Smart hybrid powered Bennetti sets the bar high

Bennetti has been a pioneer luxury yacht builder since 1873 with some of the world’s most exclusive yacht designs afloat today. That said, our focus here is on 3 mega yachts code-named FB272, FB275 and FB277, all 3 over 100m in length and dubbed the 3 Giga yachts by the shipyard. FB272 is our story today, which demonstrates the huge scope of imagination and build capacity at the Italian shipyard. She features an advanced Lutron domotic system – approximately 500 kilometres of the cable run across her hull and superstructure, providing masses of connection with the outside world: including the huge windows 3 meters in height and the outstanding surface area of 800 square meters of window glass.

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A playground of Super and Mega Yachts opens in Monaco

This year the world’s largest showcase for Super and Megayachts afloat will be the biggest ever, with an expanded exhibition area and berthing for around 110 Superyachts in the Port Hercules of Monaco, the WSB team have taken a trip down to Monaco to check out this playground of super and mega yachts.

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Welcome to the Monaco Yacht Show

Now in its 23rd year, the Monaco Yacht Show will again serve as the world’s most amazing showcase for spectacular yachts, brought together in one place to enchant global superyacht enthusiasts. From September 25th to 28th, over 100 of the world’s most significant luxury yachts will be on full display in Port Hercules, either available for charter or being exhibited to promote a shipyards’ expertise in new builds. WSB takes a look behind the scenes of this prestigious show.

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The largest boat show on earth opens its doors tomorrow for the 50th time in celebration of its Golden Anniversary

The largest boat show on earth opens its doors tomorrow for the 50th time in celebration of its Golden AnniversaryFort Lauderdale Show Management has released the following information: There has never been a better time to enjoy boating. And there has never been a better place to fulfil your marine dreams.


Celebrate the 50th Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show®, October 29November 2, 2009, where you will find the world’s finest selection of marine products offered for all budgets. Over $3 billion worth of boats, yachts, super yachts, electronics and accessories will cover more than three million square feet of exhibit space on land and in water throughout six different sites. And you can “test drive” a selection of boats as the show premiers its Demo Docks at Pier 66.

Join us as we navigate the show so that you can plot your own course for the world’s largest boat show.


Super yachts, Cruisers, Sport fishers, Trawlers, Inflatable’s, Electronics, Accessories and Live Entertainment

The Spectacular Super yachts: See the world’s “show stopping” super yachts (yachts 80- feet and over) from the finest builders around the globe at the Bahia Mar Face Dock. Renowned shipyards such as Trinity, Christensen, Abeking & Rasmussen, Delta, Burger and many others will be presenting their very best. This year’s “Queen of the Show” – the 214’ Trident by Feadship – will also be docked at this show site.

The Newly Reconfigured Yacht Builders & Designers Tent – It’s Two Tents In One: You’ll continue to find the industry’s top yacht builders, designers, architects, decorators, engine manufacturers and suppliers of fine yacht accessories under this immense 60,000 sq. ft. air-conditioned tent. To better navigate among the exhibitors, the newly reconfigured YBD tent will be divided into two distinct sections — one dedicated to builders and shipyards; the other dedicated to businesses that support the super yacht industry such as designers, engineers, accessories vendors, electronics and engine manufacturers, and international trade groups. One-third of the tent closest to Face Dock will exclusively feature yacht builders and shipyards together. Here, noted builders Rybovich Spencer, Perini Navi, Heesen Yachts, Oceanco, Benetti, Lurssen, and Feadship among many others will be welcoming newcomers Mondo Marine, Dunya Yachts and Goetz Custom Boats to the block. Pass through the glass door partitions and you’ll encounter the finest in custom super yacht engineering, designing, and decorating, as well as extraordinary displays from residential and resort island destinations. Here you will also find trade groups from the Netherlands,

Australia, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, Germany and latest entry British Columbia (Canada), all of which will be showcasing their country’s top providers and suppliers to the super yacht industry.

The International Yacht Builders Pavilion: The place to see what the rest of the world is building. From necessities to luxuries, the world’s most talented and influential manufacturers and shipyards will be here to show up-to-date and extravagant options and amenities for yacht building inside this 15,000 sq. ft. pavilion.

The Power Centre: Power up at the Bahia Mar site where an impressive selection of the newest engines, generators and air conditioners for small boats, mid-size cruisers and super yachts from every leading manufacturer worldwide will be on full display.

Amazing Array of Accessories: Accessory tents will be fully packed with the newest trends, designs and innovation in electronics. But, there is so much more including fishing equipment, diving gear, information on fabulous resorts, insurance, finance, nautical clothing, jewellery and the list goes on and on.

Boats in Water and On Land: Think big, small and in-between. The Face Dock is lined with extraordinary super yachts from 80 to 200 feet. The North Side Docks feature powerboats, family cruisers, high performance boats, and brokerage boats. The South Side Docks showcase motor yachts, sport fishers, picnic boats, trawlers, express cruisers, and even more brokerage yachts. Move from water to the asphalt, and you’ll find hundreds of trailerable boats, inflatable’s and personal watercraft covering the land area.

Fun in the Sun: Be sure that you and your friends visit the International Food Garden and floating cocktail barges to enjoy delicious food and live musical entertainment.


Where Sea and Land Combine: Brokerage Boats, Exotic Car Showcase…and a Seaplane

The super yacht showcase continues as you head north from the Bahia Mar Face Dock to the adjacent Hall of Fame Marina. Westport, Moran Yacht & Ship, Northrop & Johnson, and Merle Wood among others will present a stunning array of high-quality, desirable brokerage yachts. From the finest on water, you can get a premier look at the finest in land-based speed and sophistication at the Exotic Car Showcase. Located across from the yachts, this popular exhibit spotlights the latest models in automobile excellence from Aston Martin, Porsche, Ferrari, Maybach, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Bentley, Rolls Royce, Land Rover, Maserati, Audi and many more.


A Bevy of Brokerage Boats

It’s just a short walk or a quick water shuttle ride from the Hall of Fame Marina to gain access to more of the Show’s brokerage motor yachts.


Motor Yachts, Sailing Yachts and NEW Demo Docks

The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is proud to be introducing Demo Docks to this year’s event. Here, serious boat buyers will have the unique opportunity to arrange for sea trials during the Show, to help them “seal the deal” on site. The C & D Demo Docks will accommodate up to 40 boats from select exhibitors ranging from centre consoles to 130-ft. motor yachts. Guests must make boat test arrangements at the exhibitor’s main show display location, and all sea trials will head south towards Port Everglades. Brokerage motor yachts and sailing yachts will continue to be on display on Docks a & B.


See a bevy of super yachts from a variety of exhibitors including Heesen Yachts’ 161’ Man of Steele and 141’ At Last, both presented by IYC.


Boats, Accessories and Fishing Fun for the Entire Family

The convention centre will offer a terrific selection of fishing boats, family cruisers, runabouts, flats boats, centre consoles, jet boats, engines, fishing equipment and accessories. Marine seminars and the Kids’ Fishing Clinics will also be located here.

7)    Official Show Transportation Network

There is no better way to navigate the show’s six spectacular sites than by utilizing the Show’s extensive Transportation Network.

Shuttle Buses: Free. Transportation routes between all six show sites, War Memorial Auditorium parking and downtown Riverfront parking.

Riverboat: Free. Avoid the traffic and enjoy the scenery on the New River when you take the 30-minute Riverboat ride to/from Las Olas Riverfront Transportation Centre (downtown) and Bahia Mar Yachting Centre site (only).

Show Water Shuttle*: $10 all-day pass, unlimited usage. Waterfront pick-up points are:

  • • Bahia Mar Yachting Centre
  • • Broward County Convention Centre
  • • Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina
  • • Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Hotel & Marina

* NOTE: This is not the same service as, nor is it affiliated with, Fort Lauderdale’s “Water Taxi”

Shuttle buses, water shuttles and Riverboat run one hour before show opening and one hour after show closing. E-Ticketing Now Available For Advance Purchases & $2-Off

Buy tickets in advance and save $2-off any single-day admission exclusively through E-Ticketing.  Just visit, and then click on the “Buy Tickets ONLINE” link box on the main page. E-Ticketing is available right now, and will continue through Monday, November 2, one hour before show closing.

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Monaco Yacht show 2009 ends with a bang!

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The place to see and to be seen if you are a super yacht manufacuturer that is. The Monaco yacht show opened its doors on the 23 to the 26 th Septmeber with reports of being the best show to date. 

Informa the shows organiser’s reported:

“Despite the recession, Informa’s 2009 Monaco Yacht Show has hosted more yachts and exhibitors than ever before and has proved an exceptional success”

The Government of Monaco and Prince Albert of Monaco were among attendees at this year’s event, joining other civic dignitaries from across the world.

As the world’s leading super yacht show, the MYS attracts a host of international luxury yachting industry professionals and participating in the show has become a must for industry leaders.

The MYS has supported the Monegasque Association against Muscular Dystrophy since 2001. This year MYS hosted a charity auction of 34 unique watches. Prestigious supporters of the auction included Cartier, Patek Phillipe, Louis Vuitton and Omega. The auction raised a staggering 2.3 million Euros, which will go towards fighting Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

Commenting on the event, Peter Rigby, CEO of Informa, said:

“The Monaco Yacht Show is one of our flagship events in late summer. Despite the worldwide economic crisis, this year has been a fantastic success as the world’s premier yacht show. We have had more yachts and exhibitors than ever before – a great achievement in the current financial situation”.

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Are you ready for Cannes boat show 2009

As the boat show season gets into full swing the 2009 Cannes boat show is ready to open its doors from the 9th to 14th September.

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Some 511 boats in water within Vieux Port & Port Pierre Canto, 180 new models, 140 boats over 20 metres long, 460 exhibitors from 25 countries, including 140 newcomers, 95,000 m² net exhibition space.

If you want to see some of the world’s most luxurious super yachts then head to Cannes!

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Feadship Trident set to steal the show at Fort Lauderdale Boat show 2009

The 50th Anniversary edition of the world’s largest boat show is just around the corner, this year’s show will take place October 29-November 2, 2009 at six locations in the Yachting Capital of the World – Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
The show will feature a staggering 3 billion dollars worth of boats, yachts, superyachts, electronics, engines and thousands of boating accessories from every major marine manufacturer and boat builder worldwide. Launched in June 2009 the Feadship Trident at 214 foot will certainly stand out from the crowd and is set to steal the show.

Feadship Trident

The Feadship Trident has been styled by Donald Starkey and Navel architecture by De Voogt, a partnership that is one of the most respected in the industry.

Feadship owner reviews at the ILBC

Sunseeker 130 Predator

The grand entrance of the Sunseeker Predator 130 super yacht is set to be a spectacle at this years Southampton Boat show.

Set to steal the show the beautiful Predator 130 is a testament to Sunseeker’s endless search of perfection in its sports yachts however this time they have broken the mould to produce a 126 footer super yacht with the ability to travel long distances and at speed.

Built on a 3 deck platform the Predator 130 will provide customers with a range of individual customised options to ensure their Predator is like no other.

The Predator 130 can provide ample space for 10 guests and 8 crew members and has the ability to cruise for long periods of time however she is no couch potato either the predator figures are eye opening.

The Predator 130 can be powered by 3 engine options form MTU,

Option 1 2 x MTU 12v 4000 M93 (3140bhp/2340kw) on shafts

Option 2 2 x MTU 12v 4000 M93l (3460bhp/2580kw) on shafts

Option 3 2 x MTU 16v 4000 M93 (4185bhp/3120kw) on shafts

Our choice would be engine option 3, giving the Predator 130 a mouth watering 42 knot top speed and that’s from a super yacht 126ft in length!

The Predator 130 makes a bold statement she is palatial in scale and matchless in performance and her design from the outside will have onlookers in ore.

Sunseeker’s very heritage in boat building can be seen within the design and function of the Predator 130 equally the use of cutting edge technologies and practices ensure that Sunseeker stays ahead of the field in boat design and build.

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