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The Newport Charter Yacht Show just wrapped its annual show and we look back at what happened this year, but it's not too early to look forward to the Fort Lauderdale show. October will be here sooner than you think!
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Looking Back at Newport and Forward to Fort Lauderdale

Newport Charter Yacht Show

The Newport Charter Yacht Show is known for intimacy and quaintness rather than the sprawling displays of the larger southern yacht shows. This year, the four-day charter trade event hosted 22 yachts and covered a spectrum of charter styles and boat sizes. Whether clients preferred education-at-sea trips aboard the 72-foot sailboat Sea Dragon, day cruises on the 75-foot motoryacht Impossible Dream or a week-long luxury charters on the 151-foot superyachts Golden Compass and Katya, the Newport show could give them a taste.


“I like this show and have done it on other boats in the past. This year I think we landed a couple of charters for the summer,” said Jeffrey Palmer, captain of the 138-foot, Massachusetts-based Syrenka.

Other yachts, such as the recently restored 58-foot Excellence, used Newport as their charter-market debut.Jon Snow, captain of Excellence, said he received great feedback from charter brokers, even though the yacht operates with a smaller crew. The only other crewmember onboard during charters is renowned chef David Shima, who has cooked for presidents and opened restaurants in the U.S., Paris, London and Tokyo.

Also new to the show were educational seminars including a presentation by Scott Martinez of Bluewater Technologies, an American Yacht Charter Association seminar that featured Hay House Author and Executive Dream Producer Jennifer Grace as the keynote speaker and more. Additionally, the charter show hosted a chef’s competition for the first time.

Look for more in the September issue of Yachts International magazine.

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The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

Mark your calendars: The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show kicks off on Halloween and carries through Monday, November 4. The 54th iteration of the boat show will cover six locations and more than three million square feet of space with attractions and exhibitors for yachtsmen of all kinds. Like always, Yachts International will host its special Pavilion, but for the first time it will take place on the 228-foot World Class Expo Yacht Seafair. Look for more information in future newsletters.


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