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February 20, 2014

Miami Boat Show Recap

Nordhavn marked its first major boat show of the year with a display featuring two of its newer listings, Nordhavn 64 Mirador and Nordhavn 43 Summer Skis. Crowds were lighter thanexpected at the 2014 Miami Yacht and Brokerage Show, thanks in part to multiple storms that plagued the entire east coast forcing the cancellation of thousands and thousands of flights. Nonetheless, enthusiasm was high and those who were serious about finding a long range cruising yacht made their way to Trawler Port and the Nordhavn exhibit.

Reps from Nordhavn’s southeast office out of Stuart, FL, as well as the northeast sales office in Portsmouth, RI, were on hand to answer questions, and were given an assist from the owners of Summer Skis, Jim and Marge Fuller.

Summer Skis has cruised extensively over the seven years the Fullers have owned her, including taking part in 2007’s MedBound, where she followed a course from Ft. Lauderdale to Newport, RI by way of Bermuda.

Show attendees, impressed with Mirador’s heft, layout and workmanship, learned her asking price had been lowered to $2,495,000 in time for the show’s opening. One of Nordhavn’s most coveted designs, N64#17 has enough berths for six to sleep comfortably, plus room for crew, a spacious off watch bunk and four separate heads.

At one point during the show, there was a re-convening of the Great Siberian Sushi Run (GSSR) crews as Tina and Braun Jones (formerly of N62 Grey Pearl and now of N64 Ocean Pearl), Carol and Steve Argosy who own N62 Seabird, and Roberta and Ken Williams, owners of N68 Sans Souci, all gathered in Miami. The three couples have remained close since completing their epic Siberian journey on the GSSR in 2009, and brought us up to speed on their current whereabouts. The Jones took their boat last year from the U.S. east coast across to the U.K. and left her to winter in London. They’ll return this Spring and continue on their Northern European cruise including joining the Baltic Sea Rally. After leaving the Miami Show, Steve Argosy and Ken Williams planned to fly to Croatia, where their boats currently lie, to oversee some maintenance work in preparation of a Mediterranean route concentrating on Italy later this year. Ah, such are the lives of Nordhavn owners!

If you were one of the ones left stuck at the airport or unable to make it down to the show for other reasons, there are more Florida boat shows in the pipeline where you can get aboard a Nordhavn. Coming February 27 through March 1, Nordhavn 43 Danouve will be the featured display boat at the Lake Park, Florida Trawler Fest. That will be followed by Nordhavn 64 Sweet Hope being exhibited at the Palm Beach Boat Show, March 20-23. Visit our Calendar page for details.

Of course, if you happen to find yourself closer to the other side of the world right now, you can always drop by the Euro-Asia boat show where our Eastern Mediterranean office is launching Nordhavn publicly for the first time in Istanbul, Turkey. Represented by our partner sales branch, Emek Marin, the Nordhavn exhibit is located in the CNR Expo Center, Hall 15, Stand A15. The Euro-Asia boat show is running now through February 23.