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We’re asked all of the time for details about OLOH.  You’ll find a video tour of OLOH by clicking here.  On this page we offer you answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about the boat.  Click on the hyperlinks for additional info.  Got questions?  Please ask them in the comments section at the bottom of the page and we’ll do our best to answer them.


What kind of boat is M/Y OLOH?

OLOH is a 2004 60′ Jefferson Marquessa Motor Yacht (M/Y).  She was one of approximately nine built of this late model hull with designs by David Shaw who, with his father Leon, founded Jefferson Yachts.  OLOH was built at Hershine Marine in Taiwan.

What kind of engines and power does OLOH have?

OLOH is powered by twin Detroit Diesel/MTU Series 60 engines rated at 825 horsepower each, turning four-bladed nibral props.  OLOH cruises comfortably at 18 knots or at our preferred speed of 10 knots (at approximately 1200 RPM) burning 10 to 12 gallons of diesel per hour.  The engines are controlled by electronic throttle and shift controls.

How many staterooms and heads (bathrooms) does OLOH have?

OLOH has very comfortable accommodations for us and our guests with three staterooms and an additional, convertible sleeping space.  There is a full-beam aft master (it spans the width of the boat and is all the way to the back on the accommodations deck) with a king-sized berth and an ensuite head that includes a bathtub.  There’s lots of storage including a large, walk-in, cedar-lined locker (closet).  The VIP stateroom in the forepeak (towards the bow) features a queen berth and an ensuite head with shower.  There is a guest stateroom off the accommodations deck passageway with a full berth.  It is directly across from a large head with a shower that also serves as the day head.  There is also the “Captain’s Lounge” as you descend to the accommodations deck which easily converts into sleeping accommodations with a twin Pullman berth and privacy curtain.  All of these areas are served by separate heating and air conditioning units.  A full-size, stacked washer and dryer located next to the guest/day head makes easy work of laundry.

Master berth
VIP berth
Guest Stateroom

What about the galley?

OLOH has an aft galley, just abaft the salon, and just forward of the aft deck which is where we enjoy our morning coffee and most of our meals.  It has everything we need for the Admiral to prepare his exceptional culinary delights, particularly after a few modifications that we’ve made.  The factory-installed below-counter refrigerator and freezer were replaced by, well, a liquor cabinet.  A full-size LG refrigerator/freezer/icemaker replaced the original entertainment center next to the galley (there are two additional, small refrigerator/ice makers on board).  A large granite sink replaced the original dual-basin stainless steel sink (that was too small to hold even a standard-sized plate) and we replaced the original three-burner glass electric cooktop with a Fisher & Paykel four-zone induction cooktop.  There’s also a Fisher & Paykel drawer-style dishwasher that is really nice to have.  A factory-installed GE trash compactor has proven to be a very worthy appliance to have on a boat, particularly when at anchor and unable to regularly dispose of refuse.  Over the cooktop, there’s a full-size microwave/convection oven.  And until such a time when we are able to install a properly integrated oven, we love our countertop Oster.  Tim is accustomed to working his culinary magic with his commercial style large ovens at our land home.  But before you underestimate what can be done with what is technically a “toaster oven,” check out this post about an exceptional Thanksgiving feast he prepared on board.  The Admiral takes a deep dive into OLOH’s galley in Part 1 of our video tour here.

Where do you hang out inside?

We’ve got a few different inside, protected spaces to choose from, but OLOH’s salon is a particularly comfortable space.  The main deck is all on one level and the salon falls between the galley and the pilothouse.  There’s plenty of room for people (and a 90-pound dog) on the L-shaped settee (you can call it a couch) and two opposing barrel chairs.  The settee faces a TV with surround sound that disappears when not in use.  And speaking of sound, music is virtually always playing on board throughout OLOH with every living space and stateroom wired with its own zone, all controlled from an app.

What kind of navigation electronics do you use?

We upgraded OLOH’s factory-installed electronics suite and use Garmin for our multifunctional displays, digital radar, and AIS (Automatic Identification System).  We supplement that with iPads running Aqua Maps and Navionics apps.  Our autopilot is from Simrad and our VHF radios are ICOM.

Pilothouse Helm

Does OLOH have thrusters?

OLOH came to us with a factory-installed, 24-volt WESMAR  bow thruster and a 48-volt WESMAR stern thruster featuring variable speed control. Both are a tremendous help in close-quarters maneuvering, particularly when compensating for wind and current.  We can control the thrusters as well as our engine gears from anywhere on board with the Yacht Controller system we installed.

Is OLOH stabilized?

Yes!  OLOH’s stabilization (helping to keep the boat more level and comfortable at sea) comes from WESMAR with two, seven square foot, hydraulically actuated fins being digitally controlled by a three-axis gyro and an electronic control panel.  This is an upgrade we made from the factory-installed system with smaller fins and analog control.  You can read all about OLOH’s stabilizer upgrade here.


What do you use for a tender/dinghy?

We replaced OLOH’s original Nautica RIB (rigid inflatable boat) with a classic 1983 Boston Whaler Sport with a 30 horsepower Evinrude E-TEC engine.  T/T OLOH (also known as One Love) is launched and retrieved from OLOH’s bridge’s deck aft with a full-featured Steelhead ES1000 hydraulic davit, an upgrade we made from the factory-installed unit.


Is it difficult to run a 60′ Motor Yacht with just two people?  What about when you’re docking?

For us, OLOH is easily operated by just the two of us (Jasper is not a great deal of help).  Prior to moving up to a 60 footer, we had some experience running a friend’s 75 footer and that’s when it was clear to us that we could handle it without issue.  When we are docking or leaving a marina, mooring, or anchorage, we are always wearing wireless headsets that allow us to communicate hands-free.  We would not want to be without some way to easily communicate when we are out of sight or earshot of each other.  Also, in most docking situations, it is easy to disembark from our swim platform without the need to climb ladders or perform acrobatics.  And while we can certainly dock without it, the Yacht Controller wireless remote is an invaluable tool for any arrival or departure.

What do you do for water and power when you’re away from the dock?

OLOH has a 200-gallon freshwater tank which, when we are economizing, have been able to live on for a couple of weeks away from the docks.  It has been our plan since purchasing OLOH to install a watermaker to better accommodate our needs when anchoring or traveling, particularly in the Bahamas.  OLOH’s 15kw Westerbeke generator handily manages all of our power needs and it is typically running 24/7 from the moment we leave a dock with power to the moment we return.  An upgraded house battery bank and inverter are high on our list of wants so we can enjoy time at anchor without the generator running.  Fortunately, the generator has very effective sound shielding and a relatively quiet exhaust system.

What the heck does OLOH mean?

For this, you just get a clue…  🎶Let’s get together and feel alright!🎶

The answers to many more questions are revealed in an episode of MarineMax’s “From The Helm” series featuring Adventures Of OLOH.  Click here to check it out.

Got a question?  Please ask it in the comments section below and we’ll do our best to answer it.

This Post Has 74 Comments

  1. Good Morning from the Lowcountry. The One Love was a great addition and can easily carry 3 adults, 1 young lady, 2 dogs, and 1 big goose!
    1. As you would well know! And yes, an unanticipated great addition, much different from what we thought we’d wind up with when replacing our original tender.
    1. As so much of it is narrow and protected, there is not a lot need for stabilization on the ICW. That said, it's nice to have them when someone throws a wake our way and there are certainly a few bigger bodies of water where the seas can build and it's great to have the stabilizers. In any event, they are always engaged when we are underway and go to work when needed, often without our awareness.
      1. Sometimes pictures are not true. They can make what's photographed look much better than reality. Not the case here. Your pictures of OLOH are beautiful, and she is even more impressive up close in person.
  2. OLOH - words from one of our favorite songs. Seems most places we've stayed in Jamaica sing it every night as a good bye to those leaving the next day and hello to those who just arrived that day. We'll be hearing it again in a couple of days when we're down island again.
    1. Hi jasper! Please ask your dads about crossing lake okachobee from west to east with a draft of 5’. :) We are f/t liveaboards 1987 Hatteras 63’ and have read, heard conflicting reports of depths and that our draft would preclude us from making that crossing. We noticed your marina is off the lake and just wondered if you have actually crossed the entire lake. Thanks! Teri MY Blue
      1. Hi Teri - Jasper passed along your note and we’re happy to give you some thoughts which we emailed to you as well.. We have crossed the lake several times, both on OLOH and friends’ boats including a 75’ Hatt with a 6’ draft. There are definitely a few shallower spots but the key is traveling when the lake levels are good and obviously staying in the channel. You can see the latest lake level here: OLOH also has a 5’ draft and if the lake stage is at 12’ or better we are good to go. Route 1 is the one you’ll be using which directly crosses the lake rather than the shallower Route 2, also known as the Rim Route. We detailed our most recent westbound crossing here where you should hopefully find some helpful info: Our prior trip is here: And our video with good info for locking through is here: Please let us know if you have any specific questions and we’ll do our best to help. (As we always have to say, this is all for informational purposes only and you are ultimately responsible for the safe operation and navigation of your vessel). Cheers!
  3. Hello 👋. We recently sold our sail boat and purchased a 2001 Silverton 453. 1st step towards retirement 🍾🥂. We love day dreaming with your videos. Hopefully we will meet up someday. I wanted to ask you where does Jasper go to the bathroom on the boat? Happy seas Kim & Larry
    1. Hi Kim & Larry! We're so glad you're along for the ride. Welcome to "the light" (as you know, many sailors refer to our world as "the dark side" - we see it differently). While we do know that dogs can be potty trained at any age to "go" on board, we have never followed through with that pursuit. Until we do, our cruising days are limited to what we know he is comfortable with. Sometimes that can be as long as ten or twelve hours but most often we keep our days at six hours or less which is better for us too. When we're at anchor it is always in a place where we can get to shore four or more times a day with relative ease. When we are about to head out for a day of cruising, Jasper definitely knows it by the sounds and rhythm of the morning and seems to empty out as thoroughly as possible as we believe he realizes it could be a while before the next opportunity. Congrats on your Silverton - great boat! We look forward to seeing you out there!
  4. My partner Patrick and I and our salty dog Cody, are wishing you both and Jasper a safe and comfortable trip. With One Life to live with our One Love, there’s no better time to adventure than the present! We wish we could be south this winter on our Hatteras 53, the cold is getting old here in Connecticut. Cheers! - Erik
  5. Your video's are awesome and inspire me to venture further out. I love all your logo items and want to do some similar things for my boat. Does the vendor you use have smaller minimums than most?
    1. Hey Ryan - thanks so much for your kind words. Yeah, we do love our logo gear. We use several different vendors so there's no one answer to your question. We order our shirts in quantities but most other stuff in smaller minimums. If you'd like to know details on any particular logo items please feel free to shoot us an email at We'd be happy to pass the info along. Cheers!
  6. If you come north on the ICW, cruise up the Pamlico sound/river to Washington,NC Great restaurants and docks.
  7. Afternoon- I apologize in advance if I missed the answer to my question... What year is OLOH? She is clearly pampered... my curiosity is piqued Regards, Kevin
    1. Hi Kevin. OLOH is a 2004. You may know the often misused line in pre-owned boat ads, "managed with an open checkbook." Well, OLOH truly was and we have done our best to maintain the high standard of her previous care while making appropriate updates and improvements along the way. Cheers!
      1. Hey Matt - Jasper is a rescue who's Mom was a pitbull and Dad, according to the DNA test, was mostly German Wire-haired Pointer. He's a one-of-a-kind! Thanks for the kind words.
  8. Hey guys, great video. Liked and Subscribed. Planning to come look at a 58 ft trawler in Ft. Myers soon, all the way from the Sea of Cortez. Wishing you both the best of luck and fair winds and calm seas.
    1. Thank you so much - it's great to have you aboard. Good luck with the trawler - hopefully it will be well worth the trip. Please stay in touch and let us know how it goes!
      1. We ended up buying a smaller 34 ft Cheoy Lee Pilothouse with twin Ford Lehman 120s and large paravane stabilizers. It is in the PNW and we are cruising the Puget Sound and San Juan Islands. maybe SE Alaska next year if the travel restrictions from dictator PM (Castro) Trudeau are lifted.
  9. Ahoy, I have looked at most of your videos on Youtube and have enjoyed the way you operate your vessel and the enjoyment you get out of it. I own a 106 year vessel as of April and all I do is work on it. I live around Mile 9.5 of the AICW in Chesapeake, VA or about two miles North of the Great Bridge Lock and take many pictures of the Snow Birds and post them on Flickr. I do not have one of the ALOH. I'm glad you mention and show some of the poor seamanship of other boaters and that it looks like most of the time in confined waters you travel at nine knots a good speed. I crewed on a 60' Trumpy, the CHESAPEAKE from Amelia up to Little Creek in Norfolk in 2014. I never traveled the ICW before below Morehead City, NC. An interesting trip and your videos brought back some nice memories of that trip as most of your layovers were the same. Long story about that transit that I will not get into here. I found myself looking for gators most of way, but did not see any. No bad weather and the Albermarle was like a mill pond, the calmest I ever seen it. On the MAR-SUE, I have been on the Albermarle in heavy seas, on Pamilco too leaving Ocracoke Island. The Albermarle was the worst in heavy seas, the waves seem to come from every direction. Anyway thanks for sharing some of your experiences, it will inspire me to get mine back operational.
  10. We’re so glad you found us and that you’ve been enjoying our videos. We’d love to know more about the MAR-SUE. 106 years old?! That has got to be a labor of love. We applaud you for your fortitude. Thank you for your recognition of our approach to good seamanship. It is always our goal to do what is right and safe. We will never understand those who don’t get it or simply don’t care. Thanks again for joining in on our adventure and we wish you good luck in your progress with MAR-SUE.
  11. We are new to cruising and have a 10 year old female Black Lab. We need to know how Jasper uses the head on longer stretches away from shore. We're in Nokomis FL, Intra-coastal channel marker 13, just north of the Venice Inlet.
    1. Thanks for reaching out and welcome to cruising! You are in some of our favorite waters anywhere. As far as Jasper's "head use," while we do know that dogs can be potty trained at any age to "go" on board, we have never followed through with that pursuit. Until we do, our cruising days are limited to what we know he is comfortable with. Sometimes that can be as long as ten or twelve hours which will inevitably change as he gets older, but most often we keep our days at six hours or less which is better for us too. When we're at anchor it is always in a place where we can get to shore four or more times a day with relative ease. When we are about to head out for a day of cruising, Jasper definitely knows it by the sounds and rhythm of the morning and seems to empty out as thoroughly as possible as we believe he realizes it could be a while before the next opportunity. Our friends Karen and Jeff have had great success with potty training on board and we encourage you to check out their terrific blog post that could be your solution: Let us know how it all, uh, goes. Cheers!
  12. Ahoy OHLO. We love watching your YouTube channel. Your vessel is beautiful. We’ve sailed around the Long Island Sound on our Island Packet sloop for several years , that was until we caught the Trawler Bug. We’ve sold the sailboat and purchased a Grand Banks 46 trawler and can’t wait to set out on our cruising adventure this summer. We wish Safe passages to OLOH and her ships company. Enjoy! Ginny and Fred Barnes Aquarius.
    1. Thank you so much Ginny and Fred. Congrats on the GB - what a fantastic vessel. We hope to see you out there!
  13. What year is OLOH And where did you purchase OLOA We really like the Design and Layout it’s a fantastic yacht
    1. Thanks so much! OLOH is a 2004, purchased by us in 2017. We absolutely love the layout. It lives extremely large for a sixty footer and we're extremely pleased with the build quality.
  14. We love following your adventures! Would you kindly share the brand of life jacket that Jasper is styling? Are you happy with the jacket, and would you recommend it? We are getting ready to begin our retirement cruising life accompanied by our 12 year old black Lab, Bo. Many thanks!
  15. OLOH Just ran across your videos and love the details of the route and including Jasper. My dream is to do the loop and have acquired my six pack five years ago and currently have a 44 Sea Ray Sedan. I expect to retire in the next five years and we just brought in a new puppy to the family last year, so the information regarding Jasper is very helpful. I hope to go to a trawler or motor yacht before I move to doing the loop. Be safe, and thank you! Rob
    1. Hey Rob - thanks so much for the kind words - and a special thank you from Jasper! We came up on a couple of Sea Rays and know that 44 is a terrific boat. Sounds like you're on a terrific path and you have one lucky pup!! If you ever have any questions we may be helpful with, please don't hesitate to reach out. Cheers!
  16. Hi Guys! And Jasper! Love, love, love watching your videos. Wish YouTube would offer them in proper order, though. The questions I have, I think, have been answered above re dogs and their sweet bladders and your logos for OLOH. Last August we purchased a Beneteau 44' Swift Trawler and had her trucked from Chickamauga Lake, Chattanooga, Tennessee down to Savannah, Georgia, where we live. That was fun!?! She was cared for with an open checkbook, as they say, so feel very lucky to call her ours. We are enjoying Laurel Sommers (named after our mother's middle names -- 94 and 93 years old respectively) very much. I do envy your stacked washer and dryer, large refrigerator and a stateroom with night stands! :) Our 10 year old vizsla, Teak, could not wait to climb aboard our smaller boat; he lives to swim. With Laurel Sommers the noises are bigger so has been shy to embrace her. We are hoping he will continue to get comfortable and show some of the sea spirit that Jasper does. I did notice in one of your videos that you overnighted at Isle of Hope Marina, here in Savannah. We would like to extend an invitation (if needed) to sponsor you for an overnight (or longer) at The Savannah Yacht Club if you travel back north. We are on the ICW just north of Isle of Hope and just before Thunderbolt. We would love to meet y'all and Jasper!
    1. Hi Nancy! Thank you for the kind words. We know what you mean about the order of the videos, we feel the same - it's frustrating. The Swift Trawler is a beautiful boat - lots of good adventures to come! It's always cool to hear the different places boats travel to...on land :) That's a great size, too. Love the name and how it came about - they must be very special ladies. Teak! What a great name. Our current dock neighbors have a Vizsla puppy - such beautiful dogs! Hopefully, he'll get used to the noises, but we can tell you there are some noises aboard OLOH that Jasper absolutely dreads, and try as we might, we can't change that - however, he has his safe spots (on the couch and below the helm chair). We loved Isle of Hope (though it snowed when we were there!!) and love walking the beautiful neighborhood. We will absolutely keep in mind your kind offer to stay at The Savannah Yacht Club. Not sure when we'll be cruising back North, but as you know we love trying new places, so thank you. It would be fun to meet ya'll as well! Enjoy the summer and it was great to hear from you. Cheers!
  17. Was excited to see you guys today at the Boat House! Love watching your channel on YouTube. Oloh is even more beautiful in person!
    1. Hey Peter! Thanks for saying hello, the kind words, and watching our YouTube channel! So cool to run into the people who follow along on the adventure. It was really nice to meet you three - I just happened to be popping out to grab some lunch! It was an insanely busy day...and we got rocked all day long! We love this place, just wish there was a no-wake rule when passing the marina. Hope you enjoyed your day and that they got your boat nice and clean! :) Keep enjoying that boat!
  18. Hi guys and Jasper We are awaiting delivery of our Kha Shing TD56 from Croatia. She was picked up by a ship on Sunday and is due into Southampton on 16/05/21. We have loved watching your YouTube videos. My question for you is: could you please tell me where you purchased your movable boarding ladder/steps? Kind regards and stay safe Michael & Tricia Scarlett & Rhett (miniature Schnauzers)
    1. Thanks so much Tricia, Michael & Rhett! Our steps are the classic Marquipt Sea Stair ( and they came with our boat. While they are expensive, they are the industry standard and are built to last. If we were shopping for a solution we wouldn’t hesitate to get them again. Cheers!
  19. Hey guys, just found your videos and am really enjoying them. My partner and I own a 1939 53’ Elco Motor Yacht. We spent five years restoring her, and have owned her for 22 years. We summer in Washington state and winter in Florida, so maybe we will run into you some time!
    1. Hey Peter - thanks so much for your kind words. A '39 Elco wow! Beautiful boat and a labor of love for sure. Hope to see you out there!
  20. As empty-nesters, my wife and I are considering the M/V lifestyle. We have a quick question...During the off-season, would you recommend storing in a slip or having her placed on the hard? Your experience and recommendations are greatly appreciated. We love your adventures and we hope our "Rudder" and your "Jasper" get to meet someday. Cheers, Robert and Cindy
  21. Just found your channel, and your 3-part tour was one of the most informative boat tours we've seen - thank you for being so detailed. It was especially good to see the changes you made to the galley (drooling) as we're both big cooks and a good, workable kitchen and full fridge are essentials. Considering a liveaboard situation within the next 5 years, and wondering about the waste water capacity of the OLOH? Looking at various Jefferson models and many don't specify.
    1. Hi Tracy - We have also responded to you by email. Thanks for reaching out and we’re so glad you enjoyed the tour! We had fun putting it together and really wanted to show detail on the kinds of things that we find interesting, assuming there would be others who feel the same way. We’re pretty pleased with what we were able to do with the galley given the space considerations. Other boats we were looking at had larger galleys with all full-size appliances so this was definitely a compromise, but the large fridge and quality cooktop have gone a long way to making it work. OLOH’s holding tank is 60 gallons. While it would be nice to have a bit more capacity, we find that it works well, particularly when it’s just the two of us on board (well, three, but Jasper prefers to go outside). We find that we can easily go two weeks between pumpouts when we don’t have guests staying aboard and we're sure that upgrading our heads helped with our ability to do that. Thanks again for your kind words and if you have any more questions we’ll do our best to try to answer them!
      1. Thank you both! We're in Canada and would be docked on a lake where we have to pump out our greywater (no discharging). Do you think there's enough room on the OLOH to add larger holding tanks? Where is your holding tank placed?
  22. Hi jasper! Please ask your dads about crossing lake okachobee from west to east with a draft of 5’. :) We are f/t liveaboards 1987 Hatteras 63’ and have read, heard conflicting reports of depths and that our draft would preclude us from making that crossing. We noticed your marina is off the lake and just wondered if you have actually crossed the entire lake. Thanks! Teri MY Blue
  23. So you rely on your genset as primary power even when running under power? "OLOH’s 15kw Westerbeke generator handily manages all of our power needs and it is typically running 24/7 from the moment we leave a dock with power to the moment we return. "
    1. Correct. That is the case for most larger boats, especially if there is not a large capacity inverter in the mix. We have three 120 volt refrigerators on board and are often running our HVAC when underway, all of which require generator power when not on shore power.
      1. Ok, thanks. Makes sense, it keeps to the KISS principal, a single system would be easier to troubleshoot and diagnose.
    1. Hi Bob - OLOH has a bridge clearance of 23' without lowering our hinged mast and removing our satellite and antenna domes. We do believe she'll just clear the 19'6" air draft restriction with those things done but would obviously have to take careful measurements as the spec air draft is precisely 19'6".
    1. Thank you George! As you can tell, we truly love OLOH and making her ours is a big part of the enjoyment of the lifestyle. Cheers!
  24. My husband Carl and I have loved all of your u-tube videos and want to congratulate you on how wonderful, educational and meticulous they are. We have acquired a 53' Hatteras from 1983 named DIGNOLITA
    1. Hi Michael and thank you. Prior to OLOH we had a 2010 Meridian 441 (47') which we bought new in 2011 and absolutely loved for that time in our boating life.
  25. Hi there - Just found your channel and really appreciate the knowledge shared and the fantastic narration of the journeys. My wife and I will be new m/y owners this summer and will call southern Florida home, as much as Nashville is our main home as well. Looking forward to running into you guys in our adventures!

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