Bhaskar Hingad, stockbroker, on his love of the sea, and the boat that makes it possible for him to pursue his passion.
Bhaskar Hingad, stockbroker and co-owner of Mahindra Odyssea 33, would like nothing more than to be out on his boat every day. Despite his busy schedule, Bhaskar finds time to take it out twice a week for his trips to Mandwa, a port near Mumbai. These trips are his favourite way of de-stressing – that he also manages to beat the traffic and pollution of the highways is a bonus. The journey takes him 20 minutes, instead of the couple of hours it would take by road.
“I just relax when I ride. I sometimes stop out at sea on the way back home, usually in the evenings. Sometimes, I just take the boat out without a destination in mind, and it helps me relax.” He remembers a ride at night when he reached the Gateway of India at around 1 am. “It was so beautiful, I wish could do it every day,” he says. Bhaskar owns the boat with two of his friends, and they take turns using the Odyssea 33.
His favourite trips out to sea are with friends and families. “We have a good time and enjoy ourselves. It’s a great way to bond with those you care about. Sometimes my 10-year-old son and his friends go on outings. He is excited about the boat and very interested in sailing now. He is taking classes in sailing too,” says the proud father. Bhaskar himself is an avid sailor and has a license to ride the boat.
Buying Mahindra Odyssea 33 was an easy decision. “We already knew what we wanted. We wanted a stable boat, and it had to be roomy enough for three families, so the 33 was the best choice. Of course, we looked at international options, but the Odyssea is an Indian boat, and its quality matches the best internationally. It is right up there, on par with the best boats in the world. It’s got beautiful interiors,” says Bhaskar.
A seasoned kayaker, Bhaskar is no stranger to the sea. But taking the boat out gives him a different kind of excitement. “Every journey is memorable; it’s a lovely experience. I am always excited to go out in the boat,” he says.