A long-lasting love of all things nautical runs in the blood of the boatbuilding Johnstone family
Peter Johnstone remembers the day J/Boats became an undeniable fact of his life.
“I gave up my bedroom for the very first J/Boat office,” says the 45-year-old son of Bob Johnstone, co-founder of J/Boats, the world’s most prolific builder of one-design keelboats. “I learned at a very early age the sacrifices of starting up a company. I got moved up to the attic.” He was just 12 years old.
Automating everything involved in a yacht brokerage transaction seems like an obvious concept, but until recently no one in the business had done it. The idea occurred a few years ago to YachtCloser LLC president Brad Parker.
3,000 boats, plus programs designed to entertain and educate, take center stage at the annual eventA year-end uptick in consumer confidence is a welcome bellwether of better times ahead for 2012 and the Miami International Boat Show — one of the world’s largest, featuring more than 3,000 boats and 2,000 exhibitors.
Fort Lauderdale native John Connor has built boats that won racing titles and set a trans-Atlantic speed record - Always on the edge of his seat
Working with some of the legends in powerboat racing, John Connor built a reputation for speed and safetyAt 3:50 on a summer morning in 1989, the 112-foot Gentry Eagle roared past Bishop Rock, the southwesternmost of Great Britain’s Scilly Isles, giving John Connor a chance to savor the triumph of a very big idea he had helped take from dream to reality.
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