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Christmas Yacht Parades

The parade doesn’t have to make its way down Main Street to be a parade.

Folks near water like to deck their vessels out in holiday fashion and assemble a fleet to celebrate the time of year.  It’s a tradition all across the United States!

 

 

One of the classics, done California style, is the Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade.  The legend is that an Italian gondolier started the tradition when he attached Japanese lanterns to the gondolier and gathered together 8 lighted canoes to follow him around Newport Harbor.  Now, over a hundred years later, the Newport Beach boat parade is a Christmas event, with more than a million viewers watching up to 100 holiday-themed watercraft cruise by. Firelights light up the sky for the occasion, too!  

 

 

And while cooler temperatures may prevail in Annapolis, MD, the Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade still lights up Annapolis Harbor every year. The celebration is more than thirty years old, and attracts spectators in warm winter wear to the Maryland shoreline to welcome in the holiday season.  Probably with a crab dinner afterwards!

 

 

Back to California and America’s “Finest City,” for the San Diego Bay Parade of Lights.   It’s a themed celebration each and every December, with upwards of 80 vessels lining up in hopes of winning the award for the most festive.  There’s a catch, though: participants will be judged on a different theme each year, ranging from “Christmas Around the World,” to “Arrrgh! A Pirate’s Christmas”

 

 

 Moving down south, it’s the Charleston Holiday Parade of Boats.
It’s a family-friendly affair brimming with southern hospitality and food—meaning you get Carolina-style barbecue.  It’s a comfortable place to watch it all, too: the event is hosted at the Charleston Maritime Center, with sweet treats and caroling to enhance the event.  Of course the kids can’t wait for the arrival of Santa—in his own boat, of course!

 

 

 

 

The Florida shoreline on the Emerald Coast hosts Holiday on the Harbor Destin Lighted Boat Parade.    This light show borne by boats travels along the docks in Destin, or you can try to grab a seat at one of the restaurants in Harborwalk Village.   Santa makes an appearance of course, but the fun doesn’t stop there—there’s an entire performance of “The Nutcracker,” and fireworks once night has fully fallen.  

 

 

 

If you like San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, this one’s for you:  the Fisherman’s Wharf Holiday Lights & Sights Boat Parade.
And what a backdrop!  Boats travel from Pier 39 to Crissy Field on San Francisco Bay, so there’s lots of places to watch the event.  You can even set out along Marina Boulevard and see the parade on one side and the swell mansions on the other.    

 

 

 

The Seattle Christmas Ship Festival gives everyone a chance to participate rather than just watch.  The parade is led by the three-deck cruiser Spirit of Seattle and folks hop on-board to be participants.  If you miss out on that, there are dozens of smaller boats that follow along the parade route waterway, all offering food, fun, and perhaps even a hot toddy to keep the chill ‘at bay,’ if you will.

 

 

 

 

And finally, the big one, the fabled Fort Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade.   Fort Lauderdale isn’t called the “Venice of America” for nothing:  165 miles of waterway fits right in with this water parade. The motto of the event is the “Greatest Show on H2O” and more than a million viewers watch along a 12-mile route.  The event is sponsored by South Florida’s Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, and on-board may of the impressive vessels are live entertainment events, music, and celebrity appearances– doesn’t disappoint, attracting more than a million viewers along its 12-mile route. Sponsored by the nearby Seminole Hard Rock Casino, the parade is a party on floatation, with boats often featuring live entertainment, music, and celeb appearances…. Past Grand Marshals have included Pitbull, Big & Rich, Flo Rida, and Barry Gibb to name just a few.

 


 

The holiday season is a time for being thankful for what you have, and also a time to celebrate.  Is only natural that where boaters are, that these celebrations happen on their favorite place: the water.

Elite Carpet Workroom understands the lure of the water, having made their mark South Florida catering to the ultra-demanding, ultra-discerning owners of private yachts for custom carpet installations.   These high-end marine interiors require a blend of precision skills.  Elite has taken these skills and utilized them on private aircraft and custom homes as well.

Innovation and exactitude, meticulous crafting of high-end materials in precisely contoured spaces and a strict dedication to meeting the discerning owner’s needs…. These are all attributes on which you can count with Elite.

 

 

 

 

Everything is custom, naturally.  You get a one-of-a-kind creation, a gift you give yourself:  something made just for you, and made just the way you want it.  

Elite can custom craft an intricate staircase carpet or custom area rug fabrication to your exact taste and specifications—whether for your jet, your yacht, or your private home.  Elite Carpet Workroom offers a custom blend of exquisite craftsmanship and uncompromising performance in every carpet installed and every area rug fabricated.  

No matter the size of your project or where it is—from a private jet or yacht or luxury home; from multi-room carpet installations; to massive custom area rugs; to creations with exotic leathers and more– Elite Carpet Workroom can create it for you.  

Quality Without Compromise.  Lasting quality for true luxury.  Exceptional design delivered with exceptional service.  

Elite Carpet Workroom has more than a decade of custom area rug fabrication, custom carpet installation, custom marine carpet installation, and custom aircraft carpet installation.  

Precision crafting, peace of mind and complete satisfaction.

Elite Carpet Workroom.  Let us create a carpet or area rug of lasting beauty for you:  a creation that you can appreciate for a lifetime.

The Rich Really Are Different

The 1997 book Rich Dad Poor Dad, written by Robert Kiyosaki and Sharon Lechter has sold over 32 million copies in more than 51 languages in over a hundred different countries.  It’s been on the New York Times bestseller list for years, with positive critical reviews. 

It’s had celebrity power, too:  Oprah Winfrey endorsed the book, and actor Will Smith said he used it to teach his son about financial responsibility.  Even a pre-Presidential Donald Trump got involved:  his literary partnership with one of the authors—Kiyosaki— resulted in a publication entitled Why We Want You To Be Rich, Two Men One Message.  This was so well-received that the partnership extended to a second book called Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich — And Why Most Don’t.

In a nutshell, Rich Dad Poor Dad stresses the importance of financial independence, investing in assets, including real estate, and more steps to improve one’s own financial situation.  Along the way, the authors make no bones about outlining the differences between those who are rich… and those who are not.

Bill Gates once said, “It’s not your fault if you were born poor, but it’s your fault if you die poor.”   And the authors of Rich Dad Poor Dad would agree:  there’s no reason why you should live in poverty. But you must be committed to doing things differently from those who are destined to remain less well-off.

There are some absolute differences in behavior, says Kiyosaki:

Poor People:

  • Depend on their paycheck for cash flow
  • Spend their cash flow on taxes, food, rent, clothes, transportation, and ‘fun.’
  • Don’t purchase assets that generate cash on their own
  • Don’t take out loans or generate liabilities (mortgages, credit cards, consumer loans)

Middle Class People: 

  • Depend on their paycheck for cash flow
  • Spend their cash flow on taxes, food, rent or mortgage payment, clothes, transportation, and ‘fun.’
  • Don’t purchase assets that generate cash on their own
  • Do take out loans and generate “liabilities” (mortgages, credit cards, consumer loans)

Rich People: 

  • Depend on dividends, rental income, interest and royalties for cash flow
  • Spend cash on much the same things as middle-class people
  • Purchase income-producing assets like stocks, bonds, and real estate
  • Don’t take on more loans or liabilities than middle-class people

 

 

At the end of the day, the way for anyone to move from ‘middle class’ to ‘rich’ is by spending less on clothes, cars, televisions, and the like, and instead divert as much as possible into purchase of income-producing assets.  Over time, this strategy will result in growing passive income that can come to more than offset the paycheck.

It’s kind of an anti-Black Friday sentiment:  defer buying, instead investing those dollars.  Do it long enough—and well enough—and your cash flow will be protected by real wealth.

The rich are different.  And the very rich are more different still.  Once a certain level of wealth is attained, the cash flow and the choices available by that cash flow are nearly infinite. 

How about $30M net worth?  That’s the level at which Wealth-X sets for the Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) criteria.  And  there are more than 73,000 of those people in the United States alone.  That’s not just rich—that’s truly wealthy. 

Elite Carpet Workroom has made their mark South Florida catering to the ultra-demanding, ultra-discerning owners of private aircraft, yachts, and custom homes.  Elite’s custom carpet installations require a blend of precision skills– necessary for demanding aviation and marine installations—and art. 

Innovation and exactitude, meticulous crafting of high-end materials in precisely contoured spaces and a strict dedication to meeting the discerning owner’s needs…. These are all attributes on which you can count with Elite. 

 

 

You get a one-of-a-kind creation in the end—something made just for you, just the way you want it.  Something that you will appreciate and something that will add value to your life.

Elite can custom craft an intricate staircase carpet or custom area rug fabrication to your exact taste and specifications—whether for your jet, your yacht, or your private home.  Elite Carpet Workroom offers a custom blend of exquisite craftsmanship and uncompromising performance in every carpet installed and every area rug fabricated. 

No matter the size of your project or where it is—from a private jet or yacht or luxury home; from multi-room carpet installations; to massive custom area rugs; to creations with exotic leathers and more– Elite Carpet Workroom can create it for you. 

Quality Without Compromise.  Lasting quality for true luxury.  Exceptional design delivered with exceptional service. 

Elite Carpet Workroom has more than a decade of custom area rug fabrication, custom carpet installation, custom marine carpet installation, and custom aircraft carpet installation

Precision crafting, peace of mind and complete satisfaction.

Elite Carpet Workroom.  Let us create a carpet or area rug of lasting beauty for you:  a creation that you can appreciate for a lifetime. 

 

 

Holiday Travel and How to Do It

 

If you are traveling over the holidays on the public airways, be warned: 

Our friends at the Transportation Security Administration(TSA) forecast this to be the busiest Thanksgiving year for air travel ever.

 

The rush will start actually before Thanksgiving, but the busiest single day of all will be the Sunday following—that’s when everyone returns home.  With expected numbers of about 2.6 million to screen—per day—the TSA is going to be busy with a lot of pat-downs.

So what are some tips for making the most of Thanksgiving travel?

Well, the single most important is to remember that Thanksgiving and the holidays are the busiest travel time of the year.  That means you need to be forewarned and mentally prepared for big crowds and the stress that comes with it. 

Some other great Thanksgiving time travel tips:

 

 

Leave More Time

Expecting big crowds means leaving more time for everything… more time to get to the airport, more time to park or be dropped, more time to check bags, and more time in the security line.

Book Tickets Early

No kidding, you can purchase tickets for next year’s travel a year in advance.  Buy early and avoid the steep price ramp-up that typically happens after Halloween.  You’ll also have a better choice of flights.

Travel in the Morning—as Early as Possible

It’s just a fact.  Because most people don’t like to get up early, the airport will be less crowded the earlier you travel.  Earlier flights are also statistically less likely to be delayed. 

 

 

Nonstop Flights are Your Friend

Not only does a nonstop avoid navigating all those crowds a second time, and avoiding waiting in lines all over again—but it also reduces the number of flight segments that can be delayed.

Watch Your Hubs 

If you must connect, try to do so through hubs less affected by potential winter storms.  Orlando, Atlanta, Houston, Phoenix, Las Vegas, Los Angeles or San Francisco are some good choices.

 

 

Add a Day if Necessary

You might save big bucks if you are able to add another day either before or after your planned departure.  Try to avoid Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving and the Sunday afterwards

Can You Travel Thanksgiving Day? 

Even an evening flight, after all the turkey, can save you big-time on typical holiday fares

If You Haven’t Already, get CLEAR or TSA Pre-Check Program.  Your time in security lines will be drastically cut.  American Express even has a program to with a statement credit to offset the fees for TSA Pre.

 

 

Avoid Car Rental; Use a Taxi, Uber, or Lyft

Renting a car, parking, and returning the car are huge time wasters.  And the prices during the holiday are going to be some of the highest ever.  Avoid all that with public transportation or a ride service.

Travel Light

Avoiding security issues and baggage fees is just smart traveling.  Pack as light as you can, and save time at bag check, too.

Don’t Bring Mom’s Gravy Along for the Flight

Airport security is almost certainly going to make you dump any kind of liquid over 3.4 ounces—no gravy, no jam, no cranberry sauce.  At the least you’re getting additional screening, and that’s never fun. 

 

 

 

 

Or, you could just simplify the entire process and simply board your own private jet.  Of course, this is a select group of persons.  Make that a very select group—even most multimillionaires can’t afford their own private jet.

And yet, there are almost 17,000 privately owned aircraft in the 10 largest worldwide markets alone—with the US accounting for 75% of this category.  Wealth-X estimates there are approximately 73,000 in the United States that meet the Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) criteria of more than $30M+ net worth.  That means, despite the high threshold of entry, there’s quite a lot of it about—especially here in sunny, desirable South Florida.

That’s why Elite Carpet Workroom has been able to make their mark in South Florida catering to the ultra-demanding owners of private aircraft, with custom carpet installations for aviation.  Elite also takes the precision skills necessary for demanding aviation installations for marine and custom luxury home interiors, too. 

Innovation and exactitude, meticulous crafting of high-end materials in precisely contoured spaces and a strict dedication to meeting the discerning owner’s needs…. These are all attributes on which you can count with Elite. 

You get a one-of-a-kind creation in the end—something made just for you, just the way you want it.

 

 

 

Elite can custom craft an intricate staircase carpet or custom area rug fabrication to your exact taste and specifications—whether for your jet, your yacht, or your private home.  Elite Carpet Workroom offers a custom blend of exquisite craftsmanship and uncompromising performance in every carpet installed and every area rug fabricated. 

No matter the size of your project or where it is—from a private jet or yacht or luxury home; from multi-room carpet installations; to massive custom area rugs; to creations with exotic leathers and more– Elite Carpet Workroom can create it for you. 

Quality Without Compromise.  Lasting quality for true luxury.  Exceptional design delivered with exceptional service. 

Elite Carpet Workroom has more than a decade of custom area rug fabrication, custom carpet installation, custom marine carpet installation, and custom aircraft carpet installation

Precision crafting, peace of mind and complete satisfaction.

Elite Carpet Workroom.  Let us create a carpet or area rug of lasting beauty for you:  a creation that you can appreciate for a lifetime. 

 

The Legend of Flying Carpets

 

 

 

 

Everyone knows the flying carpet originated in The Thousand and One Nights, also called The Arabian Nights, or 1,001 Arabian Nights, correct?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, this well-known collection of Middle Eastern and Indian stories did commemorate and immortalize stories of Aladdin, Ali Baba, and Sindbad the Sailor.  These tales have become part of Western folklore— but the truth is that the legend of the flying carpet is largely, though not entirely, missing from them. 

 

History of Flying Carpets

 

Magic or flying carpets have been mentioned in the writings of different civilizations throughout history.  But in the oldest manuscript containing the first of the 1,001 stories—the Galland script–no mention is made of magic or flying carpets.

If you’ve ever seen a version of ‘Aladdin and the Magic Lamp’ in which Princess Badroulbadour and her bridegroom are whisked away on their wedding night on a magic carpet—well that wasn’t in the original version of the story either.  There they were carried through the air upon their marital bed instead, which wasn’t flying on its own but rather was carried by the Genie of the Lamp. 

 

The Galland manuscript of the One Thousand and One Nights

It is true that magic carpets have made their appearance in some older tales, but one thing is for certain:  the most visible and famous appearance was in Walt Disney’s 1992 film Aladdin.

Most have never heard of King Solomon of Israel and his association with magic carpets, yet his is the earliest known figure associated with them in literature.

 

 

 

One example is attributed 13th century AD. Jewish scholar named Isaac Ben Sherira.  His tale was claimed to have been compiled from two even more ancient works since lost to time.

 

Sherira’s Tale

 

In Ben Sherira’s version, the Queen of Sheba had a royal alchemist who perfected his skill in dying and spinning carpets that could hover above the ground.  The queen commanded that a magic carpet be made and sent to King Solomon as a testament her affection.  The carpet alchemist made the carpet large, so that the king could stand on it.

 

Queen of Sheba. (Public Domain )

 

 

But Solomon was busy with the construction of the Temple of Jerusalem when his gift arrived, and he gave it to one of his courtiers instead. 

The queen was heartbroken, and gave up on magic carpets entirely.  Without her support the alchemist could make no more, and the magical knowledge was lost forever. 

Solomon at his throne, painting by Andreas Brugger, 1777. (Public Domain )

But the tales lived on.  Magic carpets have been depicted as means to win wars—with late 2nd century B.C. Parthian king Phraates II flying on a carpet to confront his enemies, destroy them with fire and lightning, then fly back triumphantly to his subjects.  And in another tale, the 3 rd century AD Sassanian ruler Shapur used his carpet to slip into the Roman army camp, surprise the sleeping Emperor Valerian, and abduct him.

 

 

 

 

Legends, all of them.  But in today’s world, it’s finally possible to actually fly to the places of your dreams aboard a flying carpet—one woven just for you.  That is if you’re the owner of a private jet and you have one of the magical carpet installations from Elite Carpet Workroom.   

This is no tall tale, though they are becoming legendary.  Elite Carpet Workroom has made their reputation with services that cater to the most demanding of environments and owners as well, with custom carpet installations in aviation, marine, and custom home interiors. 

Innovation and exactitude, the meticulous crafting of high-end materials in precisely contoured spaces, and a strict dedication to meeting the discerning owner’s needs…. These are all attributes on which you can count with Elite.  Years of successful experience and execution in private yachts, jets, and private luxury homes means Elite can bring their brand of precision craftwork to you as well. 

The individual nature of each installation by Elite means that each and every job demands experience, skill, and precision and produces a one-of-a-kind creation in the end.  Elite can custom craft an intricate staircase carpet or custom area rug fabrication to your exact taste and specifications—whether for your jet, your yacht, or your private home.  Elite Carpet Workroom offers a custom blend of exquisite craftsmanship and uncompromising performance in every carpet installed and every area rug fabricated. 

 

No matter the size of your project or where it is—from a private jet or yacht or luxury home; from multi-room carpet installations; to massive custom area rugs; to creations with exotic leathers and more– Elite Carpet Workroom can create it for you. 

 

Quality Without Compromise.  Lasting quality for true luxury.  Exceptional design delivered with exceptional service. 

Elite Carpet Workroom has more than a decade of custom area rug fabrication, custom carpet installation, custom marine carpet installation, and custom aircraft carpet installation

Precision crafting, peace of mind and complete satisfaction.

Elite Carpet Workroom.  Let us create a carpet or area rug of lasting beauty for you:  a creation that you can appreciate for a lifetime. 

 

 

 

 

Schooners and Grand Scale Yachting Innovation

There’s an old sailing joke.

Q:  Why did the pirate take the small schooner?

A:  He was worried about miles per galleon.

 

By definition in Britannica, a Schooner is a sailing ship with sails rigged both fore-and-aft on at least two masts.  Schooners are thought to be based upon a 17th-century Dutch design—with the name “Schoon,” meaning ‘good looking,’ and ‘clean’ in Dutch.  But the credit for the first genuine schooner goes to the American colonies—more specifically to a Gloucester, Massachusetts shipbuilder named Andrew Robinson in 1713.

Schooners, handle well in coastal winds, and their shallow draft makes navigation in shallow waters easier.  Add in the fact that a smaller crew can operate them, and you have a lot of reasons why schooners became the most important North American ship– used for the coastal trade and fishing.  The so-called ‘fore-and-after’ schooners became popular around the world, with today the schooner design one of the best-known styles of sailing vessel ever.  

 

 

Late Senator Ted Kennedy loved to sail his 50 foot schooner ‘Mya;’ the famous schooner America won the first ‘America’s Cup way back in 1851.  Schooners loom large in the lexicon of water travel.  But it’s safe to say there’s never been a schooner like Art of Life.

 

 

 

Art of Life is a 350-foot-long sloop concept designed by Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design  featured recently at the Monaco Yacht Show.  It’s a powerful combination of classic schooner and superyacht.

Superyacht designer and founder of Sinot Sander Sinot explains, “For Art of Life, we augmented this classic yacht type to an innovative motor yacht concept for the present day and the years to come.”

And it’s certainly true that this vessel looks like no other, at once classic in design and futuristic. 

 

 

“For the interior,” continued Sinot, “we choose to focus on things in life that really matter, such as spending time with your loved ones, beauty and art… a haven of privacy… and exploration of the beauty and richness of the world around us.”

 

 

The spacious design, full glass facades, open decks, and private areas offer views all around the yacht.  The stern lounge offers views of the ocean traveled just prior, as evidenced by the trailing wake.  And topside, the flybridge perched on the bridge deck offers expansive views of the world around. 

All four decks onboard offer more amenities, including a fine dining area more suited to a Michelin-starred restaurant than a private vessel, an indoor pool, sauna, hair & beauty, and massage areas plus a big—make that really big—cinema screen clocking in at 384 inches. 

You’ll be sure to draw attention in any port in the world should this unique craft actually built— and Sinot Yacht Architecture & Design is ready to do just that for you.  And you know the other old joke—if you have to ask the price, you can’t afford it.

 

Innovation is evident all over, but it’s most impressive when applied to world-class products like private jets, yachts, and homes. 

 

 

 

Elite Carpet Workroom had made their reputation in this world, with services that cater to the most demanding of environments and owners as well. 

Custom carpet installations in aviation, marine, and custom home interiors means innovation and exactitude.  Meticulous crafting of high-end materials in precisely contoured spaces.  And a strict dedication to meeting the discerning owner’s needs.

Years of successful experience and execution in private yachts, jets and private luxury homes means Elite can bring their brand of precision craftwork to you as well.  The individual nature of each installation by Elite means that each and every job demands experience, skill, and precision and produces a one-of-a-kind creation in the end.

Elite can custom craft an intricate staircase carpet or custom area rug fabrication to your exact taste and specifications—whether for your jet, your yacht, or your private home.  Elite Carpet Workroom offers a custom blend of exquisite craftsmanship and uncompromising performance in every carpet installed and every area rug fabricated. 

 

 

 

No matter the size of your project or where it is—from a private jet or yacht or luxury home; from multi-room carpet installations; to massive custom area rugs; to creations with exotic leathers and more– Elite Carpet Workroom can create it for you. 

Quality Without Compromise.  Lasting quality for true luxury.  Exceptional design delivered with exceptional service. 

Elite Carpet Workroom has more than a decade of custom area rug fabrication, custom carpet installation, custom marine carpet installation, and custom aircraft carpet installation

 

Precision crafting, peace of mind and complete satisfaction.

 

Elite Carpet Workroom.  Let us create a carpet or area rug of lasting beauty for you:  a creation that you can appreciate for a lifetime. 

 

 

Private Jet Business Embraces the Heart of Texas

California is nice.  But everyone knows things are bigger in Texas.

And now, after nearly 10 years of building a healthy private aviation solution business—at the lowest price point on the market– executives at California-based JetSuite Inc. are heading for the Lone Star state.

Private jetting has become bigger and bigger, and now, with recent investments from JetBlue and Qatar Airways,  JetSuite wanted to expand.  So when CEO Alex Wilcox looked for a new home, Texas made a lot of sense. 

 

 

“You’ve got the world’s two biggest airlines here,” said Wilcox.  “You’ve got massive supply chain industry. You’ve got Sabre.”

JetSuite started back in 2008 when Wilcox—a former founder of JetBlue—was hired to write and later execute a business plan for a small fleet of four-seater Embraer Phenom 100 jets. JetSuite focused on using its new, more fuel-efficient aircraft to offer a lower price point for jet charters. 

“[JetSuite] came in with their colorful red jets, ” said Doug Gollan, editor of the website Private Jet Card Comparisons.  ” Their focus whenever I talk to them has always been less about the sizzle and more about the steak.  Flying you on-time from Point A to Point B on a nice jet with WiFi.”

Passengers like the idea of skipping the hassle of major airports and the long security lines in them.  They can show up at smaller aviation terminals and be on their choice of jet within minutes. 

“For us, it’s still an airline-like experience in terms of the airplane. There’s a flight attendant,” said Wilcox. “But it’s not insult after insult.”

JetSuite touts their suite of services and in-flight experiences as ‘flying that moves your soul,’ and appeals their customer through ‘transparent pricing, efficient operations, acute attention to detail, acclaimed customer service, and industry-leading safety practices.’

The entire fleet of jets are WiFi-equipped.  Recently, ARGUS, a leading jet-information company, rated JetSuite #1 in light jet utilization, and rated the company’s safety as Platinum—their highest rating possible.   For information visit www.jetsuite.com.

 

 

In today’s world, it’s no wonder that people would prefer to fly.  And that those who can afford it choose to fly on a private jet.

Elite Carpet Workroom understands this, having built their reputation catering to the most individualistic and demanding needs of private jet and yacht owners in the world.

Custom carpet installations in aviation and marine interiors require innovation and precision.  Custom-crafted carpets mean working with high-end materials in demanding, precisely contoured spaces. 

 

 

Years of successful experience and execution in private yachts and jets means Elite can bring their brand of precision craftwork to your luxury home as well.  The individual nature of each installation by Elite means that each and every job demands experience, skill, and precision and produces a one-of-a-kind creation in the end.

Elite can custom craft an intricate staircase carpet or custom area rug fabrication to your exact taste and specifications—whether for your jet, your yacht, or your private home.  Elite Carpet Workroom offers a custom blend of exquisite craftsmanship and uncompromising performance in every carpet installed and every area rug fabricated. 

No matter the size of your project or where it is—from a private jet or yacht or luxury home; from multi-room carpet installations; to massive custom area rugs; to creations with exotic leathers and more– Elite Carpet Workroom can create it for you. 

Quality Without Compromise.  Lasting quality for true luxury.  Exceptional design delivered with exceptional service. 

 

 

Elite Carpet Workroom has more than a decade of custom area rug fabrication, custom carpet installation, custom marine carpet installation, and custom aircraft carpet installation

 

Precision crafting, peace of mind and complete satisfaction.

 

Elite Carpet Workroom.  Let us create a carpet or area rug of lasting beauty for you:  a creation that you can appreciate for a lifetime. 

 

 

Labor Day Weekend and American Yachting

Labor Day is a celebration of the American worker, and that extra-long weekend is also an unofficial end to the summer vacation season.  So naturally Labor Day weekend is one of the busiest and best times for going afloat. 

Here in South Florida— with Ft. Lauderdale having earned the Yachting Capital of the World distinction— it’s even more so than in other places.  After all, the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show—the largest in the world—is held here.  The Huffington Post recently validated the “Yachting Capital” name, too.  And for those who love to fish from their boats, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission claims Florida as “the fishing capital of the world.”  Strictly pleasure boating?  Wikipedia refers to Ft. Lauderdale as the “Venice of America,” due to the myriad of canals and channels dotted with boats. 

 

 

So it’s no surprise that there are literally hundreds of Labor Day Weekend events.  All black attire affairs.  All white attire affairs.  Yacht and sailboat races all over the state.  A simple online search turns up tons to do over the weekend. 

But what if you wanted to start your own marine tradition?  What if you’re more of a leader than a joiner?  What if you wanted to start a boating event that might last for decades—or even over a hundred years– like the Harvard-Yale Regatta, which just celebrated its 153rd year?

 

Poker Run

Well, you could start your own Poker Run.  The race does not always go to the swift.  Well, it does in a regular race.  But in a poker run, the prize goes to the boat that gets there with the best poker hand. You set up a series of stops that each participant must make.  At each stop, a card is dealt to each boat.  At the end of the day, the boat arriving dead last can come in first place—if they have the goods.

Too much work?  Then check out Poker Runs America.  You’ll see all kinds of existing events in which you can participate.


Fireworks From Your Vessel

Leave the fireworks to the professionals, while you get the best seat in the house.  Fireworks are almost always set off—wherever possible—over water.  So that means you can get closer to the action the can landlubbers.  And no worries about traffic jams, either.  There are fireworks displays all across the country you can watch from a boat, and of course lots of events right here in Florida, too

 

Fishing Tournaments

You might prefer boating on the big water for the big fish, or you might be someone looking for lunkers in a Florida lake or in the Everglades.  Either way, there are tournaments galore for Labor Day Weekend.  And there’s also the cap of one of the biggest freshwater fishing tournaments anywhere—the $500,000 CCA Florida Star, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend.   

 

Serious Boat Trip

So, hey, it’s Florida, right?  That means there are lots of islands within 3 day trip time.  Bahamas.  Florida Keys.  Chokoloskee.  Turks & Caicos.  Location, location, location means you can think a little bit more exotic with a well-planned soiree. 

 

 

Extreme Adventure

Any day on a boat is a good day, right?  But you can get your adrenaline pumping with some more extreme adventures:  Shark fishing; diving; kite sailing from an island to which you’ve navigated.  An Extreme Boating Adventure might be just the ticket to cap off your summer and allow you to rejoin the regular world come Tuesday. 

 

 

Is it past Labor Day?  No worries.  You can start planning now for one of these 3 Boating Getaways.  It’s never too early to plan, and with warm weather places, you can go boating almost anytime. 

Boating and yachts have wide appeal for Floridians and are in fact often the primary reason some people choose to live here.  Elite Carpet Workroom understands this fascination, having built their reputation catering to the most individualistic and demanding needs of private jet and yacht owners. 

 

 

Custom carpet installations in aviation and marine interiors require innovation and precision.  Custom-crafted carpets mean working with high-end materials in demanding, precisely contoured spaces. 

Years of successful experience in private yachts and jets means Elite can bring that precision craftwork to your luxury home as well.  The individual nature of each installation by Elite means that each and every job demands experience, skill, and precision and produces a one-of-a-kind creation in the end.

Elite can custom craft an intricate staircase carpet or custom area rug fabrication to your exact taste and specifications—whether for your jet, your yacht, or your private home.  Elite Carpet Workroom offers a custom blend of exquisite craftsmanship and uncompromising performance in every carpet installed and every area rug fabricated. 

No matter the size of your project or where it is—from a private jet or yacht or luxury home; from multi-room carpet installations; to massive custom area rugs; to creations with exotic leathers and more– Elite Carpet Workroom can create it for you. 

Quality Without Compromise.  Lasting quality for true luxury.  Exceptional design delivered with exceptional service. 

Elite Carpet Workroom has more than a decade of custom area rug fabrication, custom carpet installation, custom marine carpet installation, and custom aircraft carpet installation

Precision crafting, peace of mind and complete satisfaction.

Elite Carpet Workroom.  Let us create a carpet or area rug of lasting beauty for you:  a creation that you can appreciate for a lifetime. 

 

 

American Movies, Airplane Interiors, and Air Hollywood

 

If you’ve ever seen a movie with a scene taking place inside an airplane—and who hasn’t—one thing you should know:  the odds are nearly 100% that the scene was not, in fact, filmed on an actual airplane. 

The odds are high that the movie was filmed, in fact, at Air Hollywood.

From the Air Hollywood website:

We provide the most realistic, film-friendly airport and aircraft standing sets and props to the motion picture production industry. Our design division fabricates unique aviation art pieces from repurposed aircraft parts.

If you think about it, there are lots of reasons why shooting on an actual aircraft—or in an actual airport—is tough.  It’s cramped.  The walkway is narrow.  There are lighting limitations.  And for some scenes, an actual airplane interior simply would not work.  Look, for instance, at one of the scenes of the cockpit in the movie “Airplane!” 

 

 

The above is a full video link, and no doubt some reading this won’t miss watching a favorite movie scene again.  But the picture itself tells the story.  You’ll see the empty pilot’s seat (Peter Grave’s pilot character had taken ill) ‘Otto’ the autopilot taking over flight control in the co-pilot’s seat, Julie Haggerty between the two seats, and Leslie Nielsen standing behind the pilot’s seat.   Think about a time where you’ve peeked into the cockpit while boarding a plane.  While the scene actually works while watching it, it just doesn’t work in real life.  There would be nowhere near the amount of room….

You see, the exterior shots of the plane in the movie were actual shots of a Boeing 707, but the interior flight deck shots were based a Convair 880/990.  Below is an actual Convair 880 cockpit.  Besides wondering where all the people would go… where would you put the camera operator? 

If you’d like to see how it’s done, make sure to visit Air Hollywood.  They have the actual “Airplane!” cockpit used for filming inside the studio.

 

 

It was situations just like these that led Talaat Captan — a writer and movie producer shooting scenes in an airport for the movie “Ground Control –” to decide there had to be a better way.

He founded Air Hollywood right after filming wrapped. 

“To this day, we’ve probably done about 500 movies and hundreds and hundreds of commercials, TV shows and music videos,” said Captan, now CEO of Air Hollywood.   And today, “We have dealings in China, Japan, Thailand, Europe,” he explained.  Some films are shot right on-site, and for others, Air Hollywood transports plane sets and props throughout town– and in fact throughout the world. 

“It comes from everywhere,” said Captan.

 

 

For instance, Japanese director Takashi Shimizu shot much of his film “7500” – about supernatural forces affecting a trans-oceanic—at Air Hollywood.  

“We literally built an entire 747…” explained Captan, and …”literally shook that plane like there was no tomorrow.”   

“The biggest asset is being able to shoot all of the action inside a plane,” said location manager Tony Salome.  “They offer all of the versatility of filming at a studio… (and) complete control for scenes involving planes.  It’s a major convenience to be able to go there…  When you film at LAX or on a real plane, no matter how real it is, you’re dealing with limitations.”

That’s one reason Salmo chose Air Hollywood in which to shoot two episodes of “NCIS: Los Angeles.” 

 

 

Aircraft have a fascination far beyond their simple utility as a means of transportation.  Elite Carpet Workroom understands this fascination, especially when you’re talking about high-end private jets.  The only thing more interesting than the jets themselves are oftentimes the owners of the jets.

Elite has built their reputation catering to the most individualistic and demanding needs of private jet and yacht owners.  Innovation and precision are required when creating custom carpet installations in aviation and marine interiors—just as the interior of a plane is a challenge in which to shoot a film, so is that same interior a challenge in which to custom-craft a carpet.

But years of successful experience doing just that means Elite can bring that precision craftwork to your luxury home as well.  The individual nature of each installation by Elite means that each and every job demands experience, skill, and precision and produces a one-of-a-kind creation in the end.

Elite can custom craft an intricate staircase carpet or custom area rug fabrication to your exact taste and specifications—whether for your jet, your yacht, or your private home.  Elite Carpet Workroom offers a custom blend of exquisite craftsmanship and uncompromising performance in every carpet installed and every area rug fabricated. 

No matter the size of your project or where it is—from a private jet or yacht or luxury home; from multi-room carpet installations; to massive custom area rugs; to creations with exotic leathers and more– Elite Carpet Workroom can create it for you. 

 

Quality Without Compromise.  Lasting quality for true luxury.  Exceptional design delivered with exceptional service. 

 

Elite Carpet Workroom has more than a decade of custom area rug fabrication, custom carpet installation, custom marine carpet installation, and custom aircraft carpet installation

Precision crafting, peace of mind and complete satisfaction.

 

Elite Carpet Workroom.  Let us create a carpet or area rug of lasting beauty for you:  a creation that you can appreciate for a lifetime. 

 

Yachts, Owls, and the Mad Commodore

If you thought today’s celebrities could be outrageous, you should know about James Gordon Bennett, Sr.    At first glance, Bennett might sound like just another high achiever from the Gilded Age of New York.  He was founder and editor of the New York Herald, and is often dubbed the ‘Father of Modern Journalism.”

Bennett transformed the newspaper into a huge commercial success, and introduced numerous journalistic practices still used today:  deadline reporting, the use of correspondents, and financial reporting.

 

 

But Bennett’s place in history isn’t marked solely by solemn achievement.  His paper’s journalism was at times, er, colorful to say the least; he was involved in yacht races of epic proportions; even naked carriage rides and public pottying were some of acts also attributed to Bennett.  He was a high achiever in many things—including outrageous behavior.

Now at that time, too, it wasn’t like he didn’t have competition for outrageousness.  Take Evander Berry Wall, whose nickname “King of the Dudes” paid tribute to not only his own sartorial splendor, but also the bespoke collars and ties worn by his dogs.  Then you have C.K.G. Billings, the Gilded Era industrialist who hosted his dinner party in a Fifth Avenue Ballroom solely on horseback. 

But the eccentricities of James Gordon Bennett Sr. took everything to a different level.

REPUTATION

With his reputation, it would be surprising if Bennett was not a cocktail enthusiast, and he accumulated stories to go along with the drinking.  One New Year’s Day he reportedly went on a major bender before dropping in at a formal event being thrown by the family of his (then) fiancée Caroline May.  The engagement was called off after Bennett urinated in the fireplace in front of all.  Frederick May, brother of the formerly betrothed, challenged Bennett to a duel, but as both were fortunately bad shots, they missed each other completely and that was that.

Bennett was known to drive his coach through the streets at great speed, often late at night and often in his birthday suit.  One unfortunate incident landed him in a Parisian hospital when his head collided with a low archway.

THE COLORFUL NEW YORK HERALD

When it came to business, Bennett’s ideals for journalism were simple.  Keep it (the paper itself) cheap for readers, keep it current, and as he once told a young staff member:  “the object of the modern newspaper is not to instruct, but to startle and amuse.”

That often meant gossip-mongering, plain and simple.  Angry crowds regularly gathered outside of the Herald‘s headquarters to protest yet another regular skewering of someone by the paper.  Bennett’s subject matter for the first newspaper interview ever simultaneously put Bennett into the history books, but created controversy as well:   the subject of the interview was the madam of a brothel.  Bennett fought allegations after the interview was published that he flirted with the women employed by the brothel while there and was ‘distracted’ from the main stated task of the interview itself.

 

 

THE OWL and THE YACHTSMAN

Bennett was the youngest member ever of the New York Yachting Club at age 16 (vessel supplied by his father).  But Bennett wasn’t content to be idly rich; he took his ship to battle during the Civil War.  A year was spent at sea in the service of the Union.  Bennett began his lifelong obsession with owls at this time when reportedly the hoot of one of the birds of prey woke him up and allowed him to keep his vessel from running aground.

In tribute, Bennett ran editorials on preserving owl species and he became a collector of owls—both live and in statuary form.  Well-known architect (and later victim of “Crime of the Century” Stanford White was commissioned by Bennett to design the new Herald building, complete with 26 bronze owls whose eyes would flash with electric light. 

The building did not survive demolishment, but two of the owls did.  You can see them still today, flanking the clock in Herald Square—and their eyes are still glowing green, as they have for more than a hundred years.

 

 

 

On the rear of the monument is a medallion featuring an owl and a French phrase that, according to the NY Times, loosely translates as “Let’s sleep on it,” and is believed to indicate Bennett’s membership in a secret society.

 

 

 

THE MAD COMMODORE

Owls aside, it was really the yachting passion that defined Bennett:

  • He won the first-ever transatlantic yacht race in 1866
  • Aboard his steam yacht dubbed the Namouna, he famously entertained society figures and even a young Winston Churchill
  • His 300-ft yacht Lysistrata featured such amenities as Turkish bath; a milk cow in a climate-controlled stall; a theater troupe, and a luxury De Dion-Bouton automobile.

That didn’t put Bennett off on the City of Light, however.  After finally leaving New York behind, Bennett spent the rest of his life in Paris—and, of course, traveling the seas aboard his many yachts. 

One final bit of fame:  Bennett wanted to help track down a beloved Scottish missionary who’d gone missing in the jungles of Tanzania, Africa.  So he bankrolled the expedition and set them up in style, with armed guards, 150 porters, and 27 pack animals.  In front of the expedition was borne the New York Yacht Club flag. 

The expedition, run by a gentleman named Henry Morton Stanley, was most famously a success after the missionary—named David Livingstone—was located and Stanley uttered the immortal phrase,  “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?”

Whether this is actually how things happen is up for grabs.  But it sold a lot of newspapers, no doubt. 

 

 

Yachting has had a fascination for the moneyed set as long as there has been money and, well, yachts.  Elite Carpet Workroom understands the attraction and the eccentricities that sometimes go along with the owners of the vessels.   

That’s because Elite has built their reputation catering to the most individualistic and demanding needs of private jet and yacht owners.  Innovation and precision are required when creating custom carpet installations in aviation and marine interiors. 

That kind of experience means Elite can bring that precision craftwork to your luxury home as well.  The individual nature of each installation by Elite means that each and every job demands experience, skill, and precision and produces a one-of-a-kind creation in the end.

Elite can custom craft an intricate staircase carpet or custom area rug fabrication to your exact taste and specifications—whether for your jet, your yacht, or your private home.  Elite Carpet Workroom offers a custom blend of exquisite craftsmanship and uncompromising performance in every carpet installed and every area rug fabricated. 

No matter the size of your project or where it is—from a private jet or yacht or luxury home; from multi-room carpet installations; to massive custom area rugs; to creations with exotic leathers and more– Elite Carpet Workroom can create it for you. 

 

Quality Without Compromise.  Lasting quality for true luxury.  Exceptional design delivered with exceptional service. 

 

Elite Carpet Workroom has more than a decade of custom area rug fabrication, custom carpet installation, custom marine carpet installation, and custom aircraft carpet installation

Precision crafting, peace of mind and complete satisfaction.

 

Elite Carpet Workroom.  Let us create a carpet or area rug of lasting beauty for you:  a creation that you can appreciate for a lifetime. 

 

Singapore Yacht Show

Singapore was recently in the news with Donald Trump meeting North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.  Many Americans may not have paid much attention to Singapore prior to this, and indeed may not pay much attention after the summit either.  But if so, they’re missing out on learning about a place described by Forbes as “full of millionaires. 

Singapore is one of Asia’s centers for private banking.  And according to a new report from WealthInsight, the overall high net worth individual has risen 51.7% since the recovery from the global financial crisis began in 2009. This high net worth is expected to exceed a trillion $US by the end of 2018.

How many millionaires is that?  According to the report, more than 150,000 of them, with an estimated billionaire population of 32.  And all this with a population of just under 5.5 million persons.  That indicates about 1 out of every 36 persons in Singapore is a millionaire. 

Pretty good odds.

Yachts and wealth are an unsurprising combination, and nowhere is that more obvious than at the Singapore Yacht Show (SYS).

The 8th edition of the Singapore Yacht Show (SYS) happened before the political summit, between April 12th and 15th of 2018.  Yachts, yachts, and more yachts, including superyacht displays, accessories for the marine set, and naturally, a whole lot of cocktail parties.

The SYS is a highlight of Singaporean social calendars, and estimated attendance for the 2018 event was 15,000 visitors, an increase over the 14,000 estimated in 2017.   SYS cites the increased popularity of yachting in Asia as directly driven by ultra-high net worth individuals there driving demand. 

Singapore’s Superyacht Shipyard

 

Hong Seh Marine, a Singaporean distributor of luxury cars, yachts and boats partnered with Pacific Radiance to create Singapore’s Superyacht shipyard.  Haul up and hot works services exclusively for yachts over 90 meters long are offered in the more than 30,000 square meter facility.  It boasts two dry docks, one 90 meters long and the other 100 meters.  Float repairs are handled at a 95-120 meter water frontage facility, with two 32 ton docks and wharf cranes. 

With all that infrastructure, it’s no wonder the yachts at this show are some of the most amazing in the entire world.  Taking a look at a couple of standouts from the show:

 

 

Behold:  the largest superyacht ever to be displayed at the Singapore Yacht Show.  It’s the Silver Fast, with an amazing top speed of 27 knots.  Room for up to 18 aboard, with an outdoor cinema, a glass Jacuzzi, and of course a helipad.

Yours for only US$85.9M, from SilverYachts.   

 

 

Meet Ocean Emerald, the superyacht with the unusual profile.  This vessel has credentials from architect Lord Norman Foster—designer of the Monaco Yacht Club. And this yacht can be yours for only US$95,000.  Yes, you read that correctly—under a hundred thousand dollars.  Of course, that is the charter price for a single, glorious week. 

It’s no surprise all the attention yachts get at shows like the Singapore Yacht Show and of course in our very own Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (the largest in the world).  Elite Carpet Workroom understands the allure of the yacht and the people of means who acquire them. 

That’s because Elite has built their reputation catering to the demanding needs of private jet and yacht owners, who demand innovation and precision in creating custom carpet installations in their aviation and marine interiors. 

And Elite can bring that precision craftwork to your luxury home as well.  The individual nature of each installation by Elite means that each and every job demands experience, skill, and precision and produces a one-of-a-kind creation in the end.

 

 

Elite can custom craft an intricate staircase carpet or custom area rug fabrication to your exact taste and specifications—whether for your jet, your yacht, or your private home.  Elite Carpet Workroom offers a custom blend of exquisite craftsmanship and uncompromising performance in every carpet installed and every area rug fabricated. 

No matter the size of your project or where it is—from a private jet or yacht or luxury home; from multi-room carpet installations; to massive custom area rugs; to creations with exotic leathers and more– Elite Carpet Workroom can create it for you. 

Quality Without Compromise.  Lasting quality for true luxury.  Exceptional design delivered with exceptional service. 

Elite Carpet Workroom has more than a decade of custom area rug fabrication, custom carpet installation, custom marine carpet installation, and custom aircraft carpet installation

Precision crafting, peace of mind and complete satisfaction.

 

Elite Carpet Workroom.  Let us create a carpet or area rug of lasting beauty for you:  a creation that you can appreciate for a lifetime. 

 



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