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Success A D ay W i t h
CALL HIM DREW
While we all may enjoy the vistas and adventures that accompany a yacht charter, few of us know the work that
goes into maintaining marine adventures. Go behind the scenes of a motoryacht and learn what the life of a
seasoned seaman really entails.
T E X T BY RYA N JA R R E LL
To those not sea-savvy, one may have many fantasies about
the nautical life: Sagacious and weather-cracked captains
bestriding the deck, days spent scanning the open waters, an
easy familiarity with the sun-soaked natives of many a distant
shore. Which is why it might surprise some of you that the day
of Drew Smith of the Miami-based 120-foot motoryacht and
charter vessel Usher starts in a way instantly familiar to many:
The thrum of a cell phone alarm at 6 a.m. From there, however,
this nautical professional’s workaday world is entirely alien to
most. From painstakingly provisioning the craft to scrubbing
the deck from any unsightly blemishes, expertly assessing
local and destination weather conditions and making sure
he stays abreast of all the latest nautical knowledge, Smith’s
professional life is made up of part old-school sailor, part
service professional of the highest caliber. Sailing all across
our azure waters, what’s the one thing that Smith always looks
forward to, no matter which far-flung port he’s anchored in?
“I like exploring new places and having guests come aboard,
showing them places they’ve only ever imagined,” he says.
“There’s no greater feeling than meeting new people and
making their vacations a dream while traveling on the open