Nordhavn 46 circumnavigates the globe

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A 2001 Nordhavn 46 named Egret last week became the seventh Nordhavn to circumnavigate the globe and the first small-production powerboat to pass below the five Great Southern Ocean Capes, the company said.

Owned and operated by Scott and Mary Flanders of Fort Lauderdale, Egret arrived at the Canary Islands in the late evening on Feb. 10 - four years and five months, or 1,596 days, after they left Gran Canaria. The couple have amassed nearly 10,000 engine hours since they took delivery of the boat 10 years ago.

During their time away, the couple doubled around Cape Horn, wintered in the canals of Chile, explored Easter Island, took part in a rescue mission while staying in the remote island of Tonga, experienced the Outback and visited South Africa. Now they're back in the Mediterranean and already thinking about their next few years of cruising.

"Years from now, when we look back at our boating years, Egret's circumnavigation will be a small part. No doubt a special part, but just a part," Scott Flanders said in a statement. "Our proudest achievement was passing below the five Great Southern Ocean Capes, the first for a small powerboat."

Thousands of people have followed the couple during their circumnavigation through the blog "The Voyage of Egret," which is hosted on the Nordhavn website. The blog features photos of the couple's travels and a forum where readers can ask them questions. It averages about 4,500 hits a week.

The couple will be celebrated at a Nordhavn owners gathering at the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

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