Patrick Taylor can't help himself. He's grinning, once again, in the course of an interview, as he shows off yet another aspect of his pride and joy, the Taylor Made.

At this very moment, we're on the port side of his 53-foot-long motor yacht, and Taylor is proving an ebullient tour guide. "This is a Carver 53 Pilothouse," Taylor is saying of the boat as he climbs a staircase.

The CEO of General Electric Evendale Employees Federal Credit Union, Taylor finds the time where he can to enjoy his particular passion. Which isn't necessarily piloting this boat along the Ohio River. He has captain Mike Lukey for that.

Taylor's love for boating began a quarter-century ago with a 19-footer that's still in the family. He calls it a bonding experience for the wife and kids: "You put five people in 19 feet of boat and you get to know them real quick," the executive says with a booming laugh.

The tour continues, descending to a second staircase. There seems to be a television and stereo system in every nook and cranny. A guest stateroom includes a head and shower, video and music system "” all the comforts of home. A second guest stateroom showcases two bunk beds for the grandchildren (Taylor has 13 of them, ages 3 weeks to 17, so they have to take turns).

We enter the captain's quarters, done out in cherry trim. A hot tub gleams on the right, complimented by a full bathroom done up in tile and brass fixtures. Cedar closets are his and hers, and the closets bookend a built-in washer and dryer. Rounding out the master stateroom is a movie and music system. "You could live here. You really could," Taylor observes. "You mean you don't?," is the first unspoken response that comes to mind.

The craft is Taylor's fifth Carver; he bought it new in the spring of 1998. Little surprise that he and his family "” wife, Bonnie, and six children "” spend much of their time here.

The elegantly sculptured lines of the custom-designed yacht's exterior draw your attention first to the spacious bridge. Taylor points to the black leather captain's chair and calls it the most comfortable seat in the world.

It's early evening, and sunlight is glinting off the Ohio River. As beams of light cascade into the boat's panoramic windows, Taylor motions to the complicated control console. Indeed, the pilot cabin is outfitted with all the bells and whistles: radar depth finder, Global Positioning System device, autopilot, and a closed-circuit television screen so Taylor can check what's behind him or tune in to the camera that sits watch over the engine room 24/7. (A dual control console is outside on the top deck.)

Docked at the Watertown Yacht Club in Dayton, Ky., Taylor enthuses that the boat handles like a dream. He engages the bow thrusters, by way of example, and we begin to move. "She weighs 50,000 pounds dry, that's with no fuel or water on board. Five feet of this boat is draft, sitting under the water line."

Taylor has spent 47 years at General Electric Evendale Employees Federal Credit Union. But whether he's relaxing in the Taylor Made's dining area and game room, or lounging on the cushioned sofa in the living space, Taylor says he finds solace and escape in this watercraft. "You wonder why businessmen get into this [boating]. But when you come here, you can't think of business."

And who wouldn't enjoy the amenities? They include an ice maker and wet bar as well as a galley that is fully loaded with kitchen counter, fridge, oven, and cabinetry.

We wind up in the bilge, and Taylor excitedly points out that the compartment, equipped with twin diesel engines, can easily accommodate five people, should said five people want to spend their time in the engine room. The dual Cummins diesels hold 800 gallons of fuel, but nine batteries await as a backup power supply.

Taylor lets his captain have the last word: "This is the kind of boat you dream about owning," Lukey says. "You can go anywhere you want on this boat. Anywhere."