It’s always bittersweet when you decide to sell your yacht. Packed within the hull are stored memories of good times with family and friends that are hard to leave behind. Sid Bochner’s feelings are no different.
Along with brother Mark, Bochner purchased FOUR PLAY V, a 2004 Azimut 62 flybridge, in 2006 at the urging of his father. “My father had seen the boat. He was diagnosed with brain cancer and he wanted it as our next family boat—we had been in four Sea Rays prior to this one,” Bochner affectionately recalled. “We finally said, ‘Let’s buy,’ and then he passed. We wish he could have been there with us.”
Determined to keep the family memories going, Bochner left his last Sea Ray behind—a 55—in search of more travel, more entertaining. “We fell in love with the layout of the Azimut 62 and what it offered at the time—features like the upper deck open for sun, nice sized cockpit with settee. And, it slept six with the crew quarters. The whole boat was a big difference. We went from an express to a flybridge.”
Bochner also said that what they gained for the seven additional feet felt like they doubled their space. Entertaining family and friends has been of utmost importance in their yacht-buying decisions. In fact, they’re on the go just about every weekend. “Anytime we can get it out, we go. We went from entertaining about 20 people per weekend to now about 30 going out,” he said. “You wouldn’t even know how many were on board even with 30 people. “
Although Bochner ran the Azimut up to Nantucket two years back, the boat is primarily based in Miami, Fla., and used for day cruising to places like Ocean Reef, Nixon Beach and the flats of Key Biscayne, Fisher Island, Elliott Key, Pier 66 in Fort Lauderdale and runs to Bimini during the summer. Every year up until last year, they’ve taken the boat to the Bahamas for four weeks, and guests have come out to meet the boat. Bochner noted, “She’s very conducive for the Bahamas trips. She has a comfortable ride and she’s manageable. With about a 4 ½’ draft, every port we wanted to go to we were able to get into.”
Although highly satisfied with Azimut overall, they did make one slight modification over the years of owning FOUR PLAY V—they removed the dinghy area and added a bench seat on the flybridge with a beverage cooler, of course, for enhanced entertaining.
Bochner’s been in boats for about 30 years, starting in his teens in the 20’ range and moving into bigger ranges over the years. “I love diving and the capability of entertaining and not being on land. I love going to different sites and ports and meeting different people and even fishing,” Bochner explained.
He’ll go a little bigger (to accommodate some more folks) and faster in his next venture but not too much bigger, he explained. They don’t want any limits on where they can go. “After 10 years, we’re looking for a change. The trips will stay the same.”
“I’ll miss it when I sell it with all of the great times on it,” Bochner concluded.