Dave on his Schiller Water Bike Endurance ride along superyacht route in Norway

Schiller Water Bike Endurance Challenge on Norway Superyacht Route

One Man and his Schiller Water Bike Complete a Record Breaking Journey Along the Norwegian Superyacht Route

Bike A Blue Planet

Endurance adventurer Dave Cornthwaite pedalled an astounding 1243 miles/2090 kilometres along the Norwegian coast, following popular superyacht and famous Hurtigruten ferry route, from Kirkenes to Bergen on his Schiller Water Bike.

His journey lasted for nine weeks, reaching its conclusion in October, and is a record-breaking distance travelled by water bike.

Schiller Bike by Norwegian coastline

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Describing his favourite destinations on this preferred superyacht route, Dave says, “The entire Norwegian coast is beautiful in its own right and the scenery changes every 200 miles or so as I headed south. The rugged, empty northern coast of Finnmark was the most remote part of the trip but I loved the coast of Steigen, which is peppered by an archipelago of thousands of islands, most with sandy white beaches and quiet coves.”

One of many reasons why Norway is becoming an increasingly popular charter destination, with many luxury yacht berths available, and an abundance of outdoor activities on offer amidst the unbeatable scenery.

Dave kitted out his water bike with a custom Schiller inflatable platform, easily strapped to the pontoons at four points, to accommodate the gear he needed to carry with him on his journey.

A Schiller Water Bike can bear weight of up to 900lbs, so there was ample scope for heavier items to be loaded. A handlebar extender was also added to enable Dave to sit upright whilst pedaling the long daily distances, rather than taking the standard ‘racing’ position which is great for your everyday water bike ride.

Northern lights & TeePee on Schiller Bike journey

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Averaging an estimated speed of 3.8mph, Dave spent 7-9 hours on the water every day taking in the breathtaking landscapes of Norway and summed up his journey with the following.

Hours on the water: 376.7
Top speed: 10.7mph.
Average speed: 3.5mph (5.6kmph)
Whales seen: 13
Dolphins pedaled with: Over 400
Seals: 250ish
Puffins seen: More than people
Times a Hurtigruten ship travelled between Kirkenes and Bergen while I was pedaling like mad: 13
Films made: 67
No. of times people called me crazy: 654
No. of times people asked if I had bad weather: 786
No. of times I swore I’d never sit on a bicycle seat again: 987
World records? One – longest journey by water bike!
Size of my smile: infinite

This epic journey is number 14 of 25 that Dave will be completing as part of his project ‘Expedition1000’. A different form of non-motorised transport will be used for each adventure, and every one will cover a minimum distance of 1000 miles. Past expeditions have included skateboards, SUP’s and scooters.

Talking of adventure number 15 Dave tells us “I don’t yet have a plan for my next endurance adventure, but am currently resting up and considering creating a film/ book about the Norway trip, and I have a fairly busy speaking schedule around Europe to tell the tale of this journey.

“I live on a boat in London and my Schiller Bike is currently moored alongside, and I take it out for a spin most days. It’s a great way to go shopping and is a regular head-turner for anyone living by the river!”

Read the full details of Dave’s Schiller Bike Norway adventure and stay up to date with his future challenges by clicking here. davecornthwaite.com/waterbike/

Dave is victorious in Bergen at the end of his Schiller Water Bike Challenge

As the superyacht industry takes a stop towards sustainability it seems that the Norwegian community are rising to the challenge. It was reported in an article on www.inhabitat.com that Norwegian billionaire Kjell Inge Røkke, a businessman who started his career as a fisherman, has commissioned a yacht purely for marine research. The vessel will be able to scoop up around five tons of plastic every day, and then melt it down in an effort to help clean up the ocean.

The 180m Research Expedition Vessel (REV) will be built by VARD, designed by superyacht designer Espen Oeino and will be ready in 2020. Scientists and marine researchers will be invited on board to study and explore issues such as climate change, overfishing and plastic pollution, according to owner Rosellinis Four-10, a subsidiary of the Røkke family company TRG.

The eco-friendly Schiller Water Bike was developed with the daring belief that people should be able to bike across a blue planet. Designed with state-of-the-art engineering, the Schiller S1-C and S1 are simultaneously revolutionising yachting, water sports and cycling industries, enabling millions of people around the world to have an exhilarating, dynamic and safe biking experience on the water.

This is the next frontier in biking and water sports. One that has no learning curve (or paddles or uncomfortable seating in kayak hulls), and is accessible to all for fun, fitness, touring and adventure on almost any body of water.

With nearly one billion bikes around the globe built for land, Schiller is singularly focused on delivering its customers epic rides, trailblazing voyages and incredible sunset spins on a new aquatic terrain.

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miami yacht show 2018

Miami Beach’s Premier Luxury Yacht Show Receives  New Name and Logo

30th Annual Event Rebranded from Yachts Miami Beach to Miami Yacht Show;

Slated for February 15-19 along Collins Avenue

MIAMI, Fla. (November 15, 2017) – The premier in-water luxury yacht exhibition during Miami’s annual boat show week each February has received a new name and look. Formerly Yachts Miami Beach, the annual event is being rebranded as the Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue. 

Set to take place from February 15-19 in Miami Beach along Collins Avenue across from the legendary Fontainebleau and Eden Roc hotels, the show, now entering its 30th year, attracts a global audience to a spectacular display of yachts and marine products, including more than 500 new and brokerage yachts and a wide array of the latest marine technology and accessories.

Spanning more than a mile along the Indian Creek Waterway from 41st Street to 54th Street, the extraordinary yacht show covers more than 1.2 million square feet of space. In addition to the amazing display of yachts and accessories, the show features floating cocktail lounges, food and live musical entertainment.

“Like all leading global brands, this show is constantly evolving and adapting to best serve its audience,” said Mary Bender, vice president of marketing for Informa, the show’s producer and co-owner. “The new name and logo were designed to follow suit with our portfolio of boat shows. We worked collaboratively with our stakeholders throughout the process and expect the new brand to be well received in the yachting community.”

A new Miami Yacht Show website will debut this fall at MiamiYachtShow.com, along with the launch of Boat Show Market Place, a new online platform designed to allow attendees to more easily plan their visit to the show and schedule appointments with the exhibitors they most want to see. The new site will be fully optimized for mobile browsing.

The new website builds upon improvements introduced at last year’s boat show, including a new physical look and layout that delivered a more interactive and inviting sales experience and environment for guests and exhibitors. Show organizers also introduced a VIP Experience ticket that offers guests who wish to experience the show in celebrity style access to a floating, air-conditioned lounge with a premium open bar, gourmet food, a dedicated concierge to arrange appointments on board yachts and other special experiences.

In addition to its iconic Collins Avenue location, the Miami Yacht Show also includes an invite-only satellite display of superyachts on Watson Island at the Island Gardens Deep Harbour marina, which can accommodate yachts up to 500 feet. Yacht brokers can arrange transportation for clients between the two show locations.

Two different boat shows take place in Miami and Miami Beach during Presidents’ Day weekend in February. Informa manages and produces the Miami Yacht Show on Collins Avenue and co-owns it with the International Yacht Brokers Association. The event runs concurrently with the Miami International Boat Show, which is owned and operated by the National Marine Manufacturers Association.

For more information, call 954-764-7642 or 800-940-7642, or visit MiamiYachtShow.com.

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FLIBS 2017

58th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show  Receives Buoyant Reviews

Eager crowds experienced an upgraded show and more boats on display – FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (November 14, 2017) – The 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS), the largest in-water boat show in the world, attracted a world-wide audience of approximately 105,000 international buyers, sellers and browsers who came to see the latest that the global boating industry has to offer and to do business in the “Yachting Capital of the World.” Drawing visitors from more than 50 countries, attendance at this year’s event was up 7 percent over 2016. 
 
Buyers had a larger selection to choose from, with an overall increase of 4 percent in the number of boats on display in the water, with a 9 percent jump in new boats under 100 feet and 10 percent growth in the number of brokerage (pre-owned) boats over 100 feet.
 
“Informa’s investments in the show delivered a superior visitor experience to previous shows,” said Andrew Doole, general manager of Informa, the show’s producer. “Excellent weather, a robust economy, realigned marketing efforts and a huge selection of new product offerings brought energetic crowds to the docks and exhibits daily.”
 
“We were very pleased with the traffic at this year’s show and the overall feeling of optimism among our brokers and clients when the show concluded,” said Sally Doleski, vice president of marketing for Ocean Alexander. “New docks, clear dock- markings for those trying to find their way through an incredibly large location, and increased variety for food and beverage options all added to the enjoyment of our guests at the show.”
The 58th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show spans more than three million square feet of exhibit space in-water and on land across seven locations including the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Hyatt Regency Pier 66 Marina, and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.
 
“It was a tremendous show, with high energy, brisk sales activity and great enthusiasm for our new boats – the 93 Motor Yacht and the 44 Open – as well as all our other yachts,” said Patrick Healey, president and CEO of Viking Yachts. Viking sold 13 boats from 37 to 93 feet at FLIBS. The company’s 15-vessel display drew more visitors than any previous Fort Lauderdale show – more than 7,000 over the five-day event. The New Jersey-based company also announced that a new 68 Convertible will debut at the Miami Yacht Show in February.
 
Other attractions at this year’s event included Take the Helm on-the-water boat handling classes from Carefree Boat Club, IGFA School of Sportfishing seminars, the Blue Wild dive and marine art show, and Hook The Future kids’ fishing clinics. 
 
“The 2017 clinics were better than ever and drew hundreds of families eager to learn how to catch more fish and have fun doing it together. We can’t wait till next year,” said Hook The Future founder, Capt. Don Dingman.
 
One of the Windward VIP Club’s attractive benefits was the dedicated concierge team, Delmay and Partners, who worked on behalf of VIP passholders to arrange various services including yacht tours, local dining reservations, private transportation and other conveniences.
  
“The 2017 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show brought an increase in visits to our displays and enabled us to enter into many strong negotiations and a number of sales,” said Randy Coleman, vice president of sales of Ferretti Group America. “Fort Lauderdale continues to be an important show for Ferretti Group as we see great attendance from our US-based clients as well as an increase in visitors from South America. Our South American dealers were very pleased with the outcome and recognize the importance of attending this show.”
 
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS) contributes $11.5 billion to the region’s economy and supports the sustainability of 136,000 marine industry jobs in South Florida.
 
The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® is owned and presented by the Marine Industries Association of South Florida and managed and produced by Informa Exhibitions. Sponsors of the 2017 show were Audi, Budweiser, LaCroix, RAM, Smallwood’s Yachtwear, TAITRA/Taiwan Excellence, Ulysse Nardin and Yachting Pages Media Group. The Windward VIP Club was sponsored by Bank of America, Florida Luxurious Properties, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Gulfstream Yachts, and Luxury Law Group. 
 
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Gulf Craft Majesty 155 superyacht

Gulf Craft and FunAir announce partnership at METSTRADE

Gulf Craft and FunAir are pleased to announce during METSTRADE 2017, the largest marine equipment trade show worldwide (Nov 14-16), that a partnership agreement has been made for Gulf Craft to be an official FunAir distributor in the Middle East territories.

Gulf Craft, the world’s innovative builder of luxury yachts and leisure boats, has served the aspirations of passionate seafarers for more than three decades. The award-winning manufacturer is one of the world’s leading superyacht shipyards, a merit it has achieved through continuous investment in research and development.

Sharing the same passion for continued development and improving the yachting experience, FunAir and Gulf Craft are a perfect fit. FunAir launch a new concept in inflatable yachting fun each year, with the latest redesigned Playground and Junior BigAir Blob showcased for the first time on the water at Monaco Yacht show in September. The two innovative companies took the opportunity during the show to finalise their agreement that has been under discussion over the summer months, and have officially announced the partnership today at the start of METS.

FunAir inflatables will be offered as an option on all Gulf Craft new build projects, and superyacht enthusiasts can view the synergy between these leading brands at the Dubai International Boat Show in 2018 when they will exhibit together.

FunAir Yacht Slide and Ramp

John Courtney, Managing Director of Yachting at FunAir commented, “It has been a pleasure working on this partnership with Erwin Bamps and his team. When a company has the same values and attention to detail that we pride ourselves on at FunAir, then it makes sense to work together. Gulf Craft are an exceptional superyacht manufacturer and we look forward to inflating the Fun on board their yachts with the full FunAir portfolio.”

Erwin Bamps, CEO Gulf Craft, added, “Superyacht lifestyle is all about the customer’s overall experience. Surrounding ourselves with reliable partners that assist in building a holistic yachting experience is crucial to us. We are very pleased with our FunAir partnership, and believe it helps both of our companies to redefine yachting every day.”

Gulf Craft have an expanding collection that includes the enchanting Majesty Yachts, the oceangoing Nomad Yachts, Silvercraft fishing boats and family cruisers, and Oryx sport yachts and cruisers. It is an exciting time for the two companies to be combing their knowledge, experience and passion.

To contact FunAir directly please email yachting@funair.com, or call John Courtney on +1 512 751 4276.

To contact Gulf Craft directly please email marketing@gulfcraftinc.com or call +97167406060

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FunAir Yacht Slide on Grey Goose Vodka Commercial

A Yacht Slide by industry leading superyacht toy manufacturers FunAir has been featured in the latest Grey Goose Vodka television commercial for Australia. In partnership with Marine Riley and Northrop and Johnson Yacht Charters the luxury vodka brand showcased a FunAir Yacht Slide and Yacht Golf in their sleek new video.

 

As long term clients of Global Superyacht Marketing, the team are extremely happy with the advert and exposure for the brand. Check out the new Grey Goose Video here:

 To contact FunAir direct please email yachting@funair.com