Recently, we introduced you to sportfish yacht BIG FISH, an expedition vessel designed for luxury yacht charter with a serious cruising agenda. Edgy, angular, and dramatic, above all, mega yacht BIG FISH is devoted to sea-going adventure.
After making her public debut in the background at the 2010 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, the vessel has set out on an around-the-world odyssey.
Currently, she is underway to Cape Horn, namely, the southernmost headland of the Tierra del Fuego archipelago of southern Chile. By September, the superyacht will enter the Pacific. She will have undergone an epic 40,000 mile maiden voyage, including the first yacht transit of the fabled Northeast Passage. After which, once in the Pacific, we will arrange charters in Japan.
Few travelers realize Japan’s 6,784 island archipelago stretches 1,700 nautical miles from a New England-like climate in the North (with destinations that better the best of the Mediterranean). It moves to the sub-tropical south, complete with white sand beaches, coral reefs and crystal clear waters to rival the best of the Bahamas and Caribbean.
BIG FISH RATE
Finally, the yacht offers accommodations for 10 guests. She is priced from $195,000 per week.
The 54th installment of the annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, FLIBS, covers six locations and over 3 million square feet of space. Exhibits range from yacht builders and designers, to exotic cars and brokerage yachts. A variety of boats are on display, both in water and on land – runabouts, center consoles, cabin cruisers, skiffs, sailing yachts, tenders, superyachts, megayachts, powerboats, catamarans, and monohull sailboats.
Of course the star attractions each year remain the extraordinary superyacht vessels that dominate the Caribbean yacht charter marketplace each winter.
“For us, FLIBS represents the launch of the winter charter season,” says Jana Sheeder , President of SailAway Yacht Charters and 1-800 Yacht Charters. “This is our chance to introduce our clients to the winter season’s best options for Florida yacht charter vacations. Additionally, many of these yachts will consider relocating to the nearby islands to accept Bahamas yacht charter bookings.”
In addition to the hundreds of yachts on display, Sheeder points out the show is the perfect venue for inspecting and testing the hottest new watertoys.
“If we see a ‘must have’ toy that we feel will enhance the charter experience for our clients, we’ll be the first to promote it to the charter yacht owners. There is truly something for everyone at FLIBS.”
Earlier this week, the 686-foot (209 meter) Yacht Express, the flagship of Dockwise Yacht Transport’s (DYT) fleet of semi-submersible ships, pulled into Ft. Lauderdale. Onboard was a record breaking cargo of boats and luxury yacht charter vessels valued collectively at $270,341,000. The gray and orange-colored super ship took a berth at Port Everglades and began an hours-long de-ballasting process that allowed sea water to flood its dock bay. By early evening, 19 state-of-the-art luxury yachts safely motored out the back and into the waters of South Florida.
The largest of the vessels to off-load was Trinity motor yacht MI SUENO #skyfall . The 190’ (57.91 meter) megayacht had loaded on to Yacht Express in Genoa, Italy on October 6. She had just returned from the Monaco Yacht Show and was delivered to South Florida to enter the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
YACHT CAPTAIN COMMENTS
Captain Glynn Smith explains. Specifically, the reason the 190′ Trinity yacht charter vessel transports by ship.
“Mi Sueno’s shipping credits the yacht’s owner. He really knows how to look after his crew and boat. The crew needs time off after such a busy Mediterranean yacht charter season, and shipping…gives us that option.”
“A typical Atlantic crossing can add 400 to 500 hours on a yacht’s engines and generators, not to mention unforeseen incidents that might occur in the middle of the ocean.”
Several of the other yachts on Yacht Express have shipped with DYT multiple times, including the 163’ (49.70 meter) motor yacht CASINO ROYALE, the 160’ (48.78 meter) ODESSA (four times each), the 161’ (49.09 meter) ZOOM ZOOM ZOOM (seven times), and the 132 foot (40.24 meter) motor yacht MISS ROSE.
DYT GOES TO THE MED
DYT had a second transport arrive from the Mediterranean this week. The ship Super Servant 4, arrived in Ft. Lauderdale on Friday from Palma de Mallorca, Spain, fully loaded with 24 yachts totaling $190,000,000 in value. Some of the sailboats were offloaded, bound for St. Thomas, USVI, in time for the Caribbean charter season.
The recent Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show arrives. FLIBS again delights.
We had the pleasure of taking a few of our best private luxury yacht charter clients (and dear friends) for a stroll along the docks. The couple had recently completed the construction of another home on a lot overlooking the water. They wanted to purchase a boat for weekend family outings.
AVAILABLE SMALL YACHT OPTIONS FOR PURCHASE
We looked at the latest offerings from a few companies, for instance, Germany’s Fjord Yachts, the innovative expandable-deck boats by Italy’s Evo Yachts, and the trendy Holland-designed boats of VanDutch.
The model that really caught the attention of our friends was a sleek, aluminum-hull day cruiser. This yacht is built by Vanquish Yachts. It is the Vanquish VQ54. The boat is simply stunning. There is no other way to describe it.
We stood on the dock discussing the boat and the available color options. A passerby stopped and gazed at the boat. “Beautiful,” he exclaimed. “Too bad it’s made out of aluminum – electrolysis is bad for boats.”
As the man walked away, our friends seemed a bit confused. “What’s wrong with electrolysis?” asked the wife. “It’s a great way to remove unwanted hair!”
“It’s a little different with boats,” we said. We then explained marine electrolysis, and the possible damage it can cause to a boat or yacht.
ELECTROLYSIS FOR HUMANS VS FOR BOATS
For humans, Medical Electrolysis is a clinical method of removing individual hairs from a person’s face or body. A device is used to destroy the growth center of hair with chemical or heat energy.
For boats, Marine Electrolysis is the result of potential current existing between two different objects. It is often caused by stray electrical current, and can be extremely destructive (causes corrosion) on boats made out of aluminum.
The results generated by medical electrolysis are all positive – people can remove unwanted hair, and it is a permanent fix. With marine electrolysis, the results are not so good – and if not caught quickly, the corrosive effects to an aluminum boat can cause great damage (holes, water leaking into the boat, etc.), and require expensive repairs.
WHAT ELSE IS BAD FOR BOATS?
Aluminum boats are also susceptible to another related culprit. This culprit is Galvanic Corrosion. This can occur when two dissimilar metals come into contact with an electrolyte and create a natural electrical current. Salt water can work as the perfect catalyst for galvanic corrosion.
Examples of galvanic corrosion include:
Using dissimilar metals on the vessel that come into contact with the salt water, like steel bolts or copper-based bottom paint on an aluminum hull.
Mixing different types of bottom paint on the same vessel.
Mooring boats with incompatible hull construction next to each other, such as a steel vessel moored immediately next to aluminum vessel.
QUESTION FROM BOAT BUYERS
Our experienced clients and friends then asked,
“If aluminum has so many problems, why are expensive private luxury yacht charter vessels like Feadship and Heesen yachts built out of aluminum?”
The answer is simple. Aluminum is light, but strong (think of airplanes). Aluminum yachts can be built to any size versus yachts made from molds. This allows great flexibility and customization that can’t be as easily achieve with fiberglass and other composites. As to the corrosion issues, manufacturers can take preventative steps to reduce and even eliminate the threats of marine electrolysis. Yachts are fitted with monitoring systems which constantly check for stray electrical current, as well as anti-corrosion anodes to negate electrical issues below the waterline.
DO I WANT ELECTROLYSIS NOW?
So, while someday you may want medical electrolysis to look and feel your best, you most definitely do not want marine electrolysis – ever…
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY – CHARTER STARTER
Thinking about buying a yacht? Take advantage of our “Try Before You Buy” program and rent the yacht for an extended “test drive.” Do this during your own private luxury yacht charter vacation. Up to 50% of the charter fee can be applied toward the purchase of the same yacht model.
Informa’s British-based global exhibition division makes an announcement. It acquired Yachting Promotions Inc. Yachting Promotions is doing business as (d/b/a) Show Management. They produce three of the world’s largest in-water boat shows. For instance, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, Yachts Miami Beach, and the Palm Beach International Boat Show. Yachting Promotions Inc. owners are Active Interest Media. AIM is a magazine publishing company. It is co-headquartered in El Segundo, CA and Boulder, CO, USA
ACTIVE INTEREST MEDIA
Headquarters: El Segundo, CA
Number of employees: 400
Type of business: Private
Headquarters: Zug, Switzerland
Number of employees: 6500
Type of business: Public
Informa paid $133 million for Yachting Promotions Inc. (YPI). It was purchased specifically from AIM – Active Interest Media.
Show Management produced the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. It is held at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center in perpetuity. The company also produced the Palm Beach International Boat Show. In addition, they produce the Miami yacht and Brokerage Show. The Miami yacht show recently renamed Yachts Miami Beach. Other shows include St. Petersburg Power and Sailboat Show and Suncoast Boat Show in Sarasota, Florida, additionally.
In 2006, Active Interest Media (AIM) purchased Show Management. Show management was formally renamed Yachting Promotions, Inc.
A prepared statement by Andrew Clurman, AIM’s president and CEO follows. Moreover, the sale of Show Management to Informa is part of the company’s long-term strategic plan to accelerate their growth.
“AIM will reinvest the proceeds from this sale to grow our digital video, online education, marketing services, and events in our other verticals.”
Informa’s acquisition of Show Management equals the company’s plans. Specifically, to expand its global exhibitions business in the U.S.A. They also produce the Monaco Yacht Show. This acquisition consequently makes Informa Exhibitions unique. It is the world’s leading yacht show organizer. How will shows change with the new purchase? Will the yacht shows now have red carpets? Specifically like the Dubai International Yacht Show (DIBS)?
THE YACHT CHARTER PERSPECTIVE
Our company president, Jana Sheeder, recently attended the 2017 edition of Yachts Miami Beach. She and Team 1-800 Yacht Charter team inspected several private luxury yacht charter vessels. For example, Lurssen motor yacht MARTHA ANN, James Bond yacht SKYFALL, and the brand new Benetti motor yacht 11.11. Jana comments on the acquisition of Show Management by Informa.
“Informa operates over 200 trade and consumer exhibitions around the world annually. With their global resources, I believe Informa is positioned to focus on the continued growth and success of the world’s finest boat shows. In terms of exposure of charter yachts to prospective clients, this should be a good opportunity for cross promotion; for example, we should be able to promote a winter/spring Florida yacht charter vacation to a client while a particular yacht is here in Miami at Yachts Miami Beach – then bring that client to Monte Carlo in September and host them on the same yacht during the Monaco Yacht Show. I’m excited by the chance to extend customer relationships across multi-show platforms and destinations.”
HOW TO BOOK A LUXURY YACHT CHARTER
In conclusion, learn how a private yacht charter vacation can help you. You reconnect with others. Family and friends joyfully spend time with you. Embrace diverse cultures. Rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit. We call it “The Superyacht Experience™.” We want to share it with you!
If there is one name that is echoed time and time again by our charter clients, it is Trinity Yachts.
Perini Navi, Benetti, and Feadship enthusiasts appear at the show, and above all, the record number of Trinity luxury yacht charter superyachts attend the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) is amazing.
SHOW MANAGEMENT COMMENTS
Trinity fans smile.
Andrew Doole of Show Management reports this years Golden Anniversary of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) attracted an amazing 149 superyachts over 30 meter on display.
YACHTS IN ATTENDANCE
The Trinity list is headed by the 196′ BACARELLA and closely followed by the 177′ KATHERINE.
Not to be missed are ANGILIS, WHEELS, BLIND DATE, BIG CITY, LADY LINDA, VITA, and MY IRIS.
The aforementioned Trinity superyachts are only a sampling at the show. However, there are megayachts on display for all desires. As a result, all yacht charter fans rejoice.
WHAT TIME IS THE SHOW?
Prime Time Trinity preview is on Thursday, October 29th from 10am to 7pm. The show is open to the general public at the same times. FLIBS is held from Friday, October 30th to Sunday, November 1st. Finally, the show ends at 5pm on Monday, November 2nd.
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