Wrap on the Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami. Ole!

Our team just wrapped the Yacht and Brokerage Show in Miami! This is one of our favorite shows because it encompasses the exotic flavors of Miami, always bringing a fun and lighthearted energy to the show. Between Marquis’s world debut of its new 63′ Sport Yacht and the Mardi Gras themed dock party at the Riviera Display, it was a great weekend!

Riviera experienced great success at the show with six new boat sales totaling USD $10.4 million and further sales are expected following sea trials, proving that our U.S. market is on the rise! Woo hoo!

Among the sales were two 63 Enclosed Flybridges, two 53 Enclosed Flybridges, one 43 Open Flybridge and one 5000 Sport Yacht.

“The results from the show speak for themselves and I can honestly say that we should be very proud of the team in the US for ensuring all the boats on display looked first class. These significant results are testament to Riviera’s impeccable quality, design features and ‘built-to-last’ philosophy,” said Riviera Yachts USA director Chris McCafferty.

The world debut of the Marquis 630 Sport Yacht

Riv. Display on Collins Ave.

The Miami debut of the new Riviera 53 Flybridge with full beam master stateroom was a resounding success with 2 boats being sold during the show

The new Riviera 63 Flybridge was extremely well received in Miami with the sale of 2 boats being achieved at the show

Riviera's Mardi Gras Dock Party

Riviera's Mardi Gras Dock Party

Limbo!

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Bonnethead Shark Caught on Turtle Beach

Gary, one of our brokers, stumbled upon a freshly caught Bonnethead Shark on Turtle Beach yesterday. Bonnetheads are the smallest of the hammerhead shark family, growing to about 3 1/2 feet. They usually swim in small groups of 5 to 15. (Schools of hundreds to even thousands have been reported though!)

After the hook was gently removed from the shark’s mouth, it was released unharmed back into the sea. Never a dull day by the ocean!

2011 Holiday Boat Parades

As you may have noticed, Floridians have their own unique ways of celebrating Christmas.

Without the promise of snow-covered streets or wintry nights by the fire, we’ve had to create our own way to get into the Christmas Spirit. One way we’ve effectively done so is by taking the Holiday tradition of Christmas parades and adapting them to our beloved boating lifestyle. And thus, the birth of Holiday Boat Parades! You can’t help but get in the spirit with the Christmas lights and colors beaming off the cool ripples in the water and the Christmas music playing from such lavishly decorated boats.

We are gearing up for Sarasota’s Christmas Boat Parade of Lights. The parade will take place at Marina Jacks on Dec. 10 at 6:00pm. The best place to view the boats are Marina Jack Restaurant, Bayfront Park, City Island and Centennial Park. In keeping with the Holiday spirit of giving, all proceeds from the event will go towards the Suncoast Charities of Children, Inc.

Sarasota Yacht has entered in the event several times over the years. We look forward to this event every year and whether we enter or not, we always have a great time.

In 2009 we won second place with our theme was “Christmas Elvis”. Check it out!

Luckily for those of you who can’t make it to the Sarasota Parade of Light, chances are there’s a parade in your area. The folks from Florida By Water have compiled a list of 47 boat parades happening between Pensacola and Key West this month.

CLICK HERE to view all 2011 Holiday Boat Parades!