Sea Ray makes some of the world’s most sought-after pleasure boats, so when they told us they were touring through New York and The Hamptons to present the new L590 yacht; we thought we’d join them with some Timothy Oulton coastal style.
Sea Ray has been a leader in the luxury boat market for decades, sharing Timothy Oulton’s passion for innovation and meticulous craftsmanship. The L590, newest member of Sea Ray’s luxurious L-Class fleet, is notably the perfect marriage of style and substance, mixing state-of-the-art design with tried-and-true engineering, featuring superior customizability. No wonder the L-Class has been stirring excitement across the pond with Sea Ray’s 2015 Coastal Tour.
Now, we’re not ones to shy away from travel and adventure – especially when it involves fast cars, planes or boats – so we were delighted to partner with Sea Ray on the last two stops of their East Coast tour: Manhattan and The Hamptons. And it seems we were in good company, with fellow discerning partners Aston Martin, Louis XIII by Remy Martin and Thiénot Bordeaux & Champagne.
Our first venue was the brand-spanking-new Current, a restaurant and event space overlooking the Hudson River at Manhattan’s Chelsea Piers. Approximately 100 New Yorkers arrived out of the June rain and into the comfort of Timothy Oulton’s casual yet sophisticated Coastal Drift collection. Ladies in chic cocktail dresses and stylishly-attired gents lounged on the seriously comfortable Dex leather sofa, looking straight out to a view of the water and the gleaming L-590 moored outside. With an evening chill lingering in the air, the space felt even cozier as guests sunk into the feather-and down – filled Wave sectional, with its summery Nimbus Pure linen evoking more tropical climes.
As the crowd sipped their nautical-themed cocktails, they wandered through the lounge amongst the Timothy Oulton collections. Xylem and Spur acrylic blocks, handmade from driftwood collected from beaches all around the world, were topped with Iris lamps. The Junk Art Propeller coffee table looked ready to roar into action while the Castaway bookcase and media console provided the calming lines of slatted beach wood against rugged brushed aluminium. There was a carefree coastal spirit that perfectly suited that freedom of sailing the open seas. And if the rain got too heavy outside, at least there was always the vintage paddles.
The inclement weather seemed to follow us onto the next tour stop in The Hamptons, at the Breakwater Yacht Club in Sag Harbour. But what’s a little summer rain when you’re spending time in the salon of a new Sea Ray yacht or test-driving Aston Martin’s latest model. With most attendees on their weekend get away from the city, the holiday vibe was in the air and guests relaxed, sprawled out, and put their feet up on our super comfy Dex and Wave sofas with a glass of champagne.
The sea faring theme continued with the grand prize draw, with one lucky guest winning an Iris table lamp inspired by Jules Verne’s Nautilus submarine. Perhaps Verne put his finger on the lure of ocean travel when he said: “The sea is everything…Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.”