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PB sets course for yacht brokerage firm Edmiston & Co.

By Robert Janjigian

Daily News Business Editor

The debut of Edmiston Co.’s yacht brokerage on Peruvian Avenue, along with the recent openings of Viking Sport Cruisers in Royal Poinciana Plaza and Worth Avenue Yachts at 150 Worth Ave., points to changes to the island’s business landscape as it evolves in the post-recession era.

Before the entry of these new yacht brokerages, the only game in town in terms of yacht sales and leasing was Camper Nicholson, which has had a Palm Beach office near Royal Palm Way since the early 1990s.

With the recent approval of the Town Council, yacht brokers can now set up shop in spaces formerly restricted to retail use.

Monaco-headquartered Edmiston was attracted to Palm Beach for its prestige image, similar to that of Monte Carlo, as well as the increase in the quality of the boating repair, maintenance and storage facilities in the local area, said Nicholas Edmiston, chairman of the international firm he founded in 1996.

“Whilst Fort Lauderdale is considered by some to be the center of yachting in South Florida, we believe that Palm Beach is superior and the clientele more in line with our style,” Edmiston said of the reasoning behind locating its first Florida brokerage office on the island.

“It makes sense that such firms as Edmiston would be in Palm Beach,” said Chris Ramey, president of the Coral Gables-based Luxury Marketing Council, who analyzes the affluent consumer market in south Florida. “The top 1 percent has not been impacted negatively during the recession, continuing to spend on luxury goods and commodities, and Palm Beach is their backyard.”

Players in the yachting industry are smart to establish themselves in such pockets of wealth where their potential customers live, he said.

In addition to Palm Beach’s reputation and demographic, Edmiston favored Palm Beach because of his confidence in Bill Sanderson and Rachel Finkbeiner as representatives of the firm on the island.

“They are a strong and experienced team,” he said.

Both Sanderson and Finkbeiner worked for Edmiston when he headed up Camper Nicholson in the early 1990s, working for that brokerage on the island.

“We heard that Nick, who is a friend, was interested in opening an office,” said Sanderson, an accomplished sailor who has been a yacht broker since the mid-1970s.

“The timing was just right,” said Finkbeiner, who manages the Edmiston office at 333 Peruvian. Both had been working for Camper Nicholson, now a competitor, until recently.

Edmiston, like most brokerages in the boating world, handles charters and sales of so-called super yachts valued from a few million dollars to upwards of $100 million. The firm also acts as a representative for buyers of new yachts at major shipyards around the world.

“It’s an aggressive business, especially now with the Internet,” said Sanderson. “It’s more about service now. That’s how we stand out.”

Sanderson projects sales of four or five vessels a year, principally in resales of so-called superyachts through the office, with the bulk of Edmiston’s business in the charter area. Weekly charters for superyachts, which measure 80 to 325 feet in length, cost from $30,000 to $1 million, he said, noting that most of the demand currently is for vessels in the 200- to 325-foot range at the higher end of the scale.

Plans are to add a few more brokers, specialized in charters, to the island office, Finkbeiner said.

“It has never been a better time to be a buyer,” Sanderson said, explaining that inventory is at an all-time high and that prices are 30 percent to 35 percent lower than they were even two years ago.

And for those looking to charter a boat, it is also a buyer’s market, he said. “Prices for charters are more negotiable, too.”

For information, contact Edmiston Co.’s island office at 578-8888.

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Riviera reports strong sales at Miami

Riviera Luxury Yachts, Miami Display

February 24, 2012
Filed under News

COOMERA, Australia – Australian boat builder Riviera announced six new boat sales, totaling $10.4 million, with more expected following sea trials following the Miami International Yacht and Brokerage Show.

Sales at the show included two 63 Enclosed Flybridges, two 53 Enclosed Flybridges, one 43 Open Flybridge and one 5000 Sport Yacht, the company said in a release.

“We have several more sales that expect to finalize pending sea trials that will be conducted later this week In Miami,” Stephen Milne, Riviera’s director of brand and communications, said in a statement. “We are certainly excited with the level of attention our boats continue to attract in the giant U.S. market despite the prevailing market conditions, competitive brands and the current exchange rates we face.”

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No ice, but fishermen still get out on the lake

PORT CLINTON — With the Lake Erie ice fishing season a bust, anglers who wintered without a fix of line-wetting are especially anxious to get onto the lake.

At the Mazurik boat ramp in Danbury Township last week, a trio of men spent an hour Friday evening breaking ice and shoveling it from the water. After that, they brought in a 14-foot aluminum v-bottom and spent another hour on an ice-breaking operation, pushing and towing sheets of ice up to 50 feet across out of the harbor so they could launch, and fish, the following morning.

Their effort that day was wasted, because winds early Saturday morning kicked up waves and pushed ice back into the harbor.

But for almost a month now, anglers have been on the lake in smaller boats catching walleye.

Lake Erie Charter Boat Association board member Jerry Abele, who operates Headhunters Charters out of Channel Grove Marina in Danbury Township, said he wishes he’d gone out.

“With the weather the way it is, there’s been some opportunities to,” he said.

Abele said despite the recent mild weather, most charter boats won’t hit the water until the possibility of freezing temperatures is over. With inboard and inboard-outboard engines on almost all the charter vessels, owners don’t want to take a chance of cold snaps causing engine damage.

Plus, he said, most of the marinas aren’t open yet.

“It’ll be mostly the small, trailerable boats for awhile,” he said. “Some places will let you open a little early.”

Abele said in the past, he has seen charter boats in the water as early as a week from now.

Keith Unkefer, captain of Pooh Bear Fishing Charters, said he normally launches around the third week of March.

“This year it might be a little early,” he said.

Unkefer said he’s concerned about the mild weather turning, and about spring storms.

“Last year between April and May, I lost 21 trips due to weather,” he said.

Unkefer runs out of Anchors Away Marina on West Harbor, in Danbury Township.

Both men say that while heavy spring rains and winds can turn the water turbid and affect fishing, high-precipitation events can have season-long impact.

“I think we have enough fish,” Unkefer said, “but I think with heavy rainfall this spring we’re going to have a lot of algae. I’m hoping for a drought.”

Abele said he and others in the charter industry have been working hard to solve the algae issue, which, along with the weather, put the brakes on a lot of fishing last year.

Abele said algae growth has been fueled by phosphorous and nutrients running off of agriculture operations into the Maumee, and from sewage treatment operations on the Detroit River.

“The president of the association is going to Washington in a few weeks,” Abele said. “It’s going to take some time, but we’re going to get through this.”

Abele said the agriculture industry, for the most part, has worked hard with state and federal officials and private groups to curb over-fertilization and livestock runoff.

If spring and early summer isn’t too wet, he said, it should be a good year on the lake.

Laurie Pollard, who manages Wild Wings Marina in Carroll Township, said they have no ice in the marina. Six to 10 boats a day have been accessing the lake from her ramp.

According to Pollard, Wild Wings will install docks about two weeks early this year, beginning March 5. The marina is home port to about 80 charter boats.

“They’re really ready to go,” she said.

Next week Wild Wings will get bait shipments in, Pollard said.

Unkefer said he expects a lot of walleye from the 2003 hatch to be caught this year.

“They’ll be 26-, 27-, 28-inch fish,” he said.

Abele said he’ll be on the lake very soon, and that he’s hopeful.

“We’re all just holding our breath,” he said.

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Extreme sailing: Captain walks on the keel of his four ton sailboat [video]

If you’ve been following for any length of time, you know about our love of obscure extreme sports. These are activities that make downhill mountain biking, sky diving, backcountry skiing, and other such activities look like a stroll in the park, on a rather pleasant day, with your lover on your arm humming a wonderful tune.

Professional sailing captain Alex Thomson brings new meaning to the phrase “like a boss” with his recent “keel-walk” stunt that took place on his Hugo Boss-sponsored sailboat earlier this month. If you are unfamiliar with what a keel is or does, it’s a long fin underneath a boat that helps to keep it from flipping over when putting its weight into tacking. Of all the things that it’s meant to do, serving as a gangplank isn’t one of them at least to normal people. Thomson chooses to be different, however, in the fact that he had his crew put the boat on its side under full wind so he could walk on it in a Hugo Boss suit as part of a publicity campaign for the clothing company.

Keel walk

Hailing from the UK, Thomson has been sailing boats his entire life with his professional experience spanning the last twenty years. Specializing in around-the-world solo sailing, he is accustomed to looking dangerous situations in the face. When asked why he wanted to try to walk on the keel of his boat while it was traveling at 19 knots (about 21 mph), his answer was “I’ve wanted to for a few years now.” Simple as that.

To understand how risky this maneuver was, you have to understand the specifics about the boat. Weighing in at over 4 tons, getting hit by the sixty-foot racing vessel would feel the same as getting hit by a charging elephant. When you add in the fact that even if Thomson survived such an impact, there would be significant danger of drowning. Long story short, keel-walking is not something you want to try at home.

The good news is that Thomson was successful in his attempt to “walk the plank” so to speak, which is pretty remarkable. What is even more amazing is the fact that this is his second time doing it. A few years back he made the attempt and was also successful, but all he had to show for it was a few photographs that the general public called questionable. Many people accused Thomson of photoshopping the image, so he wanted to capture the event on video this time to silence the critics. Pretty sure he proved his case, like a boss.

More at Alex Thomson Racing, via My Modern Met

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Detroit Boat Show rides wave of recovery

By Bob Boughner

Posted 11 hours ago

After a six-year downturn, the boating industry is on the rise in Michigan.

The recent Detroit Boat Show rode on a wave of tentative recovery, featuring more boats, brands and exhibit space than in recent years.

Sales of luxury yachts are up and yacht club membership is recovering. A renewed interest is evident at the Detroit Yacht Club, where membership is on an upswing, according to membership director Jack Lyon.

Other indicators, such as fewer boat repossessions, are also producing optimism. But the number of boats registered in Michigan is down.

This year’s boat show at Cobo Hall featured hundreds of boats, including paddleboats, pontoon boats, kayaks and inflatables.

Among the unique features of the show was the unveiling of the first all-electric wakeboard boat valued at $200,000.

The show is not just for browsing. Consumers purchase more than 1,500 boats, worth $50 million, during the show and in the weeks following the event.

We were impressed with the large number of pontoon boats on display and the number of special options being featured including – for the first time – cocktail bars.

Pontoons come in a variety of sizes, shapes, colours and horsepower – at least one sports a 350-horsepower outboard engine.

Several dealers we talked with were pleased with the turnout and the interest being shown in new boat purchases.

“It’s a signal that the economy is improving,” said a Crestliner dealer. “It has a long way to go but it’s on the right track.”

During my visit to the boat show, I picked up a copy of the 2012 Lake St. Clair Circle Tour Map.

It’s a guide to discovering the many treasures and hidden gems around Lake St. Clair.

The tour can be taken by car, motorcycle, truck, boat, kayak, canoe or bicycle.

Lake St. Clair, too small to be officially called a Great Lake, covers 440 square miles with more than 160 miles of shoreline.

The circle tour extends from the Blue Water Bridge in the north to the Ambassador Bridge in the south.

The two bridges serve as the physical and symbolic gateways to Lake St. Clair.

There is also a new website,

New this year is a section on sports fishing. Learn what seasons are open, where the big ones are biting in Lake St. Clair, how to find them and what bait or tackle is tops.

Mitchell’s Bay, Lighthouse Inn, Cove Marina and Chatham are all featured in the new guide.

In addition to attending the boat show, I also spent an hour touring Detroit’s Eastern Market.

If you’ve never been to the market I would highly recommend it on a Saturday. There are hundreds of vendors from across Michigan peddling everything from fresh produce and meat to flowers.

The market area is surrounded by restaurants that offer everything from breakfast to gourmet steaks.

The atmosphere is friendly and the vendors are housed in winter in large tents. In summer, it becomes an outdoor market.


Dave Welton of Chatham says the stage performance of War Horse by Mirvish Productions in Toronto is excellent.

In fact, the travel counsellor described it as “outstanding.”

Welton said he read the book and saw the movie and was anxious to see the stage performance.

He said the stage play was true to the novel and the acting was superb.

“The World War One scenes were realistic and made you feel as if you were in the midst of battle,” he said. “The lighting was terrific and the explosions were believable.”


Wine lovers can enjoy wine tasting at 45 Niagara wineries on the Cuvee en Route touring program March 1-3.

Passport holders will have access to seven unique dining opportunities including specially-priced or prix fixe menus and featured dishes at participating winery restaurants.


The adventure that began in a tent in Stratford in 1953 is now North America’s premier repertory theatre.

To celebrate 60 years of theatrical achievement, artistic director Des McAnuff and general director Antoni Cimolino presents 14 productions in five venues, featuring Christopher Plummer this coming season.

For history lovers, there’s “Henry V,” “The War of 1812″ and “Wanderlust.”

Lovers of romance will enjoy “The Matchmaker,” “Cybeline” and “Much Ado About Nothing.”

Lovers of literature will want to see Plummer’s “A Word or Two.”

For families, there’s “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “MacHomer” and “The Pirates of Penzance.”

Also featured will be “42nd Street,” “Elektra,” “The Best Brothers” and “Hirsch.”


Northern Michigan’s Shanty Creek Resort is now offering its 2012 golf packages.

Located 30 minutes northeast of Traverse City, Shanty Creek Resorts features three distinct villages – Summit, Schuus and Cedar River – plus four championship golf courses and 531 ski runs on two mountains.

Its flagship hotel, The Lakeview Hotel and Conference Centre at Summit Village, underwent a $10-million renovation.

The four-season destination features 500 lodging options plus a wellness spa and fitness centre, a wide variety of dining and entertainment plus 36,000-square-feet of event and meeting space.


The 62nd Canadian Open Old Time Fiddle Championships will take place Aug. 4-8 in Shelburne.

Sponsored by the Shelburne Rotary Club, the event features Canada’s top fiddlers in competition for more than $17,000 in prizes.

Community events in conjunction with the competition include camping, a giant fiddle parade, an open-air market, non-denominational church service, 24-hour meals and community barbecue.

The fiddle championship starts with the playdowns on Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. The contest finals begin Aug. 7 at 6:30 p.m.

For ticket information call 519-925-8620.


Readers are encouraged to share their travel experiences or questions with Bob by calling 519-354-2000 ext 317, faxing 519-436-0949 or e-mailing


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Ohio fishing and hunting licenses required by March 1: Outdoors Notebook

ohio fishing.JPGView full sizeFishermen in Ohio will need a new license by March 1.

For Ohio sportsmen, March 1 is an important date.

It’s the day when new fishing and hunting licenses are needed. Many boat registrations expire March 1 and must also be renewed. State shooting ranges are open again, allowing hunters to get ready for the spring turkey season.

Although fishing and hunting licenses may be needed starting next Thursday, don’t rush. The Ohio Division of Wildlife reports they’re not available until Thursday morning from local license agents or the Division of Wildlife website. In the past, the licenses were sold starting Feb. 15.

Ohio licenses can be purchased from hunting and fishing shops and Walmart stores, and online at The wildlife agency is providing retail outlets with special powder-blue paper for this year’s licenses.

The paper is not waterproof. Sportsmen are warned to keep their licenses dry.

Ohio boat registrations can be renewed online, at license agents or by mail, although boaters have been slow to take advantage of the online option. Ohio had a record 426,674 boats registered in 2011.

Make some noise: Ohio sportsmen who would like to provide input for the 2012-13 hunting regulations, or need wildlife officials to explain the changes, can attend the annual Wildlife Open House on March 3 at the Division of Wildlife District Office, 912 Portage Lakes Drive, Akron. The statewide game hearing is March 8 at the District One Headquarters, 1500 Dublin Road, Columbus.

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Boats for Sale in Roanoke

Roanoke, VA – With warm weather like Friday, it’s almost time to start thinking about the summer, and one good place to dream is at the Roanoke Boat Show.

The annual event at the Roanoke Civic Center Complex features every dealer on Smith Mountain Lake.

Sales have been slow in recent years, but this year dealers are saying things are looking up. It’s another possible sign the economy is getting better.

Sales at the show help local dealers forecast the remainder of the year and so far, things look good.

“Smith Mountain Lake is doing well, and people are coming in. Definitely if you look around the show today, we’ve been busy; we’re already selling. So we are excited,” said Mary Yeaman with Hughes Marine Service.

The show runs through Sunday. Gates open at 10 a.m., and tickets are just $7.50 each. Kids younger than 12 are free.

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Central Carolina Boat & Fishing Expo Kicks Off Friday

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Greensboro, NC — The Central Carolina Boat and Fishing Expo starts Friday.

Come out to the Greensboro Coliseum Complex to see hundreds of boats including ski boats, family sport boats, pontoon boats, fresh water and salt water fishing boats, and much more.

You can also find discounted water sports equipment like water skis, wetsuits, and helmets.

Don’t forget to stock up on what you need for your tackle box for the fishing season.

There is fun for the entire family, including Twiggy the water skiing squirrel.

The show runs Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9am-7pm, and Sunday 10am-5pm.

Admission for adults is $8, seniors $7, kids $4, and kids younger than 6 get in for free. You can buy tickets at the door or online.

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Bagwell scoops Looe Lugger prize

Thursday, June 9, 2011
3:39 PM

The largest gathering of traditional working sailing boats this year enjoyed perfect winds and sunny skies at the Looe Lugger Regatta.

Peter Bagwell won the racing class for small luggers, with Ali Green and Geoff Pook taking the placings, representing Beer Luggers Club.

In years gone by, the wooden, Cornish-built fishing boats would have worked the English Channel fishing grounds each day under sail, and the regatta’s origins date back to the times when the boats vied to become the first back in port to land the day’s catch.

Highlight of the weekend was Georgés Yvon’s giant three-masted 60-ft Lugger, La Cancalaise, an impressive three-masted vessel measuring 60-ft overall, which sailed into Looe from Cancale in France.

Built in Cancale in 1987, La Cancalaise is an exact replica of La Perle, the last of the original French sailing and fishing bisquines. But the majority of boats attending the regatta were original luggers (wooden-built boats which sailed to the fishing grounds under lug rigs, hence their rather unusual name).

It was the seamanship skills of West Country duo Jon and Judy Brickhill and their crew who stole the French thunder with an immaculate sailing display which saw them walk off with the principal trophies.

The Brickhills’ Looe-built lugger, Guide Me, was also celebrating her 100th birthday and the couple received a special brithday cake at the end of Sunday night’s presentation evening on the Fish Market,

The Guide Me has sailed extensively across the Atlantic to the Caribbean and the East Coast of the States – despite having no engine.

Built by Peter Ferris at Looe in 1911 for W Pengelly, she is 40-ft overall with a Cornish Dipping Lug rig. The Brickhills found her in the spring of 1977, discarded up Fareham Creek.

‘We knew she was a proper Looe lugger by her shapely hull but it was only after we’d bought her and motored her down to the Helford to start rebuilding her, that we discovered a little more of her history,’ recalls Judy.

A pilchard driver and long-liner, she fished out of various South East Cornwall harbours until being sold on to the Solent in 1966.

In 1988, the Brickhills sailed south, via the Douarnenez Festival, to Spain, Portugal, Tenerife, La Palma before a two-week hop to Brazil for Christmas.

They returned, via Cape Town, and later headed back to the Americas’ coastline.

The regatta was again backed by Mike Cotton’s Hillcrest House and Nursing Home and supported by all of the town’s authorities; a host of local businesses and many individuals, too. Harbourmaster Geoff Penhaligon and his staff and members of Looe Sailing Club ensured the weekend’s success.

CORNISH LUGGER ASSOCIATION 2011 biennial regatta – Large luggers, over 30-ft: 1, Guide Me (Jon and Judy Brickhill, Gweek, near Helston); 2, Reliance (Deena Russell, Penryn); 3, Ocean Pearl (Nick Gates, Emsworth, Hampshire).

Medium luggers: 1, Vilona May (Chris Rees, Millbrook); 2, George Glasson (Colin Crabb, Looe); 3, Rose of Argyll (Benôit Cayla, Douarnenez, France).

Small luggers: 1, Twilight (Peter Bagwell, Beer, East Devon; 2, Percy Mitchell (Ali Green, Beer, East Devon); 3, Moondance (Geoff Pook, Beer, East Devon).

First Looe-built lugger: Guide Me.

First across the starting line: Our Daddy (Mike Darlington, Looe).

Best endeavour: I.R.I.S (Tony Knights, Brixham).

Concours d’elegance: Ocean Pearl.

Sportsman’s Trophy: Silver Stream (Robert and Pearl Simper, Woodbridge, Suffolk).

Oldest skipper: Robert Simper.

Oldest boat: Spinaway, named after a famous race horse – and described in her fishing days as ‘The fastest piece of wood in Polperro’ – this Polperro Gaffer was built by Peter Ferris in 1896.

Boat which came fartherest by sea: La Cancalaise (Georgés Yvon, Cancale, France).

Pegasus Shield: Happy Return (Mark Mitchell, Penzance).

Spirit of the Regatta: Gem (Jo Ashbridge, Penryn).

For more details about the Association, please contact Paul Greenwood, the chairman of the Cornish Lugger Association, on Looe (01503) 265 380.

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