Waterfront Times 11 01 2016 E Edition Page 1

Serving South Florida's Coastal Neighborhoods N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 Y E A R 7 I S S U E 5 Admiralty Law 5 Classifieds 13 Eats 8 Events Calendar 10 Tide Table 11 CHRIS MUSELER The New York Times Syndicate Nigel Ingram was once a typical yacht captain of the 1970s and '80s, delivering racing boats throughout the United States and Europe with pickup crews and pushing 40- to 60-foot yachts across starting lines and race courses throughout the Atlantic. He learned through experience how to manage the care of a racing and cruising yacht. But in 1987, tired of this vagabond life, the Briton hung up the gym bag he had been living out of and started managing construction of the elegant, aluminum Sparkman and Stephens 73- footer Encore. Back then, Ingram's detailed approach to making sure yacht designs moved from drafting boards to working versions of an owner's dreams allowed him to capitalize on a niche in the marine industry that has since become yacht management. By the time his company, MCM, added the yacht operations component to their construc- tion management business in 2001, there were still only three companies specializing in the managing of luxury yachts. Now, however, nearly three decades after Encore's launch, there are dozens of companies like MCM. Ingram, 68, was off to visit one of his 22 charges, the 115-foot superyacht Nikata , at the recently held Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. He was the owner's representative for the building of the boat last year at Baltic Yachts in Finland and MCM manages the yacht's annual operations. The superyachts that compete for the Rolex Cup are often referred to as small cities. Since owners began racing these 100-footers a decade ago, an industry has sprouted up around them, complete with training schools for every level of staffing and trade, including the highly specialized Superyacht Crew Academy in Australia. "I went out sailing on Nilaya in 2010," Ingram, refer- ring to a superyacht that MCM helped build, said before leaving his office in Rhode Island for Porto Cervo, Sardinia, and the Rolex Cup. "And I thought that this is exactly the way a boat should be: fast and exciting." After Nilaya's design hit the racecourse, Ingram said a crop of the same type yacht were built. In a three- to four-year period, boat builders around Europe and South Africa, including Swan, Baltic, Wally, Southern Wind and Vitters, built more than a dozen car- bon racer-cruisers in Nilaya's 100- to 130-foot range. Florida has its own lionfish king Jetty lights proposed on Cut........................ 3 Historic maritime rules don't change....... 5 The army of builders it takes to construct yachts like Ingram's Nikata is exceeded by the annual ebb and flow of professional sailing crew, engineers, wait staff and in- dustry professionals employed to sail such a boat through races, transoceanic deliveries and cruising vacations. It can cost more than $4 million annually to run a superyacht, according to the U.S. Superyacht Association. Expenses range from hundreds of thousands dollars spent on insurance, dockage and fuel, to more than $1 million in crew salaries. Super yachts racing in the Rolex Cup at the Yacht Club Costa Smeralda bolster their crew, adding two dozen professionals and industry specialists to the usual full-time crew of about six. The standard full-time crew includes a captain, engineer, mate, chef, stewardess and deck hand. ARNOLD MARKOWITZ Waterfront Times When villains arise, so do heroes. Two cases in point: David Garrett of Ormond Beach slew 3,324 lion- fish with a scuba diver's spear gun. Samson, an Israelite, slew a thousand (estimated) Philistines with a donkey's jawbone. Garrett, as Florida's first Lionfish King, will be pic- tured on the cover of next year's Florida saltwater fishing regulations. Samson's feat was featured in the Bible. Garrett's also getting a lifetime Florida saltwater fish- ing license, to be awarded with his title when the Fish and Wildlife Conservation (FWC) Commission meets at St. Petersburg on Thursday, Nov. 17. Those 3.324 lionfish are not all that Garrett has slain - just the ones he caught between May 14 and Sept. 30, the opening and closing dates of The Lionfish Challenge. He accounted for 20 percent of the total of 16,609. John Dickinson took 2,408 and has posted two YouTube videos demonstrating how to catch them with pole spear and snare. In all, 95 divers participated in the challenge and removed 16,609 lionfish from the water. No divers were removed by lionfish. More opportunities for lionfishing glory remain until next May in Gulf Coast waters of seven Panhandle counties: Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay Gulf and Franklin. Anyone who turns in 100 tails from lionfish caught there will be awarded a tag allowing him to keep one red grouper or cobia more than the daily rod and reel bag limit. In addition, the first 10 persons or groups that check in 500 or more lionfish during this one-year pe- riod will be given the opportunity to name an artificial reef. Four teams have qualified to name an artificial reef "In the past, crew didn't go to school for this," Ingram said. "Those days are gone. You need qualifica- tions to work on a boat of this magnitude. All the way down to stewardess, they go to crew schools." Though superyachts are designed and built for the pleasure of one owner, he said the commissioning of one of these luxurious craft has far-reaching effects. "It's very easy to see yachting as an elitist sport," he said. But, he added, "all the money they spend goes somewhere." "In the build of a boat, 50 percent of the cost goes to labor," Ingram said. "So that goes to the dining-room ta- bles of the people who work at the shipyard." Megayacht marketstrong,butsignssuggestpossibledip Photo Carlo Borlenghi Nigel Ingram's superyacht Nikata at the Maxi Yacht Rolex Cup in Porto Cervo, Sardinia. SEE SUPERYACHT PAGE 12 SEE FLORIDA LOBSTER PAGE 6 David Garrett of Ormond Beach slew 3,324 lionfish.

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