Burgess yachts for sale at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

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How Burgess built on its legacy at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show

18 October 2023 • Written by Dea Jusufi for Burgess

A crucial footnote in Burgess’ legacy was written in the sunny port of Fort Lauderdale. The superyacht brokerage firm’s first US office was placed there in 1998, and after over two decades of dedicated, fine-detail service (and two more offices in New York and Beverley Hills), the USA is now its single largest market. The Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show was the perfect opportunity for Burgess to build on and grow the convivial relationships fostered across the pond.

“The US has been a part of the Burgess DNA now for over 25 years, we have established a fantastic team of over 35 talented individuals across our three offices. Yachting is inherently part of the American psyche, and it is a market that has grown exponentially,” explains Burgess' head of sales Richard Lambert. “As younger clients emerge it is ever important that Burgess adapts its offering to meet client needs. This is a part of the 360-degree structure that our US clients have always enjoyed."

Worthy of the world's largest in-water boat show, Burgess' team arrived in Fort Lauderdale en masse. Not only brokers, but representatives from management, crew, insurance and new build sales were on-hand throughout the event, a testament to the firm's ethos of 360-degree, comprehensive service. This was, of course, alongside the display of Burgess' yachts for sale from distinguished shipyards such as Feadship, Heesen and Benetti...

A hand-picked selection of elite vessels

Mary A

Leading the fleet was the 55.5-metre Mary A. Delivered in 2005 by Feadship De Vries, she showcased her owner's "keen eye for design" alongside an extensive 2021/2022 refit that left her in immaculate condition (including a fully modified sundeck, upgraded engines and freshly painted hull). Accommodation is for 10 guests in five cabins, with her sumptuous master cabin newly fitted with a his and hers bathroom. With ample communal spaces on board, guests can congregate over dinner or cocktails in the skylounge, the airy main saloon or the formal dining room, to name a few.

Ice Bear

Another Feadship, the 52-metre Ice Bear is a classic De Voogt vintage that has only been privately used since her delivery in 1988. Her full-beam master cabin features a private study, walk-in wardrobe, his and hers en suite and oversized windows for abundant natural light. She also boasts a transatlantic range of 4,850 nautical miles and stowage for two tenders – an 8.5-metre Shamrock sportfisher and a 5.5-metre RIB.

Book Ends

Following Aquamarine as the second hull in Heesen's 5000 Aluminium series, the 50-metre Book Ends was built by an experienced yachtsman and is in as-new condition. Her polished, modern interiors (courtesy of Cristiano Gatto) are a crowd-pleaser, as is the yacht's collection of acclaimed contemporary artwork. With a notably shallow draught (less than 2.2 metres), Book Ends is also able to navigate shallower bays as seen in the Caribbean and Bahamas.


RINA-classed and Righini-styled, the 38.1-metre Inspiration packs a punch in a comparably compact package. Her full-beam master cabin features its own entrance lobby, alongside walk-in closets, his and hers bathrooms (with bathtub and shower) and pop-out terraces on either side. On-deck amenities include a Portuguese bridge fitted with a large Jacuzzi pool and a sundeck which benefits from a well-equipped bar, grill and far-flung ocean views.

For more information on the aforementioned yachts or to find out more about the Burgess' full-service offering, contact the team today.

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