The first public day of the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show was particularly busy and it’s no surprise with the lineup of yachts on display. Cruising around in the harbor is a must in order to appreciate the magnitude of this show. From north of the bridge, down to Pier 66, the combined total of yachts products push the value on display at the show upward of $4 billion.
Lurssen’s Northern Star
The spotlight as far as size, for sale or charter, would have to be the majestic, 75.4-meter/248-foot Lurssen Northern Star. A 2009 build accommodating 12 guests and 22 crew, Northern Star comfortably cruises the world, in Old World style finely executed with detailed craftsmanship. Amenities and spacious entertaining areas and decks make her the perfect charter yacht for posh adventures. Extra quiet interiors, ice-strengthened hull, and advanced stabilizers add to the indulgence.
Pier 66 Marina
The water taxi ride down to the southern edge of the show at Pier 66 was a pleasant break, offering a peek at Lady Sheridan, and another nod of approval to Peter Johnstone’s Gunboat Toccata. The refit of the marina made for an easily navigated venue, with the reward of a Rusty Pelican feast and sip for those who ventured the entire distance. Taxiing to the north toward the Galleria gave a tour of some of Ft. Lauderdale’s Idlewild neighborhood’s fine waterfront residences, a nice respite from walking the show.
Unveiling of the Heesen Hot Lab designed Nina proved again that this duo produces exciting, interesting yachts that set the bar high. Look for photos and possibly video in tomorrow’s update.
Delta Marine’s Katya
The evening ended with festive night aboard Delta Marine’s 2009 build, Katya. With great range, and luxurious style, Katya welcomed the crowd aboard with a reggae beat on the dock, and Champagne served in elegant flutes from the upper deck bar. Lobster nibbles, and similarly scrumptious bites were graciously offered by attentive waitstaff, showing off just how easily the yacht entertains a large crowd. Despite an early downpour, the celebration was well attended, and presented Katya’s versatility in all weather conditions.
Quick VIP update
A quick tour of the VIP areas reviewed yesterday revealed a very nice salon, some delicious culinary selections appropriate to time of day, and a fun mix of automobiles and helicopters on the lawn. Again, the high point here has to include the valet parking the comes with the VIP pass, but the perks of having a concierge arrange times to board and tour yachts is also a priority.
Look for The Best of Yachting update tomorrow featuring the best of the charter yachts at the 2015 show.