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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.



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.



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.



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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