Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show 2015

The Miami Beach Yacht and Brokerage show was a fantastic introduction to world of luxury yachting. For one who manages land and property, it was a refreshing change of pace to experience these floating estates and start to discover how that world works. It was a busy weekend of parties and networking amid a sea of turquoise aboard yachts that were some of the most stylish I’ve ever seen. Interiors have certainly come a long way since my early days as a charter chef.

Our weekend started with a pop-up VanDutch showcase at the site of the new Ritz-Carlton Residences in Miami Beach. A rare waterfront site, the new property will include VanDutch day yachts in the ownership experience. Similarly appealing to the affluent seafarer, the Jade Signature project made efforts to woo buyers onboard the 165’ Mangusta MY Moonraker with flowing champagne and a short film of the project.

Friday we found ourselves at a preview party for Zaha Hadid’s ultra luxe One Thousand Museum in Downtown Miami. When complete, this will surely be the most architecturally significant structure in the city. Single units run from $5M-$20M, with the stunning 2-story penthouse selling for $50M pre-construction.

On Sunday, the Celebrity Estate Management Network invited a small group of local estate professionals to tour a few of the yachts and get an overview of working with a yacht broker, the owner-membership model and charter options. Our group included the President of the Domestic Estate Managers Association, their 2 local chapter Presidents from Miami and Palm Beach, local HNW Estate Managers, the owners of Miami’s 360 Concierge and Staffing, an UHNW Owner’s Rep from Atlanta, and a team from our new go-to charter jet company, Chelsea Jets. We had a great get together that included visits to the Ferretti Group and Fleet Miami followed by a lunch at the Fontainebleau.

Read about our experience with The Ferretti Group’s Jason Wood and Fleet Miami’s Kathleen Kennedy and look for our upcoming  Yacht Ownership 101 guide.


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