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Use Your Smartphone to Improve Your Yacht Watching

Yacht watching in Fort Lauderdale has dramatically changed with the advent of smart phones. Read on to see how information at your fingertips will let you “peak under the circus tent” of the rich and famous and their multi million dollar yachts.

We all talk about the spectacular yachts in Fort Lauderdale and some of them can be seen from various vantage points on land, but; the BEST location from which to enjoy the view of yachts in Fort Lauderdale is from your front row seat on the Fort Lauderdale Water Taxi with your trusty smart phone in your hands. On a recent day on the water I spied a beautiful vintage Feadship custom yacht on one of the outer docks at the exclusive Bahia Mar Marina. I took some photos and used my smart phone to get more information. This is what I was able to glean as we coasted by:

Avante V

The 120’ long Avante V was built in 1974 at the famous Netherlands yacht construction company, Feadship… This classic beauty has a crew of 8 and is able to accommodate 10 guests in traditional style.

Avante V appears to be undergoing some maintenance painting, which on a super yacht is a never ending process.

Avante V appears to be undergoing some maintenance painting, which on a super yacht is a never ending process.

Avante V is a 120’ Feadship

Avante V is a 120’ Feadship constructed with a steel hull for strength and an aluminum superstructure for light weight and because aluminum is easier to form into complex shapes with lots of angles and curves. It all requires much continuous maintenance. Here you can see some blue painters tape around the pilothouse door.

Here you can see the Feadship logo. Also seen here is the Inflatable Buoyant Apparatus or “IBA” life raft. You can pull the lanyard to inflate or the can hanging from the cable that is a hydrostatic release that will activate if it is submerged more than about 10’ underwater.

Here you can see the Feadship logo. Also seen here is the Inflatable Buoyant Apparatus or “IBA” life raft. You can pull the lanyard to inflate or the can hanging from the cable that is a hydrostatic release that will activate if it is submerged more than about 10’ underwater.

Tracking Avante V with MarineTraffic mobile app

For more information about the vessel and its recent movements can be found on your smart phone as well. The easiest way to do this is to go to marinetraffic.com. You will be invited to download a free app. When you do this you will be asked to use your current location. Now you will see a chart / map and your current location. All of the colored icons are vessels equipped with an Automatic Identification System or “AIS”. In the illustration above I have clicked on the icon for “Avante V” located at Bahia Mar Marina. I now see some basic information on the vessel. Avante is seen here at the dock – if she were underway, the icon would look like an arrow and there would be information on speed and direction as well.

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