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When Catamaran Met Hovercraft: Our guest is Bruce Barsumian, founder and president of MACS Research, parent company of Axcell Yachts.
We'll be talking about the new AXCELL 650 Catamaran Sport Yacht and its proprietary HybridAir™ Technology. In designing this remarkable craft, Barsumian borrowed a few ideas from the hovercraft market and developed a new surface effect hull form with large, open air chambers in the bottom of each of the catamaran's hulls. Each hull is injected with with pressurized air. The result? Approximately 50 percent of the vessel's weight is supported on an air cushion that separates most of the hull's running surface from the water.
Cindy Purcell of Huckins Yacht Corporation joins us to talk about the company's new 45’ sportfisherman, currently under construction in Jacksonville, Florida. Purcell has been personally involved in all aspects of the design process and will remain hands-on throughout the project, as the company celebrates its 85th year.
She'll tell us why, from the builder's stand point, she likes this trend toward smaller boats with greater fuel efficiency. And we'll talk about what she thinks the future holds for the yachting industry, too.
Suntex Marinas is an owner and operator of marina properties specializing in high-end resort destinations. Led by Johnny Powers, the Suntex Mission is to revolutionize the marina experience around the world for boating enthusiasts of all kinds, whether at their inland or coastal marinas.
“We’ve given a lot of forethought on how we want the brand to be built, how we want to treat our customers and our employees,” says Powers. “Organizationally, structurally, systematically, our focus is creating something special for our customers that’s never been done in this business before.”
With its long season, the state of Texas boasts the highest density of private recreational vessels in the United States. Suntex Marinas can handle everything from a personal watercraft to “super yachts,” and each Suntex marina offers a full-service facility catering to any water lover’s needs with recreational opportunities for boating, fishing, waterskiing, wakeboarding and swimming.
And just because you don’t own a boat, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the boating lifestyle. Suntex Marinas has recently launched the Suntex Boat Club, offering members a chance to experience the boating lifestyle without the long-term commitments of owning a boat. Membership provides access to the club’s fleet of pontoons, ski and fishing boats, deck boats, wakeboard boats and even jet skis.
“Our vision is to build a sustainable company in this industry and create a true brand,” says Powers. “We believe that a huge and compelling opportunity exists to create a dominant brand where if someone goes boating they want to stay at a Suntex marina.”
Suntex properties are currently located in nine states. The company continues to actively seek premier marinas around the world for acquisition.
Mike Dickens, Harbor Host for Jacksonville, FL, will be our co-host this Friday. You know Mike well from his popular postings for AGLCA Sponsor Paradise Yachts on buying and selling a Loop boat. Mike will be talking about cruising the east cost of Florida from Miami north to Jacksonville.
The superyacht market is one of the most dynamic components of the marine industry with distinctive hull designs, colors and ornamentation set many yachts apart, effectively branding the companies that design and manufacturer them.
Join Ann Avary as she interviews Wes Fridell of New World Yacht Builders in Anacortes, Washington about the changing face of the industry: product diversification, trends, technologies, materials, and where the industry is heading. New World Yacht Builders produce a diverse fleet of vessels for the luxury and commercial markets.
You can learn more about New World Yacht Builders by visiting www.northernmarine.com.
YachtWorld.com Radio is a podcast series for YachtWorld.com. It features interviews with the marine industry's top brokers, to help buyers learn what to do when they're shopping for a yacht. In this podcast, Andrew Cilla of Luke Brown Yachts talks about acquiring the brokerage at the ripe age of 27 and how he's built it into not just a profitable company, but also a compassionate one that supports a charity.
YachtWorld.com Radio is a podcast series for YachtWorld.com. It features interviews with the marine industry's top brokers, to help buyers learn what to do when they're shopping for a yacht. In this podcast, Barrett Canfield of South Coast Yachts talks about his passion for sailing and ensuring his buyers get personalized, hands-on help from him and his staff.
Their mission: To eliminate plastic pollution through research education and direct action.
The Clean Oceans Project (TCOP) is a 501c3 marine environmental non-profit organization in Santa Cruz, California with a vision of an ocean free of plastic pollution. Our scientific response to plastic accumulation in the oceans locates plastic debris concentrations, removes it from the environment with minimal impact and processes it into fuel to run the operation. TCOP programs begin with education and training to create efficient and effective teams for future expeditions to document and remove plastic from remote environments.
Jim “Captain Homer” Holm has over 30 years in the maritime trades on various configurations of sail and motor craft including private luxury yachts, sport fishing vessels, grand prix racing sailboats, marine research vessels, square-rigged training ships and fast rescue boats.
He has crossed the Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean and Caribbean Seas, transited the Panama Canal and voyaged between California, Hawaii and Pacific islands including French Polynesia, Fiji, Vanuatu, Australia, New Zealand and the Marshall Islands.
His management experience includes developing and operating acclaimed marine environmental educational programs for clients including O’Neill International and Monterey Bay Aquarium as well as building and managing rental housing in California and Arkansas and conducting successful fundraisers for Autism in Santa Cruz, Ca.
As Director of “The Clean Oceans Project” Homer assembled the technology and techniques to locate and harvest plastic debris from the marine environment and recycle it into fuel to power the operation.
Homer has been involved in watersports since youth and is an active surfer, paddler, sailor and diver and has emergency medical training.
Built by a skilled team of craftsmen trained in a variety of composite construction techniques, the vessels produced by Gold Coast Yachts in the US Virgin Islands reflect the company's years of experience in commercial vessel construction, operation, deliveries, and living aboard. Behind the scenes, a computer-aided design and engineering team and a systems design team work to meet the structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing and USCG demands of each project. Beyond all that though, Gold Coast Yachts has a reputation for promoting quality in the workplace and in the community, too. The Gold Coast philosophy is "Relationships are more important than issues." For this show, Roger Hatfield and Rich Difede will joined us to talk about how following that principle has played out for this successful company.
BankUnited’s Private Client Services Group is focused on providing a broad spectrum of client services. We repeatedly had requests from our clients for the financing of yachts, and so in the interest of delivering the full service experience we started doing Yacht Loans on a case by case, client by client basis.
In 2012 we were approached by a leader in the Yacht Lending industry about providing a source of funding for their clients. The numbers make sense. Most people in Yachting can easily afford to pay cash. However with interest rates still at extremely low rates, it makes good financial sense to borrow on a depreciating asset.
With a strong lending platform in Yachting we can attract the top quality clients that we look for and it provides us the opportunity to also serve their business needs. Our goal is to build strong client relationships and providing them with a yacht loan as the starting point is a great way to do that.
Lastly we out and hired an industry expert to lead this initiative for the bank and that is Melanie.
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