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BOATS + BOATSHOWS + MARINE in Florida

 In Florida, the boating capital of the world,  the British are significantly involved in all aspects of the marine and sailing business.   No surprise–we are an island maritime seafaring nation with [once!] the greatest navy in the world.  ThSailboat3.gife Tony Blair government decimated our mighty navy, but our love of the sea remains. There is not a yachtbrokerage here without at least one British broker, several known personally to me.   Hence, Florida attracts British sailors in huge numbers. You’ll find British salesmen at most Florida yachtbrokerages.  You’ll find British owners of boats in all Florida ports. British captains and crews are common on yachts chartered out of Florida.  British sailing instructors abound in South Florida. Brits are marine surveyors, in the marine insurance industry and all aspects of the yacht brokerage and delivery business.    Ft.Lauderdale, host to the world’s largest boat show, every October, is the epicentre for Brits in the boating biz.  Many of them gather at Waxy O’Connor’s Pub [954] 525-9299 on SE 17th Causeway, to swap sailing tales and network. In Ft.Lauderdale you find droves of marine support businesses and crew placement agencies, many with British staff.

 ►  EVERY FEBRUARY: The MIAMI BOAT SHOW.  From 2016 it moves to its new location on Key Biscayne [Miami] .  Droves of British exhibitors from the UK marine and yachtbuilding world.  Full dates, map and details of free transport to the show on www.miamiboatshow.com  With my media pass I explore all parts of the Boat Show. Highly recommended you attend whether you own a boat or not. —–PK, publisher.  

 Power or sailboat repairs   Global Marine Service & Repair, Inc. run by expert British sailing veteran Stuart Dodd can take care of repairs, routine maintenance, upgrades or refits on 40 to 90 ft. power boats or sail boats.   An experienced team is available to deal with all your needs.   They can also advise and recommend other reputable companies in the Fort Lauderdale area to solve your every maritime problem.  Stu4boats@bellsouth.net or  [954] 612-1600. Stuart is a charter member of FABB, the Florida Association of British Business, a longtime Florida resident and a serving City Commissioner for Lauderdale-by-the-Sea.Sailboat2image.gif

► ►  BRITISH MASTER YACHTSMAN, SAILING INSTRUCTOR, and licensed yachtbroker Anthony Wall offers British Master Yachtsman Yacht brokerage 30-70ft, sail or power. Allow me to help you find the yacht of your dreams, or sell your existing boat. Fast results.  Biscayne Bay Sailing Academy, Miami  Come sailing!  Maybe the greatest thing about the Miami area is its beautiful coastal waters-and we can make that dream a reality for you!   Captain Tony Wall offers American Sailing Association courses Basic Keelboat through Bareboat and beyond , a USCG 100 Tons Master and ASA Instructor of the Year Captain,  50,000 plus blue water miles worldwide and frequently published contributor to sailing publications such as Sail and Blue Water Sailing Magazine.  A member of the Florida Association of British Business [FABB] since December 2013, Anthony has been based in Hollywood Florida since 1998, operates out of several South Florida marinas and participates in the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale Boat Shows annually. For sailing lessons or info on any of the above contact Anthony Wall direct on [954] 243-4078 or email tonysailventures@gmail.com  Website www.sailventuresinc.com and www.tonysails.com

►  SAILING LESSONS–WANT YOUR MASTER’S LICENCE?  Internationally accredited maritime training facility, with many British instructors, offering modular courses worldwide from introduction to boating through to MCA Yachtmaster Ocean.   CONTACT Yachtmasters in Ft. Lauderdale. Call [954] 779-7764 www.yachtmaster.com

►   WANT TO HIRE EXPERIENCED BRITISH CREW–who are the best, of course! 
Contact CREW UNLIMITED in Ft. Lauderdale [954] 462-4624 OR CREW NETWORK also in Ft. Lauderdale [954] 467-9777

 ►  EVERY CTOBER   FT. LAUDERDALE INTERNATIONAL BOAT SHOW—-probably the biggest in the world [by sales volume]. It attracts a major British presence, with exhibitors, brokers and buyers from the UK returning year after year. The event is organised [brilliantly!] by a Ft.Lauderdale events company Show Management, whose Vice President is British.  The Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show takes place every October. SHOW INFO:   www.showmanagement.com

►  Power or sailboat repairs   Global Marine Service & Repair, Inc. run by expert British sailing veteran Stuart Dodd can take care of repairs, routine maintenance, upgrades or refits on 40 to 90 ft. power boats or sail boats.   An experienced team is available to deal with all your needs.   They can also advise and recommend other reputable companies in the Fort Lauderdale area to solve your every maritime problem. Stu4boats@bellsouth.net or  [954] 612-1600. Stuart is a charter member of FABB, the Florida Association of British Business and a longtime Florida resident.

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£££$$$   TIMELY TIP:   TO SAVE WHEN TRANSFERRING over UK CURRENCY.  DON’T USE YOUR BANK!  Use Moneycorp.  Post UK election the pound is pitiful!  That affects all expats in Florida who still have UK dealings.  But Moneycorp’s rates are now [May 2017] the best since Brexit.  To transfer your precious funds, we highly recommend the services of Moneycorp.  This will save you fees and grief, as we Londoners say!  What your own bank won’t do is save considerable exchange fees.  Moneycorp does that for you.   NOW is an advantageous time for you to transfer any funds you have.  THE BEST WAY:  Moneycorp.   At lower rates than any bank .   Moneycorp is the only UK currency exchange company licenced to deal in 50 states.   Many expat Brits here have used this currency service for years and report huge savings and satisfaction.   TO FIND OUT MORE:    Phone Moneycorp’s Kelly Cutchin on  [863] 207-6616 at their USA HQ in Orlando to ask all your questions.  Or email your query to Kelly Cutchin  kelly.cutchin@moneycorp.com for details.  Moneycorp has a UK office too so Kelly may set up your account in the UK—whichever suits you.   From the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  Moneycorp have been trusted members since 2005. 

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►►►   ARE YOU OVER 35?  DID YOU PAY INTO A UK COMPANY/PRIVATE PENSION?  
Do you know whether and how you can access your lump sum and bring it over to the USA?
For a FREE review of your UK pension contact Mark Solomons in Florida with Florin Pensions
direct on  [561] 793-1311 email  msolomons@florinpensions.com  On Subject line put:  “To Mark Solomons—UK pension query”.    Include your name + city + phone + a sentence about the type of company/private pension you paid into.   NOTE: The UK’s decision to leave the EU has resulted in Gilt yields reaching all time historic lows,  pushing up the transfer values of UK defined benefit pensions schemes.  That means your unfrozen pension is worth MORE since July 2016.  Mark is a longtime member of the Florida Association of British Business [FABB].  As FABB’s UK pensions expert he has unfrozen many pensions for USA expats over the years.