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Salt water in their veins

A long-lasting love of all things nautical runs in the blood of the boatbuilding Johnstone family

Bob Johnstone, co-founder of J/Boats, is the patriarch of a family that has spent a lifetime on the water.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.

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The smart buyer: 21st century brokerage: the e-deal

YachtCloser.com's electronic contracts eliminate the paperwork that shuffles between the buyer or seller and the broker.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.

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Showtime Miami

3,000 boats, plus programs designed to entertain and educate, take center stage at the annual event

Sailors will set a course for the Strictly Sail segment of the show at Bayside's Miamarina.A 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.

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Bigger Yachts pull into the brokerage show

The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach is staged along Collins Avenue, with free shuttle service from the Miami Beach Convention Center and Sea Isle Marina.The Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach will showcase 500 new and brokerage yachts and super- yachts worth $1 billion and cover 1.2 million square feet — a far cry from its start 24 years ago, when just 60 brokerage boats were on display.

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Going as fast as his ideas will take him

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

Throttleman Connor (right) and driver Norman Gentry await paramedics after a 1987 accident racing their wood-hulled 38-foot Cougar cat Gentry Turbo Eagle in Long Beach, Calif.Working with some of the legends in powerboat racing, John Connor built a reputation for speed and safety

At 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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