Boat Show Survival Kit

Upcoming Boat Shows

(Fountaine Pajot & Jeanneaus on display)


This gal (right) is all fitted out to attend the show. However she’s got one thing wrong. Can you tell me what it is–before you read on?

Thinking seriously about a boat within the next year or so? Want prices, special deals and more.

Put Your boat show survival gear package together in advance…

  1. A carry bag. Can be a small shoulder bag –but no backpacks. They get in your way and scratch surfaces below. If you leave them outside they might be stolen. Everything described here should fit in your carry or sling bag, plus brochures you pick up.

  2. What’s wrong with this picture? She should have easy, slip-off shoes. No ties–way too difficult, and you will need to take them off often. (Not on our boats, but others.)

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Fountaine Pajot MY 44 Motor Yacht Debut

MY 44
The MY44 launched and ready to head to Dusseldorf for the show.

Rudy here… I  recently  had a chance to see hull # 1 of the new Fountaine Pajot  MY 44  while in France with three clients. The pictures of the boat, though very nice, don’t do it justice. We were able to board the boat and see all of its elegance. From the huge salon to the very large owner’s cabin (with king-sized island berth) and of course we experienced the fly bridge, which is a party room by itself. The boat also had the hydraulic  dinghy/swim platform  and we were able to see the operation of that as well. Wow!

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Comparing Catamarans around 40′

What I wish

I wish we had a different way to compare boats than by length. A 40′ cat has nothing to do with a 40′ monohull, volume wise. A 42′ cat doesn’t, necessarily, have more volume than a 40′ cat. Volume comes from a number of factors. In a Cat, it’s a combination of  the actual, individual hull beam (not necessarily overall beam), and how the space is used. Much more on this below. At the end, see the chart that compares monohulls and cats and relates cost based on overall length vs volume. I did come up with a rough volume calculation formula which is what these graphs are based on. See the summary note which talks about why there’s not usable volume greater than in a 40′.

If you’re seriously comparing boats, and open minded–this article is an eye-opener!

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Experience the Beauty and Accessibility of the US Virgin Islands

Cruising the pristine island chain of the US Virgin Islands has never been so accessible. The newest Atlantic Cruising Yachts charter affiliate, Virgin Island Yacht Charters, offers the perfect opportunity to experience the culture and natural beauty of these unique Caribbean destinations.

Jim Query and Kristi Chapman, owners of Virgin Islands Yacht Charters, in cooperation with the already successful BVI Yacht Charters, recently established a base on the East End of St. Thomas at Compass Point Marina, providing bareboaters a new option for sailing the Caribbean. The East End is a destination on its own, with diverse dining and entertainment options, and is by far the most happening spot in all of St. Thomas.

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What to Bring to a Boat Show

Attending a boat show is one of the best ways to see the latest models firsthand, explore new gear and accessories, and speak face to face with professionals in the industry. It can make for a long day though, especially if you’re not prepared. Atlantic Cruising Yachts’ Eric Smith put together a list of the top items to bring on your next boat show trip to make the experience more convenient and enjoyable:

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Owner to Owner–Lucia 40

Hélia 44 Evolution Cockpit & Salon - Lucia 40
Helia 44 Evolution Cockpit & Salon

An experienced owner of a Lucia 40 (The first in the U.S.) talks to a new owner about the livability of the main saloon. NOTE: The standard table is the cocktail table, pix 3 for all of the boats. The idea is that most people use the cockpit table for the main dining table as they follow the sun. But what if you want a dining table? We offer 4 choices… (These solutions are available on all models from 40-67′) Check out our Fountaine Pajot pages.

“We’re aboard Love Knot this week, cruising the BVIs with our grown kids. The large salon table is a place of constant activity–serving as chart table by day and game table by night when it’s too breezy for playing cards at the cockpit table. We haven’t made use of it as a bed yet, but that time will come and we have all of our kids with us.

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The Control Station of the Catamaran

Location, Location, Location

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Thinking of Setting Your Boat Up as a Business? 5 Questions You Need to Ask

Bill Lahr, an independent accredited fiduciary, tax strategist, and certified financial planner, with Archetype Advisors.

As more and more clients are reaping the benefits of our Business Yacht Ownership® program, and interest at the boat shows has skyrocketed, we’ve seen some imitators springing up with less comprehensive programs. We asked Bill Lahr, an independent accredited fiduciary, tax strategist, and certified financial planner, with Archetype Advisors, what questions should clients be asking about the Boat as a Business® program? Bill advises many of our clients on the BYO program and has seen imitation programs, which he found lack the experience, independent oversight, and flexibility of the Atlantic Cruising Yachts program. Continue Reading…