Chicago, Illinois (PRWEB) January 18, 2012
She is constructed of high-tech carbon fiber, measures 86 feet from stem to stern with a 100 foot mast and a 14 foot keel, and her biggest sail is 5,000 square feet. “Ocean” is the largest sailboat ever to be displayed at an indoor boat show, and will be the Featured Yacht at the center of the Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago Show, January 26 – 29, at Navy Pier.
“Getting the boat into the show is a major undertaking” said Kasey Iwasyk, Operations Manager of Pinnacle Yachts, the firm that owns and operates the vessel. On a specially designed truck that is about 125 feet long, the yacht will make its way from its winter home at Larsen Marine in Waukegan, winding through the streets of Chicago to a special staging area on the city’s south side. Then at a time chosen to minimize traffic disruption, the mighty yacht will be inched to Navy Pier.
"Ocean" is the flagship and 27th boat of the Pinnacle Yachts Fleet in Chicago. She will be sailed by members of Pinnacle Yachts who participate in the firm’s new Performance Sailing Program which combines big yacht racing with the exploration of interesting ports to be enjoyed by the sailor and their family and friends.
“The wonderful Pinnacle members of Team Ocean will contribute to the legacy of a yacht that will be the largest, fastest and most beautiful on Chicago’s lakefront and among the top few of her kind on the planet.” said Gary Feracota, founder of Pinnacle Yachts.
About Pinnacle Yachts:
Since 1998, members in Pinnacle Yachts shared-yacht program have had the pleasure of cruising magnificent Sea Ray powerboats and Jeanneau sailboats without the cost or commitments of ownership. Members may cruise for a week, get away for several days, or head out for just a few hours. They pay a low annual lease fee that covers every expense. The program enjoys great success and has been entirely sold-out in advance of each season for fourteen consecutive years.
About the Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago Show:
The Progressive Insurance Strictly Sail Chicago Show is produced by the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), the world’s largest producer of boat shows and the leading association representing the recreational boating industry. NMMA member companies produce more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating lifestyle.