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Nominations for IBEX Innovation Awards 2014 now open and Panel of Judges announced

August 01, 2014

Nominations for this year’s International BoatBuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX) Innovation Awards are now open. The awards acknowledge the importance of technological advancement in the marine industry. All IBEX 2014 exhibitors are welcome to enter their new products in the competition. These will be judged by a panel of industry experts from Boating Writers International and presented during the Annual Industry Breakfast, which will take place at the Tampa Convention Center  on Tuesday, September 30th from 7:30 – 9:30 am.


The awards honor achievement in product development in 13 areas of the marine industry, including boatbuilding methods and materials, inboard and outboard engines, hardware, interior parts and furnishings, OEM electronics, boatyard and dealer hardware and software, and safety equipment. Judges may also present an award to any entry that provides an environmental benefit to the marine industry. Deadline to enter is August 29, 2014.

“The Innovation Awards are one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors, and we are thrilled to be working with Boating Writers International and this highly regarded panel of judges to give our exhibitors an opportunity to present their new products for the consideration for an Innovation Award,” said Anne Dunbar, IBEX Show Director. “We encourage all IBEX exhibitors with new products to submit an entry as winners will be recognized at the Industry Breakfast, displayed on Innovation Way on the show floor, and also promoted all year long.”

The panel of BWI judges for the 2014 IBEX Innovation Awards includes:

•             Bill Bishop, writer for numerous publications including the popular The Marine Installers Rant online blog and formerly had a pre-boating career in industrial automation.

•             Ben Ellison, editor of Panbo, the marine electronics hub on the web, his works can also be found in Power and Motoryacht magazine and Sail, along with Soundings, Passagemaker, and Yachts International.

•             Brady Kay, editor for Pontoon & Deckboat magazine, as well as the editor for Houseboat magazine.

•             Beth Leonard, Director of Technical Services for BoatU.S. and the editor of Seaworthy, the only marine publication dedicated exclusively to vessel seaworthiness and boating safety.

•             Mark Masciarotte, principal of DSG Associates, a consultancy specializing in the construction of custom yachts and small commercial vessels.

•             Awards Chair – Zuzana Prochazka, writer and photographer who freelances for a dozen boating magazines and websites including BoatU.S., SAIL, Sea, Yachtworld, Boats and others.

•             Judy Waldman, President of JW Yachts, is a lifelong cruiser specializing in trawlers, long-range cruisers, and unique yachts. She writes of her journeys and reviews these boats in Yacht Forums and online blogs.

“BWI has put together a panel with exceptional technical expertise and the judges are excited to review the cutting-edge technologies and unique solutions that always rise to the surface at IBEX,” said writer and photographer Zuzana Prochazka, IBEX Innovation Awards Chair.

In addition to the IBEX Innovation Awards presentation at the Industry Breakfast, legendary basketball coach Bob Knight will present a motivational speech on “Winning” and Thom Dammrich, NMMA President will deliver the State of the Industry address. There will also be the presentation of the NMMA Hall of Fame Award, the Exhibitor Video Awards, and the Boating Industry Movers & Shakers Award.

Isle of Man Superyacht Forum to host networking breakfast at Monaco Yacht Show 2014

August 01, 2014

To be held in the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show will see the Isle of Man Superyacht Forum host an informal networking breakfast. This will take place at Zest Bar and Restaurant on September 25, 2014.


The breakfast will open with a short introduction from Andrew Roy (Chairman of the Forum) and Dick Welsh (Director of the Isle of Man Ship Registry).

The event, entitled “The Isle of Man – A Centre of Excellence” will promote many services available on the Island and the Isle of Man’s considerable experience in vessel registration, management, company formation taxation and other corporate services.

The sponsors of the event will have representatives attending to answer any questions you may have. The sponsors are Abacus, Affinity, Appleby, Baker Tilly, Boston, IBOS, Knox House, and MHG Ocean Benefits.

Genoa Boat Show 2014: Statements by UCINA’s Chairman Massimo Perotti

August 01, 2014

Massimo Perotti, the Chairman of UCINA – Confindustria Nautica and a member of the Board of Saloni Nautici SpA, the company organizing the Genoa Boat Show and associated with UCINA, has confirmed his satisfaction with the results achieved so far. He has once again stressed the crucial points of the three-year plan to re-launch the event and to renew it, two processes that began in this edition. The aim is to restore the event, held in the lovely Italy yacht charter destination – Genoa, to its previous levels of importance in Europe as well as in the Mediterranean region.

International Boat Show of Genoa

International Boat Show of Genoa


“Even if we have already spoken about the 2015 edition linked to the Milan Expo, we are still intensely concentrating on the 2014 edition. The Boat Show’s new organisation is working full time on the October event – the last participation requests are arriving now. There is great excitement and work is proceeding according to the scheduled three-year development plan. The 2015 Boat Show (despite its different format) will clearly be an evolution step that is part of a coordinated operation to relaunch the Genoa International Boat Show as the most important event that valorises Italian ship building. This project is popular among workers in the industry and exhibitors.”


“It pays to be realistic. 2013 was ‘year zero’. Now we have started again, fully aware there is lots to be done. We are all in the same boat and it is best to deal with problems, set up a system, put aside regrets and, most importantly, avoid burying our heads under the sand. The main objective is to make the Genoa Boat Show the largest and most important in Europe once more. The conditions for doing so exist.”

Massimo Perotti

Massimo Perotti


“We are concentrating on three factors in 2014. The first is the truly international dimension of the Boat Show. We must be a topic of conversation abroad and the data on the presence of

foreign journalists recorded at the end of July is very positive indeed. We must use the press to help people understand the system’s great potential strength and that our tradition is a unique heritage that cannot be lost. These concepts must be stressed. To this we must add the buyers  who are invited to view the quality of Italian ship building productions directly, thanks to funding from the Ministry of Economic Development.

We have organised the show more effectively. Areas are organised according to more logical criteria. Having the boats afloat allows exhibitors to valorise their models with tests in the water and, at the same time, exhibition-related costs are lower. A clear division according to product sectors helps visitors move around more easily. In addition to all the above, all services (from catering to parking) have been considerably improved.

The third point is that the Boat Show must make a firm entrance into the Made in Italy system. It must be a showcase of excellence in our tradition of large and small boat production. We have a long tradition which is an integrating part – the jewel in the crown – of our production. People from all over the world want true Made in Italy. We must bring this home to them in the sector that involves us. At the same time we must act in coordination with other high-quality sectors that have made us famous and that have contributed to the great reputation that continues to endure.”


“This new brand will unite all great Italian yachts at the Genoa Boat Show. Strong synergies are being established with the worlds of design and furnishing. The Super Made in Italy project fits into this context, which will help us overcome the individualist logic that is typical of our Italian character. We are more creative and original than anybody else and Italian design is a point of reference for people all over the world, just as the quality of our components is. This leadership must be highlighted and made known via the Boat Show.”


“Last year accessories and small boats (inflatables and otherwise) fitted very well in pavilion B. The same applies to boats with motors and large facilities, which were exhibited in the Power Village. This year sailing boats will have a better and improved position, with the new and impressive Sailing World section under the frame. So will the great yachts, in the Super Made in Italy area. I like the fact that every product category has a clear, well-defined position.”


“Some important ship yards, which did not participate in the past (struggling) editions are back this year. Some have increased their exhibition areas. Of course I am upset some historical Italian ship yards are not taking part – it is not good for the Boat Show and does not benefit the sector. On the whole, however, people find the 2014 Boat Show appealing. We are enthusiastically and confidently rising to the challenge.”

Experience Day at Sag Harbour hosted by Zeelander Yachts

August 01, 2014

Last month saw Zeelander USA host owners of its luxury yachts and other enthusiasts for a wonderful Experience Day at Sag Harbor, which was held over the Father’s Day weekend.

Experience Day at Sag Harbour - Image credit to Zeelander

Experience Day at Sag Harbour - Image credit to Zeelander

Zeelander was pleased to welcome proud luxury yacht owners and Zeelander enthusiasts. The weather was nice and everybody enjoyed an amazing couple of days on the open water, sharing those special Zeelander experiences.

Zeelander would like to thank everyone that attended and the staff at the Sag Harbor Cove Yacht Club that made everyone feel so welcome.

ART Marine’s Al Bandar Marina receives TYHA’s Top Award

July 31, 2014

The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) is pleased to announce that ART Marine‘s Al Bandar Marina, a fabulous Abu Dhabi yacht charter destination, situated at Al Raha Beach, has been awarded 5 Gold Anchors. Part of Aldar Properties, the Al Bandar project is a successful combination of housing and commercial activities; the luxury yacht marina just adds to this amazing mix of luxury living as well as leisure.

TYHA's 5 Gold Anchor Award for ART Marine's Al Bandar Marina

TYHA's 5 Gold Anchor Award for ART Marine's Al Bandar Marina, a lovely Abu Dhabi yacht holiday destination

Set in the calm waters that engulf Abu Dhabi’s many islands which are perfect for watersports, Al Bandar faces Yas Island with its famous Formula1 circuit, Ferrari World theme park and family-minded water park ‘Yas Water World’. An attraction of a different kind can be discovered in the mangrove reserve nearby, which is extremely attractive for nature lovers and boaters looking for a peaceful time on the water.

Al Bandar Marina managed by ART Marine Marinas is truly a top boating destination with 177 fully serviced berths and excellent onsite facilities. The staff are extremely professional and all employees show a passion for the marine business.

“The Gold Anchor award scheme is truly aligned with our philosophy at ART Marine Marinas. We have always been supporting TYHA and the Golden Anchors initiatives as we want to make our marinas the ultimate boating destinations offering the best facilities and best services to all families and boat owners,” comments Bruno Meier, the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Marinas at ART Marine Marinas.

Al Bandar Marina is managed by Evertt Ucat who is assisted by two administrators. Evertt says of his award “Al Bandar Marina is committed to providing the highest quality facilities, customer satisfaction, and safe working environment as well the productive use of its resources. We take pride in upholding a clean, friendly and family oriented marina environment and for achieving the 5 Gold Anchors award. Moreover, this award would not be made possible without the full effort of my team and the unceasing support of the higher management”.

The Yacht Harbour Association (TYHA) provides support for marinas and related business throughout the UK and internationally.

The Gold Anchor Award Scheme, which has been operating for 26 years is based on the TYHA Code of Practice for the design construction and operation of marinas.  Ratings range from one to five gold anchors. Any award issued is a sure sign of a credible, quality marina with the number of anchors demonstrating the facilities and standard of service available to berth holders and full compliance with statutory regulations.

The Gold Anchor scheme was awarded Green Initiative of the year 2011 by Practical Boat Owner magazine.

The Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County to host Newport Yacht Rendezvous 2014

July 30, 2014

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County is delighted to introduce their first Newport Yacht Rendezvous. Set to run from Thursday August 14 to Friday August 15, this two-day event will include a SuperYacht Hop at the Newport Shipyard, as well as a Dinner and Dance Party at one of Newport’s gilded age Mansions, “Rosecliff”.


“We’re thrilled to host this SuperYacht Hop event as one of the many ways in which the community can support the Boys & Girls Club,” said Kim Herrlinger, Event Co-Chair and Boys & Girls Club Board Member. “The Yacht Hop is a great complement to our existing dinner dance while celebrating the Yachting Community and all of Newport.

The inaugural festivities for “Newport Nights” will kick off at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 14th at the Newport Shipyard, where guests will enjoy “hopping” aboard luxury yachts from Rhode Island and beyond.

On Friday, August 15th, the party continues at 7:00 p.m. at the Rosecliff Mansion as guests return with their dancing shoes to party the night away at the 35th Annual Boys & Girls Club Dinner Dance.

Reservations required.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County

All proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Newport County, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping children, teens, and families. Programs at the Boys & Girls Club help promote character & leadership, health & wellness, and education & career development.

Mission: To inspire and enable ALL young people, especially those who need it most, to realize their full potential.

Monaco Yacht Show 2014 to be the best ever

July 30, 2014

To be hosted by the glamorous Mediterranean yacht charter destination – Monaco, this year’s Monaco Yacht Show, the world’s No. 1 showcase for superyachts afloat, will be the best ever, boasting 115 beautiful yachts and about 30 luxury yacht tenders. In addition, there will be an extended exhibition, that will host the most renowned and finest suppliers to the industry.

MYS 2014

The extension reflects the increasing demand for exhibiting bigger yachts in the Port. From the 2014 event and into the future the Monaco Yacht Show will be able to berth these giants measuring over 100 m for all to see!

For all to see… and for just few that will be visiting the show a chance to buy them! This annual, one-of-a-kind event attracts billionaires from around the world, many that will be inconspicuously walking the docks as they catch up on the latest superyacht trends. This princely destination is a well known staple amongst Mediterranean cruising grounds and has long been the destination of choice for superyacht owners and guests, making Monaco a natural home for this unique event.

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge to be displayed at MYS 2014 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

85m Lurssen mega yacht Solandge to be displayed at MYS 2014 - Photo by Klaus Jordan

Amongst the 115 floating palaces from 25 to 100 m that will be exhibited at Monaco next September, around forty of them will be unveiled to the public for the first time. This is the annual event that the builders of the world’s largest yachts look forward to, it is their chance to showcase their finest luxury yachts.

A few outstanding superyachts that will be attending are mega yacht Solandge, the 85m highly luxurious family orientated vessel delivered last October by Lürssen. She has been notably engineered for self-sufficiency during extended voyages on the high seas.

Monaco will be also hosting motor yacht Como, a new 46m yacht by Feadship. With her modern bow and whaleback sheer, the exterior design of this new build reflects the owner’s specific ideas with large windows in the hull and glass in the superstructure that offers spectacular uninterrupted views from the owner’s stateroom.

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Luxury super yacht COMO at her launch

Out of the four superyachts being displayed by the Admiral shipyard, the new 47m superyacht Entourage will be their largest.

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

Admiral Maxima 47 Yacht Entourage at launch

But for pure yachting pleasure it is worth noting the elegant and distinguished sailing yachts that will be exhibited at the Show this year too: sailing yacht Wisp is the new 48m classic sloop by the Dutch shipyard, Royal Huisman, she is a fine example of revival naval architecture by Hoek Design. The owner’s brief was for a boat that would perform well without excessive heel, thus allowing comfortable cruising and at the same time a little ‘gentleman’s racing.’

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

Sailing yacht WISP - Ruud Burgers Maritieme Fotografie Harlingen

These few examples of 2014 launches are typical of the ultra chic and sophisticated fleet of superyachts that will be unveiled at the Monaco Yacht Show. For Gaëlle Tallarida, the show’s Managing Director the comparison of Monaco’s superyacht offering with Haute Couture collections is clearly obvious: “In superyachting, as well as in Haute Couture, everything is possible, harmonious and luxurious with only the best of the best materials being used. Designers enjoy saying that the only limit to creating a yacht is the limit of the owner’s imagination! Each yacht is made possible by the work of hundreds of specialised and passionate employees. By listening carefully to the expectations and requests of both market professionals and yacht owners the MYS strives to bring the two together in a befitting business ambience.”

Top-class services for high-end visitors

The MYS attracts industry leaders and a ultra wealthy clientele from around the world and offers top-class services to meet the demands of this elite clientele: VIP passes, luxury courtesy car services, helicopters, bus or boat shuttles.

In the heart of the show area, the Upper Deck Lounge is designed to be a place where businessmen can hold their meetings, or maybe invite their favorite clients to dine in the restaurant catered by Private Dining by Fairmont Monte-Carlo, or simply enjoy a glass of champagne by Taittinger in a luxurious setting designed by interior decorators Sabrina Monte-Carlo in collaboration with Italian designer Paola Lenti, the French crystal manufacturer Baccarat and the art gallery Opera Gallery. The Upper Deck Lounge also includes several reception areas reserved exclusively for the executives of exhibiting companies, areas where they can talk with their customers in confidence.

On display in the lounge will be the finest timekeepers manufactured by the Swiss luxury watchmaker Ulysse Nardin, official sponsor of the MYS for the 6th consecutive year.

Welcome to the Captains and crews

New this 2014, the MYS will be hosting the superyacht captains and crews in an exclusive lounge for the four days of the show. Located in the show venue, beside the new Monaco Yacht Club, the MYS C&C Lounge will offer services of high quality: animations, a relaxation area with massages, this is a lounge area where captains and Crew can meet up and chill out.

According to Gaëlle Tallarida, “offering a real lounge especially for crews has become essential and natural for us. We know a few crew facilities around the show already exist but our main concern was to really welcome those men and women who are the heart and soul of a yacht”. She also stresses out the importance of the captain and crewmembers on board a yacht: “their role is incommensurate: their relationships with the owner are unique and privileged, based on complete trust. How could it be otherwise with “men” who are entrusted the management of a floating palace that is worth several millions of Euros? The Monaco Yacht Show must be the celebration of the superyachting way of life, whether you are the owner or a crew member”.

And what makes Monaco also so special during the show is the hundred of social events organised by the exhibitors: press conferences, debates with the market leaders, and friendly happy hours at stands. Cocktail or evening parties on board the yachts, yacht awards or gala dinners in the luxury hotels in the Principality are also some of the many highlights that enable formal and informal networking and often attract those that can afford and do buy superyachts.

2014 International Boat Show and Festival supported by ICOMIA

July 29, 2014

The second edition of the International Boat Show and Festival will take place from December 4 to 7, 2014 at the New Port International Marina, a fabulous Asia yacht charter destination, nestled in the city of Haikou, Hainan island in China.


Following a successful debut in the 2013, the organizer Hainan New Century Cultural Industry Investment & Development Co., LTD, a sustaining member of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), has developed a full program for the four-day IBSF 2014 event:

IBSF 2014 International Boating Business Conference | 4 December 2014

The Conference will focus on business development and innovation in China’s emerging boating market.

IBSF 2014 international on-water boat show | 5 – 7 December 2014

The ‘on-water’ boat show will be family focused, primarily showcasing small /medium sized ‘starter-boats’ including motorboats and sailboats.

IBSF 2014 China International Boating Industry Investment and Trade Convention | 5 – 6 December 2014

The Convention will focus on investment, trade and match-making opportunities within the boating industry, internationally and in China.

IBSF participants and exhibitors will include international and domestic boat companies, provincial and municipal boating industry associations, government delegations of Chinese coastal and lakefront cities, investment and financing companies and yacht tourism companies and services.

Launch of MarineX@Marine15

July 29, 2014

The Organising Committee of Marine15 is delighted to announce the launch of MarineX@Marine15. This exciting marketing initiative highlights the scope of the Marine15 tradeshow to represent the leading marine business to business (B to B) trade exhibition in the Southern Hemisphere.


MarineX@Marine15 will be held 3 – 5 May 2015 as part of the Marine15 International Conference and Trade Exhibition. According to the Organising Committee MarineX@Marine15 will build on the back of the successful Trade Exhibition at Marine13 that attracted 43 business exhibitors to promote face to face to over 450 Marine13 delegates. The Committee is expecting at least 65 businesses to exhibit in 2015 with a capacity of 75 exhibitors at the RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast.

Darren Vaux, Organising Committee member and Chairman of the Boating Industries Alliance Australia said the International Conference and Trade Exhibition is expected to attract 550 plus delegates from across Australia, New Zealand and the wider region. “The delegate profile is owners, senior managers and staff of businesses across the spectrum of boating businesses including retailers, manufacturers and associated goods and service providers. The marina stream attracts all the key decision makers and the conference safety stream attracts the senior government agency and corporation officials involved with boating safety and marina operations. With the increased focus on industry B to B opportunities as highlighted by the launch of MarineX@Marine15 we expect the event to be a sellout”.

The prospectus for exhibitors and sponsors is now available on the Marine15 website.  The Organising Committee note that the rates for exhibiting at MarineX@Marine15 have been held at 2013 prices and additional benefits have been included.

Nordhavn 120#1 motor yacht Aurora nominated for 2014 ISS Design Award

July 29, 2014

Pacific Asian Enterprises, Inc., manufacturer of the Nordhavn brand, is excited to announce that the beautiful Nordhavn 120#1 motor yacht Aurora has been shortlisted for a third prominent design award this year. Superyacht Aurora will compete against other new yachts in her class at the 2014 International Superyacht Society Design Awards.

First Nordhavn 120 superyacht AURORA underway

First Nordhavn 120 superyacht AURORA underway

Nordhavn’s Chief of Design, Jeff Leishman, N.A., along with Interior Designer Destry Darr, will compete in categories recognizing achievement in superyacht engineering and style. Luxury yacht Aurora‘s bid in the ISS Awards of Distinction follows up her shortlisted nominations at the World Superyacht Awards and the International Yacht and Aviation awards earlier this year.

Winners will be announced at the ISS’s International Awards for Design and Leadership Gala which kicks off the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October. “We are once again thrilled to be considered for excellence in the design and engineering of our beautiful Nordhavn 120, Aurora,” said Jeff Leishman. “Not only did she exceed our expectations, but she has exceeded the expectations of her owners as well. She is a masterpiece of architecture, design, craftsmanship and styling and represents success in our commitment to building the very best.”