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150+ Top Yachts Are Headed for Lido Boat Show

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There’s only one place on the entire Pacific Coast where you can see the West’s largest in-the-water collection of big yachts for sale: the Lido Boat Show.

The 35th annual Lido Boat Show, Sept. 26-29 at Lido Marina Village, will offer a rare personal viewing opportunity, where show-goers can step aboard and compare the finest in luxury yachts — including cruiseworthy motoryachts, offshore sportfishers, sleek sailboats, long-range trawlers and head-turning sport yachts.

The timing of the show is ideal for boaters, with many new 2014 models, including powerboats and sailboats from U.S. and international builders, making their debuts. Southern California’s top boat dealers and yacht brokers will showcase more than 150 models at this year’s event.

Along with larger yachts (some more than 100 feet in length), show-goers will find a big selection of 35- to 65-footers on display, plus the latest must-have marine accessories, boating gear, advanced electronics, engines, generators and essential yacht services — including marine financing and insurance.

Industry experts say this is one of the best times in recent memory to buy a boat, thanks to extraordinary deals and incentives, low financing rates and, for the first time in years, a wide variety of available marina slips to choose from throughout Southern California.

Here are just a few of the standout showboats you’ll see at Lido:

Hollywood comic legend Jackie Gleason’s former yacht Savoy, a 1970 Chris-Craft 67, is making a special appearance at this year’s show. Completely refurbished and refitted at a cost of more than $1.5 million, this opulent vessel with state-of-the art electronics and handcrafted woodwork throughout is now “better than new.” It is being shown and offered for sale by Scott B. Jones Yacht Ship Brokers.

Duffy Retail Inc. will show Riding Currents, a Duffy Electric Boat outfitted with solar panels that set a record last year — cruising from the Newport Boat Show to Catalina Island and back on solar power. The 100-mile trip marked the first time a solar-powered vessel had ever completed a trip from the mainland around Catalina Island and back, all on renewable energy. “The expedition goals were, first, to complete the 100 miles in 24 hours nonstop,” said Riding Currents circumnavigation skipper Billy Dutton. “Secondly, of course, was to complete the expedition using only solar and battery power — and, finally, to raise awareness of the advancement of renewable energy and its application to watercraft.” The 22-ft solar-powered boat is equipped with a modified surrey structure that holds four solar panels. An extra bank of Trojan T-145 batteries is installed under the decks, to store the sun-generated energy.

Rick Obey Associates of New York will present Argo, a sleek 108-ft Sunseeker Predator, built in 2008. Luxury, performance and arresting beauty are hallmarks of this European yacht. Plush accommodations and colossal entertainment spaces are complemented by an incredible range of integral leisure options topside. The price tag is $5.9 million.

Offshore Yachts’ flagship, the 90-ft Offshore motoryacht, will be presented at the Lido show by Offshore West Inc. This remarkable yacht is all-new, with an open-concept interior, a chef’s galley, numerous entertaining areas, a Portuguese bridge, bow and stern thrusters, and the Sea Torque enclosed shaft system.

The new Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse Motor Yacht, presented by Ocean Alexander, marks an evolutionary step in the OA lineup. It features three staterooms — all with en suite heads — as well as crew quarters. The private master stateroom utilizes the widest part of the boat and is very contemporary, with large windows accenting a magnificent space. It comes loaded with features, including stabilizers, hydraulic thrusters, twin auxiliary generators and rear controls.

Mikelson Yachts Inc. will present its new 2014 Mikelson 57-ft Long-Range Luxury Sportfisher at this year’s show. It offers three staterooms, three heads and an aft-galley layout, with a massive under-salon utility room. Standout features include Mikelson’s signature cockpit day head, a large tackle center and a staircase leading to a massive flybridge and marlin tower. It is powered by twin MAN R6-800 Common Rail diesels — and Garmin Glass 8000 Helm Series electronics, a Brower davit and a Novurania 400DL RIB tender with a 50 hp Yamaha outboard.

Orange Coast Yachts will present the Westport/Eagle 100 — a custom 100-ft tri-deck motoryacht built by Eagle Yachts on the proven Westport hull. This remarkable yacht was given a major overall and a complete refit in 2009. It offers three staterooms, plus crew accommodations for up to four in two cabins. This proven passagemaker would be equally at home fighting game fish off the Pacific Coast of Mexico, whale watching off Maine or hosting a cocktail party with the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop.

The long-awaited new Carver C40, presented by Silver Seas Yachts, will be making its West Coast debut at this year’s Lido Boat Show. Envisioned, built and offered at a value-driven price point, the C40’s smart design makes this yacht feel much larger than its 40-foot length. It offers twin inboard power, two staterooms, two heads and three exceptionally comfortable areas for friends and family to gather: the salon, the cockpit and the command bridge.

Isabella, a cruiseworthy 118-ft Westport/Shaw motoryacht with a wide 25-foot beam, will also be making an appearance at this year’s Lido Boat Show. This one-of-a-kind yacht, presented by Paul Caronna at Scott B. Jones International, was custom-built in the Pacific Northwest and launched in 1999. Its elegant and luxurious accommodations showcase the highest-quality materials and craftsmanship. Standout features include a master stateroom on deck, plus four guest cabins.

Sailing aficionados will love the new Jeanneau 469 Sun Odyssey — the newest addition to the Sun Odyssey line. This sailing yacht features elegant modern styling, and interior volume that is typically only found on vessels 50 feet or larger. It is presented by Cruising Yachts Inc. Crow’s Nest Yachts will present a very special 75-ft custom West Bay Sonship Cockpit Motoryacht — the only West Bay ever to offer a 7-foot factory-built cockpit. Built in 2005, this yacht is spectacularly equipped for comfortable cruising, and offers separate crew quarters.

Stan Miller Yachts will show the new Grand Banks 47 Heritage Europa. Highlighted by advances in design, construction and sophisticated new styling, this Grand Banks is an irresistible combination of classic beauty and pure exhilaration. Like its predecessors, the 47EU’s rock-solid reliability is complemented by elegant lines and gracious interiors. Enriched by amenities from stem to stern, this popular Heritage model is expertly built for the ultimate cruising experience — at any pace you choose to cruise.

Phoenix, one of only two twin-engine Nordhavn 55s currently available on the brokerage market, will be presented by Pacific Asian Enterprises. This ocean-tested long-range passagemaker is very well equipped, with many of the popular factory options along with custom add-ons. This boat is professionally run and maintained by its owner and owner’s captain — and Phoenix has spent recent years cruising Mexico, Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.

An extensively equipped Marquis 720 will be presented at Lido by Ocean Alexander. Designed to be easily operated single-handed, this brokerage yacht has been lovingly cared for and is equipped with safety in mind. The extensively modified, comfortable interior offers four staterooms and crew quarters, and it can accommodate nine people. Its powerful C-32 Caterpillar engines provide 20 knots cruising speed and a top speed of 28 knots.

Show-goers can also see the Sunseeker Predator 60 Taimana, a European yacht built in 2000 that combines luxurious accommodations with a superbly equipped upper deck and a cockpit featuring an opening hardtop. Its twin engines can achieve speeds up to 36 knots. Inside, light-colored woods and deeply upholstered seating in the stylish asymmetrical saloon set the tone for this luxurious motoryacht. A similarly styled forward stateroom complements additional accommodations for up to six, while the yacht’s aft “garage” can house a tender or sports equipment. Presented by Rick Obey and Associates, the asking price is $499,000.

Daybreak, a 70-ft Hatteras motoryacht presented by Scott B. Jones Yacht Ship Brokers, features a 17-foot beam, wide walkaround sidedecks and a semi-enclosed aft deck. Its beautiful teak-trimmed interior offers three staterooms and a galley with dinette forward, and separate engine rooms flank the companionway. This remarkable yacht was built in 1989 and was given a major refit in 2002.

The new Sabre 48 Salon Express, presented by JK3, has an eye-catching traditional exterior profile that belies the contemporary performances of the yacht’s V-hull with pod drive systems. Its raised cockpit sole brings together the social aspects of the cockpit and main salon, and the aft end of the house opens up fully to connect the spaces.

United Yacht Sales will show an Azimut 62 — a remarkable example of Italian yacht design prowess. This 2005 model has been professionally maintained since new, and comes loaded with options, including custom tables on the aft deck — which is reinforced to accommodate an extra-large tender. This yacht has cruised to Cabo almost every season — and it cruises at an impressive 29 knots.

Craig Belden Yacht Sales will present a seaworthy, ocean-tested 48 Riviera Enclosed Bridge sportfishing yacht, offered by its original owner. It features three staterooms, four air conditioners, Cummins QSM11 diesel engines, a 20 Kw auxiliary generator, a water maker, a dinghy and davit, and many more amenities.

And Long Beach Yacht Sales will show the Cutwater 26, a contemporary interpretation of the classic Downeast style yacht — offering exceptional interior volume and a long list of standard features. Its revolutionary new hull form combines a range of hydrodynamic design elements to deliver superior ride comfort, speed and handling, along with fuel economy and superior range and handling. With its onboard attributes, the Cutwater 26 is — surprisingly — trailerable, to bring even distant waterways within easy reach.

Lido Marina Village is located at Via Lido and Newport Boulevard in Newport Beach, one block south of Pacific Coast Highway. Show hours — rain or shine — are noon to 7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children 12 and younger — and major credit cards are accepted.

There’s free parking and a continuous shuttle, and guest docks are available for show attendees’ vessels up to 22 feet.

The Lido Boat Show is produced by the Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., publisher of Sea Magazine, Boating World, The Log Newspaper, FishRap and Editor Publisher, and producer of the annual spring Newport Boat Show. For an updated list of exhibitors, directions, parking and shuttle information, and additional details on the 35th annual Lido Boat Expo, visit lidoboatshow.com.


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Sailing-New Zealand a race away from taking America's Cup from Oracle

By Noel Randewich

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 19 (Reuters) – Emirates Team New Zealand is on the verge of winning the America’s Cup and needs to beat struggling defender Oracle Team USA in just one of two races scheduled for Thursday.

The Kiwis turned in the latest of several textbook performances in a race on Wednesday that left Oracle with nowhere to turn. Oracle, once the favorite to retain the title that it won three years ago, needs eight straight victories to keep the huge silver cup, which at 162 years is the sporting world’s oldest trophy.

New Zealand was forced to wait for a final crack at the Cup after a second race scheduled for Wednesday was canceled due to a strong sea breeze and outgoing tide that made conditions on San Francisco Bay unsafe for the high-performance but fragile 72-foot catamarans.

“We are obviously in a very difficult position,” Oracle tactician Ben Ainslie said. “We’ll keep working on what improvements we can make, and we will go out, get the guys fired up and race as hard as we can.”

New Zealand dominated matches between the two teams in early races in the America’s Cup finals on San Francisco Bay, then lost momentum over the weekend when a vastly improved Oracle won its second and third matches, raising hopes of a last-minute comeback.

Oracle Team USA, which is backed by software billionaire Larry Ellison, became far more competitive after making changes to its carbon fiber AC72 and has greatly improved its upwind tacking, but it may be to be too little and too late.

“Both teams have reacted very well to what they’ve observed of the other team,” New Zealand skipper Dean Barker said after Wednesday’s matchup. “It’s quite unbelievable that the two boats are so close in performance across a wide range of conditions.”

Oracle’s new-found speed appears most pronounced in heavier winds, and the breezes were comparatively light in Wednesday’s race, averaging 15 knots (17 mph).

Thursday’s forecast was for winds between 15 knots and 18 knots, according to organizers, below limits they set after Swedish team Artemis Racing suffered a fatal training accident in May.

A proposal by Oracle this week to increase the wind limits for racing was rejected by New Zealand.

Sunday’s matches were among the most thrilling in yacht-racing history. The two supercharged AC72s dueled neck and neck in the second race, changing leads four times, an America’s Cup record, before New Zealand eked out a victory. On Saturday, New Zealand narrowly avoided catastrophe with a near-capsize that cost it the race.

Ellison’s team won the America’s Cup in Valencia, Spain in 2010 and with it the right to set the rules for this year’s competition, including the AC72 yachts and the regatta’s venue on windy San Francisco Bay.

The Kiwis first won the America’s Cup in 1995 and successfully defended it in 2000 before losing the trophy three years later to Swiss biotechnology billionaire Ernesto Bertarelli’s Alinghi in a disastrous campaign that left the team in shambles.


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Sailing-New Zealand on cusp of America's Cup victory

By Jonathan Weber

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 18 (Reuters) – Emirates Team New Zealand on Wednesday edged to within one win of taking home the America’s Cup, defeating Oracle Team USA in a close-fought race that again showcased the Kiwis’ seamless teamwork and superior strategy at the start.

But New Zealand will have to wait at least another day to clinch the Cup after Wednesday’s second race was postponed seconds before the starting gun due to high winds, the second straight day that a strong sea breeze and outgoing tide combined to make conditions on San Francisco Bay unsafe for the fragile 72-foot catamarans.

In the race that did take place, New Zealand turned in a textbook performance that left defender Oracle with nowhere to turn. Oracle, once the favorite to retain the title that it won three years ago, still needs eight victories to hold on to the trophy.

New Zealand won the start and never trailed, crossing the finish line 15 seconds ahead of the Cup defender, although Oracle closed the gap briefly on the crucial upwind leg before losing ground again with a poor tacking maneuver.

“Every win is so hard. You’re thankful for every win you get,” said New Zealand skipper Dean Barker. “You have two boats that are pretty even in performance.”

New Zealand dominated matches between the two teams in the first week of the America’s Cup finals on San Francisco Bay, then lost momentum over the weekend when a vastly improved Oracle won its second and third matches, raising hopes of a last-minute comeback.

Oracle, which lost six of the first seven races in the series, became far more competitive after making changes to its twin-hulled AC72 and has greatly improved its upwind tacking. But Oracle’s new-found speed appears most pronounced in heavier winds, and the breezes were comparatively light in Wednesday’s race, averaging 15 knots (17 mph).

On Tuesday, both races were canceled. Organizers set the limits on wind speeds after Swedish team Artemis Racing suffered a fatal training accident in May.

A proposal by Oracle this week to increase the wind limits for racing was rejected by New Zealand.

Sunday’s matches were among the most thrilling in yacht-racing history. The two supercharged AC72s dueled neck and neck in the second race, changing leads four times, an America’s Cup record, before New Zealand eked out a victory. On Saturday, New Zealand narrowly avoided catastrophe with a near-capsize that cost it the race.

But Wednesday’s first race reverted to form, with New Zealand’s steady performance proving more than enough for victory.

Oracle skipper Jimmy Spithill said he was not yet prepared to let the coveted trophy go. “It’s a long way from over,” he said.


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Boats ready for Sunday’s Sabani Sailing Race

Sailing a traditional narrow Okinawan sabani is a tricky business, especially as it has no keel.

The 4th Nanjo Mayor’s Cup Sabani Sailing Race is set for Sunday, with ceremonies, games, races, Sabani rides, a community beach cleaning and a Haarii Tournament.

The festivities are taking place on Ou Island in Tamagusuku, Nanjo City.  The entire day is free, and the organizers are inviting all Okinawa to attend.  Opening ceremonies take place at 10 a.m., followed by a series of races, including a Round-Ou Island twice round trip, a distance of about 12 kilometers.  The race calls for six paddlers and one helmsman per team; the key is that each team brings its own Sabani.

The race course takes the sailors twice around Oujima.

The key to the race is a portion of the course where paddlers cannot paddle; instead, they must rely on the wind.  Some who’ve navigated the race course before call the wind the most important tool of the day.

Nanjo City officials and the Executive Committee describe the Mayor’s Cup Sabani Sailing Race and affiliated activities of the day as an opportunity to present the historical side of the Sabani, Okinawa’s traditional boat.  There will be explanations of how the boats are built, how to ride them, and emphasis on teamwork and mental strength.

The beach cleaning takes place at 12:30 p.m., and includes an opportunity to apply for a Sabani ride.  Sabani rides will be offered starting at 1 p.m., setting the stage for the 2 p.m. Haarii Tournament.  Closing ceremonies and awards presentations get under way at 3:30 p.m.


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Thousands expected for annual Norwalk Boat Show

The boating industry has spent the last few years recovering from the storm it weathered during the financial crisis, when sales dipped.

Vendors at the annual Norwalk Boat Show, running Thursday through Sunday at Norwalk Cove Marina, have noticed the skies clearing a little as sales continue to climb, year after year.

Local boat dealers have seen a 10 percent rise in sales since last year’s show, and expect a further 5 percent this year, according to Jon Pritko, the show’s manager.

Attendance at the boat show usually ranges between 15,000 and 20,000 people, Pritko said. For the 180-odd vendors who display their various boats, brands and products at the show, the event accounts for between 30 and 50 percent of their sales for the year.

“It’s very significant,” Pritko said. “Sales are better. They’re not what they were, but they’re heading in the right direction. People are still buying previously owned boats, but they’re also buying new boats, and manufacturers are ramping up.”

In Connecticut, recreational boating has a total annual economic impact of $1.34 billion, with 537 boat-related businesses supplying 10,830 jobs, according to the National Marine Manufacturers’ Association. Customers also have about $561 million in boating-related expenses.

All Seasons Marine Works, with outposts in the Rowayton section of Norwalk and in Westport, is one of the show’s larger exhibitors, showcasing three different brands of boats each year. The company has been a vendor with the show “since the beginning,” said Gary Arcamone, owner and service manager. This is the Norwalk Boat Show’s 38th year.

Fairfield County has always been an area for healthy boat sales, Arcamone said, with a community that is willing to spend on recreational pursuits.

“We’re very fortunate. Our clientele has been pretty steady,” Arcamone said. “People were a little more cautious a few years ago. But people around here, they put their time into work and they put their money into play.”

Though the boating season has nearly ended by late September, customers browsing at the show are looking for next year’s merchandise. Boating season usually peaks around the Fourth of July, then tapers off, Arcamone said.

“This year has definitely been much better than last year. People have been showing interest late into the season,” he said.

Rex Marine, another longtime vendor at the Norwalk Boat Show, has done a robust trade in used boats this year, said General Manager Bill Gardella. The company also has an affiliated Rex Boating Club, a risk-free way to introduce customers to the world of boating before they purchase a craft of their own. Gardella noted that the Boating Club has also seen some growth this year.

“With the economy being unsettled, people are trying to find ways to enjoy themselves,” Gardella said. “We’re seeing a strong demand for the Boating Club business because it has a relatively low cost of entry. People want to get in, they want to get involved and get out on the Sound.”


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