On Board With: Mike Guanci and J.T. McCartyh

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On Board With: Mike Guanci and J.T. McCartyh

Mike Guanci and J.T. McCarthy have been boating since they were kids. (Pete McDonald/)

This past summer, I spent some time aboard Defiant, a boat owned by cousins Mike Guanci and J.T. McCarthy for their business, Charters in the Hamptons, which they founded together. The cool thing about it? They’re both still college students. Guanci is a senior at Trinity College, and McCarthy is a senior at Fairfield University, both in Connecticut. I asked them about their path to becoming full-time captains.

When did you and J.T. start boating? And as cousins, did you grow up boating together?

Our entire family has been summering together in our grandparents’ home in Southold, New York, for over 50 years. They have had multiple boats over that time, so we started boating as soon as we could walk. Once we turned 10, we both got our New York state license. We began boating independently, taking out a 10-foot dinghy with a 15 hp Mercury to toy around at local beaches. Growing up at the same age, we have essentially learned all the same things at the same time.

When did you realize you could make a business about your lifelong boating experience?

We first got introduced to the chartering business while working at our family-owned marina, the Island Boatyard, on Shelter Island, New York. We worked as dockhands for eight summers straight and had the great privilege to meet some of the industry’s finest captains. They introduced us to the details of captaining and chartering, and once we turned 18, we decided to move forward with starting our own business.

What was the first step? Getting your captain’s license? What license do you both have?

Yes, the first step was obtaining our captain’s license. We went to the Captains School during the winter of our freshman year. It was a nine-day course that taught us about navigation, operation and safety. We both have 25-Ton Masters licenses, but with new experience this past summer, we are upgrading to 100 Ton over the winter.

Instead of pocketing your initial earnings to use for having fun in college, you reinvested in a boat for your business. What was the boat-buying process like?

The boat-buying process was not easy for a couple of reasons, the first being the national shortage of boats. There just were not a lot of boats for sale in our budget. The second challenge was trying to figure out which boat makes the most sense for what we are trying to do. We needed a boat that can hold the right number of passengers, and is in good condition, within budget and attractive to people. We checked out maybe five boats on Long Island and New Jersey without much luck, so we widened our search area to essentially the entire East Coast. We were close to having a larger center-console shipped up from Florida but actually found a hidden gem right in our own backyard on Long Island. We bought a 2012 Monterey in Flanders, New York. This boat was exactly what we wanted, being a large bowrider, in great condition and within budget. We named the boat Defiant because that is how we saw ourselves in the already established industry. This summer, the boat was an absolute rock star. We did a lot of preventative maintenance in the spring and along the way in the summer, but nonetheless, the boat was perfect.

How do you attract clients? Social media? Word of mouth? Advertising?

One of our most influential tools for attracting clients is Google. We used Google Ads in a way to target a very specific audience, which proved to work this summer. Last winter, we partnered with numerous vendors to help get clients on the boat. We partnered with hotels and bed-and-breakfasts in the area to provide their guests with a fun local activity. We partnered with many wedding planners because we do a lot of bachelorette parties on the boat.

What are your plans for Charters in the Hamptons after you both graduate from college?

We plan on growing CiTH for as long as we can. We think there is still a lot of potential growth for the business, as well as individually as captains. This could be adding more boats to our fleet, or trying to expand to different areas of Long Island and southern Connecticut. While there is more and more competition each year, the chartering industry is becoming more and more popular.

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The world’s biggest boat show is almost upon us! We pick out the best boats to track down at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is big. Really big. To give you some idea of how big – the 2019 show had 1,900 boats from 1,000 exhibitors, representing 52 countries. That’s before you even think about how you’re going to navigate the 90 acres of exhibition space or the 100,000 attendees milling around. But fear […] This article 14 of the best new boats at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show appeared first on Motor Boat & Yachting.

14 of the best new boats at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show

The world’s biggest boat show is almost upon us! We pick out the best boats to track down at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

The Fort Lauderdale Boat Show is big. Really big. To give you some idea of how big – the 2019 show had 1,900 boats from 1,000 exhibitors, representing 52 countries.

That’s before you even think about how you’re going to navigate the 90 acres of exhibition space or the 100,000 attendees milling around.

But fear not, MBY is here to help you pick through the humdrum and find the best of the best. These are the boats that are worth tracking down at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

The best new boats at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show


Azimut Verve 42

If you thought the two-step was some fancy dance move your grandma and grandpa did back in the day, think again!

Fast forward to 2021 and “two-step” best-describes the double-stepped hull used in Azimut‘s latest Verve sport-weekender, the Verve 42, that will be getting its global debut at this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

The complex deep-vee hull is based on Florida marine architect/legend Michael Peters’ patented Stepped Vee Ventilated Tunnel (SVVT) design.

Read more about the Azimut Verve 42


Burger 50 Cruiser

The artisans at Wisconsin-based Burger Boat Company have been building classy, bespoke Gentlemen’s Yachts since the early 1900s. Lovely, teak-rich displacement cruisers with the focus firmly on quality, craftsmanship and elegance.

But all have been pretty much 100ft-and-up. That was until a couple of years ago, when Burger stuck a tentative toe in the owner-operator market with a design for a new custom 48-footer.

Two were commissioned and built. Now the yard wants to capitalise on this fast-growing segment of the market, so has reworked the 48 to create the new Burger 50 Cruiser, which is making its big-show debut at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

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Cruisers 34 GLS

If ever there was a nautical version of Dr. Who’s space-defying Tardis, it could well be the latest from Wisconsin-based Cruisers Yachts, the 34 GLS.

In this compact, high-sided 34fter – it’s actually closer to 36ft bow to stern – Cruisers manages to squeeze in beds for four, a separate stand-up head and shower, a spacious bow seating area, and big cockpit with twin L-shaped seats.

This is the first new model to emerge from the 68-year-old Cruisers brand since it was snapped-up by American boating behemoth, MarineMax, in June. Cruisers currently builds 16 different models, from 33 to 60 feet.

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Feadship superyacht Boardwalk


Every boat show has its show-stopper that spins heads, drops jaws and is a selfie-crowd magnet. For this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, that’s going to be Feadship’s latest masterpiece, Boardwalk.

Stretching 252ft from its oh-so-long and pointy bow to its three-deck stern, the low-slung superyacht is from the drawing board of Feadship‘s in-house De Voogt Naval Architects who opted for a steel hull and aluminium lid.

What’s refreshing about Boardwalk‘s lines is that they eschew the latest fads for polarising inverted bows, or axe bows, or a million windows, or swirly bits incorporated into the superstructure. The yacht is just long, lean, sleek and low. Almost to the point of being understated. Almost.


Ferretti 1000

Despite its gigantic dimensions (LOA: 98’10”, Beam: 22’4”) the 1000 is quite clearly a Ferretti and the shipyard’s longtime naval architecture and design partner, Filippo Salvetti, has done a remarkable job in linking this yacht’s DNA to its smaller siblings.

The exterior spaces are sprawling and include a 55 sq m flybridge and a foredeck that cascades from the windscreen to the imposing pulpit with a mix of sunbathing space and split L-shaped dinettes but it’s the transom that is most alluring.

Here there is a run of four wide sun loungers neatly arranged along the boat’s stern with a glass balustrade above to separate this ‘beach club’ from the cockpit.

With the dinette turned 90 degrees to the usual arrangement, everyone sitting at the dinette is treated to a view over the water and that glass partition creates a seamless link between the two areas.

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Greenline Ocean 68 Hybrid

There are times when you just want to enjoy the peace, the quiet and the squawk of seagulls on the bow rail.

With Greenline’s latest hybrid-powered 68-footer/20-metre, making its show debut at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, that means the option of gliding along at seven knots for around 25 nautical miles in stealthy, zero-emission silence.

And when you’ve reached that remote, idyllic anchorage and dropped the hook, there’s no need to crank-up the gen-set; this new Greenline 68 Oceanclass Hybrid can go for two days on battery power alone.

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Jaguar 36 Offshore Fish

Jaguar Powerboats has been making go-fast catamarans since the ’80s, going back to the builder’s legendary Thriller racing cat that won pretty much won everything that was worth winning.

Now, the family-run North Carolina yard is expanding its range of lean, mean, go-fast fishing machines with the introduction at this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show of its new Jaguar 36 Offshore Fish. Its claim to fame? A thundering top speed of 78 knots.

According to Jaguar Powerboats lead designer John Clarke, son of racing legend and company founder John Clarke, the secret to the new boats’ impressive turn of speed is a focus on increased hull stiffness and weight reduction.

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Nordhavn 80

A softer, sleeker Nordhavn? Say it isn’t so. But look closely at this brand new 80-footer from the fabled, tough-as-nail expedition yacht builder, and the style is definitely a little more superyacht, a little less Massachusetts cod-catcher.

Nordhavn‘s design chief Jeff Leishman has gone for straighter lines, bigger windows and portholes, and skinnier mullions. The extended flybridge has a hot tub on it for goodness sake.

Inside, buyers have the option of an all-bleached-blonde, herringbone-floored, Scandiwegian look from the design team at Holland’s Vripack studio.

Read more about the Nordhavn 80


Ocean Alexander 35R

These days, Ocean Alexander is pumping out more hits than Ed Sheeran. Between April and June this year, the Taiwanese builder delivered no fewer than eight yachts, from a 28-metre to a 36-metre tri-deck. Impressive stuff.

And the hits just keep on coming, with the Kaohsiung yard planning to debut not one, but four new or heavily-tweaked models at this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show. The highlight for us will be a new flagship in OA’s aptly-named Revolution series, the 35-metre/116-foot Ocean Alexander 35R.

It’s another stunner from the drawing board of long-time OA designer Evan K. Marshall, that takes the bluff, towering-bowed, four-level Revolution formula to the next level, adding to the Revolution line-up that currently includes the 27R and 30R.

Read more about the Ocean Alexander 35R

Princess Y72

Taking inspiration from its big sister the Y85, the Y72 is the smallest boat in Princess’s Yacht range, which will be topped off by the Y95 2022.

The 72 is another fine example of Princess’s design trio of Princess Design studio, Olesinski and Pininfarina coming together to produce a boat with beautifully soft, flowing exterior lines and an interior that strikes a delightful balance of luxury and practicality.

Exterior design cues from larger Y craft are put to work with great effect of the Princess 72 such as the full length hull windows and the way the hard top so elegantly emerges out of the flybridge superstructure.

Read more about the Princess Y72


Pursuit S 345 Sport

For many ocean rod ’n reelers, the sweet spot for a fast-running centre console is 35 feet, or 10.7 metres. Until now, Florida-based Pursuit Boats has bracketed that nicely with its 32 and 37-footers.

For this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, Pursuit will rectify that apparent oversight with the introduction of its brand new Pursuit S 358 Sport. Though at 37 feet 4 inches bow to stern, you could nit-pick that it’s not really a true 35.

Not important. What matters is that it now ticks all the boxes for what so many recreational anglers are looking for: A fast, dry, stable hull, lots of performance, better economy from twin rather than triple outboards, and plenty of creature comforts for none-fisher folk tagging along for the ride.

Read more about the Pursuit S 345 Sport


Riviera 645 SUV

Just like an off-roading 4×4 sport-ute is all about versatility, so is Riviera Marine’s stylish new 69fter, the 645 SUV, that’s having its first US showing at the 2021 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

From the production line of Australia’s biggest boat builder, this striking sportscruiser will become the new flagship of Riviera’s six-model SUV (sport utility vessel) line-up, which previously ranged from 39ft to 57ft.

The big appeal here is its one-level inside/outside space, with the huge enclosed cockpit flowing seamlessly into the galley, saloon and helm area.

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Sirena 68

This Turkish yard cut its teeth building boats for Azimut, including some of its semi-displacement Magellano trawler style yachts, so it’s no surprise that it has followed a similar path for its own range of attractively priced craft.

The Sirena 68 is the fourth model to join the fleet, slotting in between the original Sirena 64 and the mighty Sirena 88 flagship.

With styling by Cor D Rover and a brand new semi-displacement hull by renowned naval architect German Frers, there’s no doubting its design pedigree.

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Viking 64 Convertible

Who can forget the scene from Spielberg’s 1975 fright-fest Jaws? The one where, at the first sight of the Great White, Sheriff Brody utters that immortal line to Quint: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”.

It just might have been the inspiration behind Viking Yacht’s decision to supersize its award-winning 54 Convertible, into the new Viking 64 Convertible that’s making its global debut at this year’s Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

If you want to strike fear into the biggest fighting marlin or tuna out there in the big blue yonder, you want a Viking. This family-owned New Gretna, New Jersey builder has been turning out state-of-the art, big-game fishing “battlewagons” for more than half a century.

Read more about the Viking 64 Convertible

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