Live Tweeting From FLIBS

PHOTO: Forest Johnson

PHOTO: Forest Johnson

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, a.k.a. FLIBS, opened yesterday. Running through Monday, the FLIBS is expected to attract about 100,000 visitors.

At the show, we’re seeing a number of new megayachts, including the Benetti 140 Veloce, the Riva 122 Mythos, Sunrise Yachts’ Atomic, and the Ocean Alexander 100. We’re further attending a number of press conferences. Feature-oriented news from FLIBS will appear on in the coming days and weeks. For up-to-the-minute news, you can follow us on Twitter. We’ll be live tweeting all weekend long, using the hashtag #FLIBS2014. That same hashtag is being used by FLIBS’ organizers, plus many exhibitors and attendees. In fact, you can see a live stream of those tweets below.

We’ll also be posting photos on our Facebook and Google+ pages through the weekend, using the same hashtag.


Attitude (ex-Encore) Refitted, Available for Charter

Trinity-Yachts-AttitudeA seven-month refit has made Attitude, most recently known as Encore, ready for her current owners’ cruising preferences as well as the charter market.

Attitude was built by Trinity Yachts in 1998 as Noble House. The 150-foot (45.7-meter) megayacht went through several name changes in the ensuing years. Her current owners acquired her earlier this year. They had Attitude taken back to Trinity Yachts’ New Orleans facility for the work. The choice was easy, given that they had previously owned two other Trinity-built boats. Specifically, they cruised aboard Relentless, a 142-footer from 2001, and Zoom Zoom Zoom, a 161-footer originally delivered in 2005.

Attitude still has four guest staterooms below decks and a main-deck master. All have upgraded entertainment system options, as does the rest of the yacht. It’s the Apple AirDrop/AirPlay system. AirDrop allows users to share files, including music and photos. AirPlay, meanwhile, permits streaming video and music. The entertainment system also includes Crestron controllers.

Attitude is available for charter this winter for $140,000 per week, plus expenses. Her base for the winter will be St. Maarten. You can arrange a tour at next week’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, where she’ll be on display at Pier 66 with International Yacht Collection, her central agent. Among the watertoys charter guests will get to use are four PWCs. Attitude will also tow a 32-foot Intrepid kitted out for fishing.

FunAir Adjustable Yacht Slide: Supports Breast Cancer Research

FunAir-Adjustable-Yacht-SlideIf you’ve been considering buying an inflatable slide for your yacht, now is a good time. Why? Because purchasing the newest FunAir slide, the Adjustable Yacht Slide, will support a good cause. FunAir and National Marine Suppliers will donate $200 to the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation for every in-stock FunAir Adjustable Yacht Slide purchased through October 27.

The FunAir Adjustable Yacht Slide is being introduced at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show next week. It’s for yachts whose rails are 13 to 18 feet (4 to 5.5 meters, respectively) from the waterline. It was conceived to be an in-stock item, too, shipped within days vs. weeks or months. The custom slides that FunAir has so far offered take time to manufacture, understandably. Equally understandable, some buyers don’t necessarily want personalization, nor to wait.

The FunAir Adjustable Yacht Slide costs $6,995. “That’s about half what it usually costs a yacht owner for a custom-designed inflatable slide,” says Mark Anastasia, co-founder of FunAir. The Adjustable Yacht Slide is still made of commercial-grade, 0.9-mm PVC, like the custom products are. The PVC is further UV protected, and the slide comes with a three-year warranty.

If you’re attending the boat show, your wait might be even less. National Marine Suppliers will let you take delivery on November 3, the last day, to save you shipping.

Dean Dutoit, CEO of National Marine Suppliers, says his company is proud to help FunAir “support an important cause like breast cancer research.” It’s not the first time National Marine Suppliers has raised funding for the Florida Breast Cancer Foundation, either. Last year, its annual Yacht Bikers Poker Run and its customer-appreciation party, the latter held during the Fort Lauderdale boat show, helped raise $34,000 for the charity.

October 2014 Motoryacht Video: Feadship’s Como

At “just” 151’6” (46.22 meters), Como is one of the smaller yachts to emerge from Feadship in recent years. To equate her size with insignificance would be a mistake, though. Como is, from her whale-tail-shape mast to her racecar-inspired hull lines, a considerable example of custom yacht construction. Every styling detail is the result of her owner’s imagination and the work of Dubois Naval Architects. Things like her oversize hull ports are not just highly unusual, but highly technical. They broke the rules–and set new ones–for what’s permissible under Lloyds. Then there are the more than 23-foot-wide (seven-meter-wide) superstructure ports aboard Como. The distinguishing differences of Como are, no pun intended, quite clear.

Peters & May Pink Lashings, for Breast Cancer Cause

Peters-&-May-pink-lashings-2Yachts and megayachts being transported by Peters & May through the winter have a colorful option, for a good cause, for their lashings. The company is offering pink straps in an effort to raise £25,000 (about $39,800) for a breast cancer charity.

Specifically, the Peters & May Pink Lashings effort is to benefit Breast Cancer Clinical Trials (BCCT). The charity, with a trials facility north of London, has raised millions for research and equipment purchasing. The transport company holds a number of fund-raising initiatives each year for BCCT. Dave Holley, CEO of Peters & May, lost his own mother to breast cancer, so BCCT is personally of great importance.

Here’s how the Pink Lashings effort works. For an extra £5 per strap, yacht owners can have the specially made lashings (the exact pink tone that BCCT uses in its literature) secure their yacht onboard the transport vessels. Peters & May matches the funds, thereby donating £10 per strap to the charity. Considering an 80-footer requires about 50 lashings, the total funds donated per yacht are significant. Each yacht owner will also receive a photo of their yacht on the Peters & May ship and a letter of thanks from BCCT.

The first yacht to show off the Pink Lashings is a 76-foot (23-meter) Leopard, pictured above. Peters & May loaded her in Palma earlier this month. The owner provided a statement to Peters & May: “As soon as the team at Peters & May mentioned this initiative during the booking process, I immediately took the chance to be the first yacht secured with the distinctive pink lashings. I’m thrilled to be supporting such a brilliant cause, and hope that many other boat owners will follow in my footsteps.”

The transport ship is en route to Fort Lauderdale, expected to arrive on the 20th. Peters & May is posting voyage updates on its Facebook and Twitter pages. You can find all updates on either social media site by using the hashtag #PandMPink.

In the meantime, Peters & May is continuing to promote the Pink Lashings initiative. Owners still have time to take advantage of it and lend support to a worthy cause.