Companies are tapping in to their creative side in order to stay competitive and keep the doors open, especially in the marine industry where we are considered a luxury item. Most owners are trying to keep the mortgage and light bills paid, versus refitting their yachts; so the industry has become a needs and wants game now. Yacht owners are only doing what needs to be done, not what they want to. They are holding onto their money with the uncertainty of the US economies stability.
Back in 2008 and 2009 captains and owners would only go looking for 2 quotes on a job; now they are looking for 5 or more, which creates a price bidding war. It just comes to show you what an economic state can do to even the wealthiest people. Especially since most small marine companies have to carry three types of insurance, workers comp, Longshoreman's, and ships repairs and liabilities with a minimum of $1 million dollars; So let's all keep up with the new world and keep the ball rolling.
Oct. 18, Thursday, 6-8 p.m.
Yachting Industry Night at The Courtyard at Chima, 2400 E. Las Olas Blvd., Ft. Lauderdale, 33301 and +1 954-712-0580.
RSVP by noon to chimasteakhouse.com.
Oct. 20, Saturday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
National Marine’s annual Yacht Bikers Poker Run
New route TBA. Check-in/breakfast starts at 8; ride starts at 10; after party is at Cafe 27.
To register click here.
Oct. 20, Saturday, 7:30-10:30 p.m.
Yacht Chandlers’ 4th annual Customer Appreciation Party. The theme this year is Cowboys and Aliens, with prizes for the best dressed.
At Yacht Chandlers warehouse off 30th Avenue. RSVP required.
Oct. 23, Tuesday, 7:15 a.m.-noon
Ft. Lauderdale Mariner's Club annual golf tournament
at Ft. Lauderdale Country Club
7:30 a.m. – Breakfast/Putting Contest Start
8:30 a.m. –Shotgun Start, followed by lunch. Chances to win a trip to Hawaii and cash
There is still time to sign up. Register at www.ftlmc.org or contact Stephanie at +1 954-556-8867.
Oct. 24, Wednesday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m
Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club Marine Seminar, “It’s been a Titanic year. What lessons have we learned?”
at Hyatt Pier 66
Network and idea exchange event for insurance agents, brokers and underwriters, marine surveyors, admiralty attorneys, and marine industry professionals.
Oct. 24, Wednesday, 8-10 a.m.
International Superyacht Society (ISS) annual membership meeting and breakfast with a presentation “World Adventures: The Business of Fun; Creating and Managing Brand Presence in Brazil, China and Russia” moderated by Diane Byrne of MegayachtNews.com
at Bahia Mar, 2d floor, Grande View room.
Open to all ISS members, media and interested parties.
Oct. 24, Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.-noon
ISS Board of Directors meeting
at Bahia Mar Beach Resort & Yachting Center
Oct. 25-29, Thursday-Monday
53rd annual Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show
Six locations: Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Marina, Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, Fort Lauderdale Hilton Marina and The Sails
Marinas are connected by a network of bus shuttles, water taxis, and riverboats.
Preview day Thursday ($34 online, $36 at the show); general admission ($18 online, $20 at the show) Friday through Sunday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. General admission Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Two-day ticket $36 online, $38 at show.
Oct. 25, Thursday, 7 p.m.-midnight
22nd annual ISS Awards Gala
at the Marriott Harbor Beach, Ocean Terrace room
Oct. 26, Friday, 6:30-9:30 p.m.
Boys 'N' Toys Yacht Hop
at the show.
Northrop & Johnson hosts the event to raise money for Kids in Distress. Live entertainment and silent auction. Tickets are $250. For details, click here.
Oct. 27, Saturday, 7 p.m.-1 a.m.
National Marine Supplier’s 8th annual customer appreciation party at Dania Jai-Alai. Theme this year is “Yachtoberfest”. To register clickhere.
Oct. 29, Monday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
YachtInfo Industry Seminars, Captains Briefing and Cocktail Party
at Bahia Mar, ballroom
Sessions cover topics including changes to STCW, what to do when the yacht is arrested, an update on the America's Cup 34: The Superyacht Program, and an eco-themed session on yachts having a positive impact on the environment. Speakers have not yet been named.
Oct. 29, Monday, 7:30 p.m.
The Last Reef: Cities Beneath the Sea at Museum of Science and Discovery.
Features Last Reef 3D IMAX movie, WildAid discovery dig and honoring the 2012 Perseus award winner. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
After vacationing, time for rebuilding
August may be one of the busiest months of the year for yacht repairs at Foster's Yacht Services at Lauderdale's Marina in Fort Lauderdale, said owner Dennis Foster.
"People want to make sure their boats are perfect before the start of the boat show season," Foster said. Boat show season usually begins in the fall. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show starts at the end of October. "So summer, especially toward the end of it, is the busiest time for major boat maintenance."
Foster's company specializes in major yacht repairs, such as engine rebuilding, interior upgrades, hull extensions and even fly bridge installments. The company has been operating in Fort Lauderdale since 1986.
"It's cyclical," said Foster, who said his company completes around 10 major projects a year.