What is back? You used to see it regularly on the Cumberland River in the late 80’s and 90’s. Doctors, Lawyers, Politicians, and other rich and powerful folk used to grace her decks and dining salons.
Remember when 103 KDF ‘s Carl P. Mayfield used to have remote broadcasts on her from Riverfront Park? What a coincidence she was 103-feet long too! Everybody always waved at the owner. He was a fun and popular guy. Oh, “The Good Ole Days.”
What I am talking about is the 103-foot motor yacht, named Dolce Vita, that once belonged to Mario Ferrari, owner of the legendary Mario’s on West End. I have always wondered what happened to this Cumberland River icon. I heard it had sunk, then there it was laid up at Rock Harbor in pretty rough shape. Then, she disappeared and we never knew what happened.
There is something about older, classic boats. The rich wood paneling, the classic lines, and the teakwood decks are not quite as evident on modern-day yachts. Back in the early 90’s, I had the pleasure to join some rich friends for lunch aboard Dolce Vita, prepared by Mario himself. He really is a gracious and colorful guy… and was a great host. The atmosphere aboard echoed it’s name… “The Good Life.”
Back to the story. It turned out that Dolce Vita had been purchased and taken to Louisville, KY. It then ending up being “left for ruin” on the Ohio River. I recently heard a rumor that it had been sold again, and was back in Nashville, tied to a bank of the Cumberland River below downtown. Here is Dolce Vita, when it was “for sale” on the Ohio River.
Yesterday, our friends Cona and Rudy departed Old Hickory Lake on “The Great Loop.” (Read about their trip in yesterday’s blog post https://nashvillehomesblog.com/2011/03/11/nashville-new-homes-another-floating-farewell/ or follow their trip blog at http://www.missellenadventure.blogspot.com/)
I asked them to be on the look out to confirm the rumor of Dolce Vita being back in town. This morning at 8:00 am, I received these pictures. Well, I will be damned. There it is.
It looks like a lot of the cabin “superstructure” has been removed, along with the pilot house. I certainly hope the new owner will restore the classic lines she once had. Until then, I’ll save judgement on this project being a classic “restoration.”
One thing for certain, that 1966 hull is “structural” aluminum and should last forever if maintained properly. Another certainty…. it will take many thousands of dollars to bring it back to life. That is a strong commitment someone is apparently making. Best of luck to them.
Now, on to another subject…. you don’t have to undertake a boat restoration project, or any project for that matter, to live on the water. And you don’t even have to mow grass. Swim by choice in Old Hickory Lake or your own swimming pool. Check this out:
You don’t have to own a boat to enjoy lakeside living. But even if you do, you can dock it just a few footsteps away at the new Blackjack Cove Marina! http://www.blackjackcove.com/. Might as well leave the cooking behind too!
Trey Lewis is a licensed Real Estate Broker in the State of Tennessee with Ole South Realty, 615.896.0019 direct 615.593.6340. Specializing in new home sales in the Greater Nashville area to include Nashville, Murfreesboro, Smyrna, and Spring Hill, Tennessee
My name is Mike Weaks / Mike Weaks Chimney Sweep, I am the owner of the 103 foot yacht sitting on the side of the river. I have been working on her sense 8/2010.
We now call her Lost Pearl I felt after her past from the last ten years she needed a second chance with a new name. I own three acre on the Cumberland River. So I am able to work on her. This is my six restoration, so I kinda know what I’m doing. I did not know Mario before I bought the boat but have spoke to him for a bit sense.
Good luck and I look forward to seeing its progress! Thanks!
My father, Mike Weaks, is indeed restoring the Lost Pearl. I may not to see him or the ship very often but she is coming together magnificently. There’s a spiral staircase leading downstairs and a curved cabinet structure that is near finished. You can keep track of her and her progress on his website. http://www.lostpearl.net
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Spent many fun times on the Dolce Vita with Mario, it was a grand old gal. Are the marble bathrooms still there?
Not to my knowledge. It was totally gutted and rebuilt.