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Galati Maritimo Muster in Key West For Super Boat Races

Galati Yacht Sales and Maritimo Yacht owners rendezvoused at the Superboat World Championships in Key West, FL to cheer on the Gold Coast Maritimo Offshore Racing team.

 

Festivities started Thursday with a kickoff party aboard GYS M58 and M64 Yachts at Stock Island Marina. Throttle man Ross Willaton made a guest appearance. Fans were able to take photos and raise their glasses to wish Ross and the rest of the Maritimo Race Team good luck in the upcoming races for the weekend.



On Friday, race fans boarded the Maritimo Yachts and headed out to watch the races.  Siting at turn one, guests were able to enjoy the energy and excitement. Unfortunately, for the Maritimo team, a blower belt to the supercharger failed during the start of the race.


 

Friday night Team Galati and Team Maritimo attended the Boat Parade on Duval Street and the VIP cocktail party at Lik Art Gallery.

 

Saturday, the Maritimo mechanical team rushed into action and had the boat ready for final day of racing on Sunday. Team Galati and Fans took the opportunity to tour Key West and join in camaraderie of the festivities around town.  All in our matching race shirts!


 

Sunday is Final Race Day! Race fans met at Stock Island Marina for lunch on the docks and then headed out to the races! 

Maritimo was running neck and neck with the boat that ultimately won the world championships when a blown steering hose ended their hopes.

 

 

 The boat was traveling at more then 120MPH when the failure occurred and the vessel was sent spinning around and slammed stern first into the water breaking a tunnel tab completely off. “They were neck and neck with the CMS Offshore Racing boat that ultimately won and had it not been for the steering hose mishap things would have been very different,” say Greg Haines, Maritimo Sales and Marketing Manager.

 

Everyone was safe and the race fans still had a wonderful time despite the mishap and plan to attend the Maritimo Muster with Galati Yacht Sales to cheer on Team Maritimo next year! 

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Maritimo Racing in the World Championship

 

Gold Coast based Maritimo Offshore Racing was running neck and neck with the boat that ultimately won the  world championships at the  Key West based  Superboat World Championships last weekend when a blown steering hose ended their hopes.

 

The team had run fourth in the first day of racing last Wednesday and was travelling well on Friday when a blower belt to the supercharger failed. The Maritimo mechanical team rushed into action and had the boat ready for the final day of racing on Sunday.

 

Maritimo's International Sales and Marketing Manager Greg Haines said the team was going extremely well in the Sunday event until the mechanical failure.

 

"They were neck and neck with the CMS Offshore Racing boat that ultimately won and had it not been for the steering hose mishap things would have been very different," said Haines.

 

"The boat was travelling at more than 120 miles per hour when the failure occurred and the vessel was sent spinning around slamming stern first into the water breaking a tunnel tab completely off."

 

Maritimo's race boat was crewed by long time Maritimo race team member and throttle man, Ross Willaton, and driver Travis Thompson.

 

It was powered by two 1500 horsepower engines and is a tried and proven performer in international standard racing.

 

 Prior to heading to the USA Willaton tipped that the Miss Geico and CMS teams were the ones to beat.

 

Willaton said the Aussie team's race boat had been set up by Maritimo's team manager and engine builder, Kurt Davies who, along with Andrew Willaton, were the mechanical crew in Key West.

 

He said the boat would now be shipped back to Australia where it would be repaired, refined and undergo more testing.  Haines said the Maritimo team would be back bigger and better again next year.

 

He said the experience gained at the coal face of international offshore racing was invaluable in the design and performance of the company's production cruisers.

 

"No other Australian manufacturer, and actually very few internationally, have the benefit of the learnings we gain from serious offshore racing which can ultimately be built into our production boats," he said.

 

Maritimo had a large on water display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show which started on November 3rd and a significant contingent of owners and Maritimo fans went to the World Championships from the boat show. A Maritimo owners' muster was held as part of the pre- World Championship activities.

 

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Reading the American Market

Written By: Ben Roberts

Orginally Published by Superyachts.com 

 

 

Galati Yacht Sales is coming into the winter season on the tail winds of an extremely successful year, but with the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show – or The Superbowl, as COO of Galati Yacht Sales Darren Plymale puts it – only days away, we find out how Galati reads the market to effectively place their inventory in the right waters.

 

A Positive Year
The U.S. brokerage firm is bringing its largest inventory ever to the docks of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, and after delivering over four yachts over 100ft in the second quarter with 1 sale over 200’, the positivity of the American market is already apparent in the face of imminent change.

 

“That momentum was able to carry us through to the summer, again loading the cannons and gaining quality listings supports our show efforts with getting back out to the market," explains Plymale.

 

“It’s our largest display of product we’ve ever had in the show and when you look at it, we’re displaying over 100 million dollars in listings in a time where the pre-owned market is as competitive as ever in 8 years. Simply because the available listings are shrinking.”

 

With shows like Fort Lauderdale presenting a platform for hundreds of yachts spread across over three million square feet, Galati Yacht Sales looks at just more than an opportunity to show people on the docks on board.

 

The Indicators
“We call Ft Lauderdale and Miami the World Series and the Superbowl," adds Plymale. "It’s just a matter of timing, it could be the economy, it could be consumer confidence, it could be the stock market.”


“When you take a look at it, our stock market is hovering over 18, our consumer confidence is over 100 and our fuel costs are still way down as we’re looking at around 45 dollars a barrel.” 


“Our interest rates are still extremely aggressive; we have so many positive factors although we have one of the craziest elections going on. I think people are looking past that and making their decisions regardless and saying ‘We have worked very hard over the last few years and looking to go have fun with our family and friends.” 


“That’s what we start looking at for headwind and the signs now are very positive. There’s a lot of wind in the sails, those indicators are all pointing at positive trends.” 

 

With a team of professionals boiling down the key factors, a view on gaining high quality listings and then attaching key market predictions to marketing and sales, Galati Yacht Sales is riding a wave of positivity which will take them past the uncertainty of the U.S. elections.

 

We’ll be on the docks of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show with the goal of delivering filmed interviews with experts like Darren Plymale and capturing an in-depth take on the American Market as it stands in the face of the U.S. elections and beyond.

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Maritimo Confident as World Championships Near

 

Gold Coast based Maritimo Offshore Racing is gearing up to take on the world at the  Key West based  Superboat World Championships early next month with their race boat already on its way to the USA.

 

Long time Maritimo race team member and throttle man, Ross Willaton, said their boat is equipped with 1500 horsepower engines and is a tried and proven performer which he expects will be very competitive.

 

"Last year we did not have the benefit of time to iron out all the bugs in the boat we raced, but this boat not only has plenty of power , it is a proven performer and it is also  reliable so we will be right up there I am sure ," he said.

 

Willaton leaves Australia on October 21st to be on site when the ship carrying the race boat arrives in Savannah at the end of the month.

 

Once the boat is unloaded he will then take it to Riviera Beach where one of the top teams in the competition, Miss Geico, has again allowed the Aussies to share their race team facilities.

 

"Miss Geico is one of the toughest competitors around and it is an honour to be able to share their facilities and base our team there," said Willaton.

 

When the flag drops at Key West early in November Willaton will be at the throttles of the Maritimo entry and Travis Thompson will be at the wheel. They hope they can repeat the team's 2012 performance whenthey took out the world championships.

 

He said the Miss Geico and CMS teams were the ones to beat.

 

Willaton said the race boat had been set up by Maritimo's team manager and engine builder, Kurt Davies who, along with Andrew Willaton, will be the mechanical crew in Key West.

 

He said the Maritimo team was quietly confident about the World Championships after its impressive performance at the recent Coffs Harbour round of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships.

 

In that event Willaton and Thompson drew pole position and won both races finishing on top in both the Superboat Extreme category and outright.

 

In the Superboat 1000 category Andrew Willaton and Andrew Searle, in the Maritimo #12 boat, came third in both the Coffs Harbour races.

 

"We are very competitive at the moment so things are looking good for Key West."

 

Maritimo's International Sales and Marketing Manager, Greg Haines, said the experience gained at the coal face of international offshore racing was invaluable in the design and performance of the company's production cruisers.

 

"No other Australian manufacturer, and actually very few internationally, have the benefit of the learnings we gain from serious offshore racing which can ultimately be built into our production boats," he said.

 

Maritimo will have a large on water display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show starting on November 3rd and a significant contingent of owners and Maritimo fans would be going to the World Championships from the boat show. A Maritimo owners' muster is going to be held as part of the pre- World Championship activities.

 

"The USA will certainly know that the Australian's have arrived," said Haines. Maritimo dealer partners from around the world will be at Fort Lauderdale."

 

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Championship Yacht Village

 

The College Football Playoff National Championship is coming to Raymond James Stadium on January 9 and Tampa Bay is counting down the days to kickoff.

 

If you’re wondering how to immerse yourself in the center of all the action, look no further than Championship Yacht Village. This exclusive marina will provide VIP-access for dock-space purchasers, in the heart of the College Football Playoff Championship Campus. Local and visiting football fans can travel to Championship Campus via boat and drop anchor on the Hillsborough River at the Convention Center by reserving their space in advance.

 

With convenient waterfront access to downtown Tampa’s vibrant Riverwalk, you’ll have a front row seat and unprecedented access to championship events; not to mention access to a VIP floating bar!

 

It wouldn’t be right to overlook the ultimate reason why people are flocking from all over the country to Tampa Bay the first week of January. If Championship Yacht Village didn’t already offer enough, those participating will receive a limited number of tickets to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game.

 

On top of the premium hospitality and tickets to the national championship game, there are a number of additional benefits that come with this once in a lifetime opportunity.

 

  • Tickets to the Host Committee’s Pre-Game Hospitality Party
  • Access to Taste of the Championship
  • Access to Playoff Fan Central
  • VIP tickets for AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! Concert series at Curtis Hixon Park
  • Registrations for the Extra Yard for Teachers 5K
  • Option to purchase additional game tickets

 

Championship Yacht Village is a new and exciting concept that has been designed by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission in conjunction with College Football Playoff. It is an event that will bring uniqueness and pizzazz to the celebration of college football in Tampa Bay. This is an event you do not want to miss.

 

The only question you should be asking yourself is… how do I reserve my slip?

For more information or to reserve your slip today, please visit the Championship Yacht Village page. Don’t wait too long, spots are sailing away and the deadline for applications is November 14!

 

Whether you are a Florida native, a snowbird, or an avid college football fan, sail over and drop your anchors at Tampa Bay’s Championship Yacht Village. This inaugural event will be an experience unlike any other!

 

 

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