Yachtsman Jim Glidewell and 130 Westport Motor Yacht Serengeti | Coast Swimming

Yachtsman Jim Glidewell and 130 Westport Motor Yacht Serengeti | Coast Swimming

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A real yachtsman at coronary heart, Jim Glidewell has owned many vessels, however the head-turning M/Y SERENGETI has a particular place in his coronary heart.

Glidewell’s 130-foot Westport, in-built 2002 was beforehand referred to as MARY ALICE II, however she was initially named SERENGETI by a Hollywood legend. In homage to her authentic proprietor, when Glidewell bought the yacht, he reverted the title to SERENGETI, but additionally as a result of “it’s unhealthy luck to alter the title of a ship,” he proclaims.

However let’s begin in the beginning. In 1987, Glidewell bought his first vessel, a 50-foot boat, which grew right into a 63-foot Sea Ray, which lead him to an 84-foot Sunseeker. He then bought a 95-foot Heesen dubbed VOYAGER. The subsequent yacht was a 120-foot Broward referred to as SOVEREIGN and from there, a 122-foot Flagship named SHOGUN. The fruits was a 154-foot Admiral named OHANA. The Glidewell household beloved OHANA, however as a result of his kids have been so younger, the vessel didn’t obtain as a lot use as she deserved, and he or she was destined for a sale.


Now, Glidewell proudly owns M/Y SERENGETI, which lives on the west coast of the Americas, chartering the Pacific from Mexico to Alaska. Whereas SERENGETI is on the seas, Glidewell additionally owns a “again up” yacht in Newport Seaside, an 82-foot Hatteras sportfish.

The 69-year-old yachtsman has lived on the West Coast his entire life. Glidewell was born in Las Vegas, moved to California for school and by no means appeared again. Now dwelling in Newport Seaside together with his spouse and 4 kids, Glidewell will get fairly a little bit of use out of SERENGETI.

“I primarily have boats for the youngsters,” says Glidewell. “It’s thrilling sharing completely different ports of name with them.” His kids vary in age from 4 to 10. From June to September, SERENGETI is predicated in Juneau, Alaska, the place she charters if the Glidewell’s aren’t on board. From October to Might, the vessel lives in Newport Seaside, California, sometimes heading south to La Paz or Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. “I really like the steadiness of the Westport,” says Glidewell. “The entire programs work completely. We are able to run at 29 knots and cruise comfortably at 22. There are 5 staterooms, which work properly for my household and, since I’ve an workplace in Newport, we use the vessel for firm occasions. We now have cocktail events on board, and we’ve even taken her out to Catalina for weekends.”

A local to the realm, Glidewell favors the U.S. and Mexican west coast. “I’ve been a pilot for 30 years and I used to fly to the west coast of Mexico usually and keep in lodges, however now I can fly in and keep on my yacht, which I a lot favor.” Different favourite yachting hubs for Glidewell are Martha’s Winery and Nantucket. He additionally loves The Bahamas, “I prefer it there higher than the Caribbean islands.” Glidewell hasn’t frolicked aboard yachts within the Mediterranean, however he has traversed the Panama Canal aboard 3 times.


Certainly one of his favourite yachting recollections occurred on M/Y SERENGETI fairly lately. Glidewell introduced the yacht and 20 company to The Bahamas to attend the ShowBoats Worldwide Boys & Ladies Golf equipment Rendezvous on the Atlantis resort. After the occasion, they cruised to the Exumas, in The Bahamas, for a double hook-up with Glidewell’s east-coast-based yacht M/Y OHANA. As many yachts solely can host as much as 12 company, the double hook-up labored properly for Glidewell, and “the crucial mass of 20 individuals made the entire journey extra pleasing,” he says.

When it’s simply the household on board, certainly one of Glidewell’s favourite pastimes is fishing together with his kids. “Most individuals say they fish,” he laughs, “we catch.” Captain Mike Finnegan has been with Glidewell for 5 years, beforehand working as captain of SHOGUN, and he’s an avid fisherman. “We catch every thing from Dungeness crab to salmon, halibut, cod, and what we catch goes on the menu,” Glidewell smiles.

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