ICON Yachts at the upcoming Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show 2013

October 30, 2013

Set to run from October 31 to November 4, this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be attended by the respected Dutch luxury yacht builder, ICON Yachts. The company will be represented by Stephan Vitus, Head of Project Development at ICON Yachts.

95m mega yacht SELAZZIO concept by ICON Yachts and Motion Code Blue

95m mega yacht SELAZZIO concept by ICON Yachts and Motion Code Blue

ICON Yachts can update visitors on their latest construction projects, ongoing refit projects as well as new design concepts. They will reveal new details of their latest concept, the 95-metre explorer yacht Selazzio, Sea Palace developed in co-operation with design studio Motion Code Blue.

ICON Yachts presents the latest 95m mega yacht SELAZZIO 95 SEA PALACE concept

September 26, 2013

The leading Dutch shipyard, ICON Yachts, has introduced its latest 95-metre mega yacht SELAZZIO 95 SEA PALACE concept, developed in partnership with the Austrian yacht design studio Motion Code: Blue, at this year’s Monaco Yacht Show. With the all-new superyacht SELAZZIO 95 SEA PALACE concept, the company is taking yacht design and construction to a whole new level.

ICON superyacht SELAZZIO 95 SEA PALACE concept

ICON superyacht SELAZZIO 95 SEA PALACE concept developed in partnership with Motion Code: Blue

Luxury yacht SELAZZIO 95 is a based on existing 95m hull platform of ICON Yachts, but with its stunning beam of 22m it sets clearly new standards in terms of sense of space.

Following the trend of explorer yachts with ample outdoor deck spaces, ICON and Motion Code: Blue, worked closely together to develop a modern explorer yacht. Far from the typical-looking explorer yacht, Selazzio falls into this category not for any traditional explorer-yacht styling but for her planned long range. The eye-catching design features an entirely open, large aft deck and fittingly expansive beach club.

Superyacht SELAZZIO 95 SEA PALACE concept - aft view

Superyacht SELAZZIO 95 SEA PALACE concept - aft view

The wide and elegant interior design featuring columns and spherical shapes is highly inspired by representative architecture and palaces.

The name SELAZZIO enhances the combination of low speed and architectural and organically shaped exterior design since it is a combination of SEA and PALAZZO, the Italian term for palace.

Luxury motor yacht SELAZZIO 95 SEA PALACE concept

Luxury motor yacht SELAZZIO 95 SEA PALACE concept

If you want to know more about this stunning concept; ICON shows their new design at the Monaco Yacht Show this week at Darse Nord stand QD 65.

World’s first energy autonomous motor yacht concept by H2-Yachts

March 01, 2013

H2-Yachts, a division of the Switzerland-based H2-Industries AG, is delighted to present the world’s first energy autonomous Superyacht that can achieve more than 6,000 nm at 10 knots. No more costs for Diesel and no more polluting the planet. Functionality with harmonious and clean forms were the main objectives, when developing the highly innovative 62m H2 yacht design. The yacht will become available for charter in 2016.

New 62m H2 Yacht Design

New 62m H2 Yacht Design - World’s first energy autonomous Superyacht

The propulsion system of the 62m H2 superyacht concept is fully electric with a liquid organic hydrogen carrier (LOHC) as the energy storage and a minimum effort on maintenance for all systems. Michael Stusch made the Naval Architecture in the Mallorca based office. He has been working on the concept and idea for more than 2 years.

To combine the solar panels and the wind turbine in a modern clean hull and superstructure design with lines orientated on the automobile industry and in conjunction with a maritime functionality and a luxurious interior, which is standard on the 62m H2 yacht, was the goal Michael Stusch explained. He himself has over 20 years maritime experience as a captain and has been living on his own yacht for a long time. He is an engineer and responsible for the Naval Architecture and idea; he developed the exterior and interior design together with the Graz/Austria based design team “motion code: blue”.

62m H2 Mega Yacht Concept - view from above

62m H2 Mega Yacht Concept - view from above

The straight, vertical bow and the explorer form of the 62m H2 mega yacht concept, which enable a 480m² beach club with 2 pools in 2 decks and a 70m² fold-out bathing platform, were given facts for the design as well as floor-to-ceiling windows in as many as possible decks. The sea view in the main deck, where the saloon and the open kitchen/bar is located, is allowed by a sheer bulwark and in the upper deck, which is entirely reserved for the owner by floor-to-ceiling windows. The upper deck has a bow and stern terrace and a spa with sauna, steam bath and whirl pool. The bed room is wide open to the stern terrace and a bar right next inside to the sliding door gives the owner the feeling to sit outside.

The bridge deck is used in the aft part as a dining room with a 20 people dining table, a bar and a wood fire pig roast as well as a wood fire Pizza oven. The sea view from the bar is only limited by a 50cm high couch which covers the outside major design line coming from the bow, ending at the stern of the upper deck.

62m H2 Superyacht Design - aft view

62m H2 Superyacht Design - aft view

Another distinctive feature of the 62m H2 yacht design is the sky lounge with a retractable roof that can be closed in 30 seconds in case of upcoming rain.

A waterfall is running over both pools starting at the whirl pool from the owner’s deck, hitting the main deck pool right behind the in-pool-bar-chairs and ending in the lower deck pool.

The tender housing with two customized tenders (11 meter and 7 meter) and an SUV car are located recessed underneath the lower beach club around the pool.

62m H2 Motor Yacht Concept - lower deck beach club

62m H2 Motor Yacht Concept - lower deck beach club

The fold-out side flaps let the lower beach club “grow” and are used as docking platforms for the tenders and other water toys. The outside balconies aft the side flaps can be used for fishing during cruising and on the starboard side another bar is located.

The 7.5 meter high bow sailes the 62m H2 yacht much better in heavy sea and enables more tenders, jet skis or small helicopter housing. The terrace aft to it is entirely reserved for the 2nd owner and can be blocked by hidden sliding doors for total privacy in another whirl pool where a waterfall “falls” in. Stairs on port and starboard side give access to the expandable heli platform with a 7 meter diameter heli pad for “touch and go”.

62m H2 Mega Yacht Concept - bar and show cooking

62m H2 Mega Yacht Concept - bar and show cooking

Due to the fact that the entire technique is based in the tank deck the lower deck can be used for VIP cabins and crew. The owner can choose between 6 VIP and 6 crew cabins or any combination of it.

Beside the electrical Voith-Schneider Propellers for silent cruising with full stabilization and dynamic positioning the tank deck is equipped with all necessary yacht equipment and a crew mess with a pantry for 3 chefs cooking and a bar/dining room for the entire crew.

62m H2 Yacht Design - dining area

62m H2 Yacht Design - dining area

The rest of the space is used for the 120,000 liter “Liquid Organic Hydrogen Carrier”-tanks. This “fuel” is liquid under normal pressure and normal temperature and non explosive; it will be burned in fuel cells to produce up to 1 Megawatt electrical power to run the engines and all other electrical consumers on board of the 62-meter H2 yacht.

62m H2 Superyacht Design - private owners spa

62m H2 Superyacht Design - private owners spa

The breath-taking 62m H2 yacht tops up on anchor over 860m² solar panels and a wind turbine, which makes the vessel energy autonomous with a reach of over 6,000 nm.

ISS Board of Directors Election 2013

January 06, 2013

The International Superyacht Society (ISS) announces its 2013 Board of Directors Election, open ONLY TO MEMBERS. Due to ratified changes to the Society’s Bylaws in 2011, twenty-four (24) elected Board members will serve three-year terms.

For this election, the Society’s members will award eight (8) Board positions for three years to those with the highest number of membership votes; the ISS will ask the next two (2) highest vote recipients to stand for one-year terms and to re-stand next year if they choose.

All candidates have been nominated by their peers, a privilege of ISS membership. The ISS members are advised to vote by indicating ten (10) individuals from the list of candidates that can be found below.

The completed ballot must be received at ISS’s office not later than midnight 1 February 2013.

End-of-Term Directors
- AJ Anderson—Wright Maritime Group
ISS Board for six years; Co-Chair of the Technical Committee; Fabien Cousteau Blue Award; Gala Reception Silver Supporter
- Jill Bobrow—Jill Bobrow Associates, Inc.
ISS Board for two years
- Danielle J. Grucci Butler—Maritime Attorney and Partner at Hill & Nash, LLP
ISS Board for one year
- Rob Carron—Willis Marine
ISS Board for four years; currently ISS Secretary and Executive Committee Member; Co-Chair ISS Gala Committee
- Andrew Doole—Show Management, Inc.
Serves on ISS Board perennially; ISS Gala Committee; Interior Design Award Sponsor
- Sabrina Farmer—International Maritime Associates
ISS Board last three terms; Co-Chair ISS Gala Committee; YachtInfo FLIBS Committee
- Michele Flandin—Oceanco
ISS Board for four years; ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award Committee; ISS Business/Person of the Year Silver Sponsor
- Gary Groenewold—Westrec Marinas
Serves on ISS Board perennially; Captain’s Council; Distinguished Crew Award Silver Sponsor
- Isabelle Huet—Blohm + Voss Shipyards GmbH
ISS Board for two years; Captain’s Council
- Dieter Jaenicke—Viking Recruitment
Currently ISS Vice President; Executive Committee Member; Perennial Gold Sponsor—Crew Initiative
- Chris Layton—Superyacht Solutions, Pty Ltd
ISS Board for one year

Nominated Directors
– Gary DeSanctis—Active Interest Media
– Michele Leung—Marsh
– Simon Harvey—N2
– Derik Wagner—MTN Satellite Communications

2013 Election Ballot – Nominee Biographies

End-of-Term Directors

AJ Anderson—Wright Maritime Group
ISS Board for six years; Co-Chair of the Technical Committee; Fabien Cousteau Blue Award; Gala Reception Silver Supporter

AJ Anderson

AJ Anderson

Captain AJ Anderson has 40 years experience as an active captain. AJ is Chief Executive Officer of Wright Maritime Group llc. AJ serves as a Cayman Islands Ship Owner’s Advisory Council member, an ISS Board Member and ISS Technical Committee Chairman. Captain AJ served on the MCA’s Large Yacht Code Working Group during the LY2 re-write. AJ and his WMG colleagues have been Owner’s Representatives in several new construction design, specification and project oversight contracts while managing a fleet of yachts ranging up to 450ft in length.
Captain AJ continues to ship out as relief captain for the larger yachts in the WMG fleet.

Jill Bobrow—Jill Bobrow Associates, Inc.
ISS Board for two years

Jill Bobrow

Jill Bobrow

Jill Bobrow is Editor-At-Large for Yachts International magazine. She also is the director of an independent consultancy company, Jill Bobrow Associates LLC. Jill has had a long career in yachting journalism and the marine industry, having being Editor- in- Chief of both Boat International USA and ShowBoats International respectively.

She co-authored more than 15 books; her most recent books are S/Y Marie, The Bucket Book, 25 Years of Megayacht Racing, Classic Sailing Yachts, and Outrageous Yachts. She been on the ISS Board since February 2011, also serves on the Board of “Ports of Cause” and is on the Honorary Board of the 2012 Award Committee for International Seakeepers Society.

Danielle J. Grucci Butler—Maritime Attorney and Partner at Hill & Nash, LLP
ISS Board for one year

Danielle J. Grucci Butler

Danielle J. Grucci Butler

Danielle J. Butler focuses her practice on litigation and transactional matters for pleasure yachts and commercial vessels. She manages vessel closings for both owners and buyers and also has significant experience handling mediation, arbitration and litigation concerning yachting disputes. Danielle handles brokerage purchases and sales, new yacht construction contracts, charter contracts/issues, marine financing, insurance issues, corporate formation, flagging issues, taxation issues and yacht closings, but she also handles litigation concerning vessel warranty claims, vessel arrests, vessel repossession, insurance claims and any other maritime litigation that ensues from owning these vessels.

Ms. Butler is a Board Member of Marine Industries Association of South Florida and General Counsel to Young Professionals in Yachting and the Superyacht Network. Ms. Butler is a frequent author and lecturer on the legal issues concerning pleasure yachts. She received her J.D. from New York Law School and holds an undergraduate degree in Marine Biology from the University of Miami.

Rob Carron—Willis Marine
ISS Board for four years; currently ISS Secretary and Executive Committee Member; Co-Chair ISS Gala Committee

Rob Carron

Rob Carron

Rob Carron is an Account Executive with Willis Marine, one of the oldest and largest international marine insurance brokers. As a key team member of the Superyacht Practice, he is responsible for business development, client advocacy and implementation of practice strategies. Rob is based in Fort Lauderdale.

Prior to joining Willis in 2012, Rob spent seven years with Marsh Yacht Specialty Practice as Vice President, Senior Sales and Risk Consultant. There, he played a key role in overseeing and assuring quality service to yacht clients as well as developing business for the practice. Rob’s background also includes commercial claims adjusting with St. Paul Travelers.

As a recognized expert in both the yacht and high net worth services community, Rob is a frequent contributor to various yacht industry events. He is an active Executive Board member for the International Superyacht Society. Rob is also a member of Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY), Florida Yacht Brokers Association Inc., Marine Industries Association of South Florida and United States Superyacht Association.

Rob holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Texas A&M University.

Andrew Doole—Show Management, Inc.
Serves on ISS Board perennially; ISS Gala Committee; Interior Design Award Sponsor

Andrew Doole

Andrew Doole

Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Show Management Inc., Andrew has been with the company since 1982, and has been involved through Show Management Inc. and the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with the International Superyacht Society since its first official meeting at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 22 years ago.

Sabrina Farmer—International Maritime Associates
ISS Board last three terms; Co-Chair ISS Gala Committee; YachtInfo FLIBS Committee

Sabrina Farmer

Sabrina Farmer

CFO of IMA Yachts (International Maritime Associates) a Yacht Owner’s Advocacy firm, Sabrina is currently on the Board of Directors of the International Superyacht Society and is actively involved in most major international boat shows, marine related trade shows and seminars. She is extremely active throughout the marine industry and presently serves on various committees and, notably, co-chairs the ISS’s Awards Gala Committee.

Her 24 years of working in the expanding marine industry has given her tremendous knowledge and experience that she is using to help build a world-class mega yacht consulting firm. She would also like to use that same passion and energy to serve the members of our association by continuing to serve on the Board of Directors. Sabrina believes that she can bring to the ISS Board her experience, knowledge, passion and business sense to help build an even stronger membership involvement.

Michele Flandin—Oceanco
ISS Board for four years; ISS Fabien Cousteau Blue Award Committee; ISS Business/Person of the Year Silver Sponsor

Michele Flandin

Michele Flandin

Michele Flandin is the Marketing Manager at Oceanco, one of the leading luxury yacht building companies in the world.

Michele has extensive yachting experience and has been involved in the industry for over 18 years. She started her career in the sales department of Monaco Marine and later De Valk, and then moved on to Pantaenius, a yacht insurance company in Monaco. Michele spent the next five years working in the sales and charter department at the industry-renowned brokerage company, Burgess. In 2005, Michele took on the role of Marketing Manager at Oceanco where she is closely involved in all aspects of promotion, media relations, event management, and public relations, among other things.

Michele is Oceanco’s representative in the ‘Chambre Monegasque du Yachting’ in Monaco where she is dedicated to all facets of the sea and life onboard, having cruised on her sailing boat for more than 10 years during week-ends and holidays.

Gary Groenewold—Westrec Marinas
Serves on ISS Board perennially; Captain’s Council; Distinguished Crew Award Silver Sponsor

Gary Groenewold

Gary Groenewold

Captain Gary Groenewold, CMM is Vice President, Southern Area for Westrec Marinas, the largest owner/ operators of marinas in the United States. He is responsible for all operating issues, business development, and acquisitions throughout Florida, the Caribbean, South and Central America. Over the last 16 years, Gary has been working on a variety of marina development and consulting projects, and has been involved firsthand in the design, construction, and operation of marina facilities throughout this same region.

Gary holds a 500-gross ton captain’s license. He is an active member of the Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF), American Boat Builders and Repairers Association (ABBRA), and the International Marina Institute (IMI). Gary has served on the Board of Directors of ISS since 2004, is the Vice Chairman of the Association of Marine Industries (AMI) and represents them on the International Marinas Committee (IMC) of ICOMIA—the International Council of Marine Associations.


Isabelle Huet—Blohm + Voss Shipyards GmbH

ISS Board for two years; Captain’s Council

Isabelle Huet

Isabelle Huet

Isabelle Huet is Sales Manager Yachts at Blohm + Voss Shipyards GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. She has been working for 10 years in the sales department within the shipyard’s group, first in Kiel and since 2005 in Hamburg. Through her work at both shipyards she has not only had the chance to be involved in the latest new builds and large refits of some of the most iconic, largest, complex and fully customized motor yachts ever built, but also to organize and attend numerous worldwide yacht shows and events where she represents with corresponding commitment the Blohm + Voss brand. She is intensively involved in all her activities and is following up with passion the continuously moving and fascinating market of the very large yachts throughout the whole world.

Dieter Jaenicke—Viking Recruitment
Currently ISS Vice President; Executive Committee Member; Perennial Gold Sponsor—Crew Initiative

Dieter Jaenicke

Dieter Jaenicke

Dieter Jaenicke is Chairman and Founder of Viking Recruitment, since its humble beginnings in 1988, and steers the company from strength to strength, year-on-year. He is responsible for the overall day to-day operation and provides a valuable contribution to the maritime industry through his involvement in many initiatives to improve maritime awareness in careers and training.

Dieter’s maritime career, spanning 40 years, started when he joined Bank Line as a deck apprentice in 1968. He sits on various committees and lends expertise by being an active participant in steering groups for the Chamber of Shipping, Merchant Navy Training Board, International Superyacht Society, Superyacht UK, Sea Vision (South East) Careers Group and the Passenger Shipping Association.

In total, his leadership skills and membership commitments include:
Member of the Institute of Directors
Fellow of the Institute of Recruitment Professionals
Vice President of the International Super Yacht Society
Member of the British Chamber of Shipping
Member of the British Marine Federation
Board Member of Super Yacht UK
Member of the Passenger Ship Association
Channel Chamber of Commerce
Dover Chamber of Commerce

Chris Layton—Superyacht Solutions, Pty Ltd

ISS Board for one year

Chris Layton

Chris Layton

Chris Layton is one of the founding Directors of Superyacht Solutions Pty Ltd. Superyacht Solutions was established in 1999 and has become the premier yacht painting company in the Asia Pacific region. Superyacht Solutions has completed over two thousand re-finish projects on many of the major yacht brands and over 1000 new build projects on vessels up to 120m.

After completing his business management degree at SAIT in 1988 Chris became involved with the superyacht industry as a member of a UK based painting company that undertook many projects in the UK and in Europe over a five year period. Upon his return to Australia Chris established a yacht painting company that, after a merger with a competing business, ultimately became Superyacht Solutions Pty Ltd.

Chris has recently relocated to the United Kingdom where sister company, Superyacht Solutions LLP, has recently been established. Chris’s major role within this organisation is, among other things, business development in the UK and European markets.

Nominated Directors
Gary DeSanctis—Active Interest Media

Gary DeSanctis

Gary DeSanctis

Gary DeSanctis is Vice President Group Publisher of The Marine Group at Active Interest Media. He has been involved in the yachting world for 15 years. Prior to joining AIM MEDIA, he was the President/Publisher of ShowBoats International Magazine and VP of CurtCo Media for 5 years and before that he was at Yachting Magazine from 1997-2005. He has spearheaded a number of marine initiatives that have helped yacht builders meet prospective owners.

On the philanthropic front, he was an Admiral of the Boys and Girls Club of Broward County and more recently, he spearheaded a fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy in Long Beach, LI, and was on hand with his family Thanksgiving Day to serve dinner to 2000 people who suffered losses during the hurricane.

Simon Harvey—N2

Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey has had a lifelong relationship in and around yachts and the superyacht industry. He has worked aboard as professional crew and captain, and continues to work ashore with owners and crew through his company N2. Simon is founder and program director of Neurons 2 People Skills (N2), where he continually challenges, learns, and develops new ways to raise professional service and safety aboard the superyacht.

From writing articles, researching interpersonal behavioral instruments and speaking, he is always pushing boundaries to bring fresh insights and voice important issues in the industry. He was published in ALERT!, A Nautical Institute project, sponsored by ‘The Lloyd’s Register Educational Trust’, and is a licensed and qualified MBTI facilitator. He is trained in DISC (a behavioral assessment tool), and in his seventh year as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for a National Association that represent the best interests of abused and neglected children in the courtroom and other settings.

Michele Leung—Marsh

Michele Leung

Michele Leung

Michele Leung has served as the ISS Gala Program Administrator since April 2011. She is the Office Administrator for Marsh’s Yacht Practice and has been with the firm since 2000.

Michele is responsible for tasking and executing administrative functions for several locations.

Her breadth of experience ranges not only from day to day operations, but includes IT, Marketing & Advertising, Procurement, Professional Standards, Business Resiliency Management, etc.

Michele holds a B.S. in Marketing with minor in International Marketing from State University of New York: F.I.T. plus doctorate level courses in sciences. Michele is an active member of ISS, FYBA and USSA. As an advocate of good causes and education, she also serves at various not-for-profit organizations including Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), Boys & Girls Club of Broward County, St. Jerome School (Science & Fine Art Building Campaign).

Derik Wagner—MTN Satellite Communications

Derik Wagner

Derik Wagner

Derik Wagner brings more than 10 years of global sales and management experience to his role as managing director of the MTN yacht services business. He is responsible for leading the yacht business’ continued growth in providing global satellite communications solutions to large luxury yachts around the world.

During his tenure, the MTN yacht services business has rapidly achieved recognition as the preferred supplier of global managed VSAT services for the megayacht industry, with more than 50 percent of the world’s top 100 largest yachts using MTN for their broadband communication requirements.

Prior to joining MTN, he served as senior account manager at France Telecom Mobile Satellite Communications (FTMSC) where he managed over 30 distributors throughout the Americas for mobile satellite services, representing Inmarsat, Iridium, and Thuraya Equipment and Airtime. Previously, Derik worked on the first VoIP gateways and Softswitch technology as an engineer at Lucent Technologies.

Wagner graduated from the University of South Florida, served on the Board of the U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) from 2007 – 2011 and is currently an Anchor Member of the MIASF, Marine Industries Association of South Florida. Derik is a USCG licensed Captain and currently lives in South Florida with his wife and son.

Voting is open ONLY TO MEMBERS. Interested parties will find everything they need to join and to vote at the website of the International Superyacht Society (ISS).

The 52nd Genoa International Boat Show to start on Saturday

October 05, 2012

Taking place from Saturday 6th to Sunday 14th October at Fiera di Genova, the fifty-second edition of the Genoa International Boat Show was officially announced yesterday at Genoa Chamber of Commerce.

International Boat Show of Genoa

International Boat Show of Genoa

900 exhibitors are going to take part in the Boat Show this year – a figure that exceeds last summer’s forecasts and confirms the strong will of boating sector companies to recover from the current crisis. More than 1,400 boats will be on display over a total exhibition area of 200 thousand square metres.

Genoa Boat Show confirms its leadership and its role as a reference event for the international boating industry as a whole in spite of an economic scenario that is a far cry from that of a few years ago, especially as regards the Italian and European markets.

Italian and foreign companies are struggling to maintain existing production and occupational levels and are increasingly focusing on new markets. Against this background, Genoa Boat Show means to prove once more it is an important venue where new products can successfully be presented and relations with both professional operators and the public can be strengthened.

The organisers have worked extremely hard to revive love for the sea through a wide range of sports events, exhibitions and theme initiatives devoted to design and engineering.

The opening day
On Saturday 6th October Italian Deputy Minister for Transport and Infrastructures Mario Ciacca will reach the fairground by sea, inspect the Italian Navy’s guard of honour and attend the flag-hoisting ceremony that will take place on the terrace of Pavilion B.

All local political representatives will be present at the ceremony: the President of the Liguria Regional Council, Claudio Burlando, Genoa Mayor, Marco Doria, and the Extraordinary Commissioner of Genoa Provincial Council, Piero Fossati.

For the first time in 52 years, boating sector businessmen will not take part in the opening ceremony, as a symbolic silent protest by this industrial sector, which is simply demanding to be able to keep working and contribute to strengthening Italy’s economy.

After the flag-hoisting ceremony (and this will be an absolute novelty at this year’s Boat Show), at 11.30 am, a debate devoted to the boating sector and the Government and chaired by Class CNBC Editor-in-Chief Andrea Cabrini will be held at Fieracongressi in the presence of Deputy Minister Ciaccia, President Burlando, UCINA’s President and Fiera di Genova’s Chairwoman.

Guido Improta, Italy’s Undersecretary to the Ministry for Transport and Infrastructures, and Filippo Milone, the Undersecretary to Defence, will also be present at the Show on Saturday 6th.

On that day, the Boat Show will remain open after 6.30 pm. The evening ticket will cost €10 (admission free for children born from 1st January 1998 onwards if accompanied by an adult) and some bars and restaurants will have happy hours and offer special promotions. Visitors will be welcomed by the Riviera Syncopator Brass Band who, in a perfect New Orleans-style, will parade through the boats and pavilions and reach the area in front of Pavilion C: there, the NP Big Band will entertain the public until 9.00 pm with swing and dancing performances featuring the repertoire of great American orchestras from the 1930s and 1940s, from Benny Goodman to Glenn Miller and Artie Shaw. From 9.00 to 10.30 pm, Djset on the sea walk with Radio Monte Carlo’s Dado Funky Poetz dj & music designer.

What’s new in the exhibition layout
The layout of the Boat Show – which extends over four pavilions, two marinas and large outdoor areas overlooking the sea – has evolved over the years to ensure the best possible product arrangement; easily identifiable colour-coded routes will lead visitors to the section they are most interested in: grey will identify accessories, red sailing boats, light blue power boats, and blue mega-yachts. The diving sector will be back at the Show after thirty years in a dedicated area set up by Confisub, while the shopping area will be near the section devoted to tourism, services and electronic equipment in the first gallery of Pavilion S.

Pavilion C has also undergone some major layout changes: a central exhibition area will host the stands of the most important technical/nautical apparel brands and will serve as a temporary show and shopping space, with product presentations, fashion shows, conferences and meetings that will follow a specific schedule, while the shopping area will be open to the public at all times.

Pavilion C will also be the brand-new location of the Sea Theatre, where interesting events will alternate with those of the temporary show & shopping space. Pavilion C will still be hosting B2B meetings; to its more-than-aware public and to professional operators Genoa International Boat Show will once again offer TechTrade, the section devoted to components and accessories for pleasure boating. Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th will be the b2b preferential days.

Sailing boats will be on display in Marina 1, a central location that will ensure high visibility to all participating companies. Sailing accessories and equipment will be in the Mondoinvela area in Pavilion D, which has been reopened specifically to ensure product continuity with the crafts on display in the water.

The flagships
It is the largest motor yacht ever built in Viareggio after Adnan Kashoggi’s fabulous Nabil in the early 1980s: luxury yacht Stella Maris by Viareggio Superyachts is 72.10 metres long, 12.60 metres wide, has a 2270 ton displacement and will be the 2012 Boat Show’s motor flagship. Designed by the Danish super-yacht archistar Espen Øino, the Stella Maris is Viareggio Superyachts’s third project and can boast the highest possible shipbuilding qualitative standards: its level of perfection is comparable to that achieved by the leading German and Dutch shipyards.

72m megayacht Stella Maris by VSY-Viareggio Superyachts at launch

72m megayacht Stella Maris by VSY-Viareggio Superyachts at launch

Sports and sea culture
Inspiring, stirring, strengthening love for the sea is one of the main objectives that the 2012 International Boat Show is aiming to achieve through a series of events devoted to sea sports, sea culture, and traditions. A wide range of water sport trials and workshops will be held in the Olympic Village set up by the Italian Sailing Federation and the interactive areas managed by the Italian Power Boating Federation, as well as at the Sea and Sailing Stadium thanks to the Navigar m’è dolce campaign carried out by UCINA to promote sea culture and sports, the support of water sports federations, and the cooperation with Fondazione Carige’s Progetto Giovani sponsored by the Italian Olympic Committee.

A very charming itinerary through Italy’s boating traditions will develop over three theme areas: the first will be devoted to traditional wooden work boats, rigged with Latin sails and perfectly restored; the second will feature historical regatta boats with hulls built by Sangermani and Baglietto; the third will display wooden power boats, led by the mythical Aquarama yacht tender, representing the best Italian tradition of the first post-war years.

The University of Genoa will take part in the Boat Show with the Scuola Politecnica Genovese (and its Master’s Courses in Ship and Yacht Design, Nautical Engineering, and Sustainable Products), which will propose a series of events devoted to the subjects of PhD dissertations, publications, research results, and the activities carried out at an international level, particularly with the Florida International University, the School’s partner in research and post-graduate training. On the occasion of the Boat Show, University training will leave lecture halls and the public will have the opportunity to attend lessons held in a dedicated area inside the stand.

The exhibition Loveboats – Barche come capolavori di Design Contemporaneo (Loveboats – Boats as masterpieces of contemporary design) held at the Villa Croce Museum of Contemporary Art, is a small collection of pictures, drawings and videos of design applications in the boating world. Great architects like Zaha Hadid and internationally-renowned designers like Philip Stark and Mark Newson have created unique, outstanding boats that have become true icons of contemporary design; others, like John Pawson and Piero Lissoni, have chosen to cooperate with the best yacht designers, like Luca Brenta or Lorenzo Argento; and design firms like Lazzarini & Pickering devote the utmost care to the tiniest details of boats, creating real masterpieces to live and cruise on, which are the embodiment of pure creativity.

Services
Visitors will again have available helicopter transfers offered by Novaris, while the Boat Show’s guests will be able to use a “private pier”.

For the first time, exhibitors will be granted a “Gold Card” for their best clients, allowing to take advantage – upon reservation – of a series of dedicated services, including reserved parking spots and the access to the Gold Card Lounge, located on the mezzanine floor of the Blu Pavilion. Catering services too will benefit from a general price-reduction policy and an important “new entry”, with the Genova-Nervi restaurant “The Cook”, featuring Michelin-star cook Ivan Ricchebono, opening this year in Pavilion C Club. Other new services will include a Trenitalia railway ticket counter in the hall of Pavilion C and a parapharmacy also proposing interesting wellness products.

A new online service allows to book 250 parking spots directly from the site www.genoaboatshow.com. The parking spots – on Piazzale Kennedy-Vittorio Veneto, accessible from Corso Marconi (sea side) – will be reserved until 11.00 am of the chosen day at a price of € 18.00. Any remaining parking places will be charged € 12.00.

Sponsors
For the fourth consecutive year the Boat Show’s main sponsor will be Rolex, the Show’s “official watch”. The cooperation with the Banca Carige Group has also been confirmed, while the new, highly innovative FIAT 500 L will make its debut as Boat Show sponsor and will also be available for test drives.

The “Welcoming Project”

Shuttle buses from the airport, the railway stations and the main hotels in town (including three-star hotels) and in the Golfo del Tigullio & a large information stand inside the Show devoted in particular to the promotion of GenovaInBlu: this is the “Welcoming Project” developed by Fiera di Genova and UCINA in cooperation with the City Promotion Board (consisting of Genoa City Council, Provincial Council, Chamber of Comemrce, and Port Authority) and the Liguria Regional Council. Available services will also include a bus connecting the Show to the city centre, where visitors will be able to enjoy shopping or take a tour. Just like last year, bus transfers from the fairground to the city centre will be available: the ‘shopping bus’ during the day and the special GenovaInBlu shuttle bus between 6.00 and 9.00 pm, allowing the public to easily take part in the Boat Show’s “Fringe”.

Opening hours and tickets
Genoa 52nd International Boat Show will be open every day from 10 am to 6.30 pm. On Saturday 6th October the Show will be open until 10.30 pm and will feature a special entertainment programme for the public. The ticket will cost € 15.00, concessions € 13.00. For the first time, this year all children born from 1st January 1998 onwards, if accompanied by an adult, will be able to visit the Show for free throughout the nine days of the event. Tickets can be purchased on-line. Advance sale in all Gruppo Carige’s banks.

A welcoming service developed in cooperation with Terre di Mare will be in place for visitors with disabilities: four-wheeled electrical scooters and wheelchairs will be available.

Boat Show visitors can also take advantage of interesting tourist packages and special fares on Alitalia domestic flights and Skyteam international flights.

Genoa Boat Show’s 52nd edition to start in two weeks

September 24, 2012

Running from October 6 to 14, the 52nd edition of the Genoa International Boat Show will be attended by 900 exhibitors. The event will extend over 4 pavilions, large outdoor areas as well as 2 marinas, totalling an overall surface of 200 thousand square metres.

Genoa International Boat Show

Genoa International Boat Show

The large dock will be available for sea trials, other outdoor areas for the Italian Sailing Federation and ocean sailors, and a dedicated pool will be set up for children.

The comeback of the diving sector, the first edition of the Pleasure Boaters’ Forum.

A 10,000 sq m stage to host the fashion shows by Helly Hansen, Henry Lloyd, Northsail, Marina Yachting, Musto, Slam and Veleria San Giorgio.

The Show reaches out to the city and becomes an even more enthralling experience thanks to the very much-awaited comeback of its ‘fringe’, GenovaInBlu, which will blend together fashion and design (with important brands like Santoni and Munari), exhibitions, music performances, and “shopping by night” opportunities thanks to Enel Sole.

The Boat Show’s international scope will expand further this year, with trade missions and dedicated B2B meetings with business operators from Russia, Turkey, Brazil, the Middle East and the Far East. The EU’s Economic and Social Committee will hold a hearing for the boating industry to which Italian Commissioner Tajani has been invited.

High-profile, prestigious events will also take place at the Boat Show, starting, on the opening day, with the debate devoted to the boating industry and the Italian government, attended by Italy‘s Deputy Minister for Transport and Infrastructures Mario Ciacca. Over the following days, Mr Corrado Passera, Minister Piero Gnudi and Mr Giulio Tremonti will also be present at the Show. Architectural design firm Gae Aulenti Architetti will take part in the Nautical Design Award, while Victor Mallet from the Financial Times will once again chair the International Boating Forum.

With less than three weeks left before the opening of the 52nd International Boat Show – which will be held in Genoa from 6th to 14th October – it is now possible to provide an almost-final outline of the exhibition layout and the events that will take place during the show. July forecasts have been exceeded: 900 exhibitors are going to be present in Genoa, a figure that bears witness to the boating sector companies’ commitment and will to recover from the crisis. Many companies have indeed continued to invest in innovation, quality and technology in spite of the very difficult economic scenario and will be able to present a range of new products – from yachts to accessories all the way to technical equipment, with a special focus on cost and price optimisation.

Genoa Boat Show by night

Genoa Boat Show by night

The exhibition layout
The layout of the Boat Show – which extends over four pavilions, two marinas and large outdoor areas overlooking the sea – has evolved over the years to ensure the best possible product display arrangement and allow all visitors to enjoy the beauty of the floating part to the fullest. Visitor-friendly colour-coded itineraries will lead all visitors to the sections they are most interested in: grey will identify accessories, red sailing boats, light blue power boats, and blue mega-yachts.

The diving sector and the shopping area will be located in the first gallery of Pavilion S, together with tourism, services, and electronic equipment.

The layout of pavilion C has changed considerably: a central area will be set up this year, hosting the stands of the most important technical/nautical apparel brands and serving as a temporary show and shopping space, with product presentations, fashion shows, conferences and meetings that will follow a specific schedule and timetable, while shopping opportunities will be available for the public at all times. This new format will give exhibitors a unique chance to interact with the visitors in a very innovative and dynamic way over an area of more than 10,000 square metres that will host brands like Helly Hansen, Henry Lloyd, Northsail, Marina Yachting, Musto, Slam and Veleria San Giorgio.

Pavilion C will also be the brand-new location of the Sea Theatre, where interesting events will be held, alternating with those of the temporary show & shopping space. One of the most awaited initiatives will be the presentation of the finalists of the third Nautical Design Award, created by magazine Yacht & Sail and organised in partnership with ADI (the Italian Designers Association) to reward the companies that best represent Italian excellence in the boating sector.

The Jury, chaired by ADI’s President Luisa Bocchietto, will award a plate to the finalists, who will then be entitled to display it in their stands during the nine days of the Boat Show. The official awarding ceremony will then be held on 9th November in Milan. Starting on that day, the models of the winners’ products will be on display in Via Manzoni, in Milan.

Pavilion C will still be hosting B2B meetings; to its more-than-aware public and to professional operators Genoa International Boat Show will once again offer TechTrade, the section devoted to components and accessories for pleasure boating. Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th will be the b2b preferential days.

This year all inflatable boats will benefit from a more rational layout and will all be on display inside Pavilion B and Pavilion S (package models).

The product display arrangement has been optimised further by moving all sailing boats to the Marina 1, a central location that will ensure more visibility to a sector boasting a large number of enthusiasts of regattas and sporting endeavours.

Over the last three months the Boat Show’s organisers have worked intensively and done their very best to understand and meet all the needs and requirements of sailing boat exhibitors and to find a better location for sailing crafts, capable of enhancing their value to the fullest.

As a result of the important efforts made, besides the companies that had immediately confirmed their attendance (among others, Jeanneau, Beneteau, Baltic, Vismara, Chantier Amel), over the last few weeks other important exhibitors have decided to take part in the Boat Show, including Cantieri Del Pardo, Dufour, Bavaria, X-Yachts, Hanse Group and Dheler-Moody. Product range completeness will be ensured by the presence of sailmakers and companies producing sailing equipment and accessories, which will be hosted in pavilion D – reopened specifically to ensure product continuity with the crafts on display in the water.

The Progetto giovani – Navigar m’è dolce project
UCINA Confindustria Nautica has promoted the Navigar m’è dolce campaign all over Italy for eight years, with the aim of spreading the boating culture and love for the sea among school pupils. This year, thanks to a partnership with the Italian Sailing Federation and a “joint venture” with Fondazione Carige’s Progetto Giovani, in cooperation with the sports association Movimento sportivo popolare ligure, the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), the various sea sports federation, Lega Navale, the Coast Guard, the Italian Rescue Association (Società di Salvamento), Atlantic Challenge, Acquario di Genova, and the Liguria Region’s School Department, children and teenagers will be offered a chance to learn more about and experience the sea in many different ways: besides sailing, the younger ones will indeed have the opportunity to try out rowing and other sea sports in the Water Stadium and to attend lessons on biology and safety sea.

The Water Stadium will host the entire fleet that took part in the 2nd edition of the project “L’Italia in Barca a Vela: il Mare che Unisce” (Italy on a sailing boat: the sea that unites), promoted by the Italian Ministry for University and Research in cooperation withthe Italian Sailing Federation, Lega Navale Italiana, and the Italian Harbour Offices – Coast Guard.

During the Boat Show, the lessons held as part of this important project will continue outdoor for upper secondary school pupils, while primary and lower secondary school pupils will be able to take part in the activities of the “Vela Scuola” project, another important initiative promoted jointly by the Italian Ministry for University and Research and FIV, the Italian Sailing Federation.

All these new initiatives will join other previously-announced ones, like the setting up of the Weymouth Olympic and Paralympic Village, allowing all enthusiasts to admire the sailing boats used during this year’s London Olympic Games, as well as to discover the Olympic classes that will take part in Rio 2016 Games, including the new kite boarding class; the opportunity for all FIV members to take advantage of a special ticket valid throughout the nine days of the Show; sea trials on Formula Junior and Formula Future inflatables; and jet-ski and radio-controlled power boating performances, with the last Italian Championship competition to be held on Sunday 7th October.

An increasingly international Boat Show
This year too, like over the last 15 editions of the Boat Show, activities devoted to foreign operators will be organised within the framework of the export support and promotion agreement among UCINA (the Italian Marine Industry Association), the Italian Ministry for Economic Development, ICE (the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade), and Liguria International, with trade missions from several countries, including Russia, Turkey, Brazil, the Middle East and the Far East – the main new prospective markets for the pleasure boating industry.

Activities promoting the Italian boating industry and Genoa Boat Show at an international level are also constantly ongoing: under the aegis of Liguria International – the Liguria regional company for the internationalisation of businesses with whom Fiera di Genova recently signed a cooperation agreement -, after the event held in Moscow on 17th July, the Boat Show was presented in Dubai at Dubai World Trade Center on 10th September, the final objective being increasing the number of qualified foreign operators visiting the show. A Chinese delegation will visit the Boat Show on the first weekend – a mission organised by Fiera di Genova in cooperation with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade.

Conferences, meetings, and other events
This year too the Boat Show will include a rich calendar of conferences and side events. The conferences, organised by UCINA Confindustria Nautica and gathered under the title fUCINA (i.e. Forum UCINA), will revolve around important subjects and will aim to provide an overview of the Italian boating industry and to offer some food for thought on the most topical issues in this sector. Various institutions, politicians, professional operators and opinion leaders will be invited to take part in a debate on the relations between the pleasure boating industry and the world of politics, economics, and communication.

The first conference, La Nautica e il Governo (The Boating Industry and the Government) will be held on Saturday 6th October, after the Boat Show official opening ceremony.

International conferences will start on Sunday 7th October, with the second edition of the International Boating Forum, an international round table chaired by Financial Times journalist Victor Mallet and involving the leading European associations member of EBI (European Boating Industry).

On Tuesday 9th October, hearing of the Italian boating industry by the EESC – European Economic and Social Committee, a consultative body of the European Union providing the main EU institutions with qualified advice on various matters. Organised by UCINA and EBI (European Boating Industry), the hearing will be the subject of a report that the EESC will submit in Brussels regarding the current crisis affecting the European boating sector, which currently includes 37,000 companies and 234,000 directly employed people. The conference will be chaired by Nick Hopkinson, from magazine IBI. Other meetings and workshops will be organised, targeted at Italian and foreign professionals and aimed at illustrating the new provisions and regulations recently introduced into the Italian legislation.

The Boat Show’s institutional conference scheduled for Monday 8th October will be devoted to the economy: the debate La Nautica e l’Economia (The Boating Industry and the Economy), with a keynote speech by Prof. Giulio Tremonti, will aim to give an insight of today’s Italian economic scenario and to compare it with the global one, starting from the experience of several leading economists and analysing the potential of the Green Economy. At the end of the conference, the President of the Italian province winner of the Nautical Quality Index (developed by Osservatorio Nautico Nazionale) will receive the 2012 “Territori di mare” award.

On Wednesday 10th October, the boating sector will meet the world of communication: the conference La Nautica e i Media (The Boating Sector and the Media) will indeed focus on the relations between communication, the media, and new social networks in order to understand how the boating industry is being promoted and is perceived by the public opinion.

The results of market analyses will be shared with the public during the presentation of La Nautica in cifre. Analisi del mercato per l’anno 2011 (The Boating Sector in figures. Market analysis for the year 2011”2011), published by UCINA’s Surveys Department in cooperation with the Department of Economics and Quantitative Methods of the University of Genoa.

The last conference is scheduled for Friday 12th October: Nautica e Fisco (The Boating Industry and Taxation) will be a workshop organised by the Liguria Association of Tax Court Magistrates and will tackle a series of taxation-related issues including the Italian spesometro (an expense-reporting system recently introduced by the Government) and the application of the IMU property tax in ports.

The management of coastal and state-owned areas will be the leading theme of the meeting with the Italian Minister for Relations with the regions, Piero Gnudi, and sector professionals, to be held on Saturday 13th October.

Great attention will be devoted this year to pleasure boaters and the issues they have to tackle: on Sunday 7th October, in the afternoon, the first Forum del Diportista (Pleasure Boaters’ Forum) will open a debate among sea enthusiasts at the Sea Theatre. This initiative was launched during the summer with the creation of the website, a “community of pleasure boaters” set up to share knowledge and experience related to boating, allow yachtspeople to have a say on a range of matters, and serve as a tool to report any relevant information and news. The contributions of website users will be shared and disussed during the Boat Show, where forum participants will also have the opportunity to meet and evaluate the Community’s activities so far.

The bank group Monte dei Paschi di Siena is once more offering its financial product created to help UCINA members take part in the Boat Show.

The Mezzanine Room of Pavilion B will host Start to Business, the event devoted to innovation and aimed at offering boating sector companies a chance to meet businesses operating in the hi-tech industry. This business-matching event, organised in cooperation with CDI Manager and Consorzio Quinn, will consist of two phases: during the first, hi-tech companies will present new technologies and innovative solutions that have never applied in the boating industry so far; then, one-to-one meetings will be held with the various participating boatyards.

Services
Visitors will again have available helicopter transfers offered by Novaris, while the Boat Show’s guests will be able to use a “private pier”.

For the first time, exhibitors will be granted a “Gold Card” for their best clients, allowing to take advantage – upon reservation – of a series of dedicated services, including reserved parking spots and the access to the Gold Card Lounge, located on the mezzanine floor of the Blu Pavilion.

Catering services too will benefit from an important ‘new entry’, with the Genova-Nervi restaurant “The Cook” – featuring Michelin-star cook Ivan Ricchebono – opening this year in Pavilion C Club.

Opening hours and tickets
The Show will be open every day from 10 am to 6.30 pm. On Saturday 6th October the Show will be open until 10.30 pm and will feature a special entertainment programme for the public.

The ticket will cost € 15.00, concessions € 13.00. For the first time, this year all children born from 1st January 1998 onwards, if accompanied by an adult, will be able to visit the Show for free throughout the nine days of the event.

A welcoming service developed in cooperation with Terre di Mare will be in place for visitors with disabilities: four-wheeled electrical scooters and wheelchairs will be available. Boat Show visitors can also take advantage of interesting tourist packages and special fares on Alitalia domestic flights and Skyteam international flights.

Exercise Your Right to Boat at the 2012 Seattle Boat Show

January 25, 2012

The 65th annual Seattle Boat Show has something for everyone. If the visitors wakeboard, waterski, fish, kayak, cruise or race, under power or sail, on boats small or large, want to trick out their yacht with new gear or hone their skills at seminars, this show’s for them.

Seattle Boat Show

Seattle Boat Show

This year’s show also promises tons of opportunities for boaters to indulge their inner techie as so many advances have been made in electronics and software in the past year.

Some highlights include:

Simrad’s new 4G Broadband Radar at the Yacht Masters’ booth. This truly dual range radar has two processors in it allowing a boater to have one range set at a mile for close in targets while the other range can be six miles for longer range planning.  What really sets this radar apart from its competition is the elimination of the main bang or the area around your boat that is always a dead zone that close in targets are lost in. This radar uses a different technology that allows targets to be seen next to your boat.

Also at Yacht Masters will be Flir’s new First Mate MS hand held thermal imagine camera. Flir’s award winning night time technology is now available in a go-anywhere hand held technology for less than $2,000.The Flir First Mate MS fits in the palm of one´s hand and turns the blackness of night into daylight. Put in a pocket when one heads out for dinner in his dingy and can be sure of his safety when he is coming home at night.

Miller & Miller Boatyard will have the world’s first touch screen wireless AIS transponder, the WatchMate Vision™ from Vesper. The system is incredibly user-friendly and can be accurately controlled with ease, even when hands are wet or wearing gloves. The full color touch-screen is capable of operating in direct sunlight. WatchMate Vision is the first dedicated display-based AIS transponder to integrate WiFi functionality, allowing AIS interaction with any wireless smartphone, tablet or laptop.

DMK Yacht Instruments is new company formed in 2011 by three Northwest boating aficionados and industry veterans with a goal of linking IOS capabilities (iPhone and IPads) to the marine environment. They will be displaying their DMK 11A for the first time ever. The DMK 11A is an electronics device with inputs for NMEA 0183, AIS, NMEA 2000, and Seatalk.  Once wired to the vessel, the 11A sends data packets via a wireless connection to a mobile device like an iPad or iPhone. The vessel’s instrument data, such as depth, boat speed, wind speed, and GPS position can be displayed as well as vessel monitoring information such as engine data.

Raymarine will have their new e7D. It is a compact yet powerful navigation solution for recreational and light commercial boaters. The e7D brings to the market multiple unique features never before seen in a marine multifunction display, including: built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and an H.264 video encoder which enables wireless video streaming to Apple iPhone and iPad devices; Bluetooth networking that lets you link e7D to digital music players and control them right from the helm; and a Sport-Optic Friendly” LCD display does not black-out when viewed with polarized sunglasses.

Less techie, but no less useful to the boater, will the display of Prodeco folding electronic bikes from Seattle E-Bike. Eleven of the 13 Prodeco models fold at the frame, and at the stem, making them very compact. It takes 30 seconds to fold them, 30 seconds to unfold them and get on your way. No tying them out on the rails of the boat, one can keep them dry and unsalty inside.  They make a special 20 inch line for boaters, private airplane owners and RV owners, called, appropriately, the Mariner. Its stem folds in three places. The high end Mariner 7 will let you circumnavigate even Orcas Island at 18 mph without pedaling, uphill and down, provided when you stop for lunch you plug in for an hour. Pedal moderately, and you will go faster, and can skip the charge.  In other words, one no longer has to be an athlete to explore the countryside at the ports he visits.

Seminars galore:
The seminars are always a huge attraction at the show and 2012 is no different. No other show in North America matches the Seattle seminar schedule in terms of the quality, variety and volume of seminars offered. There are more than 200 free seminars during the course of the show and advanced seminars through Boat Show University for a nominal fee. Many presenters are returning and there are 50 new seminars.

Know Before You Go

Online is the place for the latest information, updates about the show and special offers:
•    The show website is being updated daily as new information becomes available about exhibitors, brands, seminars and promotions.
•    E-tickets for the show are on sale starting December 1. Those purchasing tickets online will receive $20 off at Fred Meyer, a free cup of clam chowder at FX McRory’s and a free one-year boating magazine subscription.

Where:
CenturyLink Field Event Center
800 Occidental Avenue South, Seattle

South Lake Union
901 Fairview Avenue N, Seattle

Free shuttle running continuously between both locations.

Hours:
CenturyLink Field Event Center:
Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 8 pm
Fridays: 11 am – 9 pm
Saturdays: 10 am – 8 pm
Sundays: 10 am – 6 pm

South Lake Union:
Weekdays: 11 am – 5 pm
Weekends: 10 am – 5 pm

The show will close at 4pm on Sunday, February 5th.

Tickets:
ADULTS: $12
5-DAY PASS:  $24
YOUTH (11-17): $5
KIDS 10 and under: Free

Official hotels:
Crowne Plaza Hotel and Silver Cloud Hotel Stadium
Both offer boat show attendees special prices.

The Seattle Boat Show, Indoors + Afloat, is presented in partnership with the Washington State Parks Boating Safety Program.

New tourism opportunities in Bimini thanks to the return of the Legendary Big Game Club

January 09, 2012

Situated in a popular yacht charter destination – the Bahamas, including 700 islands sweeping across 500 miles of open ocean, Bimini has become a media darling in 2011, as a large number of journalists from around the world have re-discovered this tiny island in the stream.

The Island of Bimini, Bahamas

The Island of Bimini, Bahamas

At the forefront of the news surrounding Bimini in 2011, was the successful re-opening of the historic Big Game Club, a legendary 51-room fishing resort, fully renovated and repositioned as a Guy Harvey Outpost Resort and Marina. Dr. Harvey, known internationally for his marine wildlife art and conservation initiatives, and his Outpost Resorts partners, drove home the message that not only was one of the most legendary offshore angling outposts of all time back in operation, it was also re-inventing itself in a tourism market, where eco-systems and bio-diversity are considerations when promoting traditional pursuits such as fishing, diving and boating.

Re-opening of the historic Bimini Big Game Club

Re-opening of the historic Bimini Big Game Club

“In addition to dozens of traditional sport fishing and diving media, the Big Game Club’s return and Bimini´s ever-intriguing storylines drew travel journalists from Switzerland, Spain, Canada and the Netherlands and several US based television news and cable TV operations, we even had the Food Channel here doing a piece on Lionfish, which we catch, prepare and serve in our dining room,” said Michael Weber, General Manager of the Big Game Club.

“We also successfully returned to tournament fishing with the launch of the First Annual Billfish Invitational last May as well as hosting events with Hatteras and Bertram Yachts, which celebrated their 50th anniversary here.”

As the result of the local publicity and Bahamas Tourism Board promotions, according to Weber, guest visits are improving and a new wave of tourism interest in Bimini is beginning to build. Bahamas out-island tourism, according to reports through October 2011, showed visitor numbers were up 13% year-to-date.

Beautiful, Long and Sandy Bimini Beaches

Beautiful, Long and Sandy Bimini Beaches

The Big Game Club is continuing to build its own tourism focused base in 2012, promoting its traditional water sports activities along with a new push for meetings, weddings and group related programs.

Weber said the recent completion of the Gulfstream Conference Center and Hemingway´s Rum Bar & Social Lounge will be heavily promoted as a convenient out-island venue for corporate, scientific and social group events.

Inspired by the renewed public interest, airlift into Bimini continues to improve into 2012.

Free diving with dolphins in Bimini

Free diving with dolphins in Bimini

Bimini has scheduled air access by several carriers including:

Silver Airways Corp, a new regional carrier launched with assets from the former Gulfstream International Airlines, (the code sharing partner of Continental/United) has acquired a new aircraft (34-seat Saab 340), which should be in service by February/March 2012. At present Silver has increased their frequency to two flights daily from Fort Lauderdale.

IBC Airways currently operates with Saab 30 passenger aircraft out of Fort Lauderdale International Airport with four times a week service.

Western Air services Bimini via Nassau with two flights daily.

For North Florida residents AirGate Aviation has announced regular scheduled service to Bimini.

Tropic Ocean Airways is the newest member to the Big Game Club offering seaplane service to Bimini from Fort Lauderdale Sheltair  on a charter basis and as a scheduled carrier in March.

For scheduling flights, Weber said its recommended to use the Outpost Travel Concierge Service through the Big Game Club’s reservation office:

Another potential public transportation service is The Bahamas Express, a high-speed ferry service currently linking Fort Lauderdale and Freeport in the Bahamas. Future plans call for more regular service ports, including Bimini (tentatively March 2012).

Attracting the bulk of travelers to Bimini, according to Weber, will be the traditional blue water angling, backcountry fly fishing and diving pursuits offered at the Bimini Big Game Club and other properties.

“New for 2012, we hope to add water sports activities such as kayaking and kayak nature tours, kite-boarding and instruction and paddle boards,” Weber added.

As for the more traditional pursuits:

Located on the main navigation channel in Bimini Bay, The Big Game Club provides a 75-slip marina capable of accommodating yachts up to 145 feet in length. Boaters crossing the stream to Bimini and The Big Game are asked to call the US Marina Reservations Office to arrange for slip accommodations and confirm other special requirements.

Offshore charters are currently available through noted Carolina sportfishing captain Skipper Gentry and his 46¹ Post powered with 625 hp diesels.

The Big Game Club is also represented on Bimini´s record setting backcountry flats with fly fishing guru Vaughn Cochran at the helm of Bonefish Bimini. Neal Watson, known fondly as the ´Dive God´ for his superhuman record breaking scuba records, has launched Neal Watson´s Dive Bimini, a Guy Harvey Outpost Dive Center featuring Bimini Blue, the largest recreational dive boat in the Bahamas.

“Bimini has no shortage of great dive sites: Reefs, Wrecks, Walls, Drift Dives, our famous Atlantis Road and a truly amazing Wild Dolphin Encounter – you name it,” said Watson.  “And did I mention, Shark Encounters?” he asks with a grin.

As for future dive sites, an effort currently is underway to sink the tugboat, Manatee, south of Turtle Rocks to make a good dive site in prevailing northeasterly winds. The Manatee is currently docked in South Bimini.

GOST™ Phantom Wireless Security & Monitoring System introduced at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show for the first time

October 21, 2011

Global Ocean Security Technologies (GOST – formally Paradox Marine) will present the next generation GOST Phantom Wireless Security & Monitoring System with built in quad band GPRS/GSM Module at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 27–31 (Electronics Tent, booth 385, Bahia Mar), Florida, USA.

GOST executive team at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2010

GOST executive team at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2010

GOST Phantom replaces the GOST Marine Magellan head unit but will maintain compatibility with the full line of GOST wireless security & monitoring sensors, GOST Inmarsat Satellite GPS Tracking & GOST Watch Surveillance systems.

“GOST Phantom takes the core functionality, reliability, and ease of use from our legacy Marine Magellan while adding greater capabilities, more salient consumer features and an alluring style. This gives boat owners true peace of mind while away from or when sleeping aboard their boat,” said Brian Kane, GOST Director of Research and Development.

GOST Phantom has a completely revamped sleek black design, a crisp blue LCD screen and many enhanced capabilities – including the ability to report simultaneously via text message as well as traditional two-way voice. The unit can support up to 64 wireless sensors for security and monitoring and eight wireless relays to control virtually any AC/DC functions on board. Some of the wireless monitoring options available include high water in the bilge, battery bank low voltage, loss of shore power, temperatures in bait/food freezers, smoke, intrusion and much more.

Marinized wireless deck pressure sensors, door/hatch sensors, dual optical passive infrared motion sensors and pull sensors alert to intrusion or potential theft of a vessel. Relays can be programmed to activate a siren and flashing lights when a sensor is triggered to get would-be thieves off a boat immediately. When an event occurs, GOST Phantom will contact up to eight phone numbers with a voice and/or text message letting you know the vessel’s status and the event that has occurred. Key fob control allows for easy arming/disarming and display the system’s status using visual (LED) and auditory feedback. The unit also allows for independent arming/disarming of two separate partitions such as main quarters & crew/utility quarters on the vessel, offering two independent security systems in one.

GOST Phantom owners can remotely call in from any phone to check the status, arm/disarm the system, control output switches, leave voice mail messages for friends and crew or call in to have two way conversations with those on board through the unit’s hands free built-in speaker phone. The unit can also be set to discreetly make calls when certain user codes are entered to disarm the system so owners know exactly who is on board the vessel and when they are there (up to 16 users).
For more information about GOST Phantom and other GOST marine security, monitoring and tracking systems, visit booth 385 in the Electronics Tent at FLIBS 2011.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

November 29, 2010

Major players in the Superyacht Arena met in Amsterdam for three days of intense debate, powerful networking and business development at the industry’s largest and most valuable conference event, the Global Superyacht Forum.

All of the major players from Lurssen, Feadship, Burgess, Heesen, AmelsEspen Oeino Design, Redman Whiteley Dixon, Royal HuismanAbeking & Rasmussen, Benetti, Moomussennen, YCO, Edmiston, YPI, Dohle, Rybovich, CMN, Thyssen Krupp, Camper & Nicholsons, Hill Robinson and Watkins will be in attendance representing hundreds of yachts, new build and existing, not to mention the Captains and Owners representatives from several major new builds.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010: Day One -

Once again leading industry figures have gathered in Amsterdam for the Global Superyacht Forum (GSF), hosted by SuperyachtEvents – a division of The Yacht Report Group. 400 delegates will attend over the course of three days to digest the most important issues facing the market right now, led by a group of dynamic speakers.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Day One of GSF opened with Keynote session 1, led by Richard Beattie owner of the 45m superyacht Big Fish, delivered this year for Aquos Yachts by McMullen & Wing. Joining him on stage were Jim Gilbert of Aquos Yachts and Chairman Martin Redmayne. Beattie welcomed the delegates into his world, proclaiming his passion for both motor yacht Big Fish and Aquos Yachts – describing the business model as ‘new yachts for a new age.’ Having chartered and owned yachts before, Beattie described Big Fish as a revelation in terms of what could be experienced on board a superyacht.  There is a new generation of potential owners who should be being marketed to and attracted to the market. Beattie stressed the importance of enticing new owners through charter, expressing his belief that if many of those able to afford yachts were just made aware of ‘wow factor’ of the experience on offer, they would be easily converted to the idea of ownership. Getting these potential new clients to undertake their first charter is key to the future of the industry. MotoryachtBig Fish will be followed by the 50m  expedition yacht Star Fish in 2012.

Richard Beattie, owner of M/Y Big Fish, presents on stage

Richard Beattie, owner of M/Y Big Fish, presents on stage

The second session of the day, Paper 2 – State of the World’s Wealth vs. the State of the Superyacht Industry, featured a panel of Michael Breman, President of SYBAss, Tine A. Willumsen of Above & Beyond, and Milton Pedraza, President of the Luxury Society in New York. Having just heard from Richard Beattie, a hugely positive owner enthusing about the industry, the second session examined ways in which the industry could broaden its horizons to market itself widely and in new ways. The two external High Net Worth specialists, Pedraza and Willumsen, provided expertise on related luxury markets and a wave of enthusiasm for the potential of the superyacht market. Their overwhelming message was to rethink the way we communicate with the emerging new buyers from the BRIC economies, all of who have seen treble digit growth in their wealth since 2009. Breman reminded the audience not to overstate the market, urging “cautious optimism”. As the pre-recession orders deliver there is a need to replace at least a percentage of these orders in order to sustain the market.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 the panel in Session 2

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 the panel in Session 2

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Tine Willumsen presents

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Tine Willumsen presents

‘There is a difference between worth and value: a yacht is worth what someone will pay for it.’ The final session, Valuations vs. Realistic Prices attempted to take the definition of value beyond that pragmatic statement.  Over the course of the session delegates learnt of different ways of looking at valuation. From the discussion  undertaken it was clear that valuation has a different meaning for different areas of the industry; for example shipyards, brokers, surveyors, insurers. The fundamental applies that it’s ‘worth’, if not it’s value, is indeed what someone will pay for it. The key question raised during the session was would a valuation model work to give new clients and existing clients more confidence in the markets stability. The audience felt that it would make sense but with sio many variables the hedonic regression model that was presented is just a starting point. Perhaps it is too premature, however there is no reason in the next few years that some clever individual may not come forward and develop it. This concept will be further investigated by the Superyacht Intelligence team using commercial shipping, aviation and real estate models. Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 L to R Bas Nederpelt and Henk de Vries III of Feadship Van Lent, and Billy Smith III of Trinity Yachts

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 L to R Bas Nederpelt and Henk de Vries III of Feadship Van Lent, and Billy Smith III of Trinity Yachts

Day One of the Global Superyacht Forum was concluded by a Welcome Drinks session, allowing attending delegates to network and relax after a fascinating days insight into the key issues facing the industry. The overwhelming message of the day was one of positive energy mixed with cautious optimism. The need to attract new blood to the market is paramount and we need to work together and think broadly to achieve this.

Global Superyacht Forum: Day Two –

Day Two of Global Superyacht Forum opened with one of the most worrying issues facing the industry today: the ILO MLC 2006. Paper 4 – International Labour Organisations Maritime Convention 2006 featured a panel of Captain Rodney Hatch, motor yacht Turquoise; Chris van Hooren, Technical and Environmental Director of SYBAss (Superyacht Builders Association); Peter Southgate, Advisor – Maritime Policy & Legislation Development and Shipping Master of the Cayman Registry; Paul Coley, Assistant Director of Seafarers and Ships – Maritime and Coastguard Agency; and Andrew Schofield, PYA and Master of M/Y  White Rose of Drachs.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Day 2

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Day 2

Coley was able to finally reveal the finished proposal to make MLC 2006 yacht friendly. As was widely expected the route of substantial equivalence has been taken; an approach echoing that which brought LY1 and 2 into being. While still needing some evolution is was clear from van Hooren’s presentation that the proposal was going a long way towards answering the needs of the industry. MLC 2006 had the potential to be extremely damaging to the industry so it was very encouraging to see that this was finally not to be the case. Southgate diverged from the main concern of accommodation size and gave a broad overview of the social, or ‘soft’, aspect of MLC 2006. While most of these aspects are currently in law he explained that by bringing them into one single convention and making the enforcement more robust it would offer real protection to seafarers. Clearly this is a timely move as Southgate told attendees that he had received at least two complaints from seafarers each month this year, the majority of whom were working on yachts.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Peter Southgate presents

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Peter Southgate presents

Paper 5 – Technical Presentation – Yacht’s Lifecycle Management was led by a panel of Arjan Kleinveld, Managing Director of Van Berge Henegouwen, and Dennis Mol, Business Director of Yachts at Imtech. During the session Kleinveld and Mol explained and contrasted CAPEX and OPEX (respectively capital and operational expenditure for superyachts). With specific reference to the AV systems on board two experts detailed how effective control of these two fiscal aspects of yacht operation can not only control and reduce expenditure but also raise efficiency levels and ensure greater owner satisfaction.

After a busy networking lunch came Paper 6 – Project Management – An Insight into the commercial shipping industry, presented by Thomas Eefsen, Sales and Marketing Manager at Maersk Maritime Technology. Eefsen gave an extensive and detailed presentation on how his business unit of Maersk worked through-build as, what would be dubbed an owners representative in our industry. The procedure was similar in broad view to ours but in interesting detail there were variations from which important lessons can be gained for superyacht construction. What this type of approach can bring was well illustrated by a recent client of Maersk’s division, Svitzer. Captain Grant Thompson of M/Y Kogo described for delegates the advantages that Svitzer’s approach brought during a recent Lloyd’s five year survey. Svitzer, rather than simply implement manufacturers recommended procedures, actually analysed the condition and usage of the machinery. They then proposed the recommended procedures to class and implemented them, bringing significant savings, the degree of which were clearly extensive, though exact figures could not be revealed to the audience.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Paper 7

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Paper 7

The final session of the day was Paper 7 – 13-36 Passenger Code – What it all means? The panel leading the session was made up of Peter Southgate, Cayman Registry; Simon Milne, Manager, Vessel Policy Branch, Maritime Coastguard Agency; Richie Blake, Principal Surveyor, Cayman Registry; Paul Coley, Assistant Director of Seafarers and Ships, Maritime and Coastguard Agency; and Angus Lamming, Senior Surveyor, Isle of Man Ship Registry.

Here, some two years on from it’s first presentation at GSF, the widely anticipated passenger yacht code (PYC), also known as 13-36, was presented in its final form for the first time by Peter Southgate. This code is the result of two and half years work by REG (Red Ensign Group). The Cayman Island Shipping Registry (CISR) took the lead in terms of writing the code, however the input from all the members of REG was clear, especially through the additional presentations of Milne, Blake, Coley and Lamming.  Southgate informed delegates that the Category 2 registries had given useful input to the code. Significantly, too, attendees learned that during the consultation procedure 40 per cent of industry comments were incorporated into the code. It was also explained that this is not a code connected to LY2, nor an enhancement thereof, but a standalone code and indeed one that is aimed at a relatively strong niche in the industry. Though nominally it could be applied to any vessel over 24m, realistically it’s much more suitable for the very much larger yacht. Equally, though it could be applied in refit, the depth of requirement is such that only the most full conversions would be likely to be able to comply. Though niche, we learned that there are currently eleven vessels in build and three in the design phase, flagging into Cayman that were applying the code already; all over 90metres!

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Passenger Code

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Passenger Code

Day Two was closed by the Global Superyacht Forum dinner, hosted for a second year at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant. A walking dinner, in fantastic surroundings, provided yet another ideal opportunity for delegates to network and discuss the key points made during the day’s debate.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Dinner

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 Dinner

Global Superyacht Forum 2010: Day Three –

The final day of Global Superyacht Forum 2010 opened with Paper 8 – VAT & Harmonisation – is it even possible? Co-chairing the debate was John Leonida of Clyde & Co, with a panel of Carlo Galli – Clifford Chance; James Lawson – Hill Dickinson and Lorenzo Pollicardo – Federeganti Yacht. The general answer to whether VAT and harmonisation is possible was that it currently wasn’t although someday it may be more so.  The panel illustrated the problems faced, referring to such examples as the seizure of motor yacht Force Blue. Generally, however, the consensus was that provided the rules are actually followed the French Commercial Exemption (FCE) law is still useful and applicable for superyachts with a genuine charter programme. One strategy adopted by some owners for peace of mind is to pay the VAT regardless of whether they may be able to avoid its payment. Various leasing schemes were also discussed which currently are fully functional within the EU though some members of the panel clearly felt that those that involved paying very minimal VAT may well potentially have a short shelf life. 

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

The second session of the day was Paper 9 – Technical paper – The Truth Behind Satellite Communications. On the panel were Barbara Bersani – Marlink; Kartik Sinha – Inmarsat and Derik Wagner – MTN Satellite Communications. For this paper the panelists outlined the differences in service providers amongst Tier 1 and Virtual service providers. The focus was on examining what owners want, what they actually need, and what they get on their yachts.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Following the final networking lunch came the much-anticipated Paper 10 – Owners investing in the industry. Co-Chaired by Paul Miller – Underwriting Risk Services Ltd – the Paper was presented by Salim Erdem – Merit Gemicilik A S / Moonen and Sean Ewing of Pinmar. As well as being a superyacht owner, with another under construction, Erdem acquired the majority shares in Moonen Shipyards in 2009. Ewing too has invested in the industry by purchasing the majority share in Pinmar, which was previously held by the Ferretti Group, and is now Pinmar’s Chairman. Erdem’s and Ewing’s views on the industry were highly personal, diverse, interesting and contradtiong. Erdem clearly saw yachting as an emotional and artistic venture and even went so far as to say that he didn’t feel a yard should necessarily make a profit.  Ewing, whose background is in financial services and the investment sector, took a much more numbers and business practice related view. Both offered delegates serious insight into the mind of the yacht owner and the HNWI and Ewing in particular provided a ‘to do’ or wish list for the industry, that has in recent times been hampered by crisis, to improve its performance. In the subsequent coffee break it was clear that this was one of the most, if not the most, popular session of the entire event.

After the inspiring presentation by Erdem and Ewing came the final two papers which focused on the always topical subject of paint.  First was Paper 11 – Technical paper – Coatings I with a panel of Alessandro Gallifuoco – Benetti; Ken Hickling – Awlgrip and Tom de Vries – The De Vries Group. The panel, made up of members of the SYBAss coatings working group, brought the latest thinking in coatings standards to the stage. Although the ISO standards have not been finalised as yet delegates were told that that they are coming soon, perhaps as early as next year. It was also learned that the ISO standards are not absolute but rather act as a framework for assessing the coating. This means that absolute values are not incorporated simply to standardise and define how the measurements must be taken and which measurements must be taken.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010  - Coatings

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 - Coatings


The final debate of GSF 2010 was Paper 12 – Technical paper – Coatings II with a panel of Dr. Benigna v. Brederlow – Wrede Consulting; Remy Millott – Pinmar and Kay Wrede – Wrede Consulting. Continuing with the theme of standards Millot and his co-presenters explained Pinmars new definitive painting standard. This standard contains a number of measurements to be made and a regime for making them. But in contrast to the previous paper the standard does provide absolute values, or in fact a range of values. Millot commented that these are not easy to achieve but believes that Pinmar can in fact achieve them consistently. By implication these absolutes should also be achievable by any other applicator of equivalent quality. The standards and the numbers are open and available to all within the industry and were developed in consultation with manufacturers and paint consultants. Wrede Consultancy collaborated with Pinmar, aiding them with the scientific aspects of developing the standard. Delegates were surprised to learn that all the effort that they had put in was gratis, similar to Pinmar’s making the standard open and available to the industry.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 - Pinmar

Global Superyacht Forum 2010 - Pinmar

With the debate complete the 2010 Global Superyacht Forum closed with the Global Superyacht Party, the theme of which was ‘Shore Leave’. If the whole three day event could be summarised in one feeling it was that the industry needs to look at wider thinking, drawing on the expertise and experience of related luxury industries. Drawing new blood into the industry is key and thinking outside of the box outside of that box may be the key route to doing so.

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Global Superyacht Forum 2010

Thanks must go to all speakers, delegates and the sponsors – Awlgrip, Cayman Registry, Clyde & Co, Current Corporation, Inmarsat, Intelisea, Lutron, MAST, MedAire, Pantaenius, Pendennis, Rybovich and Wartsila – for making the event possible.

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