World's Largest Sailing Ship Docks in Port Everglades; Also, Forget About Seeing It

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These masts don't mix well with, say, a flight to Albuquerque.
The Maltese Falcon, the world's largest sailing yacht and also a giant floating metaphor for the financial collapse, has pulled into Port Everglades, tucked away unceremoniously in a spot far from the riffraff and almost unseen unless you happen to be driving a cargo truck into Port Everglades anytime soon.

The port doesn't allow visitors up close to dock 28F, and the ship is too far from any public spot to get a good look (unless your buddy with a boat takes you up the Intracoastal past John U. Lloyd State Park). So generally forget any thoughts you had about getting a glimpse at what $100 million looks like.

Port officials gave the Pulp an up-close look yesterday. It's parked unceremoniously at a scuffed concrete dock,  a berth away from a container ship. Trucks screamed by to unload containers, and a port security guard kept watch nearby.

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Photos by Eric Barton
Crew members prepare the plank yesterday.
The Maltese Falcon was heralded as the world's most advanced privately owned yacht when commissioned by venture capitalist Tom Perkins back in 2005. Yachties have marveled at its 62-foot, carbon-fiber masts that stand over the port like a trio of phallic monuments to great fortune.

It's owned now by British hedge-fund manager Elena Ambrosiadou, who initially indicated she works too much to ever really use the thing. It's unclear if Ambrosiadou is on board; the ship's first mate said the Pulp would need to speak with the captain, who hasn't returned a message.

If you're lucky, you might get a view of the 289-foot clipper as it steams out of the port Sunday on its way to New York City. From there, it'll participate in the Transatlantic Race in June, in which sailboats travel from Rhode Island to England so that the owners of the ships can keep their tax shelters working.

If you'd like to see the Maltese Falcon from afar as it heads out to sea Sunday -- and let's assume you can't afford gas for your car -- hop on Bus No. 40 and get off before the 17th Street bridge. Hoof it to the top, where you'll be able to spot its three technologically advanced masts, towering over everything like gleaming testaments to a ship that cost nine figures.


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mustbecrazy
mustbecrazy

Rybovitch is old news.  Anyone with sense knew that the public was being bamboozled.  I for one was against it and glad to see it that it sank.

JSkool101
JSkool101

Hey, what happened to my post?    I was simply pointing out that the fact she's too busy hedging the fund doesn't mean it's not out for charter for more than 300,000 Euros a week.    Nothing to get flicked about.

Actually, the reason it's in Port Everglades is, for all of those of you who thought the wind is free, new sails from the local Doyle loft.   Dacron, just like on your 6 knot shitbox. 

twas
twas

Chaz....Just in case you need more on your plate.The son and I took a stroll around TY Park today, and the workers who are remaking the water slide area are 100 % mexican, the trucks parked around have No markings as too who is doing the work.  I guess we have no Americans that need a job? 

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Nearly gagging reading the posts from various folks associated with the yachting business, I thought I would chime in with a tale about yachting Riviera Beach style.   This yarn would be best told by my activism buddy Fane Lozman, however Fane's enroute to NYC to be on Monday's Fox/Friends (and also get me a time slot -- good news for you folks who hate me!)

There's this company by the name of Rybovich.  

http://www.rybovich.com/

Ever heard of it?   Probably not, unless you own a ginourmous mega-yacht.   Rybovich, owned by H. Wayne Huzienga and company, is a premier yacht repair company.   If your 500 foot long dingy needs some work, you'll probably turn to them.

You might also not be aware that the Riviera Beach Municipal Marina, consisting of 457 berths, is very geographically desireable.   It's one of the few deep water marinas on the East Coast capable of accepting mega-yachts.  The plan on the books, in a backroom deal, was to fuck the citizens of Riviera Beach by tossing aside the publicaly mandated referendum insisting that marina is for public use only and then turn around and lease the facility to Rybovich.  Rybovich's plan was to build a boat repair facility capable of hosting up to four yachts at a time.

457 slips were to be horse traded for a handful of mega yachts.

There were two movements afoot to stop this from happening.   One was a ballet initiative that put the decision to the public's vote -- a simple yes / no vote to allow the switcheroo. 

The other inititive was a recall effort to remove all five elected officials.   My buddy Fane, the owner of the local weekly newspaper, and myself spearheaded the recall effort.  

Those keeping score at home will note the ballet initiative was a success.   The recall effort failed due to lack of boots on the ground.

One will also note that Rybovich filed suit against the two citizens who headed the ballet effort.   Filed suit seeking damages of $10MM per person.   That's $20,000,000 for potential loss of revenue.

We in the activism business like to call such legal manuevers SLAPP suits.   Quite obviously, the hope of Rybovich was to force a shut down of the ballet initiative through a chilling effect on the participants.

The vote came back and the citizens handed Rybovich a victory.  This story wasn't covered here on the NT because Bob Norman was acting pissy because Fane and I are working together to make S. Florida less corrupt.   Bob couldn't fathom why Fane would partner with me.  In the end, Bob's ego could not co-exist on the Pulp with my ego.   Good news for everyone here now that Bob moved to WPLG and I can resume my annoyance.

***

Finally, the Palm Beach County State Attorney has recently filed suit against the City of Rivera Beach for discussing this matter behind closed doors thereby possibly violating the Sunshine Law.   CORB has asked a judge to toss the suit and that matter will be heard in the upcoming days.

So when I hear the billions in potential revenue to "the community", I think of the poor bastards who were sued for $10MM because they had the audacity to say "no fucking way" to the rich (and self-entitled) bastards who wanted to steal the marina for their own use.

Chaz Stevens, Media DirectorRecallRosa.com

PS Hey Fane, hope I didn't screw up the story too bad.   And see you in NYC!

Guest
Guest

Back story aside (although that's very interesting too)  This sailing ship is an amazing sight. I would love to see more of the mega yachts include Ft. Lauderdale as their port of call and docked here.

Christy
Christy

Ms. Ambrosiadou,

One for the girls!  120 million.  I am sure you do alot of charity too!

DeathFrog3
DeathFrog3

The yacht industry is a financial engine for Ft. Lauderdale. Like it or not Ft Lauderdale is one of the Mega Yacht hubs of the world. So to see a yacht, especially a world renowned yacht is good for our economy.

This is really the expertise of Cetacean1, I for one want to see these boats here all of the time. Scottsdale, Beverly Hills, Aspen etc all have good economies.  

Christy
Christy

 Spectacular sailing yacht.   I always get sea sick so I will appreciate the beauty on land.

anonymous
anonymous

Must be crazy, Listen:  You must be crazy. 

Now go away.  Annoyed go away, too.  You aren't providing anything of value to this story, which is somewhat interesting in a gross materialistic kind of way. 

SonofSantucci
SonofSantucci

 If you start taking done offensick posts then I will leave.  Let the blog be a free for all.  Nothing needs to get censored unless it is pornographic and only then when there are children involved.  YOU and US need to beat back any ideas with logic and a better point of view.  That is the only way to defeat them in the arena of ideas.  No matter how obnoxious they are.

Annoyed
Annoyed

Oh, and again Mr. Barton, it is a 62 meter total Air draft.  A meter is 39 inches which over 3 feet. Do you know what that means?  

mustbecrazy
mustbecrazy

Eric,you are clueless to what the yachting and associated marine industries actually do for South Florida.  Yachts such as the Falcon as well as all the other hundreds of mega and super yachts that grace our waters during season are what drives our economy.  Without these yachts our economy would be much worse off than it is.  Without these yachts, thousands more would not be able to buy gas, groceries or pay their mortgage. Do you think our economy is driven purely by tourists and Disney World? No, it is driven by yachting.  Yachting brings in more revenue than basic tourism, more than Disney, more than the cruise industry, more than the citrus industry, more than the super bowl.  It is what drives our economy in South Florida.  Do you know that the billions of dollars in revenue from the yachting industry comes primarily from Broward, Dade and Palm Beach, with the lions share coming from Broward?  No, of course you didn't or you wouldn't have written such a ridiculous story.  You clearly need to do a little, no, a lot of research about where you live. 

StonedCEO
StonedCEO

What a beautiful ship.  Quite an inspiration. 

Dave E
Dave E

They should set sail to Israel to help evacuate the population now that Resident Obama has sided with the Palestinians.  Isn't humanitarian aid a potential tax deduction?

PompanoNic
PompanoNic

 you missed Paul Allen's (mircrosoft) mega yacht that was berth there a couple of weeks ago...400+ feet.

Annoyed
Annoyed

What a crap piece of "Journalism".  What any of these ridiculous stabs have to do with the fact that both the current and previous owners are completely self-made, and were brilliant enough to pioneer their respective fields is beyond me.  If this yacht stands for anything, it stands for the idea that anyone can do anything and there are no boundaries.  Only cynical and less capable individuals such as yourself Mr. Barton who has not been able to do it himself.  Personally, you might want to take some lessons rather than cast stones at what you have not been able to accomplish.  Tell me, why have you made such a point to target this specific yacht when there are several more yachts also in port.  Currently Katara which is over 100 feet longer, and several times the value than the Falcon sits just South ot 17th Street Bridge, taking a much more inspiring dock, however you say nothing about that.  I think you have apersonal vendetta for some reason, and I really do pity your lack of professionalism.

Annoyed
Annoyed

Hey, The Falcon is heading  to NYC as well right now.  Maybe you can get another great look at her there.  Phew, dont want you to miss out.  Maybe the guys from Rybovich will be there too, you can ask them for a real job!  I don't think Miss Abrosiadou would accept your resume!

unowho
unowho

Timmy when Fane gets fed up with your arrogant asshole attitude (if he is not already) are you going to talk shit about him too!!!

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Sorry, was on the plane to Atlanta when I wrote that... I meant to say --  The vote came back and the citizens handed Rybovich a defeat.

Dr_augusta
Dr_augusta

She's smart, successful AND blonde! But Hot? Irving, I think NOT! 

Annoyed
Annoyed

 Anonymous, Please tell me what value you hold here.  All you are doing is telling other people to leave.  Wow.  Impressive points you make.  Seems as though you along with the author need a reality check of where you live.  Yachting and the supporting industries are a major staple of the local economy.  To argue it is just stupid, similar to saying that cars meant nothing to Detroit.  In case you haven't figured it out, This is now a worldwide industry, and out economy is as well.  The money and wealth that is brought into S. Fla as a result of yachting and its supporting clientele branched into Real estate, finance, retail, etc.  This is a hub for worldwide money to be spent, much like the mass volume that is created when cruise ships come into town.  Should they not be welcomed as well?  Yachts spends thousands of dollars a month per boat, where cruise ship patrons might spend a fraction of it.  I think the niche of being such an important and well known yachting hub should be embraced, not frowned upon.  When you go out and make your own millions, you can NOT spend it however you please.  In the meantime, leave those who have figured out how to start from nothing and succeed in this world alone.  Or better yet, learn from their lessons so that one day you can make a positive impact somewhere.  If you dont agree with what they do, then fine, go make your own and show them how to do it.  Until then, please go crawl back into the closed off little hole that you consider your life.  There is an entire world out there, and you don't seem to know anything about it! 

anonymous
anonymous

Well, how can Mr. Barton be completely correct about this silly little drivel, when he's out attempting to make your town less corrupt?    And I do know what your post is pointing out.  It means you're a twit.  Now vamoose, twit.  You're annoying us. 

anonymous
anonymous

Eric, we don't care if you know port from starboard.  Just keep calling out the criminals. 

anonymous
anonymous

Good article, Eric.  You're full of shit, mustbecrazy. 

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

Perfect!   Thanks to the Maltese Falcon, I'll go buy a new Yugo this afternoon.   I didn't realize the rich were making me rich!

Annoyed
Annoyed

 Thank you "must be crazy" for helping try and put some reason out there.  i am just tired of these otherwise ridiculous posts. 

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

An inspiration to the nearly 10% of our work force worried about keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table.

Fucking inspirational.

anonymous
anonymous

Actually, the Maltese Falcon sailed in front of my condo window yesterday, and it's a little weird, otherworldly looking.   

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

P.S. The policy of the United States as it applies to the Israeli/ Palestinian issue has not changed one bit for over 15-20 years. This is the same policy George W. Bush expressed only a few years ago.

Now, stop listening to rightwing garbage. They are trying to stir up sit to score political points because they know that their candidates for President are as electable as........Newt Gingrich.

anonymous
anonymous

Frankly, annoyed...it's gross excess to spend that kind of money for something the owner presents as "trivial".  If it's so fucking unimportant, why doesn't she do something worthwhile  with the money.  And regarding self-made owners....two words:  "Hedge Fund".  Typically a Hedge Fund operator isn't quite as honest as a journalist.  It's not all about the money for some people.  And people with any class at all don't brag about how much they have.  Now get outta here! 

unowho
unowho

Genius "Ballot"  

Christy
Christy

Fun fact: The missus just purchased a $60 million pound ($120 million dollars) sailing boat called the Maltese Falcon. Hubby dearest apparently has a 23 year old Brazilian girlfriend named Leiana who is based in Monte Carlo and who loves to work on her tan. He’s already bought himself a new plane so that he can personally fly Leiana around the continents.

http://www.divorcesaloon.com/2...

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

I know that your wife really needs to consider anal bleaching...   Just between you and I...

anonymous
anonymous

Are you a yacht broker?  Sure, I thought so. 

Annoyed
Annoyed

 Chaz, get a life!  Oh, let me guess, the Genius part is obviously self-titled right? 

Annoyed
Annoyed

 Anonymous,  When he can get that simple fact straight, then maybe I would consider listening to anything else.  Sorry, I know you probably dont know the difference either.  God, I hate ignorance!  You are the part of our society that just honestly amazes me.  How do you even make it through life?

Annoyed
Annoyed

 What part of factual figures are "Full of shit" Anonyomus?  Come up with something to actually respond with.  Oh, you can't can you.  It is in fact TRUE, and it just pisses you off knowing that we are once again correct.  Zip it Dipshit unless you have something productive to add.  Over 130,000 jobs and 3.7 Bllion into our South Florida economy as a result.  Thats the truth!!!

anonymous
anonymous

Yes, the rich are always doing so much for us poor folks.  Let's give them the rest of our money. They deserve it being such wholesome work as "hedge fund operator".  Nice. 

Annoyed
Annoyed

 Frankly Anonymous... Its just plain called Capitalism.  Capitalism creates growth, ideas, and progress.  Without the idea and dream that one can get ahead and strive to do more within their world, none of what you take for granted every day would even be there.  Thats just how it works.  So suck it up, grow a pair, become and adult and go out and do it for yourself rather than knocking on those who have.  If, which I know would NEVER happen, you for some reason were able to make Billions of dollars doing what you do best,whining like a little girl, I certainly hope there is someone there to tell you how to spend your money as well.  FYI.  Tom Perkins, the man who built the boat, was a brilliant engineer, turned Venture Capitalist who was involved in the growth and development of some of the most successful businesses around.  Not a Hedge fund manager.  Yes Miss Ambrosiadou is, and started that fund with less than 100K.  I dont know, but I will certainly listen to her long before a pathetic excuse such as yourself.  Now get outta here-Loser!

unowho
unowho

Timmy when you help cleanup the most corrupt PD in Florida let me know (and Im not done),meanwhile keep razzin 70 year old ladys and abusing women little boy!!!

Chaz Stevens
Chaz Stevens

It must be hell living your life.  Forever destined to always being the critic, never the artist.

Annoyed
Annoyed

 Again, I will ask again nicely,  What value do you hold here, and what opinion of your own have you posted, other than to just tell people not to post.  NOTHING, NADA, NIL.  Come up with an idea of your own, and post it, and maybe someone will read it.  Well, actually probably not, Nevermind!!! 

Annoyed
Annoyed

 Anonymous, No I am not a Yacht Broker.  I work as an Engineer actually.  WTF do you do?  I can almost bet you are some liberal Arts flunky working at Starbucks!  Whatever it is, I feel a bit more confident about my future than yours!

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