Our Boat

Francesca and I are all smiles on deck of the Double X in Newport Marina. We’re eager for final testing to confirm the boat is ready for the year-long journey ahead. Newport Beach, Calif., November 7, 2015.
Francesca and I are all smiles on deck of the Double X in Newport Marina. We’re eager for final testing to confirm the boat is ready for the year-long journey ahead. Newport Beach, Calif., November 7, 2015.

I can’t think of a better name for our boat than the Double X. It’s a fitting tribute to the flagship product in the Nutrilite brand, a product that has helped millions of health-conscious people around the world get the nutrients they need to enjoy an active lifestyle with energy and vigor. I’ve been eating Double X for eight decades now, and you can be sure there will be a supply on board for this trip.

A sailing vessel with a storied past

The original owner of this 78-foot Kelly Archer Cutter was the grandson of the Entemann’s cake empire, who named the vessel Martha M in honor of his mother, Martha Entemann. The next owner renamed the boat Moonraker to honor his birthplace, Wiltshire County, England. According to folklore, some villagers once hid contraband barrels of brandy in a village pond. One night when they went to retrieve the barrels, they were confronted by customs and excise officials and quickly explained away their actions as raking in round cheese from the pond under the light of the full moon. The tall tale, as legend goes, was enough to satisfy the officers’ curiosity who then dismissed the villagers as simple country folk.

The captain discovers a hidden gem

After several years of research and searching, Captain Bob discovered the Moonraker moored at Mallorca Island in the Mediterranean. Weighing in at 70 tons and with a fuel range of about 3,000 miles, the vessel would be fully capable of crossing the ocean and sailing among the trade winds of the South Pacific. This diamond in the rough caught Bob’s eye, and he knew just how to refurbish it to make it the perfect vessel for our journey. When Francesca and I visited the boat in Mallorca, we were in total agreement, it was a gem. It was exactly what we were looking for.

The Double X looking majestic as she takes part in one of the many sailing trials in preparation of our long voyage. Newport Beach, Calif. May 2016.
The Double X looking majestic as she takes part in one of the many sailing trials in preparation of our long voyage. Newport Beach, Calif. May 2016.

When negotiations were finally complete, we were able to acquire the Moonraker in March 2014 and arranged to have her brought back to the United States. Francesca and I were lucky enough to visit the boat for a few days while en route, fell in love with her and renamed her Double X.

A new lease on life

Now that the Double X is refurbished, she’s a powerful vessel ready to take on just about any challenge. She’s a beauty too, with a gleaming white exterior and teak deck that wraps around the pilothouse with its round tinted windows. The cockpit sits inside the pilothouse, sheltered from the environment, serving as the main navigation station, while a secondary station is down below where it is also possible to steer and navigate.

Captain Bob’s refurbishing efforts not only included adding modern navigational equipment and satellite communications, but also solar panels, special generators, and other adaptations that allow us to sail as sustainably as possible. In fact, a key goal as we travel is to conserve fuel and water as much as we can.

Now that the Double X is refurbished, she’s a powerful vessel ready to take on just about any challenge.

Inside, the large salon or living area provides a spacious area to share the adventures of the day. The galley or kitchen is well equipped and ready to be stocked with supplies. The boat has a main cabin aft that fits a double bed. Forward of the mast, three remaining cabins, all with their own heads and showers, are ready for crew and guests.

Welcome inside the Double X. Several steps lead down to the salon, galley and living quarters, May 2016.
Welcome inside the Double X. Several steps lead down to the salon, galley and living quarters, May 2016.
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The afternoon sun filters into the Double X cabin onto the couch in the main salon. Below each dark leather cushion sits an intricate maze of wiring and other equipment that powers the sophisticated electronics aboard.
The best laid plans

Our initial goal was to leave Newport Harbor by the end of 2015, but the final test of the hydraulic system was well, let me just say, less than impressive. Our journey was delayed, much to our frustration, but in retrospect, we are grateful. I think these things work out for the best. After all, if your boat’s hydraulics break down, it’s better to be close to shore rather than the middle of the Pacific Ocean. No doubt, this is just one of the many challenges that we will face during our upcoming journey, but we are up for it. New departure date: July 16, 2016 from San Francisco.

From cake to brandy to filling the nutrient gap
Captain Bob steering the Double X during a sailing trial to Catalina Island, May 2016.
Captain Bob steering the Double X during a sailing trial to Catalina Island, May 2016.

I chuckle when I think of the boat’s origins born out of bakery goods and alcohol, and how it has been reborn as the Double X, a moniker that embodies health and wellness. But when I think of how the Double X will be taking us in search of people trying to protect the environment and practicing sustainable living practices that we can share, well then I’m all smiles and eager to get started.

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