As temperatures reached record highs in South Florida yesterday, brokers and crew at the Yacht & Brokerage Show on Miami Beach put finishing touches on what they hope will be a hot show.
The show will debut several new yachts, including the 132-foot Benetti M/Y Petrus II, the first of the company’s new Classic range. The company said the design came from the need to offer a more competitive vessel to market. It has four guest cabins and an owner’s suite with terrace. The yacht also features full-height windows on both the main and upper deck, open-air exterior stairways, and retractable external rotating pilot wings. She can take a crew of seven.
See Petrus II at the Azimut Benetti pavilion at ramp 29.
Satu Marine is debuting its Satu 90, what it calls the world’s first superyacht sportfish. Find it at the north end of the show outside the Sportfish Pavilion.
Sunseeker will debut the 80 Predator, and Hargrave is showing off its new 125-foot raised pilothouse yacht.
New toys and accessories will also debut, including the new Seabob F5 from German supplier Cayago. Build by German company Cayago, the new F5 is built of a fiber composite. See it at the National Marine Suppliers pavilion, booth 401, ramp 14.
And shoe manufacturer Crocs is unveiling a new line of boat shoes. Made to look like traditional leather shoes, the shoes are manufactured of Crocs’ signature rubber. For every pair the company sells at the show this week (up to 1,000 pairs), it will donate a pair to the Carma Foundation, which helps poor women and children in Miami’s Little Haiti neighborhood. Find Crocs in the east end of the Yacht Pavilion at ramp 14.
In addition to things, the show is serving as a launching pad for an event: a year-long celebration of Awlgrip’s 40th anniversary begins at the show.
The New Jersey-based company began in 1973 when an un-named topside paint was used on the boat owned by the father of Awlgrip founding member David Halcomb.
The first big break came the following summer, when Halcomb managed to get eventual America’s Cup winner S/Y Courageous and her tender painted with Awlgrip, starting a buzz in Newport and getting the company on the map.
Awlgrip was purchased by Akzo Nobel in May 2002. Find Awlgrip on the west end of the Yacht Pavilion at ramp 14.