Byline: The Log Staff
There’s only one place on the entire Pacific Coast where you can see the West’s largest in-the-water collection of big yachts for sale: the Lido Boat Show.
The 35th annual Lido Boat Show, Sept. 26-29 at Lido Marina Village, will offer a rare personal viewing opportunity, where show-goers can step aboard and compare the finest in luxury yachts — including cruiseworthy motoryachts, offshore sportfishers, sleek sailboats, long-range trawlers and head-turning sport yachts.
The timing of the show is ideal for boaters, with many new 2014 models, including powerboats and sailboats from U.S. and international builders, making their debuts. Southern California’s top boat dealers and yacht brokers will showcase more than 150 models at this year’s event.
Along with larger yachts (some more than 100 feet in length), show-goers will find a big selection of 35- to 65-footers on display, plus the latest must-have marine accessories, boating gear, advanced electronics, engines, generators and essential yacht services — including marine financing and insurance.
Industry experts say this is one of the best times in recent memory to buy a boat, thanks to extraordinary deals and incentives, low financing rates and, for the first time in years, a wide variety of available marina slips to choose from throughout Southern California.
Here are just a few of the standout showboats you’ll see at Lido:
Hollywood comic legend Jackie Gleason’s former yacht Savoy, a 1970 Chris-Craft 67, is making a special appearance at this year’s show. Completely refurbished and refitted at a cost of more than $1.5 million, this opulent vessel with state-of-the art electronics and handcrafted woodwork throughout is now “better than new.” It is being shown and offered for sale by Scott B. Jones Yacht & Ship Brokers.
Duffy Retail Inc. will show Riding Currents, a Duffy Electric Boat outfitted with solar panels that set a record last year — cruising from the Newport Boat Show to Catalina Island and back on solar power. The 100-mile trip marked the first time a solar-powered vessel had ever completed a trip from the mainland around Catalina Island and back, all on renewable energy. “The expedition goals were, first, to complete the 100 miles in 24 hours nonstop,” said Riding Currents circumnavigation skipper Billy Dutton. “Secondly, of course, was to complete the expedition using only solar and battery power — and, finally, to raise awareness of the advancement of renewable energy and its application to watercraft.” The 22-ft solar-powered boat is equipped with a modified surrey structure that holds four solar panels. An extra bank of Trojan T-145 batteries is installed under the decks, to store the sun-generated energy.
Rick Obey & Associates of New York will present Argo, a sleek 108-ft Sunseeker Predator, built in 2008. Luxury, performance and arresting beauty are hallmarks of this European yacht. Plush accommodations and colossal entertainment spaces are complemented by an incredible range of integral leisure options topside. The price tag is $5.9 million.
Offshore Yachts’ flagship, the 90-ft Offshore motoryacht, will be presented at the Lido show by Offshore West Inc. This remarkable yacht is all-new, with an open-concept interior, a chef’s galley, numerous entertaining areas, a Portuguese bridge, bow and stern thrusters, and the Sea Torque enclosed shaft system.
The new Ocean Alexander 72 Pilothouse Motor Yacht, presented by Ocean Alexander, marks an evolutionary step in the OA lineup. It features three staterooms — all with en suite heads — as well as crew quarters. The private master stateroom utilizes the widest part of the boat and is very contemporary, with large windows accenting a magnificent space. It comes loaded with features, including stabilizers, hydraulic thrusters, twin auxiliary generators and rear controls.
Mikelson Yachts Inc. will present its new 2014 Mikelson 57-ft Long-Range Luxury Sportfisher at this year’s show. It offers three staterooms, three heads and an aft-galley layout, with a massive under-salon utility room. Standout features include Mikelson’s signature cockpit day head, a large tackle center and a staircase leading to a massive flybridge and marlin tower. It is powered by twin MAN R6-800 Common Rail diesels — and Garmin Glass 8000 Helm Series electronics, a Brower davit and a Novurania 400DL RIB tender with a 50 hp Yamaha outboard.
Orange Coast Yachts will present the Westport/Eagle 100 — a custom 100-ft tri-deck motoryacht built by Eagle Yachts on the proven Westport hull. This remarkable yacht was given a major overall and a complete refit in 2009. It offers three staterooms, plus crew accommodations for up to four in two cabins. This proven passagemaker would be equally at home fighting game fish off the Pacific Coast of Mexico, whale watching off Maine or hosting a cocktail party with the Manhattan skyline as the backdrop.
The long-awaited new Carver C40, presented by Silver Seas Yachts, will be making its West Coast debut at this year’s Lido Boat Show. Envisioned, built and offered at a value-driven price point, the C40’s smart design makes this yacht feel much larger than its 40-foot length. It offers twin inboard power, two staterooms, two heads and three exceptionally comfortable areas for friends and family to gather: the salon, the cockpit and the command bridge.
Isabella, a cruiseworthy 118-ft Westport/Shaw motoryacht with a wide 25-foot beam, will also be making an appearance at this year’s Lido Boat Show. This one-of-a-kind yacht, presented by Paul Caronna at Scott B. Jones International, was custom-built in the Pacific Northwest and launched in 1999. Its elegant and luxurious accommodations showcase the highest-quality materials and craftsmanship. Standout features include a master stateroom on deck, plus four guest cabins.
Sailing aficionados will love the new Jeanneau 469 Sun Odyssey — the newest addition to the Sun Odyssey line. This sailing yacht features elegant modern styling, and interior volume that is typically only found on vessels 50 feet or larger. It is presented by Cruising Yachts Inc. Crow’s Nest Yachts will present a very special 75-ft custom West Bay Sonship Cockpit Motoryacht — the only West Bay ever to offer a 7-foot factory-built cockpit. Built in 2005, this yacht is spectacularly equipped for comfortable cruising, and offers separate crew quarters.
Stan Miller Yachts will show the new Grand Banks 47 Heritage Europa. Highlighted by advances in design, construction and sophisticated new styling, this Grand Banks is an irresistible combination of classic beauty and pure exhilaration. Like its predecessors, the 47EU’s rock-solid reliability is complemented by elegant lines and gracious interiors. Enriched by amenities from stem to stern, this popular Heritage model is expertly built for the ultimate cruising experience — at any pace you choose to cruise.
Phoenix, one of only two twin-engine Nordhavn 55s currently available on the brokerage market, will be presented by Pacific Asian Enterprises. This ocean-tested long-range passagemaker is very well equipped, with many of the popular factory options along with custom add-ons. This boat is professionally run and maintained by its owner and owner’s captain — and Phoenix has spent recent years cruising Mexico, Southern California and the Pacific Northwest.
An extensively equipped Marquis 720 will be presented at Lido by Ocean Alexander. Designed to be easily operated single-handed, this brokerage yacht has been lovingly cared for and is equipped with safety in mind. The extensively modified, comfortable interior offers four staterooms and crew quarters, and it can accommodate nine people. Its powerful C-32 Caterpillar engines provide 20 knots cruising speed and a top speed of 28 knots.
Show-goers can also see the Sunseeker Predator 60 Taimana, a European yacht built in 2000 that combines luxurious accommodations with a superbly equipped upper deck and a cockpit featuring an opening hardtop. Its twin engines can achieve speeds up to 36 knots. Inside, light-colored woods and deeply upholstered seating in the stylish asymmetrical saloon set the tone for this luxurious motoryacht. A similarly styled forward stateroom complements additional accommodations for up to six, while the yacht’s aft “garage” can house a tender or sports equipment. Presented by Rick Obey and Associates, the asking price is $499,000.
Daybreak, a 70-ft Hatteras motoryacht presented by Scott B. Jones Yacht & Ship Brokers, features a 17-foot beam, wide walkaround sidedecks and a semi-enclosed aft deck. Its beautiful teak-trimmed interior offers three staterooms and a galley with dinette forward, and separate engine rooms flank the companionway. This remarkable yacht was built in 1989 and was given a major refit in 2002.
The new Sabre 48 Salon Express, presented by JK3, has an eye-catching traditional exterior profile that belies the contemporary performances of the yacht’s V-hull with pod drive systems. Its raised cockpit sole brings together the social aspects of the cockpit and main salon, and the aft end of the house opens up fully to connect the spaces.
United Yacht Sales will show an Azimut 62 — a remarkable example of Italian yacht design prowess. This 2005 model has been professionally maintained since new, and comes loaded with options, including custom tables on the aft deck — which is reinforced to accommodate an extra-large tender. This yacht has cruised to Cabo almost every season — and it cruises at an impressive 29 knots.
Craig Belden Yacht Sales will present a seaworthy, ocean-tested 48 Riviera Enclosed Bridge sportfishing yacht, offered by its original owner. It features three staterooms, four air conditioners, Cummins QSM11 diesel engines, a 20 Kw auxiliary generator, a water maker, a dinghy and davit, and many more amenities.
And Long Beach Yacht Sales will show the Cutwater 26, a contemporary interpretation of the classic Downeast style yacht — offering exceptional interior volume and a long list of standard features. Its revolutionary new hull form combines a range of hydrodynamic design elements to deliver superior ride comfort, speed and handling, along with fuel economy and superior range and handling. With its onboard attributes, the Cutwater 26 is — surprisingly — trailerable, to bring even distant waterways within easy reach.
Lido Marina Village is located at Via Lido and Newport Boulevard in Newport Beach, one block south of Pacific Coast Highway. Show hours — rain or shine — are noon to 7 p.m. Thursday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $15 for adults and free for children 12 and younger — and major credit cards are accepted.
There’s free parking and a continuous shuttle, and guest docks are available for show attendees’ vessels up to 22 feet.
The Lido Boat Show is produced by the Duncan McIntosh Co. Inc., publisher of Sea Magazine, Boating World, The Log Newspaper, FishRap and Editor & Publisher, and producer of the annual spring Newport Boat Show. For an updated list of exhibitors, directions, parking and shuttle information, and additional details on the 35th annual Lido Boat Expo, visit lidoboatshow.com.