So, I met with two of them at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, and started the education process. Several months later, I went to the Miami International Boat Show, where I deputized the first two, and we taught 12 of the remaining 14 the "Art of the Super Yacht". Everyone had research to do before the show, tasks to be done at the show, and a tight schedule during the show. We split up into smaller groups, and toured as many yachts as we could, all the while trying to identify the companies that could fit their very specific requirements. The education started from the bottom up, literally, with discussions about the capabilities of semi-displacement hulls vs. full displacement hulls, and speed vs. range.
Everyone started out with a company that they really liked from their Internet research before the show. As the days and tours went on, more and more boats were eliminated as we got closer to what is really important. After a number of boats, the value of wider companionways became apparent. As the days went on, the steepness and depth of stairs became a topic for discussion. Windows and natural light, open layouts, access to all areas of the boat, use of space in the transom areas, all these things started to make sense. As we talked to more crew, the size, location, and comfort of the crew's quarters became more important.
We toured boats from 92' to 161', all different hull shapes, layouts, builders, designers, and countries of origin. We looked at models, videos, and plans. We talked to Brokers, Dealers, and Captains. I spent one-on-one time with everyone, making sure all of their questions were answered. At the end of the third day, we had a "round table" to wrap it up. The reviews are starting to come in:
From one of my Deputies:
Hi Tari, I wanted to extend a thank you for all of your time and effort in working with our group over the past week at the boat show. It was great to have everyone meet you in person finally! It has been great to work with you over the past few months in preparation for this trip, and I look forward to working with you in the future! Thank you, Jamie Q.
From my very astute students:
Tari, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed spending time with you last week at The Boat Show! Your knowledge and ability to explain it all in a clear and concise manner was so helpful. It really helped put a lot of the pieces together for me. I look forward to spending more time with you as we embark on this exciting adventure. Thank you, Ann B.
Dear Tari, Now that we are settled back in our snowy homeland I have had a chance to reflect on our trip to the boat show. It was an exciting and interesting trip. I learned a lot and you are an excellent teacher and guide. Thank you for your professionalism. Your knowledge and expertise on every level of the boat industry gives me assurance that our process is in good hands. I look forward to our next meeting. Warmly, Maureen M.
Dear Tari, It was so great spending time with you in Miami! As I dig into my Swedish roots, perhaps we will discover we are family. Thanks for your time! You did a fantastic job with our group, I look forward to working with you on this project. Best regards, Jon and Jill F.
Tari, One of our greatest delights of 2013 is continuing our boat journey. We are delighted to work with you. Your expertise is invaluable. All our best, Paul and Donna Q.
Newport Coast Yachts