FLIBS 2013, over the top

FLIBS_13_yacht_Remember_When_cPanbo.jpgThe Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was bigger than ever this year and while FLIBS exhibits really do appeal to almost every boating persuasion, who doesn’t enjoy gawking at the very high end? Click, for instance, on the photo above and check out the remarkable farm of Furuno radars, Sea Tel satellite domes, FLIR cameras, and much more at left. The 162-foot Remember When is equipped to the max and I was not surprised to learn that proud owner John Rosatti started working on boats with his dad at age 13. Meanwhile, yours truly was higher than a megayacht on the sky deck of the odd but accessible 3,200-ton vessel doing business as SEAFAIR. Simrad was celebrating the NSO evo2 debut up here, and we all enjoyed watching the young couple on paddle boards (Remember When crew perhaps?) head off with their cooler to locations unknown. There were lots of marine electronics news in Lauderdale, but this entry will be an eclectic tour of other sights that drew my attention…

FLIBS 13 Cantalupi LED backlit panels cPanbo.jpgA big part of the “International” in FLIBS is the enthusiastic participation of exotic equipment manufacturers like Cantalupi. Their booth, which sometimes featured fine Italian cuisine (thanks!), was showing these sample LED-backlit panels apparently made of thin-sliced stone embedded in epoxy and quite suitable to mood lighting, say, your yacht’s master head.

FLIBS_13_Miele_built-in_coffee_machine_cPanbo.jpgI also enjoyed a cappuccino automatically barista’d by this Miele plumbed-in-wall coffee maker, which even ground the beans and could be set up with my own custom brew profiles…if both my galley and boat budget were larger.

FLIBS_13_VMAG_DMP_tug_helm_cPanbo.jpgThe Voyager Maritime Alliance Group works with Radio Zeeland DMP for some elements of its big yacht systems and apparently, that’s how I, too, got to sit in the extremely comfortable chair where the master of a big pushboat might control multiple azimut pod drives, deck winches, etc. “Master” has rarely seemed so appropriate a term. Not only do the trackballs have multi-color LED backlighting so they can indicate alerts and alarms (as I first saw at FLIBS years ago), but each control button can also change color to further indicate where a problem is.

FLIBS13_Everglades_Boats_construction_exhibit_cPanbo.jpgAt FLIBS, the indoor boat exhibit area was so loaded with snazzy-looking center consoles that it seemed brilliant of Everglades to highlight their unsinkable and hard-to-break construction techniques by sawing a boat in three sections and carefully labeling all revealed details.

FLIBS13_triple_7_557hp_outboards_cPanbo.jpgThere were electric and hybrid propulsion systems in Lauderdale, but the big iron was a lot more noticeable. Like these triple Seven Marine 557s, which claim 60% more horsepower than any other outboard and even fuel efficiency (if you want to cruise really fast)…

FLIBS13_tow_truck_cPanbo.jpgHeck, Lauderdale even has tricked out and beautifully maintained monster tow trucks, lest your shuttle bus breaks down.

FLIBS13_MTU_20V_4000_cPanbo.jpgAlso, hard to miss was this 20 cylinder MTU 20V 4000 M93L diesel, which isn’t even the largest in the MTU yacht line. And apparently, it only takes two 16-cylinder MTU’s to cruise the Jarrett Bay 77 below at 35 knots. Blank Check had a sold sign on when I took this shot on Saturday. It was a heck of a FLIBS.


Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Panbo editor, publisher & chief bottlewasher from 4/2005 until 8/2018, and now pleased to have Ben Stein as a very able publisher, webmaster, and editing colleague. Please don't regard him as an "expert"; he's getting quite old and thinks that "fadiddling fumble-putz" is a more accurate description.

5 Responses

  1. Norman says:

    Just a silly question from someone who never may have such big boats: the satellite antennas, we always see them by pairs, on those pictures.
    Does one serve for internet and the other for TV?
    Or are they just being used for each side, port and star, because they’re blinded by the other antenna thingies inbetween?
    Not that I would really need to know the answer (not that I really would have to wonder that myself, were I to own such things), but still, I always wondered…

  2. ValkyrieYachts says:

    Hi Norman,
    Domes are usually for either Sat TV or Sat Communications. Sometimes a “dummy” dome is used with an operational dome to visually “balance” the vessel.
    There could be other uses, but these are the most common.

  3. Quitsa says:

    On the one and only megayacht with which I have any familiarity (a friend is the professional captain), there are two domes because there are two complete satcom systems in order to have a backup. If you were a Russian oligarch, would you want to miss a call from Vladimir Putin offering “a deal you can’t refuse”?

  4. Ben Ellison Ben Ellison says:

    I’m told that there are a lot of dummy domes out there, either for aesthetics or ego enhancement, but some vessels have dual sat tv and/or sat comms domes so that they never get in a situation where another dome or mast is blocking the signal. I suspect that the domes on the other (right hand) vessel are set wide apart because one is TV and the other V-Sat and they were trying to avoid such blockage (though it looks a little strange I think).
    It’s fairly common to have an Inmarsat FleetBroadband system for anywhere Internet and also a V-Sat for faster speeds and lower costs where it’s available. But Inmarsat didn’t like how V-Sat companies were using them for backup and made their service prices less flexible.
    I’m not sure what’s happening on Remember When but at least that aft dome has a banner on it indicating that at least one Internet choice the boat has is Linkscape: http://www.linkscape.net/main/
    I hope you all followed the links to Remember When and owner John Rosatti because that whole scene is over the top with gusto! I did further research and was pleased to learn that Rosatti had a 4th or July party onboard with the stars of Sopranos
    In fact, the yacht may be named after the 80th episode of the Sopranos:

  5. Norman says:

    Wow… dummy domes… I would never have guessed that.
    I guess it’s even crazier than full-fledge dual SAT (which makes real sense), but not in a good way at all.

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