October 24 2016
Jason Dunbar, Vice President of Luke Brown Yachts, was flown to Italy courtesy of the Italian Trade Association to attend the re-vamped 2016 Genova Boat Show. The 56th edition of the show was held during its new dates, September 20th-25th, placing it nicely between the Cannes and Monaco boat shows.
Over 800 exhibitors and 1,000 boats were displayed in an area of 180,000 square-meters, including 100,000 square-meters of water allowing customers to perform as many as 2,400 sea trials, a significant increase compared to 2015.
Jason met with yacht builders Monte Carlo, Sanlorenzo, Wider, Benetti and Admiral to learn the latest in Italian innovations in shipbuilding.
A serendipitous meeting with Tim Juan, owner of Ta Shing Shipyard resulted in an exciting moment with the Tim and Jason discussing their memories of the two companies working together in 1996 and the possibilites of collaborating on a new 62' High speed Trawler currently in development.
Following Genoa, Jason and his fiance Aubree traveled south toward Viareggio, the heart of Italian ship building.
Admiral shipyard in Marina di Carrara, escorted us through the build process, visiting the engineering teams, survey facilities, interior appointments showcase.
At the Benetti shipyard in Viareggio, we observed the construction and refits of Benetti’s , Palumbo and Perini Navi.
After 10 days of work , it was time to Rent a vessel to explore the Cote d'Azur and Italy's Liguiran coast familiarize anchorages and marinas in these cruising areas.
Finally, the opportunity to go onboard Golden Eagle, a 30-meter, ice class, canoe-stern classic yacht, led Jason East to St. Tropez. Following his visit, Jason worked with Tim Jarmon of Luke Brown Yachts in Southampton to procure a new central listing on the vessel.