|A Look Ahead|
|Written by Shannon Webster|
|Tuesday, 18 November 2008 16:57|
"Immediately following the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show last month, my other SWC charter broker Jari Strom hopped on an airplane and headed to the Caribbean for the BVI Charter Yacht Society Show. For Jari this was a journey that she looked forward to as her son was born there and she had many friends in Tortola. She reported that out of 59 vessels on display for charter, 45 of them were catamarans. The US & British Virgin Island shows have always featured mostly sailing yachts. The exception was the motor yacht Texas Star and a couple of other power vessels. Jari reported that for the most part all of the yachts previewing were in excellent condition and charter ready. The handful that were not up to our SWC standards will simply not be offered to our clients. There is no sense in mentioning these vessels by name as it is not our intention to draw attention to them. Some crew just do not have the same required high standard as others.
Jari and I are both off to the Antigua Yacht Show on December 3, 2008, just after the American Thanksgiving holiday. Tis our season! The opposing MYBA Charter Show in St. Maarten during the similar time frame has forced us to choose one show to attend and since Antigua has always been productive for us, that is where we are headed!
In general (like everything else), it is reported that our industry is down around 30% upward to some brokers stating 50% less business. This too shall pass and I intend to keep SWC strong and conduct our charter business as usual! Give us a call to see for yourself.
Check out the Antigua Show link below to see where we are headed and what we will be doing. Our job is to inspect these yachts that come together each season with one common goal.......... to spread the word!! Shannon