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Fort Lauderdale - The Yachting Capital of the World

Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 7:05:00 am

Fort Lauderdale - The Yachting Capital of the World

Fort Lauderdale is undoubtedly the yachting capital of the world, and it has been dubbed that by a variety of different yachting experts and publications. Fort Lauderdale has 50,000 registered yachts and over 300 miles of inland waterways. It also holds two of the largest cruise ships in the world, and, unsurprisingly, it is home to one of the largest boating shows in the world as well. Fort Lauderdale is scenic and very amenable to many different types of yachts. Here are some of the reasons that Fort Lauderdale is the yachting capital of the world:

The Waterways

As aforementioned, Fort Lauderdale has over 300 miles of inland waterways. That is not something that is very common in other port cities—at least, not to that extent. Fort Lauderdale offers a variety of different options for yachts, and the waterways are wide enough that they are able to squeeze through without trouble. The spacious avenues for yacht travel are enticing to owners of large cruise ships, which pass through Fort Lauderdale daily. Fort Lauderdale is also a very popular cruise ship locale.

The Weather

Florida weather is beautiful, and everyone has heard of the famed Florida sunshine. Yachting is fun, but being able to ride on a boat in the breeze and feel the sunshine is one of the many reasons that Fort Lauderdale is the yachting capital of the world. It combines its waterways and travel capabilities with the natural weather that has made Florida such a popular vacation destination for millions of tourists from around the world. Fort Lauderdale gets more sunny than rainy days (a LOT more), and yachting is one of the many ways to enjoy the weather in a relaxing way.

The Shipyards

The shipyards in Fort Lauderdale have sprung up to meet the demand. There are thousands of yachts in Fort Lauderdale, and the shipyards have arisen to meet the amount with gusto. They provide quality care and docking for yachts, refitting them and keeping them from incurring any damage while they aren’t being used. The refits of these yachts are often carried out in this yards with the assistance of partners with the yard itself. Fort Lauderdale is not only a great place to own a yacht and use a yacht, it is also great at refitting and refurbishing them.

The Crews

No yard would be complete without an excellent crew. The refits that are carried out on well-known ships across the globe require crew with expertise to match, and Fort Lauderdale provides that in a way that isn’t seen anywhere else around the world. The technicians and service specialists that care for the thousands of yachts in the area are all the best at what they do, leaving you feeling reassured that your prized yacht is in the hands of someone with experience.

The Intracoastal Waterway

The Intracoastal Waterway is one of Fort Lauderdale’s many features that make it so conducive to an excellent yachting experience. The Intracoastal Waterway is 3,000 miles long, and it runs along the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico. This Waterway goes around the southern tip of Florida. It is an excellent way to travel. It connects some of the major bodies of water, and yachting enthusiasts who like to travel appreciate the convenience.

Fort Lauderdale provides easy access to that. Fort Lauderdale isn’t named the yachting capital of the world for nothing. It is luxurious and fun, providing a lot of relaxation and expertise for yacht owners who want to know that their boat is in good hands.

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How to Paint a Fiberglass Boat

Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 6:55:00 am

How to Paint a Fiberglass Boat

Fiberglass is one of the sturdiest and most efficient materials in the world for boat building, and it has been used more and more frequently. Fiberglass boats, depending on the paint used, can last for a long time, as long as the painter in question is experienced and ready to incur the cost and labor needed to carry out the task. In this article, we will go over how to paint a fiberglass boat, first starting with the types of paint you can use and finishing with instructions on how to go about beginning the project.

What Paint to Use

Gelcoat is a common choice for the exterior finish of a boat. Gelcoat has a high pigmentation, and it is resinous. It also holds another purpose. Gelcoat prevents the fiberglass from molding, as the paint has a mold release agent that shields the boat from damage. However, gelcoat is not very resistant to the sun. Because of this, the boat will need to be repainted in order to maintain the lustrous finish that it had when it was first renovated. If you use a high-quality gelcoat, you will be able to wax your boat in order to make the paint last longer. If you wax the boat and find that it is still dull and less-shiny than when it was first painted, that is likely a sign that the gelcoat used is low-quality and the paint brand itself was not up-to-par.

Painting the Boat

A yard will do the work for you, if you decide that you don’t want to paint it yourself. Finding a painter who is reputable and will do the job well isn’t difficult, but it also is a process that you want to undergo very carefully. Yards usually do higher-quality work because they want to maintain their reputation and avoid bad reviews. Yards specialize in the boating field, and they also have access to high-quality materials that will last longer and avoid oxidization.

Don’t Go Dark

When selecting the paint color for your boat, you may be tempted to select a dark color. That is a common trend now, and, while certainly attractive, it is not advisable. Painting the space between the boat’s windows black, or using wide black stripes, will easily show damage because dark colors absorb heat faster. White is more reflective than black, and absorbs less sunlight. If you use a dark color, you might cause damage to the area that you’re painting. This distortion is caused by shrinkage. You don’t want your boat to become a magnet for the sun; that leads to problems with the outside and issues with the health of the boat in general. Light colors are best.

Preparing to Paint When painting a boat, the key is preparation. If you prepare the boat properly to be painted, you won’t have a problem with the rest of the process. If the preparation is poor, that is when you see damage that has an effect on the rest of the boat. Find which areas on the boat need special attention due to the potential for damage. Remove old gelcoat by waxing and sanding, removing the surface irregularities and flaws so that they do not show up under the new paint.

Finishing the Paint Job

Once you’ve gone through the preparation, the paint job itself is easy. You don’t want to paint any aluminum, or the deck, and the painting should take place when there is low humidity outside. After painting, don’t use abrasive cleaners to take care of the boat. If you prepare well and select your gelcoat and painter carefully, your boat will be kept in good condition. Fiberglass is one of the best materials out there, and you want the exterior to match the interior’s quality.

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How Much Does Owning a Yacht Cost?

Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 7:15:00 am

How Much Does Owning a Yacht Cost?

Depending on the type of yacht that you own, the costs of owning a yacht vary. Calculation of the costs of yachting is a topic that many people have tried to tackle, and there are a lot of variables that can make these calculations difficult. In this article, we will break down the costs of owning a yacht, and how those costs vary based on the size and expanse of the yacht itself. There are hidden expenses that also factor in.

The Size of the Yacht in Question Matters

Smaller yachts are relatively cheaper. The costs of the yacht when you purchase it is dependent upon the size of the yacht, and the size also impacts the way in which you care for the yacht. Yachts need to be refitted and refurbished, and the more area you have, the more refitting costs you are going to incur. If you have, for example, a 170-foot yacht, you will likely need to repaint it at least once every five or six years. The rest of the refitting and renovations also require money, and you can count on at least half a million in expenses when all of this is factored in.

People Cost Money, Too

Hiring a crew might not be something that immediately jumps to your mind when you think of yacht care, and having a “crew” isn’t like the old-timey pirate movies. The crew, in your yacht’s case, keeps the technological and innovative aspects of the yacht from breaking down. If you want to commercialize your yacht, plan on hiring at least one crew member per guest. Even for a smaller boat, this will add up. Yachts are always in need of updates and renovations, and a crew will ensure that you have the tools you need to keep your investment in good shape.


If you have a yacht, you need a place to put it. You need a shipyard, and you need one that will make sure that your needs are met without risking damage to your yacht. Yachts need to be taken care of regularly, and docking is just the half of it. You also will need to pay for the yacht to be housed and readied for the next use.

Rule of Thumb

As with anything, there is some rule of thumb that you can follow when considering how much it costs to own a yacht. According to Forbes Magazine, the rule is “one million per meter.” For each meter of yacht, expect to pay at least $1,000,000. This is assuming that your yacht is average and not outlandishly-styled or requiring of special provisions. Forbes also noted that the costs of building and owning a yacht have increased dramatically; what used to cost only $1,000 per meter a century ago now costs $1,000,000. The increase has been fascinating, yet not unexpected, as yachts grow more and more advanced.

If you’re building a yacht, you will need to spend a lot.

If you’re building a yacht, you will need a project manager. While the costs of the build itself (materials, designers, crew, etc.) seem obvious enough, you also need to factor in the costs of hiring and retaining a project manager who can ensure that the project is done correctly. You will need to settle any cost disputes with the yard in question, as you don’t want to become embroiled in a conflict over money with the shipyard.

Owning a yacht costs a lot—the rule of thumb is generally $1,000,000 per meter. However, it is worth it. Owning a yacht is an amazing experience; building your own yacht, even more so.

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Painting an Aluminum Boat

Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 at 7:00:00 am

Painting an Aluminum Boat

Aluminum is one of the most often-used and highly-regarded building materials when it comes to boats. It is light and sturdy, and it provides a smooth, easy ride through even the roughest waters. Painting an aluminum boat is not a difficult process, but it does require a lot of effort and energy to make sure that it is done correctly. In this article, we will go over what you need to paint an aluminum boat properly, including preparation, special considerations, and after-painting care.

Know the Problems Associated with Paint on Aluminum

There are problems that occur when it comes to paint on aluminum. Paint blisters, and the sight of flaws on painted boats, no matter what material the boats are, is nothing new. Getting paint to stick on aluminum is not always easy, and many people who buy secondhand boats report that they have a difficult time getting the old, chipped, and damaged paint off of the boat so that they can repaint it. Frustrating as it may be, it is extremely important to make sure that you are fixing any structural problems with the boat before slapping on a coat of paint. Aluminum itself is great. It is resistant to corrosion. Marine-grade aluminum is resistant to rust and corrosion. However, it does oxidize. The film that the aluminum develops is tough and transparent, and while it sturdily protects the boat from damage, it isn’t always beautiful to look at. Oxidized aluminum can leave your boat looking dull; hence, why you need a paint job.

High-Performance Paints

In order to paint an aluminum boat successfully, you need paint that is able to do the job at a rate of high-performance, and two-part paints are a good way to do that. You should know that once painted, aluminum isn’t able to form that layer of oxidization that otherwise is so helpful to keeping the boat resilient. Two-part paints provide protection while also balancing for aesthetic appeal. Regular paint works well until it is breached, and then it becomes a problem. A breach occurs when water infiltrates the paint. It can be resisted for a reasonable amount of time, especially as the oxidization occurs, but eventually, water continues to work its way under the coating and this causes the outside of the boat to break down. The pitting of the aluminum is not only aesthetically displeasing, it is also hazardous.

How to Avoid Problems

It’s not easy to avoid paint corrosion and damage. In fact, some would say it is nearly impossible. That is why you have to strategize your painting job. After getting the boat ready to be painted, you should paint the boat and then protect it with a sealant. If you see that the paint is beginning to chip, you should apply pliable sealant to protect the water from entering. High-performance paints, combined with sealant, are a good way to ensure that your boat is protected from the elements in at least a minimal sense.

Vigilance is a Major Key

When using a boat, it can be all-too-easy to forget that you should keep looking to make sure that you are vigilant about inspecting the boat for any “wounds” or signs of corrosion. Before painting, you should soften all the rough edges. This way, you’ll be able to avoid the spread of corrosion and promote a healthy exterior. Check the boat regularly for problems, and apply sealant to any “wounds” you may see. Aluminum is an understandably-popular boat construction material, and painting it should always be done carefully and thoroughly. While aluminum doesn’t corrode, it does oxidize, dulling the boat’s appearance. By using high-performance paint and sealant, you will be able to slow down any damage and reduce exterior chipping.

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4 Superyachts You Can See at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, August 10, 2016 at 7:00:00 am

Whether you are looking to purchase a boat, an avid yachter, or just want to stay up to date on all of the latest boat designs, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is the place to be.

About the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

This year, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show will be held from the 3rd to the 7th of November. It is the 57th year of this occasion held in the “Yachting Capitol of the World” and you can expect to see everything from jet and ski boats to cabin cruisers to superyachts. The show will feature all of the latest designs in a number of boating categories.

4 Superyachts You Will See

#1: Northern Star

This impressive 247-foot yacht named Northern Star comes courtesy of Moran Yacht and Ship who worked with interior designer Pauline Nunns and builders Lurssen. It features six decks, open air dining, a large outdoor pool, and more. Its charming interior uses a lot of white woodwork and large windows for a sophisticated environment. Northern Star also has power that you can feel, but not hear. It can get up to speeds of 17 knots but features an advanced sound and vibration system that limits noise.

#2: Meridian

Yachtzoo is the company offering Meridian, a yacht that offers luxury for everyone from the guests to the crew. It is 205 feet long and has a large deck that is partially covered by canopies, which gives you the option to lounge in the sun or the shade. It features 2 master suites, 4 other luxury staterooms, and 9 cabins to support 18 crew members. It is large enough to very comfortably sleep 12 guests. The interior was designed by Cristiano Gatto. It is very modern and features a glossy wood design with plenty of woods like walnut Canaletto, rosewood, mahogany, and ebony.

#3: Areti

Burgess Yachts is the company offering the sleek superyacht Areti. Areti is nearly 200 feet in length and features a white exterior with a light wooden sundeck. The inside was designed by Patrick Knowles and it features mahogany veneer, marbles like onyx and granite, and a number of other tones that offers a classic design. Areti has all of the amenities you would expect of a luxury yacht, including an indoor Jacuzzi, a viewing deck that offers a 360 degree view, and even an elevator that takes you between floors.


Another yacht you will see at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat show is ROCK.IT, which also comes in at just under 200 feet of length. Sinot Exclusive Yacht Design and Feadship De Voogt Naval Architects came together to work on this yacht to create a final masterpiece that is spectacular to say the least. The outside is as sleek as it is fast and the inside comes with all of the comforts of a luxury cruise ship and more. It offers plenty of sundeck space (in the sun and shaded) and a 360-degree view that is to die for.

In addition to a gorgeous design, ROCK.IT features a maneuvering system that is often used in naval applications with intuitive joystick control. This comes with an autopilot system, plenty of speed, and all the latest cutting edge boating technology.

Whether you are a yacht connoisseur or you are just looking to keep up on all the latest in boating, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is definitely the place to be this year. Be sure to check out the four superyachts while you are there- you will definitely be impressed!

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