, that we realized we want to make yachting a bigger part of our life. So we have entered into an agreement to buy an Ilumen 38M Tri-Deck from Dominator. We are working now on the plans for this special model that Dominator is designing to fit our unique needs, which includes being equipped for U.S. waters.
It is also important to mention that Kalli and I live in Houston, Texas. Our home was completely flooded at the end of August by hurricane Harvey. The rebuild will take 18-24 months and will require our full time effort. Therefore, we have been freeing Dominator and Bluewater up to sell M/Y Kalliente to a new customer, while allowing us to upgrade into a new construction of the Ilumen 38M Tri-Deck.
Like I said, that last factor is anything but happy. Yet, Terry and Kalli sincerely see a silver lining on the horizon. Even though their story is not yet over, it already is writing its own happy ending.