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August 19, 2016

Sailors, Rum And The Sea

Filed under: Sea Views & News — DJC @ 8:08 pm


Sure, rum and sailors go together, but did you ever wonder how that all got started?  You’d have go go back 400 years or so…Rum

Sailors in the 17th century were given a daily ration of 1 gallon of beer per day.  Beer lasted longer than water at sea, and also helped with the morale of  the crew.  rum2

By 1655, due to the storage problems associated with beer i.e., space and spoilage on long voyages in warmer climes, a spirit allowance was introduced instead.  rum 3Given the political influence of the plantation owners in the Caribbean at that time, Rum became the spirit of choice and each sailor was given 1/2 pint of rum per day; their Rum Ration.

By 1725 the amount of alcohol consumed by the sailors was beginning to cause a problem on board the ships.  Some sailors would save their rum rations and then drink them all at once, even though drunkenness was punishable by flogging.   Admiral Edward Vernon was given the task of finding a solution.  His answer was to water down the rum.  The rum ration was still the same but water had to be added.   Sailors were given sugar and lime to make up for the decreased quantity; the mixture became known as grog, derived from Admiral Vernon’s nickname “Grogrum”.

Sugar and lime not only improved the taste of the drink, but the vitamin C also helped prevent scurvy. Grog was so popular that the drink soon spread beyond the sea to shore and inspired recipes that are still enjoyed today.


Classic Daiquiri
1½ oz. light rum
1 oz. lime juice, freshly squeezed
1 tsp. sugar or simply syrup

In a cocktail shaker, shake all ingredients well with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.rum4

Dark ‘n’ Stormy
2 oz. dark rum
4 oz. ginger beer
½ cup ice

In an old-fashioned glass, combine rum and ginger beer. Add ice and stir.

Rum Runner
¾ oz. spiced rum
¼ oz. blackberry liqueur
¼ oz. crème de bananes
2 oz. orange juice
8 oz. crushed ice

In a blender, combine spiced rum, blackberry liqueur, crème de bananes, orange juice, grenadine, and crushed ice. Blend until slushy and pour into glass.

Tomorrow We Sail
3½ oz. champagne
½ oz. LBV port
½ oz. dark rum
1 tsp. triple sec

In a champagne flute, combine ingredients and garnish with a twist of orange peel.

And if you’re serving cocktails at sea, don’t miss our latest additions to the Non-Breakable Glasses & Barware, Dinnerware and Serveware!



September 15, 2015

Why We Nautical Enthusiasts Treasure This Amazing Wood

Filed under: Sea Views & News — DJC @ 10:42 pm

teak wood

Teak is an extraordinarily resilient wood!  Grown in areas where it regularly withstands monsoons, droughts, and high winds, teak is highly desirable for use in difficult conditions. It has been used in shipbuilding for centuries because it requires little, if any, maintenance and it has a natural non-skid surface.

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If you’re creating the ultimate coastal/nautical bathroom, spa or pool cabana, you’ll want to include the warmth and beauty of handcrafted teak. Not only will you love the inherent elegance of natural teak, you’ll also appreciate its sturdy construction and non-slip functionality. Mold and mildew resistant, due to the wood’s antimicrobial properties, our teak floor mats and benches can be used both inside and outside the shower.

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Our Teak floor mats, benches and accessories are handcrafted only from the pure heartwood of mature Teak trees grown in the Indonesia/South East Asia region and harvested under strict environmental and economic requirements. Teak heartwood contains oil that is water resistant and helps prevent attacks from decay, insects and bacteria. The wood’s high silica content, absorbed from its sandy growing region, makes it an ideal wood to use when a slip resistant surface is needed and its natural oils make the wood resistant to mold and mildew.

Custom floor mats can also be ordered to add an elegant and practical touch to your boat heads.

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Given its amazing properties, is it any wonder we sailors, nautical enthusiasts and coastal residents treasure teak for our boats and homes by the water?


August 6, 2015

A Coastal/Nautical Gem In Newport Beach

Filed under: Sea Views & News — DJC @ 11:50 pm

If you love the sea, boats, or beach cottage decorating, you’ll be in heaven in our new Nautical Luxuries Showroom.crop

Tucked in next to the Lido Shipyard, (with a direct window view of all the yard activities), it’s an elegant nautical/coastal gem in Newport Beach.


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Stop in and see/feel for yourself, why our collection of acrylics and non-breakable dinnerware is among the finest anywhere!     Whether you’re looking for non-skid, or triple-weight melamine, you’ll be amazed at how beautiful the designs are, and how substantial everything feels in hand.

If you’re outfitting a boat, you’ll appreciate how easy it is to coordinate everything from dinnerware, flatware and acrylic barware and serving pieces, to linens, throws and accent pillows.Flatware

And for the coastal home, everywhere you turn, there’s a delightful luxury to complement your seaside decor. If you’re decorating or redecorating a bath, you’ll love our Nautiluxe Collection of rope towel bars, towel rings and paper holders in chrome or gold plate finishes, as well as a wide selection of classic nautical themed bath accessories.

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Waterside and onboard entertainers will also find the latest luxuries imported from Holland, Spain and Italy. Each piece artfully crafted and uniquely, classically nautical.

Rope Tray  rope accessories

Looking for an entertaining showstopper for the aft deck or poolside patio? How about a four-foot tall acrylic ice bucket in the shape of a champagne glass! Or a graceful Mermaid Accent Table!

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If glamorous is your style, you’ll love the shimmering Mother of Pearl and Swarovski Crystal-encrusted accents. Paired with our Etched Fish Barware, it’s a truly elegant coastal look.

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Whatever your style, and whatever your needs, be it decor or a memorable gift for someone who loves boats or the sea, you’ll find a wide selection of the finest nautical/coastal decor and gift items at the new Nautical Luxuries Showroom in Newport Beach.

We look forward to welcoming you at 151 Shipyard Way, Suite A, Newport Beach, CA.


February 24, 2015

Super, Superyacht Captaining

Filed under: Sea Views & News — DJC @ 11:47 am


OK, I’ll admit to getting a little nervous navigating an 18-ft. electric boat around the harbor sometimes.

Can you imagine captaining a 256 foot long, 39-ft. wide superyacht?!  venus

39 wide house This HOUSE is 39-ft wide!    Now… try to drive 6 of those houses together,

through this 55-ft wide bridge: 55 wide bridge …. from the 4th story.  venus wheelhouse

A drone captured the late Steve Jobs’ yacht Venus during her passage through the Simpson Bay Bridge in Sint Maarten. Talk about threading the needle, that’s some super, superyacht captaining!


February 16, 2015

Whiskey: Not Just For Pirates Anymore

Filed under: Sea Views & News — DJC @ 7:06 pm

While whiskey decanters and rocks glasses might conjure Whiskey Renaissanceup traditional images of pirates or men in business suits relaxing in dark, wood-paneled libraries decorated with old portraits of statesmen and distinguished luminaries,  in fact, it is women who are leading the current Whiskey Renaissance.

With women joining the ranks of power, be it in politics or business, old attitudes are shifting –and barware patterns are also changing.

We’ve developed a new look to our classic whiskey decanters that will appeal to every whiskey lover!


Compass Decanter          Sail Boat decanter

Our Captains Decanters with compass rose and sailboat themes have a classic look that simply never goes out of style.

The new Angler’s Decanter and Rocks Glasses are angler decanter setinspired by mid-century stylized fish designs. Bold yet charming, they are artfully engraved and polished to breathe fresh life into an age-old theme.




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Our line of Bohemian hand-engraved crystal is a true showstopper, with coiling rope and iconic nautical anchors, in crystal clear or intense cobalt blue.

Here’s to the whiskey aficionados among us, especially the nautically inclined ones, whether they be on land or at sea!


December 11, 2014

It’s Christmas Boat Parade Time

Filed under: Sea Views & News — DJC @ 6:37 pm

Few things are as beautiful or quintessentially nautical as Christmas Boat Parades. Gather up the kids, bundle up, and head for a harbor near you.  Here is a brief list of parades happening this year in the two busiest parade areas, Florida and California. If you’re lucky enough to be in either place, make sure you don’t miss the parade!

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California: For more information visit See California

Dec. 12th: Fisherman’s Wharf
Dec. 12-13: Dana Point, Oxnard
Dec. 13th: Bethel Island, Discovery Bay, Long Beach Shoreline Marina, Naples, Oceanside, Petaluma,  San Joaquin, Sausalito
Dec. 13-14: Huntington Beach
Dec. 14th: Marina del Rey, King Harbor, San Diego, Santa Barbara
Dec. 17-21: Newport Harbor
Dec. 21: San Diego

Florida: For more information visit: Florida By The Water

Dec. 12th: Boynton/Delray, Hernando Beach, Tarpon Springs
Dec. 13th: Apollo Beach, Bonita Springs, Captiva, Carravelle, Cedar Key, Clearwater, Cocoa Beach, Cortez/Longboat Key/Bradenton Beach, Deland, Ft. Lauderdale, Fort Pierce, Gulf Port, Key Largo, Key West, Madeira Beach, Marathon, Naples, New Smyrna Beach, Niceville, Orange Park, Orlando, Panama City Beach, Pine Island, Placida, Sarasota, St. Pete/Vina del Mar, St. Petersburg, Winter Park
Dec. 14th: Clermont, Destin, Key Colony Beach, Pompano Beach
Dec. 19th: Cape Canaveral, Titusville
Dec. 20th: Cape Coral/Fort Myers, Homosassa, Indian Rocks Beach, Merritt Island, Miami, Okeechobee, Palm Harbor/New Port Richey, Punta Gorda, Satellite Beach, St. Augustine, Tampa Bay, Treasure Island
Dec. 21st: Redington Beach/Indian Shores



October 28, 2014

As The Clocks Turn Back, Beach Lights Turn On

Filed under: Sea Views & News — DJC @ 12:05 pm

Sure, we’d love to enjoy summer all year, with lazy sunny days on the water and warm swims in the sea! As we turn our clocks back this weekend, though, it’s time to officially welcome the winter months, and enjoy the beauty and peacefulness of coastal living in the off-season.

Celebrated artist, surfer and chef, Jim Denevan set a creative coastal tone at the end of Daylight Savings Time last year, with his amazing solar lantern art created on Laguna’s Main Beach for the Laguna Art Museum’s Art & Nature Festival. Known internationally for his monumental, temporary drawings on beaches throughout the world, Denevan’s art is eco-friendly, and in sync with the sea. Beginning at the 4:00 a.m. low tide, Denevan worked with sticks and rakes to create a large geometric pattern of circles and spirals. Throughout the day, 40 volunteers traced his designs with approximately 2,500 solar lanterns that lit up as darkness set in.

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Laguna Art Museum will hold its second annual Art & Nature Festival this November, celebrating Laguna Beach as a center for the appreciation of art and nature.  To learn more about this year’s Art & Nature Festival, visit 


September 19, 2014

Fall Boat Show Season

Filed under: Sea Views & News — DJC @ 3:17 pm

Boat ShowSummer may be coming to a close, but there’s nothing like a triple-digit hot September to make everyone think about getting out on the water! Luckily, it’s fall boat show season, so you don’t have to wait until next year to go shopping.

Check your local harbor activities, because this is the best time to check out the newest models, take a tour of previously owned boats, and find a great broker to assist you in getting a great deal on your perfect boat.

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And if you’re in the Newport Beach area, the Lido Yacht Expo is in full-swing, now through Sunday, with both in-water and shoreside displays. Stop by our office in Lido Village and say hello!  Now that you’ve got that boat, you’ll be needing a few luxuries for the inside!


August 9, 2014

Hommage To The Sailor’s Favorite Red Cup

Filed under: Sea Views & News — DJC @ 4:23 pm

Few things are as ubiquitous, or as popular with sailors worldwide, as the iconic red Solo Cup.  When we heard they were now available in re-usable, hard, double-walled plastic – and came in new shapes for wine, martini’s and margaritas, well, we just had to smile!

Here are just a few examples of intrepid boaters and sailors putting the Red Cup to use in admirably creative ways:

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Red Cup parade

Red Cup float

And – for you real Red Cup afficionados, did you know that those lines on each cup are actually there for a reason? Not that anyone I’ve ever know has ever, or would ever, actually serve to them…

Red Cup lines

Or, did you know they come in party lights?

Red Cup Lights

Or serving buckets?

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We’re excited to see the new styles, and look forward to putting them to use onboard, and ashore.

Red Cup Group

Cheers, matey!


April 5, 2014

Boat Show Before & After

Filed under: Sea Views & News — DJC @ 1:45 pm

It’s boat show season, and the docks are filled with boating enthusiasts this weekend for the Newport Boat Show at Lido Marina Village. The sun is bright, and the weather is warm – it’s the perfect time to be inspired to get out on the water, and to shop for a new or previously owned sailboat or powerboat.

Staging a lovely Beneteau sailboat for the show, reminded me of what a big difference just a few beautiful accessories can make onboard. As these before-and-after shots show, it doesn’t take much to create a cozy environment for your floating or land-based nest!

Master before after

                                                    Master Stateroom                                               

Starboard Stateroom before after                

                                                    Starboard Stateroom          

Yacht Decor

                                                           Starboard Settee

Our top accent pieces with the biggest impact: a smart looking coverlet for each bunk, color-coordinated accent pillows for bunks and main saloon settees, silk florals for an elegant touch of color and rubber feet to keep them in place, a table centerpiece, and a spectacular Italian rope serving tray – complete with non-breakable polycarbonate glasses that look like crystal!

Port Settee

                        Main Saloon

Check your local area for upcoming boat shows – be inspired, and have fun creating your own before-and-afters!


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