Howard and Ginger Robin, after decades of owning boats, knew what they wanted: a Nordhavn 60. But as they started to shop from their home near San Francisco, only three N60s were for sale. One was in Australia, one was in Japan, and one was in Florida. And of those three, only the N60 in Florida had a U.S. electrical system.

That was the boat they wanted to see, they told their broker, Jeff Merrill of Jeff Merrill Yacht Sales in California.

“This was right before Covid-19 became highly problematic,” Howard Robin recalls. “It was back around early March. Ginger and I flew to South Florida and went to look at the boat with Jeff. We spent about five hours going through the boat, and we loved it. It needed some work, but it was great.”

The Robins flew home to think things

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