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2011-2012 Boat Show Line Up by admin

We know the summer is not over yet (and we plan to enjoy it quite a bit more), but we have started planning out 2011-2012 boat show circuit.  Whether you are a customer or a broker, there is a lot to be excited about (and to do!).  Customers, if you are thinking about going to a show, please let us know so we can get you some passes into the show.  Brokers, we'd love to get your boats looking great!

Lazzara Yachts Partners with The Crest Group by admin

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Yesterday Rich Lazzara teased us over twitter and on the Lazzara blog -  something big was in the works.  This morning it was announced Lazzara Yachts has entered into a partnership with The Crest Group LLC.

TAMPA, Florida, Jan. 24, 2011 – Lazzara Yacht Corporation, a legendary family name in yachting, announced it has received a capital investment from The Crest Group LLC. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Lazzara Yachts, a privately held company, is the worldwide leader in semi-custom pleasure yachts from 50’-130’.  Built in Tampa, FL, Lazzara has continued to be on the leading edge of design and innovation in the yachting world.

Enrico Scarda, Managing Partner of The Crest Group LLC. said, “We couldn’t be happier to be able to join the Lazzara team.  It is very obvious that the Lazzara family is dedicated to the continued innovation and development of exceptional yachts and we are glad to be able to be a part of it.  We expect the newly structured company to continue the success that Lazzara Yachts has enjoyed in the past.”

Never heard of The Crest Group?  Before this morning, we did not know who they were either.  The Crest Group is a New York based LLC focused on commercial and residential real estate development.  Mr. Scarda is a New York based lawyer (picked up his JD in 2000) with a bit of a financial education in his background (a BS in Finance in 1989).  We are sure this move by the Crest Group has been looked at from every direction.  We would also venture a guess, based on the coat of arms with what appears to be the initials "ES" , Mr. Scarda is the primary/sole partner of The Crest Group.

If innovation in the yachting industry is what helps differentiate Lazzara in a crowded and tough market, keeping the same vision with a new partner will likely be a determining factor in how successful this partnership is.  From The Crest Group LLC website, it sounds like the Lazzara family has found a forward thinking partner.

In our residential division our philosophy is to develop communities that are "state of the art" in all respects. In th past year we have built beautiful customs homes and condominiums in premiere locations with exceptional results. Our residents boast about our product and we are proud of our achievements.

To be honest, we are not quite sure what to make of the partnership.  At the 2009 Fort Lauderdale Show the Lazzara booth was one of the few manufacturers which was blowing the horn (indicating a sale).  Our impression of their 2010 booth was positive (we were working on a good looking 84' "Double Trouble"), as there was a lot of foot traffic and we heard there were more than a few qualified buyers on the sales barge.  However in the last 24 months, lots of boatyards and manufacturers have been put in a tough spot financially.  So it is not clear if this is fully a move to spread the Lazzara name worldwide, or simply a way to reassure former/current/future owners Lazzara will be around for years to come.

If we take Lazzara and the Crest Group at their word (and we have no reason not to!), we think they should do well pushing their brand into new markets.  The technology and innovation they pride themselves on is likely to be just as successful (if not more so) in markets which tend to lean towards the edgier and clean looks Lazzara has come to be known for.  When compared to a company, like Hatteras, Lazzara certainly attracts a different type of customer.  We are certainly looking forward to the seeing the 5(!) new models (Mr. Lazzara, we'd love a factory tour before they launch!) they plan to launch over the next two years.

From the Creator of Bay Harbor by admin

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Every time Dave Johnson decides to do something, it feels like the deep voice guy from the movie trailers should be there to introduce him.  "From the creator who brought you Bay Harbor, and Oil Nut Bay, now brings you Yacht Club Coasta Smeralda in the BVIs!" Mr. Johnson (along with his partners) hosted a press event aboard Mr. Johnson's 130' Westport, Resolute at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

You can find more details here, but one thing is clear, no expense was spared.  From searching the globe for the perfect location, to completely changing the building site the day before construction was set to begin, to analyzing every square inch of the design plans repeatedly, it is clear Mr. Johnson has not only set out to build his dream, but executed it flawlessly.

There were a few Bay Harbor faces in the crowd, and it would probably be a safe bet to say at least a few folks from Bay Harbor will be spending a fair amount of time down in Oil Nut Bay and at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda.

Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show - By the Numbers #flibs by admin

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So here it goes, some numbers from the First Mate Yacht Care Crew from the Lauderdale show! 1 - Employee of the week, Pete Stover!

3 - As in, there was 3 billion dollars worth of yachts at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show this year.

5 - Average number of hours I slept this past week every night.

41 - Number of boats we took care of.

286 - Length of Cakewalk, the largest American built yacht which was at the show.

390 -  Linear feet of teak which we two stepped.  This number is an under estimation, it only includes boats with full length teak gunnels and teak flooring in the flybridge.  The 84' Lazzara we took care of is not included, because it *only* has teak on the transom and aft salon.

1774 - Number of feet of boat we took care of.

Photo of the Day! - The Crew Relaxing! #flibs by admin

You were probably expecting a photo of some amazing mega yacht or some beautiful booth girls, but here is something even more priceless: the crew relaxing by the pool!  These guys have been putting in 10 hour days for the past week to make all those boats as shiny as possible, way to go guys!  Now remember, we have 90 ft of boat to two step yet tonight, so don't get too much sun!

Photo of the Day - Stormy Skies and Empty Docks! #flibs by admin

You will not see this very often at the Fort Lauderdale Show!  A bunch of boats, empty docks, and stormy skies in the usual sunny Fort Lauderdale.  Sunday was a bit slow in terms of set up, but there were still plenty of fork lifts, booth construction, and boat washing going on!  A few more boats moved in today, and we expect the pace to only quicken from here.  It is truly amazing how much work gets done in such a short amount of time leading up to the start of the show.

Michigan City Boat Show by admin

Just can't wait for the Annapolis Boat Show or the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to get your boat show season started? Then you are in luck! The Michigan City Boat Show is on tap this week starting on Thursday and going through Sunday. We will be there taking care of a few Edgewater Boats along with some new Formulas!