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Miami20: Seaplane delivers boat show guests

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Fort Lauderdale-based Global Marine Travel and Yacht Chandlers co-hosted a luxury seaplane experience with Tropic Ocean Airways from the Fort Lauderdale airport to the Miami Seaplane Base for the 2020 Miami Yacht Show.

Guests consisted of superyacht owners, captains, crew and industry VIPs – taking them on a journey up and over the highway traffic and congested Brightline train on Feb. 14 to land right next to the superyachts at Island Gardens Marina, giving them a water landing and take off experience.

The flights each way were only about 20 minutes long, offering some of South Florida’s most picturesque coastal views along the way.

As guests disembarked, they were greeted by GMT and Yacht Chandlers colleagues and escorted into the seaplane base for a beverage and bite to eat, followed by VIP passes into the show courtesy of Informa Markets, organizers of Superyachts Miami and the Miami Yacht Show.

Many of the guests had never been on a seaplane before, opening their eyes to the possibility of transporting not only yacht crew, but owners, yacht charter guests, last-minute provisions or even repair technicians and parts to the yacht, wherever it may be.

“We hope that this experience opens the door to the extended service capabilities of both GMT and Yacht Chandlers,” GMT Marketing Manager Julia Russell said. “It’s times like these that we love giving back to our customers and hope that they think of us down the line when they need absolutely anything delivered to their yacht.”

Tropic Ocean Airways has regular scheduled service to several areas of the Bahamas, however, GMT can customize trips to fly practically anywhere in the Caribbean and South Florida with its direct-to-vessel service. Each Cessna aircraft has space for eight passengers and two pilots, and are able to land in sea and on land.

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