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:
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.