Boat Type: Choate 48
From LA Times Article by, Lilly Nguyen, — LA Times Article
“The Richley boys were in their 20s when their father, Mel Richley, purchased the Amante from Dennis Choate in 1982.
“It wasn’t completed when we bought it,” recalled Buddy Richley, now 64, in an interview on Thursday. “But we ordered it that way. We, as a family, installed all the winches and all the deck hardware and all the varnish and everything down below.”
They bought it for about $200,000 then. Richley estimates that in 2022, such a boat could very well cost $1.5 million.
The Amante (Spanish for “lover”) is iconic around Newport Harbor. Normally docked at the family’s bay-front house on Lido Isle, the 48-foot sailboat has seen dozens of races in its years out on the water. The family has run it in the Trans-Pacific Yacht Race, the Corona del Mar to Cabo San Lucas races and, especially, in the Newport to Ensenada race.
The boat also takes Mr. Irrelevant — the last pick in the National Football League’s draft who is feted around town annually — for an outing in Newport Harbor.”