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YachtAid Delivers Relief to the Bahamas

On Sept. 1, as category 5 Hurricane Dorian ravaged the Bahamas, YachtAid Global’s Operation Topaz prepared to assist.Numerous vessels over 100-ft. LOA deployed swiftly to the Bahamas. They were engaged by YAG in Operation Topaz’ relief effort, using the benevolence of superyacht owners to organize humanitarian aid and disaster relief to the storm ravaged areas of the Abacos and Grand Bahama islands.The vessels were loaded with thousands of pounds of donated emergency provisions to be discharged as directed by the Bahama’s National Emergency Management Agency.

James Corts (Photo: Marine Max)

Ocean Alexander Welcomes Two New Families

MarineMax Yacht and Brokerage Sales Executive James Corts recently sold two Ocean Alexander Yachts over 80 feet.Corts met the owners of a new Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht at the Palm Beach Boat show last March. They were looking to move up from a 75 Lazzara and found the size and volume of the Ocean Alexander 85 much larger than many other boats in her class. The added contemporary elegance and classic semi-displacement hull design made the Ocean Alexander 85 Motoryacht a perfect choice.

Engine Room Wall (Photo: Advanced Mechanical Enterprises)

'Sea the World' Reveal At Huizenga Center

South Florida’s marine industry is a $12 billion/year economic engine that provides the region with 142,000 careers and jobs. With an aging workforce and a unique skill set, the maritime community is facing a workforce that’s aging out with skilled labor being very hard to find. To assist, Advanced Mechanical Enterprises/AMESOLUTIONS.COM, and 23 marine industry companies have joined forces with Junior Achievement of South Florida.On May 1, 2019, Junior Achievement of South Florida will unveil the Marine Industry Storefront…

Photo of Carolina courtesy of IYC

Broker sells four yachts in three months

Former big boat captain turned superyacht broker, Mark Elliott, sold four brokerage vessels during the first quarter of 2019, closing for $48 million. Three of the boats moved in March.Deals closed on M/Y Bella Una, a 127-foot Burger, as well as Christensen’s 164-foot M/Y Three Forks,124-foot M/Y Carte Blanche by Trinity, and 157-foot M/Y Carolina, a classic Feadship.The strong economy and consumer spending confidence demonstrate the yacht market has definitely bounced back. A veteran 20-year broker with IYC…

Photo courtesy Scott Salomon, CMM

Hall of Fame Marina gets new docks

Hall of Fame Marina in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is expanding with new, concrete floating docks. With the permitting phase complete, dock renovation with Bellingham Marine will commence this summer, with construction completed in fall, to accommodate Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) 2019. As Hall of Fame provides dockage for FLIBS, the Westrec marina anticipates hosting more superyachts up to 160-feet.The new piers will be 150-feet in length. The footprint is changing with about 600-feet of concrete floating docks replacing 400-feet of wooden docks.

M/V Coastal Queen courtesy of Northrop & Johnson.

Vintage classics, megayachts wow crowds in Palm Beach

As 700 boat horns blared at 6PM ending the largest Palm Beach International Boat Show ever, this marine journalist's real labor had just begun: choosing which outstanding vessel would be featured in Yachting Journal as belles of the ball.After boarding so many wonderful boats, it is difficult to pick only a few to feature. Many shipyards have built classic cruisers, throwbacks to an earlier time, capturing the hearts of yachting aficionados. If Burger’s Sycara or Kanter’s Bread presses your buttons…

2018 Palm Beach Show by Lisa Overing

Forecast: Pretty Palm Beach Boat Show

The 34th annual Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 28 - 31, 2019, is one of the top five boat shows in the country. Situated on Flagler Drive in downtown West Palm Beach, directly across the Intracoastal Waterway from Palm Beach Island, this is the last major international show of the season, attended by serious shoppers and key brokers and builders ready to make deals.With beautiful spring weather, Palm Beach is fast becoming everyone’s favorite, must-attend event, with some opting to skip the two February boats shows in Miami this year.

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Aquila's Power Catamarans Featured in Palm Beach

The all-new Aquila 32 Power Catamaran and the  Aquila 44 Power Catamaran will be featured at the upcoming Palm Beach International Boat Show, March 28-31, 2019. The Aquila 32 combines what consumers love about sport boats complete with overnight capabilities. The stability and wide beam of the catamaran offers a unique combination of speed, space, innovation, and styling, and the wrap-around aft platform offers water access like that of a larger yacht. These features indeed set Aquila apart from the rest.The Aquila 44 features three cabins with en suite heads…

Project Phoenix 130 rendering by Lazzara Ombres Architects.

PROJECT PHOENIX. RISING 2020.

Project Phoenix Series is a revolutionary spec build, representing the collaboration of an American design and engineering team and a South Korean shipyard constructing the first superyacht in the world’s leading shipbuilding nation.Lazzara Ombres Architects of Tampa, Fla. partnered with BongChul “BC” Kim of GHI Shipyard to build their 130-foot, aluminum luxury sport superyacht design. With the vessel’s hull and superstructure now complete for the five stateroom vessel, interior and outfitting will commence with the vision of interior designer Alexandre Thiriat. Mr.

M/Y Minderella. Photo courtesy Of Merle Wood.

Perfect weather for Miami Yacht Show

While Wednesday was quite blustery and rainy, the Miami Yacht Show opened to clear skies on Valentine’s Day, for a gorgeous weekend of luxury boats and sun. In its new location, crowds seemed smaller, although lines for Uber frustrated some commuting by car from the Miami Boat Show on Virginia Key to the Miami Yacht Show’s two locations on Watson Island and One Herald Plaza. There was no wait for water taxis.Some prevailing themes stood out among the nearly 500 yachts in the brokerage show between the Venetian and Rickenbacker Causeways.

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 RMKMS

RMK Merrill-Stevens introduces electronics division.

The refit on the Miami River continues as RMK Merrill-Stevens Shipyard (RMKMS) introduces a marine electronics service and sales division led by David Gratton, past chairman of National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA). Gratton is an expert outfitting megayachts with complete electronics systems, having serviced and installed equipment on thousands of vessels with Martek of Palm Beach, which closed in 2018. During his tenure at Martek and on NMEA’s board, Gratton pioneered…

The newest Hargrave is a 120-foot motor yacht for Galati. Photo courtesy Hargrave Custom Yachts

Hargrave Yachts seeks investor

Michael Joyce, 75, whose family trust owns the Hargrave company, will move Hargrave Custom Yachts into a standalone corporation in 2019. Seeking capital to grow the company, Joyce seeks a financial partner to supply secured lines of credit for a half-interest in Hargrave Custom Yachts.“The investor needs a secured credit line minimum of $27 million,” said Mike Joyce. “About $50 million would take the company to the next level.”Joyce plans to retire upon teaming with a new financial partner…

Ward Setzer  (Photo: Hatteras Yachts)

Setzer Joins Hatteras Yachts

Hatteras Yachts has announced that well-known designer and naval architect Ward Setzer of Setzer Yacht Architects has joined its executive staff as Chief Product Officer.In this role, Setzer will be responsible for establishing new product direction and lead the Hatteras Yachts design and engineering teams in the development of new yacht models and the refinement of existing products while enriching the entire design/build process for customers and dealers alike.Setzer began his career in 1984 in Palm Beach…

Proposed locations for Derecktor Fort Pierce. Photo courtesy Derecktor Shipyard.

Derecktor to Develop New US Superyacht Hub

St. Lucie County Commissioners unanimously chose Derecktor Shipyards to create and manage a facility servicing large yachts in Fort Pierce, Fla. on Nov. 14. Located about 100 miles north of Fort Lauderdale and about 40 miles north of Palm Beach, the shipyard will develop a proposal for a mutually agreeable lease and contract to develop the 290-acre port, with deep water draft, easy land access and no fixed bridges.Derecktor was established in 1947 by the late Bob Derecktor, a competitive sailor in his own right with his personal fleet of “goose” sailboats…

M5 (Photo courtesy of Thordon Bearings)

Thordon Keeps M5 Yacht Sailing

One of the projects Canada’s Thordon Bearings is most proud to be associated with is that of the Mirabella V, which has been operating the company’s SXL and COMPAC bearings continually for more than 15 years.The M5, formerly named Mirabella V, designed by Ron Holland Designs, was built by VT Shipbuilding of Woolston, UK in 2003. The 77m flybridge sloop, with a beam of 14.8m (48.5 ft) and a height of 88.5m (290.3 ft) to the top of the carbon mast, is the largest single-masted sailing ship ever built.The single-mast sloop sail design was chosen in order to maximize the accommodation space…

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Marine Electronics Heist Thwarted

GOST (Global Ocean Security Technologies), a provider of marine security, tracking, monitoring and video surveillance systems, announced that its GOST NT-Evolution 2.0 security system was instrumental in thwarting an attempted electronics theft off of a 39-foot Invincible in West Palm Beach, Fla.The GOST NT-Evolution 2.0’s sensors tripped the moment the thieves stepped onboard, triggering the system’s siren and strobe and alerting the customer of the attempted intrusion via automated call, text and email.

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Vanquish 26DC Debuts in Palm Beach

Vanquish Boats Debuts the Vanquish 26DC at the Palm Beach International Boat Show. The show takes place from March 22-25th in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Vanquish 26DC is a composite construction premium day-boat with exceptional stability and performance. She is a blend of the classic American New England style with modern touches and an advanced ZURN hull design. Displacement:   4,500 LBS.

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Hylas Introduces M44 Power Yacht

Hylas Yachts will debut the M44 at the Palm Beach Boat Show March 22-25. Presenting the newest addition to the Hylas fleet - the M44 power yacht (LOA 44'). Designed for the active cruiser this vessel provides a perfect platform for entertaining, relaxing, weekend cruising and recreational fishing. The unique saloon layout, well thought out storage and galley arrangement gives the feel of a much larger craft. The signature craftsmanship of this third generation boat builder is clearly evident.

Silver Lining (Photo: IYC)

IYC to Present 11 Yachts at PBI Boat Show

IYC will be presenting an impressive fleet of 11 yachts including 54m (164’) Silver Lining, at the Palm Beach International Boat Show, held from March  22-25, 2018 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Additional yachts will also be available to view at the nearby Rybovich marina, including the unique SWATH superyacht 41m (134’6’’) M/Y Silver Cloud. The show is held in close proximity to the newly opened IYC Palm Beach office, with Palm Beach a key hub in the IYC global network. The Palm…