Luxury Yacht Arrives In Mykonos

Luxury Yacht Arrives In Mykonos

On October 7th, near Mykonos’ most popular beach, Psarrou, Greece, possibly the most expensive yacht in the world has set anchor. The yacht is owned by Andrey Melnichenko and is the most expensive yacht that has ever been built. It has been named “A” and is 394 feet long.


The shape of the yacht is similar to that of a submarine and is made up of many complex pieces that were uniquely designed. Philippe Starck, a French designer, designed the vessel. It cost a total of around 300 million dollars and was completed in 2008. Many of the companies involved in the construction of the yacht declared bankruptcy because the yacht’s unique style caused them to lose profits.

Palmetto Marina 

Andrey Melnichenko is known as a very secretive man in Russia and this includes his yacht too. The crew has even signed confidentiality agreements. They are also rarely informed about what places they are going to visit because Melnichenko and his wife decide on their destination spontaneously.


The yacht is ranked in third place among the fastest yachts of its size moving at speeds of 24 knots and pushed by the power of 24,000 horses.


The yacht’s crew wears a specially designed uniform and is made up of chefs, waterski and jet-ski teachers, security personnel, cleaners, cycling teachers, boatswains and engineers. The annual maintenance costs run about 20 million dollars and filling up the tank costs Melnichenko around half a million dollars.


What are your thoughts on a mega yacht like this visiting our Palmetto Marina? Would you stop by Riviera Dunes Marina to see this in person? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think about this little beauty! And be sure to stop by Riviera Dunes Marina to check out your potential yacht neighbors before you rent a slip.

35 Palmetto Boat Tips

35 Palmetto boat Tips

  1. Morning dew is distilled water. Clean your Palmetto boat with it for a spotless swipe-down.
  2. Remove last season’s wax before applying wax this spring.
  3. Want a green alternative to bleach? Use white vinegar.
  4. Need to clean a shore-power cord? Use a citrus pumice-style hand cleaner.
  5. Have a scratched windshield? Countertop polishes work well.
  6. For safety, always move an orbital polisher in the direction of its rotation, usually clockwise.
  7. Oven-cleaner spray will easily remove paint and adhesive residue.
  8. Make a splashguard from cardboard when using a drill-operated paint mixer.
  9. Use a file to round the ­corners of a putty knife “scraper” if you’re scraping paint or caulking.
  10. Punching holes at “N-S-E-W” around a paint can’s rim allows paint to drain back into the can.
  11. Invert a can of ­anti-fouling paint the night before painting.
  12. For a crisp waterline, “burnish” masking tape by rubbing its edges down with a dowel.
  13. To fix a clogged ­aerosol paint can nozzle, soak in mineral spirits for an hour.
  14. To prevent clogging of aerosol nozzles, shake the can and, when done spraying, invert the can and spray until the fluid is clear.
  15. A safety pin makes a good tool for removing a bad hydraulic steering seal.
  16. Carry a spare belt, just in case.
  17. Replace the primer bulb, if necessary, and always carry a spare.
  18. Free play in hydraulic steering can be eliminated by adding fluid to the helm pump.
  19. Check engine belts for proper tension.
  20. Check all fasteners, supports and plumbing in the exhaust system to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning.
  21. T-clamps are not cheap, but they clamp hoses evenly.
  22. If you find ­fishing line wrapped around the outboard, have the unit pressure-tested.
  23. Liquid dish soap will help the Palmetto boat slide off more easily at a shallow ramp.
  24. Cover your Palmetto boat with liquid soap before traveling to make grit easy to remove upon arrival.
  25. If you’re filling your water tank, run the water long enough to release the water left in the hose.
  26. It’s better to keep your sterndrive tilted down at the dock.
  27. Make sure you’ve ­correctly adjusted the dock lines on your Palmetto boat.
  28. To prevent your dinghy from hitting the platform repeatedly, tie a bucket on its painter halfway between Palmetto boat and dinghy.
  29. Three ways to break the seal of ­polyurethane adhesives: Heat the fastener with a soldering iron; Use wire fishing line to cut it; Use ­oscillating tools like the Fein Multimaster.
  30. Crevice corrosion attacks stainless steel where you can’t see it. Rusty fittings should be checked often.
  31. If you find a mysterious leak, order new parts.
  32. Check the chain, thread and O-ring on fuel fill caps to help protect the fuel tank from water intrusion.
  33. Locking pliers allow you to gently wiggle the stud until it breaks off clean.
  34. When drilling holes in fiberglass, masking tape will help prevent chipping.
  35. Leftover caulk? Putting the ­cartridge tip in ­petroleum jelly provides a great seal.

How To Winterize Your Palmetto Boat

How To Winterize Your Palmetto Boat

Boats can be fun to have but they can also be a lot of work. Now that we’re headed towards winter and you’re putting your boat away, you’ll want to properly prep for the cold weather or you’ll see repair bills next spring that will require even more work.

Your main concern should be to get all the water of the Palmetto boat properly and be sure not to leave any water in there. You also want to make sure that you get all your fluids full because it could be very expensive if you end up doing something wrong. 

Rodney Good, a boat service professional, recommends adding a quality stabilizer to the fuel system first and then letting it work itself up to the carburetor or fuel injectors. Afterwards, you’ll want to pull the engine’s drain plug to get the water out. He also suggests that you physically pick out the debris or water will get trapped, freeze and possibly crack the engine block.

A lot of people make this mistake. They think that all the water is drained out, then they find out that they didn’t get enough water out and it freezes and breaks.

Many people turn this job task over to a professional because a brand new engine could cost thousands of dollars.

Angie Hicks, founder of Angie’s List recommends you find someone that specializes in boats instead of hiring a handyman or an auto mechanic. A typical Palmetto boat technician and a boat winterization will cost you around $300 to $400.

The job also typically includes a gear lube, oil change, battery charge and cooling system flush. Non-toxic anti-freeze is also ran through the system to treat any remaining water that happens to be hiding inside.

Your Palmetto boat then needs to be stored once it’s winterized. A climate controlled space would be the best choice, but if you’re leaving it outside you should probably find yourself a custom-fit cover or shrink wrap for the best protection.

Boat Winterization Checklist:

  • Prepare the fuel system/ top off tanks
  • Oil and gear lube need to be changed
  • Remove as much gear as you can
  • All water must be flushed out of the engine
  • Water tanks and holding need to be drained
  • Charge the battery
  • If storing outside, cover and shrink wrap
  • Add moisture absorbers and leave cabinets and interior doors open
  • Add moth balls and animal repellant
  • All mechanical systems need to be lubricated
  • Run anti-freeze that is non-toxic through system
  • Clean the deck and down below

Bar Tab: Blu Mangrove Grill

In just over a decade, Blu Mangrove Grill is now the third restaurant to share the Manatee River waterfront space with Riviera Dunes Marina. The Italian restaurant Bella Mia that was previously there had a very short run before Blu Mangrove opened two years ago. In 2004, Mangrove Grill was the marina’s first restaurant. This helped put Palmetto on the map for a while for young professionals in Manatee and Sarasota. 
You may be asking yourself what was going on before 2004, well here is some history that may help you out.



Dixie Lime & Stone, a major employer in Palmetto from the 1950s to 1970s ran a dolomite quarry run made up of the marina, restaurant and adjacent condo complex. While you would have never known that today while sipping your drink and surrounded by water and beautiful yachts, there were once people who dreaded going to the very same spot.


If you’re looking for a fun selection of martinis and cocktails then Blu Mangrove Grill is the place for you. You can sit outside with the misters on and enjoy your “Southern Smash” that consists of peach vodka and freshly muddled strawberries. 

Southern Smash

The bartender’s signature shooter is a delight with not only rum and cachaça but a secret ingredient. Blu Mangrove also offers a wine and beer list with a vast selection.


Every day from 11a.m. – 6p.m, you can enjoy their happy hour. They also have some great starter dishes like the beef sliders and calamari that will only cost you six dollars each! They offer other appetizers such as mussels, crab cakes, tuna carpaccio and chicken wings.



The scenery is very pleasant. Their outdoor seating and the bar overlook the boat basin and you have the opportunity to listen to solo and combo acts most nights. The dining area and the bar inside are just as nice!


Blu Mangrove Grill
102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto; 479-7827;


What Yacht You Can Buy For $10 Million

What Yacht You Can Buy For $10 Million

For over a century, the rich and famous have been making a spectacular entrance with their yacht including Johnny Depp, Steven Spielberg and Tiger Woods.

What seems to be an invention of the twentieth century? Privately owned luxury yachts. Boatbuilders began creating the first creational yachts for the wealthy in the early 1900’s. It wasn’t until mid-century that owning super yachts became popular, we can partially thank Aristotle Onassis for that one.

In 1954, Onassis bought a 300-plus foot Canadian Frigate, Christina O and spent millions creating the world’s first floating playground. Christina O carried many Hollywood stars, American millionaires and world leaders.

Shipyards that had once only build navy and merchant vessels started building luxury yachts during the 1960’s and 1970’s due to the new demand. The mega yacht industry quickly expanded and then contracted with the world economy. 

Today’s yachts can exceed 500 feet compared to the yachts in the 1990’s that were from 75 feet to 200 feet. These yachts that exceed 500 feet are now being called “giga-yachts”. The biggest giga-yacht to date is Azzam which was finished in 2013 by a German shipyard, Lürssen Yachts. Azzam is 590 feet which is the length of two football fields! It broke the previous record of Eclipse,owned by Russian millionaire Roman Abramovich which was 536 feet.

Luxury yachts tend to have a minimum of three decks. The lower deck has a swim platform for easy water access, around four to five guest cabins, the engine room and crew quarters. The main deck is where all the action takes place because most of the time it has a galley, formal dining area, salon and the owner’s suite. The upper deck usually has a second salon, the bridge and an exterior lounging deck. The larger yachts tend to have additional decks for whatever the owner’s heart desires.

Although these vessels are huge, they can travel at speeds above 20 knots.

While not everyone has the chance to own a super, mega or giga-yacht, it’s fascinating to take a look inside the dream boats that are on the market. 

Here is a look inside some luxury yachts listed around $10 million. 

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Want To But A Palmetto Yacht?

Want To But A Palmetto Yacht?

Purchasing a Palmetto Yacht is never an easy task. This is a large money purchase, so you may want to make sure that you have all of your ducks in a line before pulling the trigger.

Here are 10 things to keep in mind before you get the Palmetto yacht of your dreams.

Total customization might not be the best option

Conner recommends going the semi-custom route although you could customize your entire yacht if you wanted to.

You can start brainstorming construction plans with a ship yard and go from there.

Following the experts’ advice will save money in the long run

If you go the semi-custom route, the great part is you won’t have to worry about the base engineering of the boat because it has already been built. This means that there will probably be fewer operational concerns.

One design choice will affect the entire process

If you decide that you want a boat that travels 20 knots, make sure you know it will burn much more fuel than a 12 knot boat.

Also, the faster the boat, the smaller it is.

Saving time means sacrificing design control

You might not get that many customization options if you buy a pre-owned boat, but the time it takes to take the yacht into your possession will be much short. 

But buying a brokerage boat involves a bit more work

If you’re planning on buying a used yacht, you need to negotiate the price first.

Make sure to take it for a test drive

After you come to an agreement about the price, make sure you take the Palmetto yacht out for a test drive. This way you can get a feel for how it navigates in the water.

For any purchase, observe some basic steps

Connor does advise you to do your research no matter what type of yacht you plan on buying.

Use your friends and family

After you’re done with your research, ask yacht owners you know for advice. They can help you  in selecting a broker, shipyard, or crew.

Remember you might not always get your way

Remember it’s really important to be flexible when designing a yacht.

Don’t get too attached

Keep in mind that this is a business decision so don’t get emotionally attached.

10 Tips For Docking Your Palmetto Yacht

10 Tips For Docking Your Palmetto Yacht

Everyone can always use some help when docking their Palmetto yacht and although this may come natural to you now, here are 10 tips to make docking that much simpler.


#1: Always approach objects at a slow speed when docking a boat so that if you make a mistake or ram into the object, the results won’t be that bad. 


#2: Applying insufficient power can be as dangerous as using too much power so be sure to use enough power to get the job done. You need to take into account that wind, currents and momentum can take over if you don’t apply the right amount of power.


#3: If any of your lines or a neighboring slip fell off a piling and into the water, the current could carry it across your path. If you get a mooring line tangled in your propeller, your docking job could go horribly wrong.


#4:  If you have twin inboards, try not to touch the wheel because you’ll have more control by only using the engines and leaving the wheel centered. If you do turn the wheel, the boat could take an unexpected path because you could hit a cockeyed rudder.


#5: Reduce your windage if there are heavy winds especially if you’re in a small boat. You can get thrown out of kilter if you have a Bimini top or an Isinglass enclosure because that can act like a sail on a powerboat.


#6: Make sure all the lines are secure before you kill the engines. A lot of people will make the mistake of shutting down as soon as the boat is in the slip but they usually don’t know how to dock a boat very well. Since you never know when someone is going to drop his or her line, always keep the powerplants on so that you can maneuver as necessary.


#7: It’s important to know when to abort especially for sailboats, single-screw inboards, and other boats because they have a limited ability to maneuver. Try not to force the issue if the approach doesn’t seem to be going well. Instead, give it another try by circling back.


# 8: There’s more to docking a boat than simply hanging fenders over the side. You need to know where the boat will kiss a piling and how to orient the fenders so you don’t get caught under the pier. Make sure that you position them properly and you won’t have any problems with damage-free docking.


#9: If you drive a single-engine boat, always turn the wheel before applying power when you’re docking. You won’t get a blast of forward or reverse if you do this.


#10: Instead of steady power, always apply short bursts of power. This will allow you to maneuver around without building a lot of momentum which can sometimes get out of control really fast.


Docking is something that every boater must first learn how to master, and with these 10 tips you will be docking your Palmetto yacht with ease.

Top 9 Fast Bradenton Yachts

Top 9 Fast Bradenton Yachts

If you are looking to pure speed in any Bradenton Yachts, then these 9 yachts may be the best of the best. Take a look below and imagine yourself out on the open water with these.


#9 Blush
Top Speed: 20 Knots
155 ft.
Weekly base rate: $235,000


#8 Aquavita
Top Speed: 25 Knots
164 ft.
Weekly base rate: $260,000


#7 Griffin
Top Speed: 27 Knots
136 ft.
Weekly base rate: $165,000


#6 Apache
Top Speed: 29 Knots
144 ft.
Weekly base rate: $153,000


#5 Aurelia
Top Speed: 30 Knots
121 ft.
Weekly base rate: $141,000


#4 Ecstasea
Top Speed: 33 Knots
282 ft.
Weekly base rate: $530,000


#3 Cheeky Tiger
Top Speed: 34 Knots
111 ft.
Weekly base rate: $70,000

Cheeky Tiger

#2 Soleado
Top Speed: 35 Knots
97 ft.
Weekly base rate: $52,000


#1 Moonraker
Top Speed: 40 Knots
118 ft.
Weekly base rate: $217,000


Use These 10 Steps To Buy A Palmetto Yacht

Use These 10 Steps To Buy A Palmetto Yacht

Yachts are a luxurious toy for the wealthy. But what does it take to own a mega-yacht, other than a lot of money? We talked with a few Palmetto yacht brokers to find out the basics of purchasing your dream vessel.

Total customization might not be the best option
While you can totally build your yacht from the ground up, yacht owner recommends only semi-customizing. The shipyard will already have a layout in mind, and then you can customize from there.


Following the experts’ advice will save money in the long run
With the semi-customization option, the base engineering of the boat has already been built by a reputable shipyard, which means you can fully trust the design.


One design choice will affect the entire process
Be aware of what yacht owners call “the design spiral”. If you decide you want a boat that can run 20 knots, know that it will burn significantly more fuel than a 12-knot boat. Also, the faster boat will have less room for luxurious toys.


Saving time means sacrificing customization
If you choose to buy a pre-owned boat, you won’t have as much freedom to customize. However, the time it takes for you to obtain the vessel will be much shorter.


But buying a pre-owned boat involves a bit more work
When buying a used yacht, there are a few more steps involved.


Take it for a test drive
After negotiating the price, you’ll take the vessel out for a trial run. Be sure to have a survey team inspect the boat for any mechanical issues.


Follow the guidelines
Whichever type of yacht you buy, yacht owners suggests you do plenty of research.


Use your friends and family
Once you’ve done your research, seek the advice of every yacht owner you know and trust. They can prove invaluable advice on the process.


You might not always get your way
It’s important to be flexible when designing a Palmetto yacht.

Must Have Bradenton Yacht Racing Skills

Must Have Bradenton Yacht Racing Skills


Whether you’re trying to get an inside mark rounding, clear wind at the start of a race, gain height on the windward leg or get better headsail trim, these expert racing tips are extraordinarily useful. Take your Bradenton yacht out for a quick race and see just how much better you can be with these quick tips!


5 tips: The Leeward Mark
Learning to read situations as they develop comes naturally through practice, but with some expert advice, you’ll be a professional before you know it.


5 tips: Surfing
The benefit of getting your surfing technique right is best measured when there’s a comparable boat nearby. But knowing what to do, how much and when is equally important.


5 tips: Mark Rounding
Working up a personal checklist for each type of mark rounding will decrease the need for the large amount of requests from the afterguard right when the pressure is on and develop the ideal working environment: a quiet boat.


5 tips: Using The Waves
With so many variables during a race, teams that deal better with fluctuating wind strength, dirty air and rough seas will sail a lot smarter.


5 tips: Mainsail Trimming
Recording the effect of alterations to rig tension and a precise set of target boat speeds will help the mainsail trimmer, but establishing a good rapport with the helmsman and headsail trimmers should lead you to delivering great performance.


5 tips: How to Avoid a Crash Gybe
Spinning out to leeward or what is known as a crash gybe or Chinese gybe can often be avoided. Here are five tips to get your boat under control.


5 tips: Penalty in a Yacht Race
Knowing when and why to take a penalty can get lost in the heat of competition.


5 tips: Staying Afloat
Jonty Sherwill asked experienced Solent racer Paul Heys for his 5 tips on staying afloat and getting back under way when you’ve run aground.


5 tips: How to get the Best IRC Rating
Designers work hard to create fast yachts, but much can be done to optimise a boat’s IRC rating. Jonty Sherwill asked measurement experts for their 5 tips.


5 tips: Bowman Signals
Getting good starts is far from easy and the bowman’s role is crucial.


5 tips: Sailing to Win
Sailing to win – how to win a race and ensure you cross the line first.


Although not many boaters out there that own a Bradenton Yacht will be racing, it is always great to have these in the back of your mind in case you ever do happen to find yourself out and about in the midst of a race. Of course during the down time, feel free to stop by your favorite Bradenton Marina, Riviera Dunes Marina.