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Hargrave 101-foot yacht helped launch couple’s love of Palm Beach

Posted On: 12-03-2016

By Christine Davis

Special to the Daily News

It was their Hargrave 101-foot yacht, Pamalama, that “launched” their love of Palm Beach and led them to buy their home on Clarke Avenue, explains Gary and Pam Patsley of Dallas.

“Palm Beach is beautiful,” said Pam Patsley. “It has a special elegance. We enjoy the small downtown community feeling, but we also have easy access to other popular areas. We love that we can walk and ride out bikes to so many places.”

Their yacht, featuring glossy walnut wood interior touches, can sleep up to nine guests in four en suite staterooms. Its fly bridge has a covered lounge, Jacuzzi, wet bar and barbeque, which makes it the perfect spot for relaxing and entertaining. Other favorite outdoor spots include the foredeck, which has sunpads for lounging, and the aft deck, which can accommodate al fresco dining for eight.

Recently, Pam talked about the family’s experience boating and on the island.

Are you new to boating?

We were new to boating when we bought Pamalama, which was our first motor yacht. Technically, when were dating and during the early years of our marriage, we kept a small sailboat on a lake in Texas.

How did you get into boating?

Our very good friends invited us on their boat and we went with them many times to the Bahamas and just loved it. Also, for our son, Philip, 27, fishing is a passion, so that was kind of compelling toward us getting the boat. It’s been such a wonderful family decision. We’ve had amazing times with family and friends, and that’s solely why we bought her and that’s exactly what we got.

When we saw the boat at the Ft. Lauderdale boat show, it was brand new but hadn’t been officially launched. We loved it and there’s been no looking back. The boat introduced us further to Florida, bringing us to Palm Beach, and we decided we wanted to have a house here.

When did you buy the boat and where do you keep when it in Palm Beach?

We found Pamalama in the fall 2010. We did some customizations and upgrades and took possession of it in February 2011. We keep it at the Australian Dock.

How do you like to use it?

When we take out Pamalama, we go to the Bahamas for weeks at a time. We also go to Key West and Ocean Reef on Key Largo. We’ve done the Okeechobee Canal twice, visiting Boca Grande, Captiva and Naples. Also, several times, we’ve taken the boat up the southeast coast to Charleston, visiting Hilton Head, Savannah, Sea Islands, and St. Augustine. You get to see cities in a different way when you go by boat.

We’ll often tow our 33-foot Intrepid for fishing and running around, and doing fun things. We also take it north and south on the Intracoastal Waterway and our son fishes offshore in it.

What’s your dreamboat?

We go back and forth. We are selling our yacht through Camper & Nicholsons, but we don’t want to get out of boating. We are thinking about exploring something a little bigger, not that we need something bigger.

Any advice to people who want to get into boating?

Do it.

What boat shows do you like to attend?

We really like the Ft. Lauderdale and Palm Beach boat shows. Both are great. In some ways, the Palm Beach show is our favorite because it’s smaller, easier to navigate and we can walk or ride our bikes there.

What are the tender and water toys you use?

Along with Intrepid, a center console boat, we also have a Nautica inflatable (tender) that we carry up top on the boat deck. Our Nautica is perfect for running up on the beaches and going into shallow water. We also carry kayaks and paddleboards, which are so fun.

What’s your favorite thing about living here?

We like the community aspect of Palm Beach. We love its natural beauty, the ocean, the Intracoastal Waterway, the homes and their manicured gardens. It’s a very civil and lovely place to live.

What’s your go-to meal or restaurant on the island?

We love Bistro Chez Jean-Pierre and the Palm Beach Grill. Those are the places we really frequent.

What’s your favorite spot for cocktails and why?

We like HMF at the Breakers. It’s such a beautiful setting and we like the tapas style. We also love the patio at Renato’s.

What’s your favorite cultural venue or organization in town and why?

We’ve really enjoyed quite a few of the programs through The Society of the Four Arts — some of the lecture series and book talks, as well as the gardens.

 

 

 

Source: Christine Davis, December 3, 2016, Palm Beach Daily News

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