Palmawatch looks ahead to FLIBS…

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Palmawatch looks ahead to FLIBS…

Our team is busy with the refit season kicking off in the Med, but our PR department has a watchful eye on the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, due to get underway on 31st October through to 4th November.

Here are a few juicy news items, and some cool photos to give you a flavour of what’s going on ‘over the pond’ next week.

  • The 55-metre DAMEN Yacht Support vessel AXIS (181 ft) will be at FLIBS. This stunning vessel offers the perfect combination of luxury and fun with lots of toys, tenders, a Triton submarine and Icon sport aircraft.

DAMEN is co-exhibiting AXIS – a YS 5009 delivered in 2016 – together with Ocean Independence, who represented the owner for the purchase. AXIS is not for sale, but available for charter in the Bahamas offering a complete experience, whether it’s diving, submarining, fishing, sightseeing, and all the toys with jetskis and sailboats.

  • Ocean Alexander will debut a new 90’ model at the show. The 90R is the first model of the new Revolution Series. Notable features include a full beam master suite, a glass enclosed beach club, expansive dining and entertaining spaces, and three decks.

The yacht is based on a collaborative design between the offices of Evan K. Marshall and Arrabito Naval Architects. According to Arrabito, the hull needed to provide a very smooth performance with rough sea conditions, and also optimum seakeeping properties at various speeds and sea states. To achieve this, they fully studied and optimised the hull lines by means of complete CFD calculations to obtain the best result.

  • Zeelander Yachts are presenting the full design details of their Z72, a 22-metre model, the largest Zeelander built so far by the Dutch yard. She is currently under construction, and the hull painting is underway. Design features include a stylish streamlined appearance developed in collaboration with Cor D. Rover, a retractable swim platform, and a top speed of 40 knots with a 2000hp Z55 propulsion package.
  • Johnson Yachts from Taiwan will display the Johnson 93 superyacht. At 93 feet (23.98 m) with four staterooms, and design by Bill Dixon, she has a beam of 23’ 7” (7.07m) that carries well forward, with a distinctive profile set apart by a notable design element: Dual-level vertical windows, which give the pilothouse and on-deck master cabin unparalleled views and natural light.

“One thing to look at on this yacht is her really nice walkaround side decks,” says Jeff Stanley, the yacht broker at Gilman Yachts in Ft. Lauderdale who is the U.S. East Coast dealer for the Johnson 93. “Her saloon is the same width as the 90-foot boats from other builders with no walkarounds. It’s indicative of the volume and of this build—she’s just a bigger yacht.”

  • Sirena Yachtswill be presenting the first of their Sirena 58 model with a full US specification at FLIBS. With naval architecture by German Frers and interior design by Tommaso Spadolini, the new model is attracting North American owners for multiple reasons.

The Sirena 58’s lightweight semi-displacement hull, built using high-tech resin infusion techniques can achieve speeds that are around 35% higher than a full-displacement hull with the same installed power. This means the yacht has a cruising speed of 19-21 knots and top speed in excess of 25 knots with standard 650-hp CAT engines (or 28 knots with 850-hp engine option).

Conversely, at lower speeds she consumes signifcantly less fuel and at an economical 10 knots has an impressive range of 850nm. A shallow 4-foot draft combined with protective prop pockets makes the yacht ideal for cruising the shoal waters of south Florida and the Bahamas.

Note: Palmawatch are fully geared up for winter projects & refits including: Haul out services, metal work, plumbing, management of sub-contractors, project management, project engineering and full refit. 

Our team will be happy to assist you with any inquiries or service you may require during your busy winter period. We look forward to working with you! 

Please contact our Client Liaison Dept.

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