Miami International Boat Show 2012 Brief

Miami International Boat Show 2012 Luxury Yacht Charter & Superyacht News

A very successful first quarter of the year for Bradford Marine

May 03, 2012

One of the world´s largest undercover yacht repair facilities, Bradford Marine, has recently reported a great success at both the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show as well as the Palm Beach International Boat Show, closing a very successful first quarter of the year. The company is busy during this period at their Fort Lauderdale Shipyard, and also at their workshop at Lauderdale Marine Center, working on the motor yacht Misty as well as the Le Bon Jou Jou superyacht and the luxury yacht Golden Osprey.

Motor Yacht Golden Osprey - 98ft yacht by Knight and Carver

Motor Yacht Golden Osprey - 98ft yacht by Knight and Carver

Captain Jay Fortier from the superyacht Le Bon Jou Jou and Captain Rob Martimbeault from the M/Y Golden Osprey are both at the yard at the moment. They are taking advantage of the free bottom jobs that they won during the Miami and Fort Lauderdale boat shows.

Several of the vessels that visited Bradford Marine Fort Lauderdale this past season are: the 164′ motor yacht Boardwalk, the 122′ luxury yacht Ar-De, the 163′ superyacht Big Eagle, the 151′ Bella Bri superyacht, the 115′ charter yacht Texas Star, 132′ Unity, 142′ M IV, 116′ Utopia II, the 125′ superyacht Odalisque, 123′ Blackhawk and many more.

LE BON JOU JOU Superyacht - Photo Credit Lazzara Yachts

LE BON JOU JOU Superyacht - Photo Credit Lazzara Yachts

Motor yacht Metsuyan IV with her Captain Clive Carrington-Wood is also back at Bradford Marine. This splendid vessel arrived at Bradford Marine this past week for a short yard period before heading back to the Mediterranean for the summer season.

Bradford Marine would like to recognize Captain Jeff Hardgrave, and the owner and crew of the 1977 125´ Burger luxury yacht Mimi, for their support. The owner has been a valued client of Bradford Marine for the past 34 years. This beautiful vessel was launched in 1977 as the Arara III.

Numarine 24m motor yacht 78´ Fly presented at Miami and Istanbul Boat Shows

March 30, 2012

February was quite busy for the Turkish builder Numarine, receiving several orders after the presentation of its 24m motor yacht 78´ Fly at both the Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show and the Istanbul Boat Show. The finalist at the 2012 Motor Boat & Yachting magazine´s over 55´ flybridge awards, the 78´ Fly superyacht will be also on display at the Rio Boat Show, held from April 12 to 18 as well as the Beirut Boat Show, running from May 16 to 20.

Numarine luxury yacht 78´ FLY

Numarine 24m luxury yacht 78´ FLY

Featuring a state of the art technology and cutting edge design, the family oriented 24m luxury yacht 78´ Fly boasts sleek as well as modern lines and joining sharp angles with sexy curves that result in a feeling of a third dimension to the surface of the hull.

78´ Fly superyacht running

The 78´ Fly superyacht running

Run by twin MAN V-12 1224 HP engines, the superyacht 78´ Fly achieves a top speed of 32 knots and a cruising speed of 25 knots. She has a beam of 5.80m (19´) and a draught of 1.61m (5´3´´).

Aboard the motor yacht 78´ FLY

Aboard the 24m motor yacht 78´ FLY

New Motor Yacht Mangusta 92 by Overmarine

March 08, 2012

Miami International Boat Show held in February, saw the new Mangusta 92 yacht by Overmarine as one of the top yachts. ‘The perfect body’, this seductive Maxi-Open motor yacht Mangusta 92 merges beautiful elegance, class and speed in her immaculately proportioned hull.

Motor Yacht Mangusta 92 by Overmarine

Motor Yacht Mangusta 92 by Overmarine

Her racy lines make her a leading figure at the dock: a ‘society’ yacht, full of character and extremely sporty, too. Twin MTU 16V2000M94 2600Hp engines and two Kamewa 56S3 hydrojects drive motor yacht Mangusta 92 to a top speed of 40 knots.

Mangusta 92 yacht by Overmarine

Mangusta 92 yacht by Overmarine

Overmarine Mangusta 92 Yacht

Overmarine Mangusta 92 Yacht

Sailing this yacht is not only exciting, but very pleasant, too. On-board silence, guaranteed by the new soundproofing system, enhances the comfort of the large spaces and elegant furnishings. Style and an astounding performance without renouncing to comfort for owners and their guests: on the lower deck, the spacious layout of the Mangusta 92 yacht is large enough for 3 cabins and a lounge, all equipped with high tech entertainment areas. The project also provides for a second 4 cabin solution.

Relaxing aboard Mangusta 92 yacht

Relaxing aboard Mangusta 92 yacht

The interior design is markedly modern, if not innovative, according to a new modern furnishing philosophy. It is not ‘minimal’, but rather features sharp, clean lines which give the yacht a unique, contemporary style. The wengé flooring in the lounge and cabins is a refined contrast to the oak furniture. Walls and ceiling are clad in magnificent leather in both natural and dark browns, giving all the different areas a relaxing, cosy atmosphere.

Interior of the new Mangusta 92 Yacht

Interior of the new Mangusta 92 Yacht

Mangusta 92 Yacht by Overmarine - Exterior

Mangusta 92 Yacht by Overmarine - Exterior

Painstaking care has been taken over each and every detail of the exterior, which features dynamic, racy lines. The stern sundeck of the new Mangusta 92 yacht offers a range of opportunities for relaxing, whilst a selection of water toys such as jet skis can be launched easily from the stern garage, to liven up days spent in the sea and sun. The draught is less than 5’25”, making this yacht perfect for shallow paradises such as the Bahamas and the Caribbean. You couldn’t ask for more.

Master Cabin aboard Mangusta 92 motoryacht

Master Cabin aboard Mangusta 92 motoryacht

Some of the previously built Mangusta 92 yachts are the charter yacht L’Esperance, motor yacht Sense and Kawai.

Princess Yachts´ Designer Showcase at the 2012 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show

March 06, 2012

Princess Yachts and Viking Sport Cruisers were pleased to present an exclusive showcase of designer fashion at this year´s Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show.

Princess Yachts at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show

Princess Yachts at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show

Guests were invited to enjoy a rare look at sought after vintage styles from fellow LVMH brands including Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Emilio Pucci, Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan, amongst others.

Viking also presented eight models from the Princess range in their largest display ever including the North American debut of the Princess V72 yacht and continuing the designer theme the V72 and Princess 85 Motor Yacht were finished with luxurious accessories and soft furnishings from Fendi Casa.

Also on display was the iconic Princess V62 yacht, the Princess 72 Motor Yacht, Princess 64, Princess 42 and, making her Miami Boat Show debut, the new Princess 60 yacht.

Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show 2012: a Great Success

March 02, 2012

The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach reported significantly stronger overall results in comparison to the past several years, with the number of exhibitors and yachts on display both up 9 percent over 2011.

The Yacht and Brokerage Show, Miami

The Yacht and Brokerage Show, Miami

Attendance, based on concession sales and number of people using show transportation at the free-to-the-public event, was up more than 7 percent. Most importantly, notably strong sales activity was reported by numerous builders including Fairline, Viking, Ferretti, Hatteras, Westport and Marquis and brokerages including Allied Marine, HMY and Merle Wood, among others.

“The show was a tremendous success this year,” said Andrew Doole, senior vice president and COO of Show Management. “We had more exhibitor participation and the reports are of more qualified buyers than recent years, both signs of a strong industry and a strong show.”

“This year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show was the busiest Miami show Denison Yacht Sales has ever had,” said owner, Bob Denison. “We introduced the Monte Carlo 76 to the U.S. market and our displays in TrawlerPort and at Beneteau Gran Turismo were slammed every day. Two Beneteau Swift Trawlers and eight Gran Turismos were sold at the show.”

For sale at this year’s show were two of the largest yachts ever offered at The Yacht & Brokerage Show: the 200′ Benetti megayacht Diamonds Are Forever, and the 191′ Trinity luxury yacht Carpe Diem. Both garnered attention from qualified buyers.

“It was an incredibly positive Yacht & Brokerage Show for us, and the boat we had on display, Shooting Star, caused a real stir,” said Neil Cheston, director of sales and charter with Y.CO. “We definitely intend to have an even bigger presence at next year’s show.”

TrawlerPort and its seminars, more free shuttle buses, additional parking, the user-friendly smart phone app, MyBoatShow, Yacht Equipment and Sportfishing Pavilions, IGFA seminars, food and live musical entertainment, all contributed to making this year’s Yacht & Brokerage Show a top-line yachting lifestyle event.

“The show brought us many qualified customers,” said Alan Murphy, Jr., vice president of Pioneer Linens Yacht & Estates Division and a show sponsor. “What was refreshing was the number of new show visitors traveling to the show as a destination.”

The Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show is managed, produced and co-owned by Show Management, co-owned and sponsored by the Florida Yacht Brokers Association, and sponsored by Boat Show Hotels, Boat Quest, Budweiser, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, International Game Fish Association (IGFA) and the IGFA School of Sportfishing, Pioneer Linens, Rums of Puerto Rico, TrawlerPort, and Yachts International.

Azimut Yachts starts works on the 42m planing motor yacht Azimut Grande 140

February 28, 2012

The prominent Italian shipyard Azimut Yachts announced the start of works on the 42m planing motor yacht Azimut Grande 140 at this year´s Miami International Boat Show. The Azimut Grande 140 superyacht is the largest member of the Azimut Grande series.

The 42m luxury motor yacht Azimut Grande 140

The 42m luxury motor yacht Azimut Grande 140

The triple-deck superyacht Azimut Grande 140 will accommodate 12 guests in 5 comfortable cabins, looked after by a crew of 10.

Twin MTU 16V 4000 M93L engines will deliver the 42m luxury yacht Azimut Grande 140 a maximum speed of 22 knots. She will easily cruise at 17 knots. The Azimut Grande 140 will have a range of about 1,200 nautical miles.

Azimut Yachts and Atlantis record strong sales at the 2012 Miami Boat Show

February 24, 2012

Azimut Yachts and Atlantis confirm “best seller” leadership in the Americas, following the conclusion of the 2012 Miami International Boat Show. They have recorded strong sales in the USA, Central and South America, demostrating that direct sales at boat shows are growing stronger. Azimut Yachts thus confirms its position as the No. 1 European importer in this market.

The Azimut 95 Superyacht

The Azimut 95 Superyacht

“Highly satisfied!” was the first on-the-spot comment by Marco Valle, Sales Director for Azimut Yachts and Atlantis, who returned to headquarters with 23 signed contracts, foremost among these the sale of an Azimut Yachts 95.

Also meeting with great satisfaction was Atlantis, the specialist for opens, which was in attendance at the 2012 Miami International Boat Show with its entire line, including two models – the 38 and the 58 yachts.

Likewise noteworthy are the recent sales and service agreements concluded with MarineMax and with a broad network of Azimut dealers in Central and South America, with the company achieving good sales success and making new contacts.

At the halfway point of the 2011/12 boating season, Azimut has reached 75% of total sales volume for the Americas generated over the entire 2010/11 season. The increase in sales, particularly in the United States, demonstrates how customers are always more motivated to purchase our products “due, on the one hand, to the loyalty built up over the years to the Azimut Yachts brand and, on the other, to continual product innovation and to all of the integrated services and customer support offered to owners,” said Paolo Casani, CEO of Azimut Yachts and Atlantis, during the traditional press lunch on the splendid terrace of the Soho Beach House.

Choosing Azimut Yachts also means being able to count on an on-site service network. Indeed, the Azimut USA Service Center has been in operation since 2004, guaranteeing that repairs are made in a timely manner, thanks also to a global Intranet system that immediately alerts the boatyard about requests for spare parts.

The strategic and network presence in the territory and the drive for continuous innovation have always been trademarks of Azimut Yachts, which now maintains representative offices in Brazil and China.

In terms of new product development, Azimut benefits from its own R&D department, which collaborates closely with universities and suppliers throughout the world, and it is able to rely on significant investment: EUR 25 million during the last three years alone, dedicated exclusively to new models.

The strategic importance of boating services has prompted the Azimut Benetti Group to dedicate an entire company to this business, Yachtique, where customers can have access to the most complete offerings available today in the world of yachting: Mooring Place, Crew Recruiting, Financing, Brokerage, Charter, and Styling lounge.

The Azimut Benetti Group, which has specialised in the offering of boats and services for 42 years, has always stood out for its strong innovative capabilities, which today make it the world leader in integrated boating services: products from 35’ to 300’, and 360° services for its customers.

These are the very things that make the Azimut Benetti Group the only private player in the boating industry with a compound annual growth rate over 10 years by 16% of the turnover, net assets of EUR 300 million, no liabilities to banks or financing institutions, and the ability to make an investment of more than EUR 80 million in new models and service for the next three years.

Riviera´s New 53 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht exhibited for the first time at the 2012 Miami Boat Show

February 17, 2012

Riviera’s beautiful motor yacht 53 Enclosed Flybridge is being exhibited for the first time at the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, taking place from February 16 to 20, 2012. The 53 yacht makes part of several of the newest and most famous designs from Australia’s premier luxury boat builder which are expected to impress boating enthusiasts at the show.

Riviera´s New 53 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht

Riviera´s New 53 Enclosed Flybridge Yacht

Riviera exhibits four of its latest models at the Collins Avenue display including the new 43 Open Flybridge yacht with IPS, new luxury yacht 53 Enclosed Flybridge with IPS or ZF 4000 pod drives, 5000 Sport Yacht with Zeus and the 5800 Sport Yacht with IPS or Zeus.

As one of the world’s largest and most prestigious boating events, the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show spans 1.2 million square feet in the heart of Miami Beach.

Director of Riviera Yachts Chris McCafferty said the Miami Yacht and Brokerage show was regarded as one of the world’s leading boat shows. “Riviera has held a strong presence at the Miami Boat Show for the past 12 years and we look forward to showcasing our impressive range of new models,” Mr McCafferty said.

“The Riviera display, located at the southern most end of Collins Avenue near the road bridge and adjacent to Ramp 34 is a prime spot to showcase our latest models,” Mr McCafferty said. “The 53 Enclosed Flybridge has already received 17 orders from enthusiasts in Australia and the US in just eight months since it was launched in May last year.”

The Riviera 53 Flybridge Yacht Saloon Aft

The Riviera 53 Flybridge Yacht Saloon Aft

This spacious design, dubbed the ‘spaceship’ is the first Riviera Flybridge in the 50 foot range to offer a full-beam master stateroom, with king-size bed and large ensuite. The 53 is also the first Riviera in this size bracket to offer an enclosed flybridge with spacious seating for a party of 10.

Featuring a new generation of luxury, technology and personal customisation, the 53 has been developed in-house after nearly two years of detailed consultation with boat owners across the globe. The 53 yacht has the option of an open or enclosed flybridge and a choice of either IPS or ZF 4000 pod drive propulsion systems.

The result is a fresh approach, signalling a new generation of Riviera prowess and efficiency. The 53 yacht is a vessel of considerable internal volume, allowing Riviera’s designers to create unprecedented living spaces, elegant amenities and unrivalled performance.

“The new 43 Open Flybridge is one of Riviera’s most successful models with 33 of these new boats sold since its launch in 2010, which is a significant achievement,” Mr McCafferty said. “The 5800 and 5000 Sport Yachts have been extremely well received with sales of 23 and 44 boats respectively since their recent launches with several models now in the Americas. With such an impressive line up of new models on display, I have no doubt that Riviera will enjoy a very strong show.”

The luxury yacht 53 Flybridge Master Stateroom

The luxury yacht 53 Flybridge Master Stateroom

Riviera’s Director of Brand and Communications Stephen Milne said the Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show in partnership with the Miami International Boat Show had always been one of the largest and most successful boat shows for Riviera.

“With 24 boats currently under construction as we start the New Year, we anticipate continued success at the 2012 Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show.  We will have our professional team on hand to discuss our exciting new and innovative models,” Mr Milne said.

Mangusta 130 motor yacht Misunderstood by Overmarine Group at the Miami International Boat Show

February 16, 2012

The Overmarine Group, an Italian Shipyard founded in 1985 and still owned and managed by the Balducci Family, will be present at this year’s 2012 Miami International Boat Show and will exhibit the Mangusta 130 motor yacht Misunderstood and a Mangusta 92. Since the last American Show – the Fort Lauderdale in October 2011, the Overmarine Group has appointed two more dealers: for the Balearic islands in Spain and for India. The expansion of the Group is travelling towards East but still participating directly to the main American Shows of Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and Miami.

Overmarine Superyacht Mangusta 130

Overmarine Superyacht Mangusta 130

Maurizio Balducci, Overmarine Group CEO says: “We are truly happy of our co-operation with Marine Max and want to be present and support them directly at the two main US shows. The American market is far too important”.

Overmarine Group is participating at the Miami International Boat Show 2012 presenting the Mangusta 92 and the Mangusta 130 Misunderstood.

MANGUSTA 130 motor yacht Misunderstood

The Mangusta 130 Misunderstood yacht combines style, elegance and high performance. This formidable motor yacht, contemporary in style, does not deny the tradition of Mangusta that has no rivals.

When the twin MTU16V4000 M93L 4610 HP are fired up and bring the yacht to a full speed of 38 knots, the peaceful and relaxing feeling remains, as there is no noise or vibration.

A particular attention was given to the combination of materials and colors used.

Indeed, the materials chosen for the motor yacht Misunderstood are bleached oak for the walls and wengé for the furniture merging to create a design that is always trendy. The finishing with the shiny chrome, emperador marble and leather used from cream to dark brown color, tastefully complement the interior design. The wengé parquet flooring throughout the Misunderstood yacht, the marble floors in the bathrooms and the shower walls with custom Bisazza mosaics make this yacht a masterpiece.

The formidable spaciousness of the Mangusta 130 Misunderstood motor yacht results from an extended architectural study of the volumes offered by the boat; indeed, it has 4 spacious cabins and a gym equipped with the newest machines.

In the Master Cabin, located at the stern, you get the impression that you could touch the water through the portholes which keep you in contact with the sea. High impact gives the owner’s bathroom, where the shower is located in the center of the yacht, with two entrances and glass walls that offers a comprehensive visual depth from the left to the right of the yacht, creating a unique perspective.

The guest cabins on M/Y Misunderstood are on port and starboard of the yacht, very large, both equipped with desk/vanity. Another spacious Vip Stateroom allows friends and/or family to comfortably be onboard. Each stateroom has its own large bathroom, as well as entertainment systems.

The main deck has a spacious salon. This generous room is divided by the arrangement of the sofas into 2 separate areas, keeping the space open and harmonious. The living room is equipped with a large flat screen, and a bar. Moving forward, the helm station reveals world-class technology with Roll-Royce Kamewa and MTU commands; high-tech navigation aids and the Vessel’s monitoring system.

This Mangusta 130 Misunderstood is characterized by large outdoor living spaces that defy the usual design of an Open Yacht: both bow and stern have dining and sunbathing areas. Therefore, even in a marina, the Owner can enjoy the simple pleasures of a meal or the sun in complete privacy.

The aft deck is extremely flexible in its use. Complete with external cockpit at the aft with a sunbed that is convertible into a whirlpool, dining area/ living room and large TV that can be hidden as well.

The tender and jet skis are not visible thanks to the side compartments.

Once you close the gangway, you are invaded with the feeling of liberty and pleasure.

The Mangusta 130 Charter yacht Ability (ex Solomia), motor yacht AFRICAN CAT, yacht MAO, M/Y VOYAGE, motor yacht CELCASCOR and yacht VENI VIDI VICI are all examples of Mangusta 130 motor yachts currenlty in charter.

SPECIFICATIONS of the MANGUSTA 130 motor yacht Misunderstood
Name:  Misunderstood
Year:   2009
LOA:  129’ 59’’
Beam:  25’46’’
Draft:  5’74’’
Displacement full load: 185 T
Fuel Capacity: 5812 US Gallons
Water capacity: 793 US Gallons
Power:  2 MTU x 16V 4000 M93L  at 4610 hp each
Transmission: 2 x Kamewa 71 S3
Top speed: Approx 38 kts
Range:  450nm
Exterior Designer:  Stefano Righini
Interior Designer:  Overmarine
Number of Cabins: 4 + 1 Gym
Number of Crew: 6

Mangusta 92 by Overmarine Group at the Miami International Boat Show - Alberto Cocchi

Mangusta 92 by Overmarine Group at the Miami International Boat Show - Alberto Cocchi

MANGUSTA 92 motor yacht

Perfect proportions are what characterize this stylish and fast Mangusta 92 motor yacht. Her balanced line turns heads when she reaches the exciting speed of 38 knots thanks to twin 2600 HP MTU 16V2000 M94 engines and 2 Kamewa 56 S3 Water Jets.

Equipped with a converter, the Mangusta 92 is a worldly yacht. Her draft less than 5’25’’, she is also perfect for the Bahamas and the Caribbean.

Besides extreme performance and its new insulation system that enables a pleasant silence on board, this exceptional motor yacht is the ideal combination of speed and luxury.

Mangusta 92 Upper Salon - Photo Credit Alberto Cocchi

Mangusta 92 Upper Salon - Photo Credit Alberto Cocchi

The Mangusta 92 yacht is decorated with a new design philosophy. She has a modern furnishing with neat and clean lines, however much different from the minimalist decor that has been used a lot in the recent years. She has a unique contemporary style.

The wengé parquet that lies on the living room and cabins floors elegantly and softly contrasts with the oak furnishing. Walls and ceiling are covered with the finest natural-colored and dark brown leathers, wrapping the interior in a flawless and exquisite ambiance.

Mangusta 92 motor yacht by Overmarine Group - lower Salon - Photo Credit Alberto Cocchi

Mangusta 92 motor yacht by Overmarine Group - lower Salon - Photo Credit Alberto Cocchi

On the lower deck of the M/Y Mangusta 92, an ambitious layout accommodates three staterooms and a relax room, each equipped with high-tech entertainment centers. Showers of the guest bathrooms are fully glazed, flooding them with light and uncovering the beautiful Bisazza mosaic walls.

The exterior offers an array of enjoyment possibilities with the water toys that are easily launched from the garage with the gangway, opening to the pleasure of sea and sun.

Mangusta 92 charter yacht L Esperance and motor yacht ELLICHA are an example of a Mangusta 92

SPECIFICATIONS of the MANGUSTA 92 motor yacht
Name:  New Construction
Year:  2011
LOA:  92’ 75”
Beam:  21’65″
Draft:  5’25″
Displacement half load:  80T
Fuel Capacity:  2325 US Gallons
Water capacity: 370 US Gallons
Power: 2 MTU x 16V2000 M94 at 2600 hp each
Transmission: 2 x Kamewa 56 S3
Top speed: Approx 38 kts
Range:  300nm
Exterior Designer: Overmarine and Stefano Righini
Interior Designer: Overmarine
Number of Guests:6+1
Number of Cabins:3
Number of Crew:3

OVERMARINE GROUP

Overmarine Group was founded and is run by the Balducci Family since 1985, and has been present in the marine market with the widely recognized brand Mangusta.

Based in Viareggio, the Italian capital of shipbuilding, Overmarine today offers a range of 9 Maxi Opens from Mangusta 72 to Mangusta 205, with more than 300 units sold since its creation.

2011 has been the year of the launch of the Mangusta 148’ Oceano, the new tri-deck displacement yacht allowing Overmarine to enter a different market segment.

The shipyard focuses on innovation & technology, high quality, craftsmanship, high performance, comfort on board, interior made to measure and state-of-the-art luxury yachts, for which it is recognized as a pioneer.

2012 Miami Boat Show with Stylish Yachts, Boating Tech Toys, Celebs and On-the-Water Adventure on display

February 14, 2012

The 2012 Progressive Insurance® Miami International Boat Show and Strictly Sail starts this Thursday, exhibiting the best of the boating industry, with thousands of the newest yachts, marine gear and accessories for sale, on top of five days of on-the-water entertainment and education. From hundreds of yacht debuts and thousands of cutting-edge technologies on display, to appearances from local and national celebrities and on-the-water action, the world’s leading boating event will offer every visitor a possibility to discover the fun of the boating lifestyle.

Miami Boat Show 2011

Miami Boat Show 2011

MEDIA – BOAT LOADS OF VISUALS AND PHOTO OPPS. Interactive activities, appearances, yachts and technologies not to be missed include:

New! Sailing Simulator – Before they hit the water,sailors can learn how boats react to wind, wave and a variety of conditions on the new Sailing Simulator. This advanced technology simulates the actual movement of a boat under sail, allowing novices to learn how to handle a boat and experienced sailors the opportunity to practice under different conditions. (Miamarina at Bayside)

New! Thunder Boat Row – Visitors can feed their need for speed with the show’s fastest and sleekest race boats from Cigarette Racing Team, Nor-Tech, Marine Technology, Velocity, GTMM, Skater and Outerlimits Powerboats. (Outdoor space 3597, next to the Pavilion Tent)

The visitors can get behind the wheel at the Discover Boating Resource Center – The interactive educational series at the Discover Boating Resource Center & Discover Sailing Hands-On Learning Center offers a hands-on approach to training that includes free, daily boating seminars covering a range of topics followed by on-the water clinics to apply skills learned in the classroom. Courses include boating fundamentals, beginners’ and advanced sailing, close quarter handling and navigation. (Sea Isle Marina and Miamarina at Bayside)

Celeb Appearances

Jimmy Cornell – One of the world’s most experienced sailors and acclaimed authors on the subject, Cornell has sailed more than 200,000 miles in all seven oceans and completed three circumnavigations and voyages to Antarctica, Alaska and Spitsbergen. Join his class, Long Distance Cruising Master Class including Planning Your Dream Voyage, on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m..

National Geographic’s Shark Men’s Chris Fischer and Brett McBride – The visitors can meet legendary ocean explorers, anglers, conservationists, and stars of National Geographic Channel’s ground-breaking series, Shark Men – Chris Fischer and Brett McBride. They will discuss their groundbreaking Great White Shark research as well as meet and greet fans throughout the show. Friday, February 17 at 5 p.m. in the Big Game Room and Saturday at 5 p.m. on Convention Center Drive. Episodes will air every day in the Big Game Room Shark Men Theater.

Hanley Ramirez, Josh Johnson and Jose Reyes of the Miami Marlins – The visitors can meet the Miami Marlins and Billy the Marlin Saturday, February 19 for pictures, autographs, questions and answers, as well as interactive speed pitch, t-ball games and fun prizes from the Miami Marlins street team. Players will be on-hand Sunday, February 19 from 1 – 2 p.m. and the street team will be sharing the fun all day. (Big Game Room)

Power ‘Queen of the Show’, the Marlow Explorer 72E yacht – Guests have long awaited the return of the Marlow Explorer 72E whose features include four staterooms, three heads and private crew quarters. The Northern Light is valued at $2,205,000. (Sea Isle Marina)

Largest boat at the show! The 95′ Maccarini Navegantes sailing yacht Queen of the Show – This one-of-a-kind custom wood hulled vessel was crafted in Brazil using traditional techniques and craftsmanship. It sleeps eight passengers and six crew members. The Mestre Belo is valued at $2,500,000. (Strictly Sail)

Attention Twilight Fans! Chris-Craft Silver Bullet and Launch 32 yacht tenders – The visitors can see the Silver Bullet, the same boat ridden by Edward and Bella in Twilight! Also on display will be the Launch 32, the newest and largest member of the Launch family. It offers an ample aft sunpad, sleep-in cabin and convenient head to accommodate all the comforts that your family and guests deserve. Sleek proportions and practical configuration make this Launch well-suited to long excursions but still remains practical for champagne cruises.(Booth D-24)

Pink Boat, In Pursuit of a Cure – Pursuit Boats is debuting its first pink boat to support breast cancer research at the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins. They worked with a designer to develop a pink graphic to display on the model OS 315. The 31 foot Pursuit yacht features mirror images of the graphic on both hull sides from the chine to the rub rail, a 30 foot long graphic. Dr. Ben Park, leading the team of researchers at Johns Hopkins, will answer questions at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday. (Booth C-46)

First Sailboat with revolutionary joystick docking technology: the Beneteau Sense 55 yacht – The visitors can see the newest and most innovative sailing yacht afloat. Equipped with the DOCK&GO joystick maneuvering system, a child or new sailor can dock this gorgeous yacht without qualms. The latest Sense model opens up the interior and exterior spaces, provides new access to the water, and offers three separate living spaces. With its low heel angle and perfect balance under sail, it provides surprising sailing speeds with seakeeping second to none among monohulls. (Strictly Sail, Pier B)

A consumer submarine: Compact Semi Submarine EGO – A new way to enjoy the ocean! The new EGO makes it easy for anyone to explore undersea. The world’s first semi-submarine boat for consumers can go under the water just like a submarine so people can conveniently observe fish and coral reefs in their natural environment. And unlike submarines, EGO provides the opportunity to experience other boating benefits including fishing and sunbathing with ample deck space. (Booth T100)

The coolest gadgets and technology:

LEHR Outboard Engine – The world’s first marine outboard engine fueled by propane. The powerful 4-stroke engine with *110 octane fuel is eco-friendly with zero evaporative emissions.

Mariner S Electric Bike – This stylish bike’s features include power on demand throttle, a 2000 charge cycle li-ion battery and EZ folding to less than three square feet. With full adjustability, it’s a fit for all ages and types of riders from 5’ 3” to 6’ 3”.

Torqeedo 1003 – This motor delivers power and range with improved efficiency and up to 30% more power than previous models. Ease-of-use is enhanced by four-function display that shows percent of battery power remaining, speed through water and range remaining at current speed all with an integrated GPS-receiver. The Torqeedo 3000 represents the smallest carbon footprint of any propulsion motor.