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The Most Outrageous Superyachts You'll See at the Miami International Boat Show

Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at 7:00:00 am

The 2017 Miami International Boat Show is fast approaching once again – in February, boaters and boating enthusiasts will gather from across the country – and across the globe – to attend this boat show from February 16-20 at Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin at Key Biscayne.

There will certainly be plenty to see, with hundreds of boats from dozens of vendors, and representations of just about every segment of the boat market imaginable.

But if you want to see luxury, you want to see the superyachts that are on the market at the Miami International Boat Show, and we’ve highlighted three of the most exquisite, technologically advanced, and beautiful yachts that are going to be on display at the 2017 Miami International Boat Show.

Marlow Explorer 80E - Pier 8

The new Marlow Explorer 80E boasts a LOA of 86’8”, making it one of the largest, most spacious yachts on display at the Miami International boat show – and it’s certainly impressive, with a two-tiered design featuring an extensive outside deck on the second tier, and three interior cabins that are appointed with luxuriously stained and primed wood finishings and marble countertops.

The saloon deck is a particular looker, featuring a full wet bar with an icemaker, a wine locker, and a foldable entertainment system that flips down when you need it, and gets out of the way when you don’t.

Past the pilothouse, you’ll find a beautiful curved teak stairway where accommodations will be found, and this model features a brilliant master stateroom with a king-sized bed, twin nightstands, matching bureau sets, a mirrored vanity, and cedar-lined hanging lockers for a beautiful and functional sleeping area.

The bathroom features his and hers heads, and a shared shower with an optional tub, and the sinks are crafted out of fine china and built into granite countertops for a thoroughly luxurious experience.

If you want to see luxury, you’ll want to see the Marlow Explorer.

Cruiser 60 Cantius - Pier 8

The 60 Cantius by Cruiser is a medium-large yacht measuring in with an LOA of 59’10”, and though it may be a bit smaller than some other picks on this list, it’s an incredibly luxurious craft.

One of the highlights of this yacht is the cockpit – separated from the salon with a simple set of full-length sliding glass doors, and including a built-in sunshade, this cockpit is built for entertaining, with a U-shaped dinette and plenty of seating, an exterior patio with a grill and bar stools, and a refrigerator/icemaker combo so that refreshments can keep on flowing. The cockpit also features floor-to-ceiling windows and sun/moonroofs for incredible views, especially at sunset.

Featuring quarters both above and below decks, this luxurious yacht can accommodate a surprising amount of guests despite its somewhat smaller size, making it great for entertaining, and the beautiful interior design and contemporary decor of this stylish cruiser is sure to make it a hit.

If you want to experience ultimate luxury in a smaller, more stylish frame, you’ve got to see the Cruiser 60 Cantius.

Marquis 720 Fly - Booth 800 - 805 In Water

The Marquis 720 fly is a large yacht with an LOA of 72’5”, and while it’s not the absolute biggest yacht out there, it’s certainly spacious. This streamlined yacht features a compact, three-tiered construction that maximizes available floor space to provide maximum comfort, even in a smaller, more sleek profile.

And this beautiful yacht is certainly no slouch in the luxury department, with a gorgeous salon/galley combination that’s softly lit, and features imported, blackened wood floors and a modern, contemporary decor that perfectly accents the modern fixtures of the galley.

The galley features a four-person dining table crafted of glass and mahogany, and fully stainless steel appliances – refrigerator, sink, dishwasher, and range included. The helm is built into the salon, so you’ll never be separated from your guests when you’re relaxing, even if you have to take control of the ship for a while.

The master bedroom and guest bedroom are similarly well-appointed, with a natural wood design, subtle ambient lighting, and plenty of natural light from portholes incorporated into the design. The bathrooms are composed of a glass and china construction, with floor-to-ceiling showers appointed with stainless steel fixtures.

This boat is a spectacular example of the marriage between form and function – not a single element of its design is out of place, and the entire boat emanates a fantastic feeling of luxury that must be felt to be believed, so check it out at the boat show.

Learn More About The Luxury Yacht Market At Foster’s Yacht Services

If attending the Miami International Boat Show has piqued your interest about yachts – whether you’re in the market for a luxurious superyacht, or just curious about the market for smaller personal watercraft – get in touch with Foster’s Yacht Services today.

We can give you guidance on the current yacht market, or recommend upgrades or work for your current watercraft, so that you can bring it up to par with the luxury watercraft of today.

We are a leading provider of services for yachts and personal watercraft, and specialize in yacht refitting, yacht painting, and other yacht services in the Fort Lauderdale area. Give us a call, or visit us online to see more about our services and learn more details.

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The Top 10 Most Expensive Yachts in the World

Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 7:00:00 am

Yachts are the epitome of luxury – even lower-end yachts can easily reach into seven-digit valuations – and if you’ve got the money to spend on an absurdly expensive megayacht, the sky is pretty much the limit. If you’ve got the cash to spend, you can easily outfit a yacht with features totalling the hundreds of millions of dollars.

In this article we’ll count down the 10 very most expensive yachts in the world, and talk about what, exactly, makes them worth such a tremendous sum.

10. Lady Moura - $210 Million

This megayacht was first launched in 1990, commissioned by Saudi Arabian businessman Nasser Al-Rashid, and it’s certainly got the extravagance to make up for its cost – the name of the ship is written in 24k gold lettering, and amenities include a helicopter pad, an onboard pool with a retractable roof, and a sliding platform that extend to the waterline, covered with sand to simulate a beach – in the middle of the ocean.

9. Al Mirqab - $250 Million

The Al Mirqab, first launched in 2008, was dubbed the second most beautiful yacht in the world. Commissioned for two Qatari ministers by Peters Schiffbau Wewelsfleth, this yacht is truly beautiful and expansive, featuring 55 rooms to house both guests and crew members, an on-board cinema, gigantic sundeck, multiple outside bars, a swimming pool, and a helipad. This yacht also features an extensive selection of watercraft and watersports equipment for those looking for some close-to-the-water action.

8. Dilbar - $256 Million

The Dilbar was built in 2008 by Lürssen Yachts, and it was commissioned for Russian oligarch Alisher Usmanov – being named after his mother. This is one of the world’s largest private boats, boasting a total waterline measurement of over 360 feet, and is usually found cruising around the sea to one of the billionaire’s multiple private islands. Amenities include a helipad and multiple swimming pools, as well as deck space for 20 guests and a crew of 48.

7. Al Said - $300 Million

Crafted by Lürssen Yachts for Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, the Sultan of Oman, this exquisite ship is shrouded in a surprising amount of secrecy, with little known about the details beyond the fact that it includes a concert hall that is big enough for a 50-person orchestra – and plenty of guests. It was the second-largest yacht in the world when it was launched in 2009, and can house 70 guests with a crew capacity of over 150.

6. Superyacht A - $323 Million

Despite its relatively low-key name, Superyacht A is anything but average. This stealthily-designed watercraft has been designed to look more like a fighter jet or a submarine than a cruise ship, with a beautiful exterior design that looks like it has been chiseled out of porcelain. It’s also enormous, boasting a 24,000 square foot interior, a helicopter hangar, three swimming pools, and a disco, with enough housing for 14 guests and 42 crew members.

5. Dubai - $350 Million

The Dubai was a joint project, created by Lürssen Yachts with the help of Blohm + Voss, commissioned by Prince Jefri Bolkiah of Brunei. Platinum Yachts later acquired the vessel for the ruler of Dubai – His Highness Sheikh Mohammed. This yacht holds multiple jacuzzis, a large swimming pool, and an enormous amount of lounges, guest suites, and other amenities. In addition, a helipad is incorporated into the design which can accommodate a 9.5 ton helicopter. At the time of its completion in 2006, it was the largest yacht in the world.

4. Azzam - $650 Million

This 590 foot long yacht currently holds the title of “largest yacht in the world” – knocking off the previous record holder, Eclipse, to claim the top spot. Designed by Lürssen Yachts for Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahyan – President of the UAE and Emir of Abu Dhabi, this gigantic yacht still remains surprisingly quick, boasting a water speed of up to 35 knots. Little else is known about the interior of this yacht, but one thing is for sure – future mega yachts will have a hard time equalling its power, luxury, and speed.

3. Streets of Monaco - $1.1 Billion

Conceived by Yacht Island Design of Derbyshire County in England, this breathtaking yacht has it all – except an eccentric billionaire who can fund its construction. If built, this yacht would be a floating replica of a section of Monte Carlo – as the name suggests, featuring scaled down landmarks from the city like hotels, pools, and tennis courts, alongside lavish and sumptuous living quarters. Certainly one of the most eccentric yachts on this list, construction is expected to cost upwards of $1.1 billion if Yacht Island Design can find an investor.

2. Eclipse - $1.5 Billion

Eclipse has been built by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich by Bloom + Voss, and is rumoured to have cost at least $1.5 billion to create. This immense, 536 foot vessel is now the second largest yacht in the world, having been dethroned by the recently launched Azzam, and it is fitted with a huge amount of security measures to protect the privacy of the eccentric billionaire, including anti-paparazzi lasers, intruder protection, bulletproof windows, and even anti-missile defense systems. Beyond its security, it boasts two swimming pools, 24 guest cabins, two helicopter pads, and a mini-submarine capable of excursions up to 50 meters below the surface of the water, and requires a 70 member crew to continue operations.

1. History Supreme - $4.5 Billion

The History Supreme is the absolute most expensive yacht of all time – and it’s unlikely that it will be dethroned for a long while. This 100-foot vessel may be tiny compared to the other yachts on this list, but it has one important distinguishing feature – it has been assembled using over 220,000lbs of gold and platinum, and the entirety of the vessel is adorned with layers of these precious metals, from the base of the vessel, to the handrails, decks, dining area – even the anchor. This sumptuous luxury extends to the master bedroom, which includes a 68kg 24k gold aquarium, and a decorative feature including meteorites and Tyrannosaurus Rex bones.

It’s the absolute most expensive yacht in the world, and truly in a class of its own when it comes to price and luxury.

Bring Your Yacht Up To Snuff With Foster’s Yacht Services

Naturally, only a handful of people in the entire world can afford such enormously extravagant vessels. But if this article has left you a bit sour on the features in your yacht, don’t despair – Foster’s Yacht Services is the leading yacht service provider in Fort Lauderdale, and specializes in yacht painting, yacht refitting, and other yacht services including custom furnishings and renovations, among others.

So if you’re looking to renovate your yacht in Fort Lauderdale, you’ve come to the right place – get in touch on our website to see our full listing of services, and schedule a consultation to discuss what Foster’s Yacht Services can do for you.

We may not be able to plate your yacht in solid gold like the History Supreme, but by the time we’re finished with your boat, it will feel darn close.

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Adding A Pool To My Yacht - What To Expect

Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 7:00:00 am

Having a swimming pool on your yacht is an unparalleled luxury – there’s nothing quite like sitting in a swimming pool as your boat cruises through the water on a sunny day, with sunlight dappling the deck and drenching the entire craft in a golden glow. There’s a reason most new, hyper-expensive yachts are incorporating swimming pools into their designs.

But if your yacht didn’t come with a swimming pool standard, you may have to go through the trouble of getting one installed – which can be a huge investment, and a real pain in the neck. So we’re here to tell you a little bit about what you can expect if you decide to incorporate a swimming pool into your yacht.

  1. 1. Be Realistic About Size

If you’ve got a yacht big enough to install a swimming pool on, chances are you want to go big – after all, a tiny little pool is basically just an unheated hot tub, right?

Well, even on the largest of yachts, you’re still never going to get a ground-sized swimming pool on your boat. Weight is one of the main reasons – water is heavy, and despite being luxury craft, yachts still have to be able to cruise through the water, and a gigantic, cement-walled pool such as those you’d find on land will never work at sea, for a variety of reasons.

Typically, even for the largest yachts, pool size tops out at about 7-8 meters. Beyond that, weight and size limits make pools impractical for yacht use.

One way around this if you’re a swimmer who enjoys going long distances is with an “infinity pool”. These unique pools can create a swim-against current at a speed of your choosing, so though you may only be confined to a 8 meter pool, you can swim for miles.

  1. 2. Location, Location, Location

Swimming pools present some unique weight distribution problems, so most of the time they can’t just be placed anywhere you like. While some purpose-built yachts incorporate pools on the upper decks, most aftermarket pools and water features will severely interfere with the boat’s center of gravity and stability if installed in upper decks.

For this reason, pools are generally located on a lower deck near the stern, where their weight and balance problems can be mitigated more easily due to their closer-to-the-water location.

And you must face the fact that, depending on your yacht, you simply may not be able to add a pool – balancing issues, weight problems, and construction problems can preclude this addition entirely.

  1. 3. Be Ready To Pay - A Lot

Most yachts with pools pre-installed were built with the pool in mind, and the entire design incorporates the pool, often with features like circulator surrounding sump pumps for capturing wayward water and integration with power and pump features. If your boat didn’t come with a pool pre-installed, not only will you need to install the pool and all relevant equipment, you will need to connect all of the various devices and mechanisms needed for the pool’s functionality to your power supply, water supplies, and other utilities on your boat.

Combine this with the up-front cost of construction, and you’re looking at a big investment. Installing a standard pool on land can easily cost $40K, and depending on the yacht, we wouldn’t be surprised to see that cost double – or even triple.

Visit Foster’s Yacht Services To Learn More

If you’re in the Fort Lauderdale area and looking for yacht services like yacht refits, yacht painting, or construction consulting, Foster’s Yacht Services is the leading provider in the area.

We’re happy to consult with you about any number of Yacht services, from simple trimmings and refits to comprehensive overhauls – and even pool construction. Visit our website to learn more about our professional services and our specialties.

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Top Design Features Found in Yachts in 2016

Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 at 7:00:00 am

Given the high price tag of today’s mega-yachts, it’s no surprise that the designers, craftsmen, and engineers responsible for their construction are constantly innovating.

Anyone buying a yacht expects the best, and it’s become the mission of these specialists to add incredible features to the luxury boats of today.

Let’s take a look at some of the design trends that have been popularized by the new yachts of 2016, and get an idea of how the yacht market is changing.

  1. 1. Private Owner’s Deck

While most superyachts used to include a large stateroom on the main or upper deck, the yacht buyers of today are seeking something different – private owner’s apartments or decks on the very top of their craft, allowing privacy and incredible views of the ocean from the very top of the deck.

Superyachts such as the Eclipse, built by Blohm & Voss, feature enormous owner’s decks – the 162.5 meter yacht (the second largest in the world) features an expansive, 56 meter owner’s deck at the peak of the design, and the smaller Graceful, by Blohm & Voss, features a smaller version of this feature.

  1. 2. Helicopter Pad

It used to be that spacious, luxurious limo tenders were enough to get you onto your yacht in style – but the buyers of today demand even more exquisite service, so it’s no surprise that helipads are being installed on many new 2016 yachts.

There’s nothing quite like being whisked directly from the airport onto your private yacht, so just about all new 2016 superyachts incorporate a helicopter pad, and some like the Madame Gu by Feadship feature a helicopter pad that tucks away into a belowdecks hangar, avoiding any exposure of the aircraft to sea spray or the elements.

3. Spacious, Innovative Drive-In Tender Bays

Tender bays on newer yachts are beginning to look a lot more like traditional garages, featuring floodable designs that allow limo tenders, jetskis, and other watercraft to float in while still on water.

Once these crafts are strapped in, the tender bay is then drained in mere minutes to allow for a hassle-free tender experience that’s becoming more and more in-vogue for newer yachts, such as the recently launched 58-meter J’ade superyacht.

  1. 4. Purpose-Built Sports Decks

While some yacht owners prefer to simply relax when on their craft, many people crave recreational options – and unique, purpose-built sports decks on yachts are one great way to satisfy that craving in a totally unique way.

The 78.5 metre Feadship Hampshire II is a great example of this trend, built with an expansive foredeck on which basketball, badminton, tennis, and even football can be played, and a specialized system of nets which can be rigged up to prevent the loss of balls while playing. In addition to those features, it incorporates a squash court and even a zipline in its design – great for those who are looking to stay active and have fun while sailing the high seas.

  1. 5. Infinity Pools

Infinity pools are visually striking – these unique designs seem to plummet into nowhere, given the unique design that pours water over the edge of the deck into a receptacle below.

While these pools were often used in hotels and high-end luxury resorts, infinity pools have made their way to yachts, boasting a spot on recently launched superyachts like the Dunya Yachts Axioma.

Visit Foster’s Yacht Services To Understand Today’s Yacht Market

If you want to get a better idea about the features, designs, and styles common not just to superyachts such as the ones shown off in the Miami International Boat Show, visit Foster’s Yacht Services – the premier yacht shop in Fort Lauderdale.

We specialize not only in yacht painting, yacht refitting, and other yacht services such as custom furniture and maintenance – our experts are keen followers of the trends and designs that are on the rise in yachts, and we’re glad to help you better understand what modern yachting has to offer.

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Everything You Need to Know About Yacht Painting

Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 7:00:00 am

If you own a yacht, you’ve either needed yacht painting before, or you’ll eventually need your boat touched up with professional yacht painting services. Here’s a rundown of how the process of painting a yacht actually works.

Preparing Before Painting

Before we start painting your yacht, we need to prepare correctly. Yacht painting is about 80% prep work, 20% actual painting. Without the right preparation, the paint job will fail. First, we remove old Gelcoat and layers of wax, getting the surface ready so that the paint will adhere correctly. Without this step, the outcome is exceedingly poor. It’s essential to remove wax and Gelcoat for a great paint job.

Gelcoat is the standard coating for the majority of modern yachts. It protects the outer surface, preventing mold from growing on the surface of the fiberglass. It also adds pigmentation, but overall, Gelcoat isn’t particularly durable. When it’s exposed to sunlight and salt water, it becomes more porous. The tiny pits that develop aren’t readily visible to the naked eye, but they accumulate waxy buildup that paint has a hard time adhering to. Before painting, we absolutely must remove the old Gelcoat.

After removing the wax and Gelcoat, we’ll sand and de-wax the exterior, then apply a special primer before we paint.

Special Considerations

Yacht painting is affected by the size and model of your particular yacht. Some models have hard-to-reach spaces that we may not be able to paint with a sprayer. For these areas, we brush paint instead. If you have non-skid decks, we probably can’t repaint them at all. Their specialized abrasive surfaces simply don’t hold paint very well, and sanding them isn’t an option.

Painting with Dark Colors

When people think “yacht,” white is generally the color that comes to mind. But recently, there’s been a growing trend of painting yachts with darker colors, like wide feature stripes or black areas between windows. Because these dark colors absorb heat, they can warp or damage the fiberglass surface. Using a checkerboard pattern is a way to avoid this damage, although in general, we don’t recommend dark colors on fiberglass yacht surfaces.

When to Paint Your Yacht

The best time for yacht painting is when ambient daytime temperatures are around 70-80 degrees Fahrenheit, and the humidity is below 65%. In South Florida, this means that fall and winter are usually the best time for yacht painting. At the height of summer, the oppressive heat and sweltering humidity aren’t particularly conducive to a good paint job. In South Florida, many yacht painters actually set up indoor booths for painting, since the right temperature and humidity conditions are hard to come by in our tropical climate.

Finding the Right Painter

Yacht painting is distinct from painting other vehicles or structures, and so it’s best left to professionals who specialize in yacht services. It’s best to stick with a reliable company that already has a great reputation by word of mouth, and to steer clear of fly-by-night operations. By law, urethane painting work must be conducted in enclosed spray booths, preventing environmental contamination.

Yacht Painting & Yacht Services in Fort Lauderdale

At Foster’s Yacht Services, we provide yacht painting, yacht repair, yacht refit, and other services for South Florida yacht and mega yacht (M/Y) owners. When you’re due for a new paint job, contact us any time to schedule with us.

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