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New UIM Secretary General

October 30, 2014

The Union Internationale Motonautique (UIM) have selected Thomas Kurth (SUI) as its new Secretary General at its Council Meeting. This took place in the enchanting Ibiza yacht charter location on 25th October, a day ahead of the 87th UIM General Assembly.

UIM Council Meeting

UIM Council Meeting

Thomas Kurth joined UIM as Special Commissioner after the departure of the previous Secretary General in July 2014 and has been in charge of staff and operations at the UIM Headquarters in Monaco since then.

The new UIM Secretary General brings with him sound experience and understanding of International Federations, having been Head of Competitions at the European Football Union UEFA for ten years, prior to setting up and heading for eight years the G14 Grouping of major European Football Clubs.

A multi-linguist and father of three, he has also worked as an independent consultant in the international Sport industry dealing with Sport Federations’ governance issues at large, competition organization, project & event management as well as strategic advice.

UIM President, Dr. Chiulli, said of this appointment: “I am delighted to welcome Thomas Kurth as our new Secretary General. In the few months he has been conducting the affairs of the UIM Office as a Commissioner he has achieved excellent results. His leadership and extensive skillset will be an asset for UIM and its Head Office on our way to take this Federation to greater heights.”

“I would like to thank the UIM President and the Council members for their confidence”, said new UIM Secretary General, Thomas Kurth. “I am looking forward to leading the UIM staff and the Federation’s operations and will spare no efforts in offering the Powerboating Community the quality services they expect and deserve.”

CSA Annual Conference a Great Success

October 30, 2014

The Caribbean Sailing Association (CSA) Annual Conference was hosted by the Antigua Yacht Club in English Harbour, a beautiful Antigua yacht charter destination, from October 24 to 26, 2014. Fifty delegates from around the Caribbean participated in the Conference. This year’s event featured a new format that comprised CSA officers, CSA measurers, regatta organizers, as well as experts in developing sailing programs.

Delegates gathered at Antigua Yacht Club during the CSA Annual Conference held October 24-26

Delegates gathered at Antigua Yacht Club during the CSA Annual Conference held October 24-26

Tim Cross from the International Sailing Federation (ISAF) and Elizabeth Jordan of Antigua’s National Sailing Academy hosted workshops on the development of the sport from grass roots through to advanced training.  Starting with a needs assessment of each island, Tim Cross will be mentoring the Caribbean region alongside the CSA to bring a coordinated approach to sailing development to achieve the goal of getting more people sailing throughout the Caribbean, from beginner to advanced level.

Also in attendance was the new CSA sponsor Sailors for the Sea which held a workshop on environmental sustainability and how regattas can achieve the status of a ‘Clean Regatta’.  Delegates left the Conference armed with a tool kit of ideas for taking steps in the right direction along with a willingness to do just that.

The regatta organizers segment included sessions on race management, marketing, sponsorship and how to continue working together to help make the Caribbean region more attractive to local and international sailors.

The AGM segment of the conference included important discussions on all aspects of the CSA, particularly in continuing to define its role as the one body that can help coordinate all aspects of sailing in the region.  The members confirmed their goal of having the CSA serve the important roles of providing a rating system, helping the development of sailing, coordinating the race calendar, and promoting the sport both within the region and to the world.

A total of seven new members joined the CSA during the Conference.  Representing recently joined members, RORC Caribbean 600 and Superyacht Challenge Antigua, Stan Pearson attended the Conference for the first time in many years and commented:  ‘The Association is now truly representative of and very proactive with the Caribbean regattas and is providing the necessary unity across the region – so much so that Superyacht Challenge Antigua has become a member of the CSA during the conference and will be as proactive as it can . . . as one of the Caribbean Regattas.’

Re-elected President Peter Holmberg commented:  ‘It was very gratifying to receive such positive feedback from all the participants on this new format of our conference.  Our goal was to get all the key players and stakeholders together under one roof for a weekend of meetings, strategy sessions, and general networking.  We are most proud of this initiative of the CSA to achieve cooperation among all the islands and events to help grow our sport and our island economies.  If we can serve as the body to help connect our grass roots sailing through to our international regattas, we will be contributing greatly to our sport, and our region.’

Alongside Peter Holmberg, re-elected board members are Alison Sly-Adams, Jaime Torres and Kathy Lammers.  Joining them are new officers Ellen Birrell, Chris Haycraft, Pam Fuller and Chief Measurer Jeffrey Chen.

The CSA would like to thank its sponsors Sailors for the Sea, LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort, Antigua Yacht Club, Digicel and Quin Farara, as well as host restaurant Club Sushi and all the teams that contributed to the success of the Conference.

Baltic 107 sailing yacht INUKSHUK wins 2014 ISS Design Award

October 30, 2014

Baltic Yachts is excited to announce that the Baltic 107 sailing yacht Inukshuk has been awarded the ‘Best sailing yacht in the 24m – 40m’ category at the International Superyacht Society (ISS) Design Awards. The Awards Gala took place yesterday, on October 29, 2014 in the lovely Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale.

Baltic 107 Yacht Inukshuk under sail

Baltic 107 Yacht Inukshuk under sail

Super yacht Inukshuk features naval architecture, sleek and aggressive exterior styling as well as interior layout is by German Frers, while her stylish interior design is by Adam Lay Studio. She can comfortably sleeps 8 guests in four beautiful cabins, including a master suite, a VIP cabin and two twin cabins.

A great achievement as these awards are voted on by Baltic Yachts’ peers in the yacht building and design world. The warmest congratulations to the owner of luxury yacht Inukshuk and the whole project team from Baltic Yachts.

Below is a choice of the superb charter yachts built by Baltic Yachts.

ISS Design & Leadership Awards 2014 Winners

October 30, 2014

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Design & Leadership Awards. Representing superlative achievement, the awards were presented at the 24th Anniversary of ISS’s Awards Gala, which took place last night in the beautiful Florida yacht charter location – Fort Lauderdale.

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DESIGN AWARDS

Best Sail 24-40m

InukshukBaltic – 32,64m/107’2” – FrersAdam Lay Studio

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Baltic 107 Super Yacht INUKSHUK

Best Sail 40m+

Mondango3 – 56,4m/185’1” – Alloy YachtsDubois NA – Reymond Langton Design

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

56m sailing yacht MONDANGO 3 (AY46) by Alloy Yachts - Image credit to Chris Lewis

Best Refit

Dream – 60m/196’11” – Jones Boatyard/Dynamic Yacht Management (Abeking & Rasmussen) – Donald StarkeyBannenberg & Rowell

MY DREAM -  Main

MY DREAM - Main

Best Power 24-40m

Quaranta – 34,1m/111’11” – Curvelle – Mauro Giamboi – Alex Isaac – Incat Crowther

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Curvelle QUARANTA superyacht - profile.jpeg

Best Power 40-65m

Como – 46,22m/151’8” – Feadship – Dubois NA – Redman Whiteley Dixon

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Best Power 65m+

Galactica Star – 65m/213’4” – Heesen Yachts – Frank Laupman/Omega – Bannenberg & Rowell Design – Van Oossanen NA

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

65m Heesen superyacht Galactica Star - Photo credit to Jeff Brown

Best Interior

Como – Redman Whiteley Dixon

AWARDS OF DISTINCTION & LEADERSHIP AWARD

2014 Excellence in Innovation

Waterscapes

2014 Business Person of the Year

John Percival, Hoylake Sailing School, John Percival Marine Associates, Posthumously

2014 Distinguished Crew Award

Captain Russell Pugh & Crew of the M/V Arctic P

2014 Leadership Award

Tom & Henk De Vries, Feadship

2014 ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award

International SeaKeepers Society

Seatrade Middle East Maritime Exhibition 2014: DMCA pavilion visited by H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi

October 29, 2014

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, UAE Minister of Public Works and Chairman of the National Transport Authority (NTA) visited the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA) pavilion during his tour of the Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2014, where authority officials gave a detailed explanation about its services that aims to reinforce the UAE’s maritime sector at the regional as well as global level. DMCA attended the exhibition to show the best practices to the decision-makers and business pioneers of the maritime sector, along with the amazing growth prospects available within the maritime sector of the breath-taking Dubai yacht charter destination.

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works during his visit to DMCA’s pavilion at SMEM exhibition.

H.E. Dr. Abdullah Belhaif Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works during his visit to DMCA’s pavilion at SMEM exhibition

During his visit, Dr. Al-Nuaimi assessed the efforts of DMCA in upgrading the maritime sector as well as to highlight Dubai as the world’s leading centre for marine excellence and innovation. He pointed out that the UAE’s maritime sector will play a major role in the national economy due to the country’s potentials, qualifications and its strategic role in the global maritime arena. Dubai’s high economic and logistical properties make it a favorable global nautical destination and an investment center in both global and regional maritime sectors.

Organized by Seatrade, Seatrade Middle East Maritime sees the participation of 298 international exhibitors from 34 countries spread over 4,983 sq m of exhibition space, registering an increase of 14 per cent over the 2012 edition. The participants have come to explore the promising opportunities available across the local, regional and international maritime sectors. It aims to establish strong strategic partnerships among industry leaders to make optimal use of new business opportunities. The event offers an ideal platform to promote robust cooperation between decision-makers, experts, businessmen and industry professionals to exchange international best practices to drive maritime sector development.

Held every two years, Seatrade Middle East Maritime focuses on features important to the maritime industry, such as commercial marine, offshore, ports, piracy, and energy services. With a wide audience spanning across the whole of the Middle East, the show attracts the region’s largest number of key industry players, as well as strong international representation. This year’s event features the country pavilions of China, Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UK, among others with over 7,000 participants from 67 countries anticipated for the 3-day conference and exhibition.

DMCA reveals details of Dubai Maritime Week 2016

October 29, 2014

Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority responsible for regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, will conclude the currently running Dubai Maritime Week tomorrow, on Thursday, October 30. The event will come to an end on a high note, with local, regional and international participants successfully identifying best practices and the latest trends, aimed at attaining sustainable development in the global maritime sector. During the event, high-profile attendees, comprising senior government figures, decision-makers, leading regional and international experts, operators, ship owners, as well as maritime leaders discussed key issues and the latest developments in the industry.

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The event, which was held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council, reflected DMCA’s efforts to position Dubai as one of the most important maritime hubs in the world in line with the vision and directives of its wise leaders. The second edition of the biennial Dubai Maritime Week launched the first Dubai Maritime Summit which gathered the UAE’s high-ranking government officials and prominent leaders from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS), the International Federation of Independent Tanker Owners (INTERTANKO), and Maritime London.

During the summit, the first-of-its-kind global maritime event in the Middle East, discussions revolved around the rapidly evolving international maritime sector, issues facing the industry, and the integrated efforts to transform Dubai into a world-class maritime hub. The summit specifically highlighted Dubai’s proactive initiatives in order to modernize the local sector. The emirate has taken huge strides in infrastructure upgrades, operational and logistics improvements and diverse investment offerings to make the local industry highly competitive in the regional and international markets.

H.E. Sultan bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of DMCA, said: “By successfully hosting Dubai Maritime Week 2014, the emirate has proven once again why it is considered a center of maritime excellence and innovation. This year, we included in our agenda the Dubai Maritime Summit as a strategic platform to highlight Dubai’s progress in terms of infrastructure renovations, regulations and operational reforms, logistics improvements, and investment diversifications within the local maritime sector.”

He added: “Dubai Maritime Week 2014 was a big success given the impressive wide regional and international participation and its various high-level events, including the Dubai Maritime Summit, Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East and Indian Subcontinent, and Seatrade Middle East Maritime. Seatrade Middle East Maritime is one of the most prominent maritime exhibitions that opened communication channels between regional and global maritime sectors. The biennial event’s success affirms our commitment to establish a vibrant marine environment that offers diverse investment opportunities to industry leaders from around the world. We also strive to create a renewed and secure maritime sector capable of meeting Dubai’s requirements for sustainable economic development.”

Meanwhile, Amer Ali, Executive Director, DMCA, has revealed this early the details of the 3rd edition of Dubai Maritime Week in 2016. He said the 2016 event will build on the success of the first and second editions to continuously bring the local maritime sector to new levels of growth and excellence.

Ali said: “The successful conclusion of Dubai Maritime Week 2014 further underscores Dubai’s status as one of the region’s and the world’s most prominent maritime and logistics hubs. The 2nd edition has succeeded in setting solid foundation to further improve all components of the maritime industry, which is one of the key elements that drive the global economy. One of the highlights during the event was the showcasing of Dubai’s immense potentials as well as the opportunities it provides to major companies operating in the fields of maritime transport management, marine services, education, research and ship repair, among others.”

Ali concluded “DMCA is looking forward to continuing our hard work by collaborating with our strategic partners in government agencies and relevant authorities. Like this year, we are also planning to expand the agenda of the 3rd Dubai Maritime Week to gather together an elite group of international speakers and local, regional and international maritime industry leaders. The high-profile event will provide an interactive platform for the participants to exchange experiences and best practices to help improve the global maritime sector.”

A large number of regional and international participants attended Dubai Maritime Week 2014’s various interactive conferences, meetings, talk shows and workshops such as the Dubai Maritime Summit, Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East and Indian Subcontinent, Seatrade Middle East Maritime, and the DMCA Partners Appreciation Gathering.

Strong line-up of local and international sponsors for 2015 New Zealand Millennium Cup

October 29, 2014

Since its first edition in 2000, the New Zealand Millennium Cup has become a focal point for yachts in the Pacific. With a strong line-up of local as well as international sponsors for next year’s regatta, this focal point is spreading to create an industry gathering point in the yachting centre of the Pacific.

NZ Millennium Cup 2013

NZ Millennium Cup 2013

New Zealand’s Millennium Cup recently opened applications for sponsorship and response from the industry has been positive.

Local industry companies have once again aligned with the regatta, which acts as a focal point for global industry to turn their attention to, in the peak New Zealand cruising season.

While many of these well-known industry names are regularly seen offshore on the show circuit and at international regattas, this is their chance to entertain owners, guests, crew and industry on their own turf and with their own uniquely Kiwi brand of hospitality.

Adding to local sponsorship, international brands have been keen to be a part of the successful regatta and in doing so align with the growing luxury yacht charter activity seen within the Asia Pacific region. OCEAN Independence is one of the regatta’s silver sponsors, and the Auckland office will also provide support as the official onsite agent of the regatta.

New Zealand Millennium Cup 2013

New Zealand Millennium Cup 2013

Gold sponsors of the regatta are Alloy Yachts, Far North Holdings/Port Opua and Smuggler Marine, while silver sponsors include Doyle Sails, OCEAN Independence, Yachting Developments, Robinson Interiors and Southern Spars.

“OCEAN Independence is one of the world’s largest superyacht sales, charter and management companies, with bases in 16 worldwide locations, including Auckland. The Millennium Cup presents an opportunity for the OCEAN Independence Auckland team to support a local New Zealand event and to meet with the passionate supersail yachting community, naturally building awareness of our services and expertise in New Zealand and beyond,” says Julia Simpson, OCEAN Independence PR and events manager.

New Zealand yard, builder of race entry, superyacht Janice of Wyoming, Alloy Yachts has signed up to sponsor the Cup once again.

“For Alloy Yachts, the Millennium Cup gives us the chance to meet with existing and potential clients on home soil. The Cup always has a very relaxed, Kiwi vibe, with polished hospitality and we enjoy showing the global visitors where we come from and how we do things. It’s always a thrill to see our yachts out on the course, too!”

Southern Spars’ Paul MacDonald, agrees.

“Southern Spars are excited to once again sponsor the Millennium Cup which will be sailed alongside the Southern-sponsored Bay of Island’s Sailing Week. The company has been involved with the Cup since the first edition in 2000 when we saw a huge fleet of superyachts race across the Hauraki Gulf to Kawau Island.

“The regatta represents the strong superyacht industry in New Zealand which Southern Spars are proud to be a part of and we feel that the relocation to the majestic Bay of Islands will revitalise the regatta to its glory days. The NZ Millennium Cup has proven to be a successful event in both Europe and New Zealand in previous years, and Southern are looking forward to being part of the 2015 event which will see over 65% of the current entry list sporting Southern Spars rigs,” says MacDonald.

Chairman of the Cup committee, Stuart Robinson says sponsoring the Cup delivers multiple benefits to brands.

“Sponsoring the NZ Millennium Cup does several things for a company who chooses to be involved – it associates the brand with the South Pacific’s premier superyacht regatta.

Along with that brand-building and recognition, sponsoring the Cup creates opportunities for direct contact with owners, captains, crew, other sponsors and the like in a relaxed environment; creating a space for global relationship-building with a New Zealand ethos.”

The regatta is well-supported by local and international suppliers with Mount Gay Rum, Allan Scott Wines, On Fire Design and Coast New Zealand all working to ensure guests receive an exceptional regatta experience.

The regatta runs from the 21-23 January in New Zealand’s beautiful Bay of Islands, and  will once again be handicapped to ISYR by Jim Teeters, to ensure close-fought, fun racing. Organised by the NZ Marine Export Group, the regatta is complemented by a range of onshore hospitality events, and runs concurrently with New Zealand’s biggest domestic regatta; Bay of Islands Sailing Week, delivering an unbeatable atmosphere of camaraderie to overseas guests.

Returning to the race are Janice of Wyoming, charter yacht Bliss and superyacht Silvertip; all veterans of the race who’ve experienced first hand the New Zealand Millennium Cup experience and who are looking forward to battling it out once more for supremacy. Entries to date also include five-time circumnavigator, luxury yacht Silencio. The 50-metre Perini Navi comes fresh from a run of successful regattas which include taking third in class at this February’s St Barth’s Bucket and victory in the 2013 Perini Navi Cup.

Joining her is 34.2-metre Royal Huisman yacht Sassafras, with new EC6 carbon rigging by sponsor Southern Spars. The sloop was designed by Fontaine-Hood for comfort over long distances as well as power under sail, and organisers are very much looking forward to seeing that power demonstrated as the fleet weaves through the Bay of Islands.

Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2014 inaugurated by Sultan Bin Sulayem

October 28, 2014

Today, Tuesday, October 28, 2014, saw H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), open the 7th edition of the Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2014, the region’s leading maritime sector event, taking place on the sidelines of Dubai Maritime Week 2014. Held under the patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, the event will last until October 30, 2014. It continues to be held up by industry experts as the region’s premier event for the maritime industry.

Sultan Bin Sulayem inaugurates Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2014

Sultan Bin Sulayem inaugurates Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2014

H.E. Bin Sulayem made a tour of the event. He visited DMCA’s pavilion to learn about the Authority’s latest services which aim at activating the channels of communication amongst regional and international industry professionals while also introducing decision-makers, industry leaders and businessmen to best practices to ensure optimal use of available growth prospects across the maritime sector in Dubai which is moving forward to becoming one of the leading maritime destinations in the world.

Organized by Seatrade, Seatrade Middle East Maritime 2014 sees the participation of 298 international exhibitors from 34 countries over 4,983 sq m of exhibition space, an increase of 14 per cent over the 2012 edition, to explore the promising opportunities available across the local, regional and international maritime sector. It aims to establish strong strategic partnerships among industry leaders to make optimal use of new business opportunities. The event offers an ideal platform to promote robust cooperation between decision-makers, experts, businessmen and industry professionals to exchange international best practices to drive maritime sector development.

Held every two years, Seatrade Middle East Maritime focuses on what is important to the maritime industry – from commercial marine to offshore, ports, piracy and energy services. With a wide audience spanning across the whole of the Middle East, the show attracts the region’s largest number of key industry players, as well as strong international representation. This year’s event features the country pavilions of China, Malaysia, Singapore, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UK, among others with over 7,000 participants from 67 countries anticipated for the 3-day conference and exhibition.

Besides Seatrade Middle East Maritime, Dubai Maritime Week features a series of interactive activities such as conferences, panel discussions, workshops, awards ceremony and others. The Seatrade Maritime Awards Middle East, Indian Subcontinent and Africa took place on Monday (October 27, 2014).

H.E. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem honoured with special award for key contributions to Dubai maritime sector

October 28, 2014

H.E. Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman of the Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of the Dubai Maritime City Authority (DMCA), the government authority responsible for regulating, coordinating and supervising all aspects of Dubai’s maritime sector, has been recently honoured with a special award by Seatrade Communications, in recognition of his significant contributions to the emirate’s growing maritime industry. The prize was handed over during a ceremony, held in the fabulous Dubai yacht charter destination yesterday, on October 27, 2014.

H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of Dubai Maritime City Authority while receiving the award

H.E. Sultan Bin Sulayem, Chairman of Dubai Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corporation and President of Dubai Maritime City Authority while receiving the award

The Personal Contribution Award is the latest in a string of accolades bestowed on H.E. Bin Sulayem for his continued strategic efforts to develop, regulate and promote the local maritime industry. All his efforts are in line with the Dubai Government’s grand vision to reinforce the emirate’s position as a premiere global maritime hub. Under his leadership, the sector has made huge strides in generating diverse economic opportunities. According to DMCA’s 2014 market research, the local maritime sector contributed AED 14.4 billion to Dubai’s gross domestic product (GDP) and supported over 75,000 job opportunities across the UAE. These achievements were attributed to integrated infrastructure and world- class maritime regulations and services in the emirate.

Under H.E. Bin Sulayem’s leadership, DP World has become the world’s third largest port operator. Today, it operates more than 65 marine terminals across six continents, building on the model of its flagship port Jebel Ali, the premier gateway port serving the Middle East, Africa and Indian subcontinent region. The exponential expansion was attained after the creation of a free trade zone at the port upon his suggestion.

At Dubai Maritime City Authority, bin Sulayem led the establishment and implementation of the Dubai Maritime Strategy. He was also been involved in the launching of the Emirates Maritime Arbitration Centre, a first-of-its-kind initiative in the Middle East aimed at addressing and resolving maritime disputes.

NZ Marine companies to showcase new-to-US products at FLIBS 2014

October 28, 2014

From October 30 to November 3, the New Zealanders will be back in force at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS). The NZ Marine companies will display the all-new products that reduce fuel-burn, a range of services designed to help make the most of the yacht, as well as a sporty new guest tender, to name but a few.

Strata 770 yacht tender by Smuggler Marine - Photo by Gareth Cooke Subzero Group

Strata 770 yacht tender by Smuggler Marine - Photo by Gareth Cooke/Subzero Group

Smuggler Marine’s sporty new guest tender

Smuggler Marine’s range of luxury tenders for superyachts will be promoted at FLIBS with the new Smuggler 700CC centre console boat sure to be of interest to larger yachts looking for a sporty guest tender. Smuggler’s smaller RIBs, from 5.4metres to 6.7metres are the company’s most popular tenders, with the ability to customise the length and width to fit existing tender wells or design briefs. Engine choice is inboard jet or stern drive, or outboard. Owners of beachfront property will love the stunning amphibious Smugger Strata 770, which eliminates the hassle of launching; no trailer, no waiting at the boat ramp, and drive straight in off the beach.

Propspeed Foul Release Coating shown at FLIBS for the first time

Propspeed Foul Release Coating has been used successfully around the world, including throughout the US, for more than 10 years on sailboats; sportfishing vessels; cruisers and megayachts and for will be shown at FLIBS for the first time. Thousands of happy boat-owners will attest to its success in providing a vessel’s running gear and propellers with a long-lasting, ultra-smooth surface, preventing fouling; reduced fuel-burn and enabling more speed. Oceanmax International is exhibiting at FLIBS for the first time and the stand will be manned by Florida-based representative, Mark Billingsley, in the 700 Tent, stand 705.

Balex Automatic Boat Loader introduced to the US for the first time

Balex’s innovative Automatic Boat Loader will be introduced for the first time to the US at the show. This inventive product revolutionises recreational boaters’ access to water with a one-touch launch and retrieval process for trailer boats. The Balex Automatic Boat Loader means no wet feet, no clambering down the ramp to attach the winch, no slow electronic winch or manual cranking. It also means increased access to the ocean without relying on strength or a team effort, as it can be used solo and has enough torque to tackle 5000kg. It fits to new and existing trailers, requires no modifications to the boat and works equally as well for glass and aluminium-bottomed boats.

MedAire have a new launch to release at FLIBS

MedAire will introduce exciting new products at FLIBS, with their expert team on-site to help crew choose the onboard medical equipment that best suits their, and their guests’ needs – both at sea and on shore. MedAire will demonstrate how their quality medical and security advice, information, and assistance help yacht crew and guests around the world; supported by MedAire’s medical kit systems and MCA-compliant first responder training.

McMullen & Wing lasting quality and seaworthiness on display

As unique as the pristine coastline they’re crafted on, McMullen & Wing craft striking superyachts which perform. Yachts created by McMullen & Wing are renowned for being exceptionally-capable vessels; a capability which proves itself at launch as many McMullen & Wing new builds take advantage of New Zealand’s diverse coastlines for their inaugural cruise. These are yachts which are to be used, enjoyed and loved; but it’s on water that they truly come to life and show what they’re capable of.

There will be two McMullen & Wing yachts at the show: 40-metre explorer yacht Mea Culpa, exhibited for sale with Burgess, and 25-metre express cruiser ELIELLE (ex Jariya), 25m shown at FLIBS by Worth Avenue. While both are earlier vessels, they are excellent examples of the lasting quality inherent in all McMullen & Wing yachts. McMullen & Wing CEO, Michael Eaglen will be at Fort Lauderdale and available to show people aboard both vessels.

Alloy Yachts onsite to discuss new build projects

Chris Brown, Alloy Yachts’ new business development manager will be on hand at Fort Lauderdale to discuss new build projects as well as Alloy motor yacht MY47 and sailing yacht PS46.

Alloy motor yacht MY47

Alloy motor yacht MY47

Born out of the yachting partnership which produced 67.2-metre mega yacht Vertigo, Alloy Yachts and Philippe Briand once again teamed up to create PS46. The 46-metre performance sloop is offered as a fully-engineered turnkey project, with a range of personalisation options, and is ready to commence build immediately with a reduced build time compared to a fully custom yacht.

Likewise, MY47 is the product of a proven partnership, and is a collaboration between Alloy Yachts and Dubois Naval Architects based on award-winning superyacht Loretta Anne. The 47-metre motoryacht offers a streamlined build time and two year warranty.

Alloy sailing yacht PS46

Alloy sailing yacht PS46

Maxwell’s largest anchor to date to be introduced at FLIBS

Maxwell will be introducing its largest anchor windlass design to date; the new Maxwell SY38 to the superyacht market in the United States. Finely crafted in mirror-polished stainless steel, the SY38 is designed for up to 38mm anchor chain and suitable for vessels in the 100 metres LOA range. The SY38 features a self-seating “Dog Clutch” mechanism for the very robust requirements of yachts in this class.

Maxwell will also display associated deck gear and information on anchoring systems suitable for every application on today’s superyachts. At a point when some US builders are working consistently in the 50-metre plus range, Maxwell sees this introduction as timely and will be displaying its superyacht equipment at booths 733 & 734.

IMED’s functional, watertight outdoor helms on the show circuit for the first time

IMED offer something different to the superyacht industry. The Auckland-based company designs and builds watertight, functional outdoor helm stations, allowing the skipper precision control from the deck, with a helm crafted in carbon fibre, membrane or glass

The helms been successfully fitted on S/Y Genevieve, luxury yacht Destination, superyacht  Silvertip, and the tenders of mega yacht A, among others, with IMED’s team regularly travelling to yachts around the world to fit IMED products.

Robinson bringing third generation expertise to US clients

Robinson Interiors are New Zealand’s most experienced yacht interior company, manufacturing and installing bespoke yacht interiors both in NZ and around the world for new build and refit projects. They’ll be on hand at FLIBS to advise both new build and refit clients on the latest innovation in superyacht interiors, delivered to an exceptional standard.

Holton offers refit alternative for Northern Hemisphere-based yachts

Holton Marine provides a one stop service for launch, ship and superyacht maintenance and repair at Orams Marine Village, in the heart of New Zealand’s largest city; Auckland. Close to Auckland’s commercial slipways and the Viaduct Basin, Holton is on-call for routine maintenance or emergency repairs of both pleasure craft and commercial vessels. Savvy international clients of Holton Marine are cottoning on to the fact they can take advantage of the company’s quality workmanship then enjoy cruising New Zealand’s scenic locations during the northern hemisphere winter.

Destination New Zealand helps vessels head south

Destination New Zealand will be on hand to help spread the word on the diversity of cruising available along New Zealand’s coastlines. Personnel on the stand will be passing on itinerary advice for adventurous yachts ready to point the bow for new cruising grounds and on site will be industry experts to guide you in making the most out of the island nation, for cruising, new build or refit. That information will be available in an e-Book. Representatives from the South Pacific’s premier regatta, the New Zealand Millennium Cup, will also be on hand to help with any enquiries.

New Zealand marine industry companies exhibiting at FLIBS include:

Robinson Interiors

McMullen & Wing

MedAire

Alloy Yachts

IMED

Balex Marine

Propspeed

Maxwell

Smuggler Marine

Magnus Marine

Holton Marine

Stainless Downunder

Destination New Zealand