An Affair to Remember
A legendary New England mansion hosts a fitting end to summer's unforgettable L-Class Coastal Tour.
The L650 Fly wrapped up its six-stop Coastal Tour with a lavish evening at “The Oaks,” a sprawling waterfront property in Cohasset, Massachusetts, listed at $45 million. But the stellar location was only the beginning…
For a healthy taste of the action, visit the night’s photo gallery here.
Guests arriving at the gala affair were ushered through elegant cast iron gates, flanked by black L-Class flags, and up a circular carriage driveway. As they neared the main house, the full grandeur of the property began to come into view. Several facets underscored that this was far more than the average abode: the intricate terraced gardens, the many fountains, the turreted pool house, and various outdoor works of art—including a chess garden with knee-high chess pieces.
And then there was the mansion itself, a gorgeous early-20th century Georgian Revival residence with a dormered slate roof. Substantial ivy growth lent extra New England charm, while Grecian urn pylons and planters set the tone for the Greco-Roman décor inside.
Every guest was greeted at the front entrance by Sea Ray’s smiling hosts, while two lithe Aston Martins stood sentinel. Around back, three more of the exquisite vehicles sat adjacent to the carriage house, inviting stares and the occasional selfie. And just beyond the lawn’s edge, at the end of The Oaks’ private deep-water dock, waited the L650 Fly.
Indeed, the L-Class flagship was the focal point of every stop on the L-Class Coastal Tour, touching down in Tampa, Palm Beach, Charleston, Annapolis and New York in smooth succession to headline each party. The Cohasset event was no different. The Oaks setting provided hospitality and ambiance, while the waterfront orientation ultimately led all eyes to the Fly.
The lawn and patio quickly filled with partygoers, all dressed to the nines. Ice cubes bobbed in glasses of Hendricks Gin, Reyka Vodka, Sailor Jerry Rum and Milagro Tequila. (Did you doubt there would be a perfectly stocked bar?) Corks were popped ceremoniously on bottles of Champagne Thiénot as a genial three-man band filled the evening air with music.
One by one, small groups made their way out to the L650 Fly, eager to explore its many artful curves and alluring spaces. Handmade leather goods purveyor Ghurka had displayed its signature travel bags in the living quarters, just in case it was difficult to imagine settling in for a long weekend stay.
Back up on land, the plates of fabulous hors d’oeuvres— herb-crusted lamb chops, elegant crudités, heavenly tartlets and more—were presented. As the sun dipped lower, Montecristo cigars were cut, lit and savored as well.
“The L-Class Coastal Tour provided our guests with an unforgettable experience and the opportunity to fall in love with a truly remarkable series of yachts,” said Matt Guilford, the Sea Ray Group’s vice president of marketing. “The glamour of the Cohasset event made it the perfect finale to a hugely successful Coastal Tour.”
Your next opportunity to see the L650 Fly in person will be at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October, or through your local Sea Ray dealer. And for the complete story behind the L-Class Coastal Tour, stay tuned for the fall issue of Sea Ray Living magazine.