Florida Yacht Brokers Association Seminar held in Ft. Lauderdale, FL October 8th presented exceptional reviews on yachts, destinations and exciting adventure trips. Super yachts that have been refit for value charter rates, new yachts, new charter destinations and ideal yacht hopping at the Bahia Mar Marina made for an exceptional day.
FYBA is a professional organization made up of industry yacht charter and sales brokers and all things yacht related (which is a luxury related industry). A comprehensive presentation from trade related suppliers presented pertinent information for our yacht profession.
Top Hot Yachts, Topics & Destinations
Following a full day, 80′-164′ feet motor yachts were on display for us eager charter professionals to step on board. Many of these yachts charter out of Florida and the Bahamas only, so it is a great opportunity to meet the crew and sample chef’s talents from the galleys.
164′ AMARULA SUN built in 2009 has been refit in 2014 to be classed as “over the top” decor splendor. Her mild mannered Captain Albert and his talented crew of 8 welcome 10 guests in 5 cabins. It boasts an impressive interior decor, huge sky lounge and the best Master suite with surrounding access to ocean views.
124′ SUNSHINE took “Best of Show” for this recent 2014 refit built in 1986. She was a hit do to her use of space, clean line decor and best of all a well put together crew. Updated photos are to come since this brochure does not do her justice. Her enthusiastic and proud owner did an amazing job clearing the main saloon of a misplaced stairwell into a flowing space for guests. Easy on the eye decor is simple elegance and welcomes families with an elaborate array of toys – including dive equipment. Captain Ulf is a family man (his daughter is considering Boston as her college town) and Chief Stew comes from the ultra luxury yacht STARFIRE. This introductory rate will not last! Call for date details…
115′ CAMARINA ROYALE another successful refit in 2012 for a 2001 Italian built Benetti. Her talented chef Noah displayed 5 varieties of handmade ice-cream (his love of creating desserts ~ was our bonus).
My favorite was the basil, coconut… The layout is ideal for a generational family – the Master Suite is on the main deck. She carries toys for all ages including a 28′ Buddy Davis towed tender ideal for the shallow waters of the Bahamas. Come March she will relocate to the Caribbean. Again, a great introductory rate that will fill the calendar. Call for date details…
Destinations of Interest
INDONESIA :: Super Yacht 167′ Custom Sail DUNIA BARU launched in 2014…
Abacos, Bahamas offers a World-Class Marsh Harbor Marina. The ABACO BEACH RESORT & BOAT HARBOR MARINA can accommodate your Sport fishing yacht up to a 200′ Super Yacht. The Abacos are definitely a cruising ground to be discovered and we recommend staying “pre or post charter” here!
Topics of Interest
Aqua Safari Adventures presented their unique customized dive trips, training, and guiding for the charter and travel trade. For over 18 years they have provided exceptional service for dive novices and aficionados. They have land based scuba dive locations throughout Florida, the Bahamas, the Caribbean and Central America.
Boat International Media’s Jeremy Roche reported that yacht sales of 24m (78 feet) – 79m (260 feet) were up with an overall world market of $3.5 billion in 2013 sales.
Chartering is the most difficult to track due to the proprietary information charter professionals do not readily divulge.
IGY Marinas geared to handle the superyacht industry are located throughout the Caribbean: Blue Haven Marina in Turks & Caicos, Rodney Bay Marina in St. Lucia, Resorts World in Bimini, Port Louis Marina in Grenada.
Bohlke International Air (BIA) travel has partnered wisely with IGY Marinas. BIA is based in St. Croix and has been transporting VIP guests and families in the Caribbean Islands since 1959.
Stock Island Marina is new addition for superyachts to dock for News Years Eve in Key West, Florida. Protected marina with quality guest services, it is a great new addition to staying in the USA for the holidays and winter cruising months.