Capt. Guy Booth is in a marina on the Turkish coast, where vacationers are scampering down the dock toward the 30 or so day boats lined up and idling like city tour buses just after sunrise. He watches from the aft deck of the 122-foot Heesen Aurelia as the crowd races past the other motoryachts, noticing the standard white hulls about as much as the puffy white clouds in the sky. He grins as they inevitably stop short, one after the next, occasionally bumping into one another as they point and whisper in his direction. They take out their cellphones and cameras to snap a photo before carrying on, trying to figure out what they’ve just seen.
“Then, in the afternoon, they come back in to take more photos of this boat,” Booth says, intrigued, as always, by how few people ask him about the bright blue and orange hull paint. “Everybody asks, ‘Why the number 10?’ And they ask who Aurelia is. They think it’s a girl’s name.”