As a child, Hammer was mesmerized by the water on family vacations. The yachting seed took root. His TV career blossomed, and his cruising pursuits increased. He started with a 21-foot bowrider, even running 90 nautical miles down the Hudson River until a deluge beset him. Hiding under a tarp with a beer, he decided it was time to move up, eventually to a 47-footer.