The cards have been printed and the Associacao Brasileria De Superiates, otherwise known as the Brazilian Superyacht Association, is officially operative according to senior associate Adam Tarleton, speaking to at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.

Tarleton, whose company Brazil Yacht Support Services provides logistical support to superyachts undertaking the significant journey down the Amazon, said the establishment of the association represented an important landmark in the country's short superyacht history.

In his own work as a yacht agent Tarleton has had plenty of experience of the bureaucratic headaches that have served to stifle the growth of the industry up to now. But with a change of government there is a feeling within this fledgling market that change is afoot.

Brazil Yacht Support Services provides logistical support to superyachts cruising down the Amazon

Legislative reform is key to facilitating the growth of the Brazilian market and Tarleton says the association is the best conduit for securing that. Dialogue with government is the answer he adds, and now that many of the country's top superyacht stakeholders are working together it presents a much more united front.

It's a long road ahead but, in Tarleton's words, it's a case of making the government aware that "big boats equal big jobs" and outlining the economic impact of a vibrant superyacht market will guarantee safe passage.

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