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In the grand tradition, Halloween weekend = the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, the world's largest in-water show. Being in the business, I get in for trade day, the day before the hordes of great unwashed descend on Bahia Mar to ogle the boats, and the err, ahhh, ummm, "talent". Even Trade day was absurd - looks like the $ have started to flow again.

 

If you like boats, yachts or uber-toys, make sure the FL show is on your shortlist.

 

Crazy stuff:

 

 

A little "downmarket":

 

 

Something for everyone:

 

 

 

Super Toys: 

 

 

 

 

 

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Who do you work for?

My buddy Mitch, owns Sundance Marine.
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Who do you work for?

My buddy Mitch, owns Sundance Marine.


I'm on the commercial side, ginormous propulsion stuff.

 

Used to schlep gas turbines and had powerplants in most of the world's fastest megayacht's, transatlantic speed record boats etc. Ahh, in those days the Ft Laud show was complete debauchary - what went on in FL stayed in FL.....

 

It's been a fun and rewarding business for a lot of years now, and the FL Show is the best in the world (and I've been to all of them).

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Used to schlep gas turbines and had powerplants in most of the world's fastest megayacht's, transatlantic speed record boats etc.

 

What does a transatlantic speed record boat look like?

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What does a transatlantic speed record boat look like?

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Gentry Eagle

 

This was the original configuration that got the Blue Riband. We got the trophy from Richard Branson in the UK as we beat his record. Really a lifetime highlight to meet him. We had to keep the hiull clean waiting for a weather window in Greenwich CT, so we'd take it out in LI Sound and do 70 knots :D. Not bad for a 110 footer :eek. 2 x MTU 16V396 (3200HP each driving waterjets, and 1 x TF40 gas turbine 4000HP driving a surface drive)

Afterwards it was converted to a yacht configuration. It lost about 7 knots,totalair2.jpg 

 

Google Gentry Eagle for the whole story. We took it to Monaco for the Superyacht show, ahhh, more stories that can't be published. To be young (er), and stupid(er) again. We were also the slip #1 yacht for Cowes week, a big sailing deal in south UK. The ugly Americans strike again.

 

We got beat two years later by the Aga Khan with Destriero, an Italian Frigate hull with three GE LM2500's (75,000HP total).

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I'm on the commercial side, ginormous propulsion stuff.

 

Used to schlep gas turbines and had powerplants in most of the world's fastest megayacht's, transatlantic speed record boats etc. Ahh, in those days the Ft Laud show was complete debauchary - what went on in FL stayed in FL.....

 

It's been a fun and rewarding business for a lot of years now, and the FL Show is the best in the world (and I've been to all of them).

 

 

Ft. Lauderdale, boats and debauchery have pretty much always gone hand in hand.  Mitch used to live across the inter-coastal from Shooters, had a permanentently reserved room at the Complete Angler and hung out with the offshore powerboat racing crew.

 

 

Have a good show!

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Ft. Lauderdale, boats and debauchery have pretty much always gone hand in hand.  Mitch used to live across the inter-coastal from Shooters, had a permanentently reserved room at the Complete Angler and hung out with the offshore powerboat racing crew.

 

 

Have a good show!

 

We pulled the Eagle up at Shooters back in the day. MORE stories that shouldn't be told.O.M.G. Even I blush thinking about the "good old days".

 

Your bud probably knows my Gentry Eagle homie then as he was a legend in the offshore racing community.

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