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2009 Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show - Daily Coverage

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    2009 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show
    Coverage Begins Thursday, Oct. 29th.


    Daily coverage of the 2009 Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show begins
    Thursday, October 29th with news, debuts, pictures and commentary
    from YF's dock walkin', yacht talkin', boat boardin' bandits.



    This year, the Bahia Mar Resort is hosting the YF Crew, supplying 'round-the-clock coffee and a place to crash while we put FLIBS on your desktop. Come tag along as we rip on rogues and guess the credit scores of posers.

    As a prelude to the show, we took a cruise Sunday, October 25th to capture the chaos of yachts battling for berths. Our daily coverage of FLIBS will commence within 24 hours, so please check back. Until then, enjoy this peak at superyachts playing bumper boats at Bahia Mar...


    FLIBS Pre-Show Cruise


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    If you have any concerns about buying a boat this year, don't worry...

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    FLIBS Pre-Show

    Wednesday Night, October 28th...​

    Breaking News! Ft. Lauderdale sets record high tide, eclipsing the highest full moon tide ever recorded, as dozens of near 200-foot long superyachts displace so much water that seawalls cave under pressure, leaving mere 100-footers feeling like welfare recipients. In this picture, Feadship's poor little 168' "Enterprize V' is dwarfed like a genetically challenged, blue-hulled step child desperately in need of growth hormone.

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    Only one slip was left vacant, between Enterprize V and Sea Bowld. Hey, when a boat looks like a battle ship, best to give her a wide berth.

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    At 151-feet, Burger's beautiful fantail cruiser "Sycara IV" had to extend her sprit to get noticed.

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    Sycara stands in stark contrast to today's superyachts, while standing for yesteryear's values.

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    Trinity had five superyachts over 150-feet, lined-up like production built boats coming off an assembly line...

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    As if five yachts from one builder wasn't enough to tilt the docks in their favor, lest we forget the 60-meter "Bacarella", the 6th yacht in Trinity's 2009 FLIBS line-up. Once you get over the sheer magnitude of this monster, a closer look reveals this is one of Trinity's most significant splashes. It's truly an "international" yacht. A full YF review will follow...

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    As we reflect on our day, we'll wave good-bye for now and hit it hard in the AM...

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    Rise and shine yacht watchers! Talk about a million dollar view, this is our backyard this morning, looking southwest from the 4th floor of Bahia Mar.

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    Thursday, October 29th - Opening Day

    We spent most of premiere day in the builders tent, meeting with OEM and aftermarket manufacturers, looking at the latest products and launches.​


    Our first stop was to meet Becky White from Caterpillar who informed us a C-9 ACERT has been developed that is compatible with the Zeus Pod-Drive System, giving consumers the reliability and world-wide support of Caterpillar's engines, coupled with the maneuverability and simplicity of joystick docking in a complete propulsion package.

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    Steven Vidakovic (on right) from Naiad Dynamics, unveiled a scale model of their new patent pending, extendable stabilizer fin that increases in length to produce more effective anti-roll control while holding a stationary position.

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    SeaVision debuted their largest, brightest underwater light to date. No product images were available at the time.

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    VriPack displayed a 3-D model of their virtual engineering work, showing a cut-away of an engine room and hull form.

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    Here's a close-up of VriPack's scale model cross-section...

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    The builder's tent not only highlights US builders, but also those from around the world, such as this international display showing the contingent from countries such as Germany, Italy, New Zealand and yes, even French builders are here.

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    Wes Moore from FLIR showed the new First Mate line of hand-held maritime thermal night vision cameras. Unlike image intensified night vision binoculars and scopes, thermal night vision cameras from FLIR make pictures from heat, not light, so thermal night vision cameras like the First Mate can see clearly without any light at all.

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    Built to survive the handheld conditions, i.e. dropped, tossed and dunked, the First Mate is fully submersible, runs for over five hours on a single battery charge, and has more than 120 hours of standby battery life. Because the First Mate isn’t bolted to your boat, you can take it with you anywhere. Hhmmm... interesting tool at a bar? Might be a man's best friend.

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    One of the most fascinating and far reaching technologies we saw at the show, or any show for that matter, is an imaging software system developed by Servowatch that has the ability to track multiple objects. Unlike radar, this system uses a camera and proprietary software to target and track virtually anything, from passing boats, to stationary buoys, to children running around a playground. The system is so new, product images were not available yet. Pictured here is Servowatch president Steve Smith, V.P. Peter Milton and the manager of their yacht systems division, Dave Pickering.

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    Stidd supplied seats for weary patrons to take the load off...

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