M/Y Vibrant Curiosity Donates IGY Marinas Anchor Club Points to Yachtaid Global

M/Y Vibrant Curiosity, the 280’ beauty built by Oceanco, has graciously donated their 42,033 accumulated points to yachting’s humanitarian charity, YachtAid Global.

2 December 2013, San Diego, California USA: As a member of the IGY Anchor Club Loyalty Program created by IGY Marinas, Vibrant Curiosity has been racking up points since January 2012 while docking at an IGY owned marina. IGY Anchor Club members earn points for simply docking at an IGY marina, the 42k+ points equating to approximately 40 nights of dockage.

"We discussed what we should do with the accumulated points and Captain Jeff, my reliever, suggested we donate them to charity," states Captain Mats Bengtsson, one of the rotational Captains aboard M/Y Vibrant Curiosity. The owner concurred.

This is not the first time M/Y Vibrant Curiosity has donated to YachtAid Global. When it came time to pay the agent services bill for lining up tours and other details at North Island Marina at Port McNeil, British Colombia, marina owner Steve Jackman suggested the fee be donated to YachtAid Global. Steve Jackman is a huge supporter of the charity and was even on hand at the Admiral Technomar USA Launch event held at Chima restaurant during FLIBS 2013, where YAG was a partner in coordination with Lucid Yachts.

YAG Founder Mark Drewelow introduced the yacht to YachtAid Global when they became a client of Drewelow’s Superyacht Port Agency, C2C, Inc. in April 2013 due to their extensive cruising schedule. "Vibrant Curiosity is a great client of C2C and is a perfect fit for the YachtAid Global program. YachtAid Global is proud to be associated with IGY’s Anchor Club program and we look forward to working more closely with the plethora of IGY international marinas in the future," states Drewelow.

ISS Announces 2014 Officers and Executive Committee

25 November 2013, Fort Lauderdale, FL: The International Superyacht Society (ISS) is pleased to announce the appointment of its 2014 Officers and Executive Committee. Officers include the President, Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary who are distinguished superyacht industry leaders elected by the organization’s Board of Directors and who will serve a one-year term at which time they may be re-elected to the same post for not more than three consecutive years.

The ISS Executive Committee is comprised of the Officers, a Board Representative—who is appointed by the incoming President—and the Past President.

The Board of Directors election is held annually in January. The new Board is seated on 1 February with eight directors elected to serve three-year terms. Nominations to the ISS Board of Directors are currently open to ISS members. Nominations may be made until 20 December 2013.

NMMA Announces Superyacht Lifestyle Miami

A New Kind of Exhibition Running Concurrently with the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show

14 November 2013, Chicago, Illinois, USA: The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) today announces the creation of Superyacht Lifestyle Miami (SLM), an experiential exhibit of some of the world’s most beautiful yachts and luxury products. "NMMA’s goal with Superyacht Lifestyle Miami is to answer direct requests from NMMA members and the global superyacht industry to use our considerable exhibition and marketing capabilities to create this new kind of experience for the UHNWI and HNWI customer," says NMMA President, Thom Dammrich. "We believe this event is an important step forward for the superyacht industry’s expansion to corresponding luxury sector cross-promotion and a new level of aspiration by the industry."

Geared toward an elite international clientele, NMMA is working in concert with a superyacht industry focus group of executive leadership as well as organizations like the International Superyacht Society (ISS), the U.S. Superyacht Association (USSA) and Ports of Cause (POC) to build a breakthrough event—one which bridges luxury categories and concierge services to create a memorable experience for an exacting audience. Superyacht Lifestyle Miami will be held from 13-16 February 2014 at the Museum Park’s Deep Water Basin on the shores of the City of Miami.

Superyacht Lifestyle Miami will include yachts over 100’ (30m+), including new builds, brokerage and charter vessels with availability for select supplier exhibits. With 40’-50’ (9.14m-12.19m) deep water draft and clear air draft to and from the Basin, SLM provides ample logistical availability for premier sailing yachts as well as motoryachts.

To showcase complementary luxury products, NMMA has commissioned SEAFAIR, the 228’ (69.49m) Luiz De Basto-designed International Fine Art Exposition (IFAE) yacht; SEAFAIR also provides fine dining, an open-air restaurant and bar, and related support to the event.

Entertainment and concierge services are also underway. Superyacht Lifestyle Miami will provide elite access to local attractions while helicopter service and limousine transport will be made available for private aviation needs and ferrying between other aspects of the February Miami shows.

NMMA’s large yacht involvement also includes global regulations, policy practices of international governance from ICOMIA and IMO as well as ISO standards that impacts its members. As the leading advocate and association for the North American recreational boating industry, NMMA is also looking to strengthen its strategic and marketing relationships for the benefit of its export-driven manufacturing members and those who work within, or seek to work within, the superyacht segment.

A working member of the superyacht industry’s Superyacht Associations Alliance (SAA), NMMA has already established its collaborative spirit with the superyacht industry’s international organizations through attendance at SAA’s last three meetings and plans to again host the SAA Breakfast at the Progressive Insurance Miami International Boat Show in February 2014.

Limited exhibitor and sponsorship opportunities for Superyacht Lifestyle Miami are available.

ISS Announces YachtInfo-FLIBS 2013 Seminar

22 October 2013, Fort Lauderdale: The International Superyacht Society (ISS)—in association with United States Superyacht Association (USSA) and Young Professionals in Yachting (YPY)—today announces topics for YachtInfo-FLIBS 2013. The event is being held on 1 November 2013 from 1030 – 1830 and features five separate seminars lasting an hour each.


SESSION ONE 1030 - 1130: Growing Your Business in the Superyacht Industry.

SESSION TWO 1200 - 1300: Bye-Bye, Baby Boomers, Hello Gen X and Y: Attracting and Growing the Next Generation of Talent.


SESSION THREE 1330 -1430: Fiscal Update: Global Tax and Charters.

SESSION FOUR 1500 - 1600: Regulatory: Fire Retardence by Design.

SESSION FIVE 1630 -1730: How to Define Excellence.

YachtInfo-FLIBS is sponsored by Bradford Marine and Royal Huisman

Attendees are encouraged to register for the seminars by contacting Vanessa Stuart, ISS Administrator, info@superyachtsociety.org, +1 954 525 6625, or by visiting the website www.superyachtsociety.org.

Free Video for American luxury power boat owners

7 October, 2013, Fort Lauderdale, Florida /PRNewswire/: a boutique brokerage house specializing in motoryacht sales from 70 to 140 feet, has launched one of the most innovative marketing promotions in the luxury motor yacht sales arena.

A young, aggressive brokerage group is pioneering an HD video channel highlighting some of the most popular crewed motor yacht brands in the world today.

The Free HD offer to owners of luxury motor yachts between 70 and 140 feet in length is arguably one of the most exciting and unique industry marketing campaigns launched in recent years, especially as buyers and sellers gear up for the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show. This is the largest "for sale" Power –motor catamaran and sailboat selling arena in the world.

"Using superb editing and post production techniques, our videographers are creating some of the most compelling power boat footage seen on the web. U.S. owners are excited to have our team showcase their yacht for friends, family and co-workers," said Mike Carlson. "In addition, the HD video offers mega power yacht owners an excellent way to increase resale value when the time comes to sell."

The special offer illustrates the extensive strategic renovations to 26 North Yachts' internet marketing channels, which now features one of the most informed and sophisticated motoryacht-related news channels in the industry. The seasoned marketing team led by owners Mike Carlson and Nicholas Scherb will use the HD motor yacht footage to complement a growing arsenal of high-quality content aimed at general luxury power yacht enthusiasts around the world.

"We continue to see ourselves as a disruptive marketing force in the luxury motor yacht sales sector, and this free promotion is just the beginning of the powerful selling platform we intend to build over the next several years," said Nicholas Scherb, co-owner, 26 North Yachts.

The video is free to owners residing in the United States, particularly those who have purchased any of the following brands: Horizon Yachts, Pacific Mariner Yachts, Ocean Alexander Yachts, Cheoy Lee Yachts, Benetti Yachts, Outer Reef Yachts, Hargrave Yachts, Marlow Yachts and Hatteras Yachts.

"Nicholas and I often get asked by owners how and why we dare do this and the answer is simple: We love to showcase beautiful yachts to our international visitorship and highlight key construction, design and sailing features that may interest buyers looking for a similar boat. There is no catch - we simply see value where others don't," added Carlson.

26 North Yachts is a yacht brokerage company with a mission to outsell and outperform ALL luxury motor yacht competitors in the United States, becoming the most admired boutique brokerage house in North America. It aggressively implements innovative, yet disruptive marketing strategies that create a powerful platform for buyers and sellers of motoryachts in the 70' to 140' range. SOURCE 26 North Yachts


Stop The Press 106 foot beauty, possibly the best design for a luxury Bahamas yacht charter power boat for 8 happy guests with 1 magnificent King sized cabin and three gorgeous queen sized cabins waiting for guests to fall into their soft Tempur-pedic beds. Stop the Press used to be called Indulgence, but her new name has a sound of Posh elegance about her and it is the yact which is head turning, she is super sleek with her Lazzara outside lines, she looks like sahe is traveling at 30 miles per hour standing still. Stop the Press is classically elegant inside, she is decorated with natural tones, the edges are high-lighted to emphasize her comfort. This magnificent interior is complimented by her impressive outdoor areas which appeal to guests. There is far more space for sun, loungers, dining under the stars and bar areas. Stop the Press is fully air conditioned through out with controlled a/c where needed, here is the perfect Mediterranean motor yacht charter machine.

The master cabin has the same rich red wood timber which is complimented with soft creams of the Tempur-pedic mattress and duvet on the king bed and surrounding furnishings, the cabin looks magnificent, and boats a his and hers bathroom, with a tub. Plasma TV/DVD/CD. Large walk-in closet and 2 additional hanging closets on his & her side of head. Plush settee and vanity/work desk, the master study has a sleeper sofa for family charters plus a Mini refrigerator. The three other cabins all have TV LCD- DVD and CD player, all three are also fully en-suite.

Captain Stefan Veraguas is a charming friendly professional, his crew team are very good at what they do. Stefan looks forward to welcoming you on board Stop The Press for a fabulous yachting holiday. The chef on board will be a trained professional and it is world-class international cuisine the captain is aiming at, and at this time he is interviewing for this position. First Mate is South African Francois Korff. The first mate is the gentleman who keeps everything on board luxury mega yachts going and that includes Stop the Press. Francois fell into yachting and it has created the perfect balance. A job where he could meet new people, be exposed to new cultures, learn new languages and have the adrenalin rush of a sport as well. Francois loves to travel, see exotic places, go fishing or diving, wakeboarding, kite surfing, jet-skiing, enjoy nature and good food, and his job on board Stop The Press lets him do all of these combined. Crew has separate heads and shower.

Tenders & Toys on board are: 31 ft / 9.4 m / twin 300hp – towed, 18 ft/ 5.48 m / 115 hp - 4 stroke Novurania, 2 x Sea Doo Bombardier GTX RFI 800 3 seater each, 2 x 60 ft hoses and regulator sets for shallow diving off swim platform, 2 x paddle boards, wakeboard, water skis, snorkel gear (adult & kids), kahuna Sea Doo tube, 4 person tube bocci set, volleyball, badminton, beach umbrellas / chairs, 2 x Vespas. We have all the water toys a Caribbean power yacht charter vessel needs, if we do not have any water toy the guests want we will get it for them.

Sleeps 8 Guests in 1 King(s), 3 Queen(s), We are a professional yacht charter motor vessel, based in the Bahamas at this time.

Alan Leigh Sells MIRAGE 132 foot

1 October 2013, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Alan Leigh a top yacht charter broker has acted for the buyer in the sale of MIRAGE, the 132’ (40.2m) Heesen private luxury motor yacht. Dennis DeLong of The Yacht Brokerage acted for the seller.

  • MIRAGE, 132’ (40.2m) Heesen MY, 1992
  • Location: Fort Lauderdale, Florida USA

MIRAGE is a high performance mega motor yacht that offers thrilling performance, along with spacious and comfortable accommodations for up to 10 guests. The high speed design of Frank Mulder, timeless exterior styling of the late Gerhardt Gilgenast and her Art-Line interior—along with continual upgrades and maintenance—combine to perpetuate MIRAGE as a one-of-a-kind high speed luxury motor yacht.

Mirage 132 foot is one of those special high-end luxury power yachts that broke boundaries with her speed, sleek design, energy efficient sound installation, she just seems better than the rest. Mirage’s elegance and beauty are easily apparent to guests as they walk into the comfortable salon. Mirage boats spacious entertainment areas including her magnificent outdoor lounge. Her sun deck Jacuzzi is the perfect location for relaxing, tanning or reading your favorite novel. Claiming 42 knots she must be the fastest luxury mega motor yacht in the industry. La Bella 2 and Sun Ark both claim 39 knots and we all know that most private power yachts travel between 10 and 15 knots maximum, so here we have the King of speed as well as comfort.

Mark Elliott Signs ENCORE as New Central Listing

3 September 2013, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Mark Elliott has signed the 150’ (45.72m) Trinity ENCORE as a new central listing.

  • ENCORE, 150’ (45.72m) Trinity 1998/2004
  • Asking Price: $11,900,000
  • Broker/CA: Mark Elliott, 305.764.1167, Mark@iyc.com
  • Location: Newport, Rhode Island, USA

ENCORE is a custom Trinity Yacht throughout. Built with Trinity’s unique capabilities to meet owner criteria through the synergy of in-house naval architecture and design prowess and a beautifully appointed interior by Dee Robinson, ENCORE represents exceptional value.

ENCORE’s salon is unmatched for light and a feel for the sea with panoramic windows and a view enhanced by warm cherry wood panels. A formal dining area is separate and forward of the salon and features a lovely round solid wood table and comfortable dining chairs. Alfresco dining is aft of the main salon doors under a huge shaded deck.

For full enjoyment of the sea and ports, ENCORE offers a skylounge above the main salon with sofas, occasional chairs, wet bar and full entertainment systems. Ideal for gatherings, the skylounge continues out onto an upper aft deck featuring plenty of seating and a custom dining table. ENCORE’s sundeck includes generous chaise lounges, sunpads and wet bar with stools overlooking the Jacuzzi tub. ENCORE is also perfect for water enthusiasts, boasting a full beam extended swim platform.

ENCORE has an 8.5m (27.9ft) beam and 2.2m (7.5ft) draft; she is powered by 2 CAT 2250HP engines capable of 12-20 knots, and includes zero speed stabilizers when at anchor.

Mark Elliott Signs PIANO BAR as New Central Listing

21 August 2013, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Mark Elliott has signed the 157’ (47.85m) Picchiotti PIANO BAR as a new central listing.

  • PIANO BAR, 157’ (47.85) Picchiotti 1982/2005/2013
  • Asking Price: $5,900,000
  • Broker/CA: Mark Elliott, 305.764.1167, Mark@iyc.com
  • Location: San Diego

PIANO BAR is a classic Picchiotti yacht with a rich luxury chartering history and tremendous care and attention to maintain her pedigree. Since her original launching, this special yacht has undergone many refits and makeovers.

Currently re-launched after an extensive two-year refurbishment program, PIANO BAR features modernized accommodations, updated electronics and air conditioning, and extensive dry dock work.

For large scale functions and parties the huge aft deck becomes a major open space with the two tenders launched. Step up to the pool deck and be greeted by a barbeque and wet bar, comfortable sun lounging area and two seating areas. It's no surprise that this is where most people enjoy themselves during the day—if they are not on the jet skis or running ashore in the tenders. The interior has been professionally redecorated bringing a luxury feel to all areas. Guest accommodations include a master cabin, two double cabins, two twin cabins and the study on the main deck forward can be converted to provide a further twin guest stateroom to cater for a party of 12.

PIANO BAR is a legend reborn.

Roy Sea Signs RAINMAKER as New Central Listing

13 August 2013, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Roy Sea has signed the 73’ (22.25m) Palmer Johnson sport fisherman RAINMAKER as a new central listing.

  • RAINMAKER, 73’ (22.25m) Palmer Johnson, 1988/2012
  • Sales Price: $1,900,000
  • Broker/CA: Roy Sea
  • Location: Cruising Caribbean, Barbados

RAINMAKER is a quintessential example of custom yacht building by the renowned U.S. builder Palmer Johnson. Built for the dual pleasures of sport fishing and enjoyment of the yachting lifestyle, RAINMAKER has sleek lines, ample interior space and a fully equipped angler-ready cockpit. More, she has been completely refurbished, including a complete re-power package by Palmer Johnson, her original builder. Currently, her 2x MTU 1500 hp engines are under 400 hours and generators under 800. Critical to the hunt, RAINMAKER’s max speed of 28 knots—with an ample cruising speed of 22 knots—and large fuel capacity (3000g; 11356m) gets her to remote fishing grounds fast. She features four ensuite staterooms, crew quarters for two—or an alternate stateroom—and a luxurious salon and galley. RAINMAKER’s exterior is every inch a sporting environment with ample forward deck, flybridge and tuna tower.

Mark Elliott Sells NOA VII

9 August 2013, Fort Lauderdale, Florida: Mark Elliott has acted for the buyer in the sale of NOA VII, one of Feadship’s most beautiful yachts, in cooperation with Dennis Frederiksen representing the seller.

  • NOA VII, 158’ (48.21m) Feadship, 1997/2012
  • Asking Price: $19,931,000

NOA VII is a classic Feadship originally built in 1997 with an extensive refit in 2012. With naval architecture by F. De Voogt and interior design by John Munford, NOA VII is one of the finest examples of original build and masterful refurbishment. Her lively, light, bright interior is complemented by graceful and fun fabrics and, while an art deco motif is often apparent, NOA VII is a striking example of a classic Feadship for the 21st Century. She features five double staterooms all with en-suites for Owner and Guests. Five double crew cabins each with en-suite head and separate Captain’s cabin behind bridge and exterior spaces are maximized for the ultimate al fresco enjoyment of the sea.

Marina Port Vell Sponsors Conde de Godó Regatta and the Contender, Sailing Control

23 May 2013, Barcelona, Spain: Marina Port Vell (MPV), Barcelona—set to become one of the world’s most elite superyacht destinations and, with phased marina completions throughout 2013, the pre-eminent home port in the Mediterranean—begins sponsorship of the 2013 Regatta Conde de Godó today. The race runs through Saturday so call us for that Mediterranean yacht charter rental we are right here to serve our guests during all regattas and this regatta is one you need to mark on your calendar.

2013 marks the 40th edition of the Regatta which features 60 boats from 9m-40m with a growing international race roster. Marina Port Vell supports the event in a number of ways: by providing mooring for 20 of the boats for 2 weeks; by sponsoring the real time race tracking program; and, in sponsoring the Soto40, Sailing Control.

The regatta tracking program, Sailing Control Tracking, provides tracking solutions and covers nautical events from professional needs to social events. The Soto40 class (like others such as Tp52, Farr 40 or Open 60) brings together a group of vessels of the same features and designed to extract full power. It has two permanent competitions—one in South America and one in Europe—and a world championship.

Marina Port Vell is proud to be participating as a supporter of this noteworthy annual sailing competition. For your mega power boat yacht charter rental contact Specialized Yacht Charter Professionals today. Chartering a luxury power boat to watch the yachts compete is by far the best method to be up close and personal. We do this year in year out for that passionate competitor.

Trinity Yachts, LLC and TY Offshore, LLC announce the formation of the Gulf Coast Shipyard Group, Inc. concurrent with a new investment partner

28 May 2013, New Orleans, Louisiana & Gulfport, Mississippi: Trinity Yachts and TY Offshore are pleased to announce the formation of the Gulf Coast Shipyard Group along with its new investment partner, Littlejohn & Co., a multi-billion dollar private equity firm based in Greenwich, CT. Gulf Coast Shipyard Group will own and operate two major Gulf Coast based shipyards engaged in the new construction of commercial, military and luxury yachts.

Management—which has a long history of building and operating major diversified shipbuilding operations—is enthusiastic about its partnership with Littlejohn, which has a well-established track record of investing in and working with management teams to build significant competitive enterprises in their target industries. In addition to other positive industry dynamics, management and Littlejohn view the growth opportunities in the Gulf Coast as historic in proportion. Felix S. Sabates Jr. will step down as Chairman to become an advisor and consultant to the new organization.

John Dane III, President and CEO of Trinity Yachts and TY Offshore stated that "Littlejohn has an impeccable reputation along with the ability to bring equity, strategy and experience in order to successfully grow and diversify our operations. In addition, I am also happy to announce that we will be starting a long-planned $9 million capital improvement program to the Gulfport, Mississippi yard which will increase our efficiency and annual output. These improvements will also upgrade our Syncrolift to 4,300 tons in anticipation of ice class vessels for Arctic operations. All told, we expect these events will further establish our operations as a premier builder and major employer."

Edmund J. Feeley, Managing Director of Littlejohn, said, "We look forward to our partnership with the Gulf Coast management team to continue the company’s strong growth trajectory into new markets. The company has a strong backlog of orders, and oil and gas drilling and production activity is expected to remain strong with demand for vessels serving this industry expected to continue, as well as vessels targeted for other commercial and military markets."

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