Nautical Expo Spring 2013

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The Weekend of May 4th & 5th
at Riverside Park, Palmetto, FL

Manatee County’s Biggest Nautical Event

Come out to the West Marine Nautical Expo at Regatta Pointe Marina an MCS Band Slam to enjoy Manatee County’s BIGGEST boating and nautical event this year.

Bring the family!

Here are just some of the 100% 
FREE events and activities to enjoy: 

-   Live  entertainment daily
-   High-quality boating seminars
-   Fishing Stations: learn how to fish by the best Charter Captains in the area sign up your son/daughter by 10 a.m. both days and learn how to fish from 12-2 pm and from 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. each participant will go home with a rod and reel while supplies last.(16 & under).  Parent must be present when registering.
-   Boating demo rides
-   Powerboat/Sailboat show (more than 50 boats in the water)
-   Wide variety of marine outfitters, suppliers, services and other exhibitors
-   A nautical market from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

Ed Massey, one of fourteen members of the Regatta Pointe Marina Association, would like the general public to be aware that this expo is about more than sales, it’s an effort to give our boating community the most valuable tool of all – knowledge. “Our association is dedicated to providing a quality, free event built around meaningful seminars,” Massey said. “Our seminar speakers are better than ever with a wide range of topics that will appeal to both power and sailing enthusiasts.”Seminars will be held in the Eagle’s Nest on the third floor of the River House Reef & Grill building, overlooking the historic Green Bridge and the Manatee River.  For location information, please visit RegattaPointeMarina.com.

23rd Annual Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay

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Naples, FL – The 23rd Annual Marine Industries Christmas Boat Parade on Naples Bay will pass in review before a select committee of judges and VIP guests stationed at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club on December 8th, 2012. The parade of boats will start at 6:30pm and will be brilliantly lighted in the theme “All Aboard the Polar Express”.  All size boats are welcome to enter and there is no fee to participate.

PARADE ROUTE:  Parade will start at 6:30p from Marker 18 (Bayview park & Hamilton Harbor marina area).  Will continue north to Naples City Dock, then to the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club and to Pincher’s Crab Shack at the Gordon River bridge.

The parade may be viewed from:  Pincher’s Crab Shack, Riverwalk Restaurant, Naples City Dock, Naples Landing, Kelly’s Fish House, The Boat House Restaurant and Bayview Park.

Awards and gift certificates with an approximate value of $3000.00 will be given to the best decorated boats in their category with $1,000 cash prize being awarded to the overall winner. There will be approximately 8 to 10 winners.

The Captain’s Meeting is a must attend for those wishing to participate.  It will be held Wednesday, Dec. 5th  6:30 p.m.  Pincher’s Crab Shack at Tin City.

The Boat Parade is sponsored by the Marine Industries Association of Collier County Foundation and benefits The Ricky King Fund, a foundation that since 1978 has provided support for the unmet medical needs of children.  Tax deductible donations are welcome and 100% of donations will be presented to the Ricky King Fund at a special Parade Award Ceremony in January, 2013.

Parade entry for this event is FREE and entry forms are available at www.miacc.org.  For more information or to become a sponsor, phone 239-682-0900 or email director@miacc.org.

Contact: Summer Hoglund 239-682-0900
Marine Industries Association of Collier County

GRAND OPENING OF SOVEREIGN MARINE’S SECOND LOCATION

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Located at the base of the Palm City Bridge

Stuart, Florida, November 3rd – 4th from 12-4pm:  Join Sovereign Marine Group for the Grand Opening of their second location in Stuart.

Tour over 40 different makes and models in one location.  View our inventory, listen to music from The Nouveaux Honkies and Ronnie Dechambeau, while enjoying food catered by Roma’s and beverages.  Contact us to setup your VIP showing or water trial before the big event!

As the New Dealers for Regulator Marine and Riviera Yachts, come check out all the models we have in stock.

www.StuartOpenHouse.com | www.SovYachts.com

The event is Saturday the 3rd from 12-4pm and Sunday the 4th from 12-4pm.

If you would like more information about this event, please contact Michelle at 772-232-4822 or email at Shelly@SovYachts.com.

HILL ROBINSON, NEPTUNE GROUP YACHTING AND BRADFORD MARINE FORM “COMPREHENSIVE YACHT SERVICES” ALLIANCE

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Fort Lauderdale, Florida (August 3, 2012) – Hill Robinson International (Hill Robinson), Neptune Group Yachting (Neptune Group Yachting), and Bradford Marine, Inc. (Bradford Marine), are pleased to announce the availability of Comprehensive Yacht Services for yacht owners, captains and crew.

Comprehensive Yacht Services is an alliance between three distinguished yacht service companies – Hill Robinson, Neptune Group Yachting, and Bradford Marine.  Hill Robinson is   one of the leading independent yacht management companies, offering safety and security management, operational support, financial administration, and crew recruitment; Neptune Group Yachting is a full-service yacht charter company with over 75 collective years of yacht charter expertise; and Bradford Marine is one of yachting’s most respected destinations for service and repair for over 45 years, and their Bradford Marine Yacht Sales subsidiary provides professional yacht brokerage services.

By working together, each company’s individual capabilities are enhanced, and their clients are assured of receiving the highest-level, seamless, all-encompassing yacht ownership services available. With Comprehensive Yacht Services, their collective service professionals work as a team to provide all management, chartering, sales, and maintenance requirements.

Speaking on behalf of Hill Robinson President Michael Reardon and Neptune Group Yachting President DJ Parker, Bradford Marine’s President Paul Engle said, “We are pleased to offer this distinctive option for those clients that would prefer to have their complete yacht ownership needs conveniently consolidated. Comprehensive Yacht Services is a unique alternative to simplify the complexities of yacht ownership for owners, captains, and crew.”

For further information, contact:
Michael Reardon:  (954) 792-6112 or michael@hillrobinson.com 
DJ Parker:  (954) 524-7978 or djparker@ngyi.com
Paul Engle:  (954) 791-3800 or paul@bradford-marine.com

Sovereign Marine Expands With Luxury Super Yacht, Majesty Yachts

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At Base Of Palm City Bridge, in Martin County  

Stuart, FL – Sovereign Marine Group in Stuart, Florida, is thrilled and proud to announce we are the first to introduce Majesty Yachts to the United States.  With the addition of this impressive luxury super yacht brand, Sovereign Marine Group has opened an additional office located 250 SW Monterey Road in Stuart, Florida 34994 and expanded to a full service marine center.

Gulf Craft launched its range of luxury fly-bridge yachts in 2004, and today features an innovative and extensive range of yachts from 44 feet to 135 feet. Majesty Yachts relies on a in-house design team, as well as on Dutch, Italian, British and Australian designers, catering to diverse global tastes in exterior styling and interior design. The Majesty Yachts team combines technical know-how, practical experience, and decades of steady investment to deliver personalized luxury without the price premium.  Majesty Yachts unique ability to build high quality luxury yachts at an extremely competitive price is what makes them stand out from their competition.

Owners of Majesty Yachts enjoy luxury that’s meaningful, customization without the price premium, and performance-based sea keeping. The result is that Majesty owners are cruising four continents with the confidence in a yard that’s committed to sustainably growing its market by selling its yachts, and offering unforgettable yachting experiences.  Sovereign Marine Group is very excited to be a part of such an impressive range of customized luxury super yachts.  Our primary focus of this high end quality product will be 77’ to 135’.  With each Majesty Yacht custom built, no two Majesty Yacht is alike.

The Sovereign Marine Center is located at the base of the Palm City Bridge and will be your one stop shop for all your boating needs.

  • Access to every size, model and manufacturer of premium pre-owned yachts
  • New Majesty Yachts dealer for the United States
  • Insurance, Finance and Warranties with Newcoast Financial
  • Canvas Shop
  • Electronics Department
  • Professional maintenance, detailing and interior decorating
  • Certified Marine Mechanic – All Upgrades and Repairs and monthly routine maintenance
  • 24/ 7 security and owner access

“We pride ourselves on our integrity, our ability to be a valued resource to our customers, and our extensive alliances worldwide,” states Greg Terraglio, President, Sovereign Marine Center in Stuart, Florida. Taking service to the next level we are providing a “One stop shop”, providing all your needs for the boating industry.  For many years we have specialized in providing our customers with the luxury yacht they are searching for. Now with our additional location, Sovereign Marine Group can provide our customers with the service they deserve.

About the Sovereign Marine Group, Inc.

Sovereign Marine Group in Stuart, Florida, is a full service yacht brokerage house founded in 2001.  Our Flagler office is located at the Harborage Yacht Club, in Stuart, Florida.  Sovereign Marine Group is located in a 300 slip marina with a private club house, swimming pool and two restaurants to choose from.  Our Monterey location at the base of the Palm City Bridge in Stuart is a full service marina with storage for up to 40 vessels and provides every service to meet your boating needs.

Sovereign Marine Group specializes in Sea Ray, Riviera, Regulator, Sunseeker, Tiara, Sealine, Azimut, Cabo & Majesty Yachts. We sell all types of models from super yachts, cruising vessels to sport fishing boats. We make buying or selling a vessel an easy transition. Sovereign Marine Group’s business success has a solid foundation built on customer satisfaction brought about by a vast knowledge of the yachting industry.  Come on by and see for yourself how Sovereign Marine can exceed your expectations.  Whether it is new or pre-owned, Sovereign Marine Group has a team of great people with the skills and tools needed to help you work the best possible scenario.

Check out the complete impressive Majesty Yacht line: Video

www.MajestyYachts.biz | 888.891.8564

Monterey Location: 250 SW Monterey Road | Stuart, FL 34994

Flagler Location: 415 NW Flagler Avenue, Suite 301 | Stuart, FL 34994

http://www.SovereignMarine.biz

Sovereign Marine Expands With Riviera Yachts & Regulator Marine

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Sovereign Marine Expands With Riviera Yachts & Regulator Marine 

At Base Of Palm City Bridge, in Martin County  

Stuart, FL – Sovereign Marine Group in Stuart, Florida, is thrilled to announce that we are the new Riviera Yachts dealer serving Pompano Beach to Jacksonville and the new Regulator Marine dealer from West Palm Beach county to Indian River county.  With the addition of both these outstanding brands, Sovereign Marine Group has opened an additional office located 250 SW Monterey Road in Stuart, Florida 34994 and expanded to a full service marine center.

Riviera Yachts builds luxury boats from 36 to 85 feet in length across five lines: Open and Enclosed Flybridge, Sport Yachts, Offshore Express and Motor Yacht models.  Regulator’s line of Sport Fishing Boats, from 23’ to 34’ are designed and engineered for the most cultivated anglers in the world.  We are very excited to be a part of such a large leader and producer in the yachting and sport fishing industry.

The Sovereign Marine Center is located at the base of the Palm City Bridge and will be your one stop shop for all your boating needs.

  • Access to every size, model and manufacturer of premium pre-owned yachts
  • New Boat Dealer for Riviera Yachts serving customers from Pompano Beach to Jacksonville, Florida
  • New Boat Dealer for Regulator Marine serving customers from West Palm Beach county to Indian River county
  • Insurance, Finance and Warranties with Newcoast Financial
  • Canvas Shop
  • Electronics Department
  • Professional maintenance, detailing and interior decorating
  • Certified Marine Mechanic – All Upgrades and Repairs and monthly routine maintenance
  • 24/ 7 security and owner access

“We pride ourselves on our integrity, our ability to be a valued resource to our customers, and our extensive alliances worldwide,” states Greg Terraglio, President, Sovereign Marine Center in Stuart, Florida. Taking service to the next level we are providing a “One stop shop”, providing all your needs for the boating industry.  For many years we have specialized in providing our customers with the luxury yacht they are searching for. Now with our additional location, Sovereign Marine Group can provide our customers with the service they deserve.

About the Sovereign Marine Group, Inc.

Sovereign Marine Group in Stuart, Florida, is a full service yacht brokerage house founded in 2001.  Our Flagler office is located at the Harborage Yacht Club, in Stuart, Florida.  Sovereign Marine Group is located in a 300 slip marina with a private club house, swimming pool and two restaurants to choose from.  Our Monterey location at the base of the Palm City Bridge in Stuart is a full service marina with storage for up to 40 vessels and provides every service to meet your boating needs.

Sovereign Marine Group specializes in Sea Ray, Riviera, Regulator, Sunseeker, Tiara, Sealine, Azimut, Cabo & Majesty Yachts. We sell all types of models from cruising vessels to sport fishing boats. We make buying or selling a vessel an easy transition. Sovereign Marine Group’s business success has a solid foundation built on customer satisfaction brought about by a vast knowledge of the yachting industry.  Come on by and see for yourself how Sovereign Marine can exceed your expectations.  Whether it is new or pre-owned, Sovereign Marine Group has a team of great people with the skills and tools needed to help you work the best possible scenario.

Monterey Location: 250 SW Monterey Road | Stuart, FL 34994

Flagler Location: 415 NW Flagler Avenue, Suite 301 | Stuart, FL 34994

http://www.SovereignMarine.biz | 888.891.8564

Chris-Craft Boats ~ a short history of an amazing brand

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This Chris-Craft boats article is part of our ongoing series about new and used powerboats.

In 1874, at the age of 13, Chris Smith constructed his initial wooden boat. Along the way he improved upon his skill and years later Smith fabricated a boat for duck Chris-Craft Boathunting. His friends and acquaintances were so fascinated by the design and the way he built these boats that they requested he build several additional. Technically, this was the way history indicates that the Chris Craft Boat Company got started. Shortly thereafter, in 1881, Chris joined his brother Hank in and began manufacturing boats on a full time basis. Many years later, in 1922, the brothers affiliated with others to form a partnership which became known as Smith and Sons Boat Company. The partners in 1930 adopted the Chris-Craft brand name.

Between 1910 and 1920 Chris-Craft became celebrated in the Detroit area for their sleek racing boats. Due to their acquired reputation Chris-Craft began selling high end powerboats to well-to-do clients including the likes of Henry Ford and William Randolph Hearst. Later in the ‘20s, the company expanded its market by introducing the first mass produced pleasure craft. Chris-craft built it initial assembly line at their Algonac, MI facility which dramatically reduced their production expense. Previous to this time their power boats were primarily built by hand.

The famous Cadet was introduced as an affordable 22′ runabout in 1927. Prior to 1927 the domain of speedboats was primarily the province of the affluent. The company’s innovative advertising promised a chunk of “the good life” to an every growing Middle America.

After WWII Chris Craft created many new models of pleasure boats for the civilian market. The 1950’s marked the pinnacle of the Chris-Craft marque which became in effect one and the same as pleasure boating. Eventually Chris-Craft offered over 155 individual models and was in the forefront of sales in many styles of powerboats.

Chris-Craft continued its corporate independence until its acquisition in 1960 by Shields & Company’s NAFI Corporation in 1960.

Visit this excellent selection of Chris-Craft Boats for Sale.

Contact Information:
Chris Craft
8161 15th Street East
Sarasota, FL 34243
(941) 351-4900

Island Packet Yachts ~ a much respected and admired sailboat, worldwide.

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This Island Packet Yachts article is part of our ongoing series about new and used sailboats.

From Island Packet Yachts Full Foil Keel® with its protected prop and rudder, to their roller furlingisland packet ip485 cutter rig with Hoyt® boom, all facets of the Island Packet have been carefully designed and constructed to maximize the pleasures of the cruising lifestyle. Their exclusive design features, proprietary material technologies, unmatched resale values along with their award winning customer service network all combine to make Island Packet a viable standard for cruising yachts. Every Island Packet has, from the original IP26 to the magnificent IP485, been the result of an unswerving application and ongoing evolution of this philosophy which affects everything from the initial design concept through the manufacturing process and into the warranty period then beyond to the used vessel purchaser. This philosophy helps to explain why Island Packet has grown to become a global leader in the design and manufacture of cruising yachts since its establishment in 1979. It further helps to explain why Island Packets are respected and admired by discerning sailors worldwide.

The Island Packet 380 embodies an even further development of the classic design, engineering and construction philosophy that has been proven in over 1600 yachts and countless miles of cruising. Going as far as winning the Overall Boat of the Year Award for Best Value in 1999, the Island Packet 380 represents the culmination of years of extensive hands-on design, building and sailing experience.

The 485 is currently the flagship of Island Packet Yachts. The Island Packet 485 provides massive living space and sufficient storage to hold enough gear for a circumnavigation. Additionally, there is adequate space for enough sail to speed you contentedly to your journey’s end along with the convenience of managing it all from the comfort of the cockpit. From the broad anchor platform to the spacious stern boarding you have it all…

Island Packet Yacht Owners Association

Island Packet 31 Review

Contact Information:
Island Packet Yachts
1979 Wild Acres Road
Largo, FL 33771
(727)535-6431

Boat Shows June 18, 2012 through June 24, 2012

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Boat Shows this weekBoat Show Calendar

June 18, 2012 through June 24, 2012

Newport Charter Yacht Show
06/18/12 – 06/21/12
Newport Yachting Center
Newport, Rhode Island
Houston Summer Boat Show
06/20/12 – 06/24/12
Reliant Center at Reliant Park
Houston, Texas
Lake Hopatcong ACBS Boat Show
06/22/12 – 06/24/12
Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club
Mt. Arlington, New Jersey
Durban International Boat Show
06/22/12 – 06/24/12
Durban Marina
Durban, South Africa
Anchors Aweigh Summer Boat Show
06/23/12 – 06/23/12
Rum Runners Resort at Wasilla Lake
Wasilla, Alaska
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