All Posts From November 2009

Thanksgiving Gratitude

Posted November 25, 2009 by Fantasea Yachts Team

photo Our Thanksgiving Potluck...Delicious!

Our Thanksgiving Potluck…Delicious!

On behalf of all of us at FantaSea, we are grateful to you, our Customer, for allowing us to succeed in business over the past 30 years and allowing us to dream and plan for the next 30 years.

Personally, I am grateful for the opportunity to be a Husband, Father, Son, Brother, Boss, Friend, Member of the World and the challenge of wearing all of these hats with humility, respect, love and care.

Here are a few words from a each of us on the FantaSea Team:

Stephanie: I am thankful for Chocolate, Red Bull and for Animal Fries. I am grateful for the health of my family, my office mates and my friends. I am thankful for the colors and tastes of Autumn and the warmth of the season.

Jasmine: I’m thankful that we’ve continued to grow as a business even through these tough commercial times. I’m thankful for the FantaSea family that we’ve been working together with for so many years.

Amy: I am thankful for the opportunities I have been given by moving countries. I am grateful for the new friends and new experiences, old friends and family who’s memories I carry with me always.

John: Each day we travel safely to and fro, working, seeing, tasting, smelling, hearing, touching, walking, hugging, talking, reminiscing, reconciling, crying, laughing, loving, living our lives in the seemingly most mundane ways.  This year I am most grateful for all that I take for granted – things that if removed would be deeply missed.

Leah: This year has brought many changes for me, both personally and professionally. I am thankful for my sweet nephews and darling niece, my family and friends continued good health and the ever loving purr of my two squishy cats.

Linda: I’m thankful for an amazing daughter and fantastic FantaSea family…and of course, the pupstars!

Wishing you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving!


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Weddings: A Mother’s Perspective, Part 2: The Ring!

Posted November 20, 2009 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve encouraged our event and wedding planners here at FantaSea to share with me their feelings on how important the engagement and wedding rings are to the over all planning process and how to determine the value of this financial undertaking.

Clearly the overwhelming attitude was that the choice is so personal to each couple. The rings are often one things to the guys and something completely different to the brides.  My daughter and her future fiancé have been discussing the idea of “The Rings”.  She and I have made a few trips to various jewelry stores and I must say she knows what she wants.  She’s not so concerned with the 4C’s: color, cut, clarity & carat. She’s determining her choice based on what is a reasonable cost and the sentiment of the choice.  For her, the style of the ring is very important, as is the size of the diamond.  What he spends on her ring could be a varied range and she has stated that the standard 2 times his monthly income would be wonderful.  As for him, he’s a bit on the rugged side of things, so she is going with a black titanium style.; we’ve found that this is also a very reasonable priced metal.

With these guidelines in mind, I brought up the subject with my future son-in-law. After all, I have been sent on a mission to insure that he surprises her with what she wants…LOL!!

I was surprised to hear his reaction to this process. He said after watching the girls at a friends “his and hers” wedding shower, ogle over the brides ring, the light went on.  Once he realized how important this piece of jewelry is to her, he was completely on board…he said clearly she wants to be proud of her ring, but more than that, he wants her to find something that she’ll want to wear for the rest of her life.  “The piece will be quality” he said. The kicker was his willingness to spend as much for her ring as he is for the new engine in his Hot Rod he is redoing! I had to ask…”and how much does one of those engines go for?”  When I got the answer I could only reply, “Oh! Well OK!!”  Can’t argue with that!

So here is a picture of HER ring choice resting on her hand.  She is hoping that her dreams will come true, just as every young woman dreams of the day they are proposed to.  This step has been 4 years in the making and when he gets down on his knee and asks for her hand, he needs to have tissues near by, because that tough exterior my daughter has will simply melt away in the moment.

Engagement Ring Photo


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G’Day LA!!

Posted November 12, 2009 by Fantasea Yachts Team

Downtown Sydney, Austrailia

Downtown Sydney, Australia

From Sydney to Los Angeles, an Event Managers Journey…

After many years as an event manager at various well established businesses in Sydney, Australia, I find myself here in Los Angeles. Before beginning my time here at FantaSea Yachts, I worked all over LA doing events from wedding’s, corporate and many parties.

The most significant difference in events between Australia and Los Angeles is mainly cultural.  Most Australians work hard, but on the same token like to play hard as well, so events tend to be more ‘party’ oriented.  In LA, depending on the event, it can be more work oriented and has a definite ‘networking’ feel to it.

Certainly economy of scale is a factor in the differences.  Having experienced many events here in LA, the budgets tend to be higher and events with opulent design can be the norm especially in the entertainment business.

Australians are a very sporty bunch and many of the events are centered around such times in the year where big corporate sponsored sports are watched. For example, the first Tuesday in November is ‘The Melbourne Cup’, a horse race not unlike ‘The Kentucky Derby’ which literally stops the nation to watch for 3 minutes every year.  Every major city in the country will have events on incorporating the racing theme and intertwining fashion, food and of course champagne.

These events are considered culturally to be part of the Australian way and most employers give their staff half days to enjoy such events.  Therefore these events tend to go longer and are usually an all day affair.

Although there are differences the one thing that levels the playing field is the ocean.  I had the privilege of being the events coordinator of Cafe Sydney, a world renown restaurant perched high above Custom’s House overlooking arguably one of the most stunning harbors in the world.  Many people from all over the world came to get a glimpse of Circular Quay and watch the boats meander their way from point to point as they enjoyed their meal.

The ocean has a mystical allure that transcends languages and countries, its flow is not only mesmerizing but also tranquil, and people are drawn to its energy.  It’s one of the reasons I have chosen to work at FantaSea Yachts, as I love the water and enjoy being out on the marina at sunset drifting around the water ways as people enjoy their time on our yachts.


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