The Boat Name
Final Straw moored at Bayswater Marina in Auckland, New Zealand
Why Final Straw?
In 1980, we bought our first
sailboat. We named her the Last
Straw. It was primarily based upon a play on words using our last name.
In 1985, we bought a Robert Perry designed Tatoosh 42, which was already
named Fringe Benefits, a name we liked and decided to keep.
But, in our opinion, she wasnít the ultimate cruising boat for crossing
oceans. So, we started looking for
a boat that we would be able to comfortably and safely circumnavigate on blue
water. When we found her in 1998,
we decided to name her something different and unique.
We decided on the name Final Straw for several reasons.
Prior to finding her, we had
looked at many other boats, traveling from Florida to Annapolis to San
Francisco, all spanning a timeframe of over two years. It was a fun, but, in
some ways frustrating experience, somewhat akin to house hunting. The day we
found her, we were in nearby Dana Point, California. Suzy simply had no qualms that this was the right boat.
Although I was partial to an aft cockpit design, I agreed this boat had a better
layout and was much better equipped with beautiful lines and better than
anything we had seen to date. We
concentrated on looking at Mason 54ís after reading an article in Cruising
World about the best cruising boats. The
author had selected the Mason 54 as best in class with the highest score of any
boat in the 50-55 foot category. He
used a statistical process called fuzzy logic which analytically evaluates all
the important parameters one would look at in the selection process.
It included, the boatís comfort, safety, ease of handling, sailing
characteristics, construction, etc. After
we bought her and sailed her, I grew to enjoy her even more than I expected and
have now changed my mind about a preference for an aft cockpit boat.
Visibility and dryness are two good reasons a midship cockpit makes
sense. In summary, for us, she was
the "final straw" in our decision making process.
After settling on the name, we
searched the U.S. Coast Guard Vessel Registration website and found there were
no other vessels documented with this name.
So, she became the first U.S. documented vessel to bear the name of Final
She was officially
documented on September 24th, 1998 with home port of San Diego,