Dream Executed! The Fastwater 52
Report By John Anderson
On June 25, 2011 I was invited to an Open House in Sarasota Florida for the unveiling of the custom-designed Fastwater 52 sailing catamaran Ice Wars II. It sounded quite interesting as I had heard of the project, but did not have the opportunity to see the vessel up to that time. The invitation was from project manager Pat Reischmann of Hy-Tech marine Inc. and vessel owner Dr. Gary Onik. The weather was perfect and Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota was a great location for a debut.
Dr. Gary Onik, an accomplished Radiologist in the medical profession, is the inventor and pioneer of ultrasound guided cryosurgery for both the prostate and the liver. He loves freezing cancer cells so much that he’s naming his new boat Ice Wars II. As an avid sailor, Gary retains credentials like RYA Yachtmaster Ocean as well ABYC Certified Master Marine Technician and is a graduate of the Landing School. In talking with him, Gary explained that after a catamaran cruise in a remote part of the Caribbean, he knew he wanted to do a circumnavigation, but could not find a production catamaran that Ice Wars II would meet the needs of such an endeavor – at least not what he planned. Gary wanted a vessel that could carry himself, his son Alan as first mate, occasional family and guests on a world cruise in a style that he was most comfortable with. He wanted solid construction, ease of operation, amenity, and the ability to maintain the systems himself. The original Ice Wars was a Manta 40 that Dr. Onik sailed and enjoyed for many years, and he basically wanted a bigger version for global sailing, so he asked Pat if would oversee the construction of a custom design.