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February 15, 2012

2012 Miami International Boat Show

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Sure to be a highlight in Miami - the new Hylas 56

This year’s Miami Show opens Thursday, the 16th, and runs until Monday, the 20th. Locations are the Miami Beach Convention Center, Sea Isle Marina & Yachting Center, Miamarina At Bayside. Larger yachts because of bridge height restrictions slip at Sea Isle while the majority of yachts will be at Bayside. Compared to Fort Lauderdale, the show is about sailboats instead of megayachts with most the major manufacturers represented as well as a good group of brokerage boats. The audience of Miami is international including a strong Latin American audience. Overall Miami is a show you will enjoy with many outside entertainment opportunities. Here are some items of interest to enjoy. Continue reading “2012 Miami International Boat Show” »

February 8, 2012

Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Stuart

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

Miami, Fort Lauderdale, and Stuart / Fort Pierce (affectionately known by the spoonerism Port Fierce) are the three areas where I most often interact with yachts. I have been reminded of this fact over the last few weeks as I have been tearing up the road on sales and service among the three cities. It is a two hour drive from Lauderdale to Stuart versus an hour drive to the Miami River area. Without doubt the largest brokerage market of the three is Lauderdale with 1,631 yachts for sale compared to 1103 for Miami and 574 in Stuart. Due to democraphics, geography, and infastructure, the areas vary dramatically in the type of people and yachts you will interact with. Continue reading “Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Stuart” »

February 1, 2012

Scotia 44 “The HUMMER of the Oceans”

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During Miami Strictly Sail, February 16th to the 20th, we will be aboard the new Scotia 44, “The HUMMER of the Oceans,” in Slip 12B at Bayside Marina. If you would like to schedule an appointment or receive more information, please inquire via Jordan Yachts. More information is available at

January 25, 2012

YachtWorld U

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Yachts along the Docks at Pier 66

Every year, the dominant multiple listing service hosts a get together for brokers in South Florida. The event took place yesterday at the Panorama Ballroom at Pier 66. A couple hundred brokers and friends gathered to listen to the latest in online marketing, FYBA legislative affairs, and the poor European economic outlook. Overall themes were the usefulness of QR codes in print advertising, the growth of social media especially Facebook, and the important of mobile devices such as iPads and Android phones. I shared a table with my collegue Kevin, a Canadian broker named Don, a lovely charter broker named Nicole, and Trevor who owns First Mate Yacht Care and live blogged from the event. Continue reading “YachtWorld U” »

January 18, 2012

What Sailboats Are Being Built?

Filed under: Miscelaneous — Richard Jordan @ 12:00 am

A question came up recently about what new sailboats are currently being built with the continued economic conditions. To gauge this fact rationally, I took a survey of what is available on the brokerage market from 2009 to 2012. I also limited the search to yachts over 40-feet in length. The results are subject to limitations such as a variance for low volume, semi-custom manufacturers such as Hylas. Also the results say something about the length of ownership. Manufacturers with very happy buyers would expect them not to offer their yachts up for sale within 3 years of purchase. Albeit with those limitations, the results covered below do give guidance to which manufacturers are likely selling more yachts despite a down global market. Group Beneteau is the clear winner in volume with its Beneteau, Jeanneau, and Lagoon brands. Nautor Swan slightly edges them in total valuation for a single brand at $30 million vs. $29.5 million in Beneteau inventory. Swan’s number is buoyed by the 90′ Swan, Red Sula asking $11 million. Continue reading “What Sailboats Are Being Built?” »

January 11, 2012

20 Year Anniversary

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Celebrating 20 Years of Selling Yachts

This year, 2012, is the 20th year since Jordan Yachts incorporated and started selling yachts in Fort Lauderdale. This waypoint makes me feel proud and gives me pause to think about our impact in the community and more widely abroad. It never gets old to me to speak with someone who remembers Jordan, invariable with high regard from many years ago. I love hear their stories, the names and places oh so familiar. It helps me put meaning to my life and that of my family. Continue reading “20 Year Anniversary” »

January 4, 2012

Choosing between a Catamaran and a Production Mono-hull

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The Hunter 50: A Dying Breed?

Offshore mono-hulls demand a market share because of inherent comfort, performance, and durability trade-offs as compared to multi-hulls. But I question sometimes the longterm viability of production mono-hulls for cruising, those vessels under the brandnames Bavaria, Beneteau, Catalina, Hunter, Jeaneau, etcetera which are targeting more towards island hopping and coastal cruising than circumnavigation. Their design trajectory towards ever beamier widths and higher cabintrunks naturally ends in a catamaran design. Why would one purchase a production mono-hull when it seems their goals would be best realised with two hulls? Continue reading “Choosing between a Catamaran and a Production Mono-hull” »

December 28, 2011

Seasons Greetings

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December 21, 2011

Quarterly Report (Autumn 2011)

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Winter Arrivals at Royale Palm

As foreshadowed in my summer report, autumn was show season starting with Newport in September and ending with the Fort Lauderdale show around Halloween. It started slowly which was not surprising. Clients go into research mode during the show season before either purchasing a new yacht or emerging with sticker shock. With the continued soft economy, especially in Europe, most former new build clients are purchasing late model pre-owned yachts. Fall Jordan sales included an Amel 48, Cabo Rico 36, and Freedom 38. New listings included a Brewer 12.8, Ericson 35, and TomCat 9.7. I did another delivery to Cartagena, Colombia, this time aboard a Leopard 46. Continue reading “Quarterly Report (Autumn 2011)” »

December 14, 2011

Leopard 46 Review: Better Than a Lagoon?

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Leopard 46 Berthed at Chub Cay, Bahamas

Clients often debate about which of the production catamaran brands to purchase. Is there a significant difference between a Fountain-Pajot, Lagoon, and Leopard? After an 11 day delivery of a Leopard 46 from Fort Lauderdale to Cartagena, Colombia and a delivery of a Lagoon 440 in March from Fort Lauderdale to Annapolis, in many respects the Leopard out classed the Lagoon including performance, durability, and comfort. My colleague and super star sailor Kevin Bray lauded the Leopard throughout the delivery. “After working on this boat for 3 months and now sailing her, I can honestly say I like this Leopard 46 design, and there are not a lot of boats that I can say that about,” shared Kevin. In a few areas, I give the edge to Lagoon. Read on to see which. Continue reading “Leopard 46 Review: Better Than a Lagoon?” »

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