New Cruisers 60 Cantius Arrives at our Tampa Bay Location


A 2017 Cruisers 60 Cantius is now available at our Tampa Bay location. 


This Cruisers 60 Cantius is a loaded one of a kind vessel! Her stunning Maserati Blue Hull is a head turner and nicely complements her white trim. Her luxurious interior features a large salon with a U-shaped settee mid-ship and a Navajo Ivory sofa that can sit 9 to 10 people comfortably. For dining, the coffee table rises and two leaves can extend to accommodate for up to 6 guests. The galley comes complete with all of the amenities of home, such as a plentiful cabinet storage, a stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher. Her helm features a new Raymarine Glass Cockpit package with 17" monitors, Raymarine switching, and joystick docking. Down below she has three spacious staterooms making her a perfect vessel for extended cruising with family or friends.


Say goodbye to a rocking vessel! She is equipped with a Sea Keeper 9 Gyro for ease and stability on the water. She also has exceptional performance IPS 950 Volvo Diesels.


The Cruisers Make Ready Team has worked hard along with our Customer Support Team prepping the boat for your viewing pleasure. Call your Sales Professional today to schedule your private showing.






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Dennis Hill Named the 2016 Recipient of the Perpetual Gulf Legends Award

Orange Beach, Alabama: Child actor Spanky McFarland brought laughter, energy, compassion and devoted friendship to the beloved Our Gang comedy films in the 1930s. Now, 80 years later, another Spanky is being honored for the same wonderful traits, with marinas and tournament weigh scales replacing Hollywood sets.

In a special ceremony at the captain's meeting for this year's Blue Marlin Grand Championship, Dennis "Spanky" Hill was named the recipient of the 2016 perpetual Gulf Legends Award Wednesday evening. The award was created to recognize those who have made a significant long-term impact on sport fishing in the Gulf of Mexico, whether they are boat owners, sponsors, captains, crew, tournament volunteers or others. Hill has worked in the marine and sport-fishing industry his entire life. He currently serves as the tournament liaison and public relations repre-sentative for Galati Yacht Sales, based in Destin, Florida. 

"I can't think of a better recipient for this year's award than Spanky," said BMGC Tournament Director Scott Burt. "He's always there whenever anyone needs help, whether that's tracking down a critical part, rigging baits, hanging banners or muscling fish to the scales. He always has a smile on his face and a twinkle in his eye. But he never seeks out the spotlight; he's as humble and hard-working as they come. Spanky is the epitome of all that is good and wonderful about this great sport."

Spanky was born in Somerville, New Jersey and moved to Bradenton, Florida with his family as a teenager. His initiation in the marine industry began while working for his father at the family owned Trailer Estates Marina in Bradenton. From painting boat bottoms to selling parts, gas, bait, setting up events or delivering boats, Spanky did whatever was needed. That broad experience and "can-do" attitude was the springboard for his next career phase.

Joe Galati, who was the managing partner at the Galati Perico Harbor Marina, hired Spanky to work in the rigging department in the early 1990s. As Galati Yacht Sales grew, he continued to demonstrate his versatility and commitment, moving from Anna Maria to St. Petersburg before finally settling at the Destin office in 2003 in his current position.  
Spanky loves to fish and has competed in the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic with A Work of Art and Controlled Chaos in previous events. While fishing with Capt. Chris Galati aboard the Team Galati Viking during the Pensacola International Billfish Tournament in 2006, he landed his first blue marlin, a 383-pounder. To celebrate one of the happiest days of his life, Spanky had an image of the marlin tattooed on his leg. 

When he's not fishing or working tournaments and boat shows, Spanky enjoys riding his Harley Davidson with his wife of 36 years, Beth, cooking BBQ for family and friends or walking his faithful dog, Cody.

The Gulf Legends commemorative piece, an original custom painting from marine artist Larry Rackley, represents an uplifting of the sport by the individuals who have worked so hard over the years to make it successful. The award is presented annually during the Blue Marlin Grand Championship and will be on permanent display at The Wharf Marina Outfitters Store, located at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama.
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Reports From the Rip: And We Fish As Well


Absolutely STUNNING shot of Bitter End, Virgin Gorda, BVIs

Blue Heaven Docked at Bitter End. 

Fishing is only part of the fun and games on the Blue Heaven. Some boats travel to locations like the Bahamas, Dominican Republic or the Virgin Islands and never do anything but fish. Theres nothing wrong with that but those boats really are missing out on a better part of the experiences to be had while traveling. Over the past week, we caught Blue Marlin, Snorkeled, Swam in clear water, explored rock formations, hung out on the Willy T, and even got chased by a little weather. 
Last week a few days before the boss arrived, I asked if Dan and I could do a pre fishing day. He said yes so, Dan and I took the boat to the South Drop. We did not have much luck all morning and Dan was really giving me hell about the fact that there are suppose to be big fish here in St Thomas. At about 12:30 Dan had to eat his words. We were pulling a five lure spread plus two teasers. Suddenly, the right long came out of the clip and started dumping line. My first instinct was to come off the bridge and help Dan clear the rest of the lines so we could back down on the hooked fish. But the Line was peeling off the reel so fast that I had to start backing down right away so that we did not get spooled. Dan scurried around the cockpit clearing lines and teasers. All the while the line was emptying off the spool despite me backing down. Once Dan cleared the spread, He harnessed up and locked into an hour long battle. We knew it was a nice fish but had still not had a good look at her. When she finally came to the surface she was a big one. We guess she was ( with no exaggeration)  around 550-600 lbs.  Dan reeled till he could reach the leader, Stuck the rod in the rod holder and wired his own fish. For those of you that have marlin fished you know that this was an exciting feat. For those of you that have not done this type of fishing. I only hope that you get to experience the thrill just once in your life. 
Once the boss and his guests arrive, We took the boat over to Sopers Hole at Bitter End BVIs. We cleared customs to enter the BVIs and tied up at Sopers Hole Marina. The next morning we headed to the North Drop. The North drop is where the reef line drops from 200 feet of water to a few thousand feet and stretches along the North of the US Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands. We had an OK day catching a Blue Marlin and a White Marlin at one point there were three boats all around us hooked up at the same time but we could not buy another bite. After fishing, we ran into Virgin Gorda to Levricks Bay Marina. Levricks is a pretty little marina nestled into the west side of the bay on the east end of Virgin Gorda. On Friday nights, they do a bad ass Caribbean BBQ / Party. The food is served buffet style. I am not a big fan of buffets but this one is outstanding. There was pulled pork, chicken, ribs, fish, Caribbean mac and cheese.... All the sides you can imagine for a bbq. But, best of all is their cole slaw. I could eat just the cole slaw for a meal. Oh and there are easy deserts as well. All of the seating is placed along the beach overlooking the marina. There are strings of lights hung between the palm trees that really set the mood. All of this starts at about 7 pm. By 8pm there is a live band that plays the obligatory caribbean songs you all know by heart. By 8;30 the band begins getting the crowd involved. At about 9 pm The Jumbie dancers come out. The Jumbie dancers are Carnival attired dancers on 6-8- foot tall stilts. Lets keep in mind that the dance floor is sand. They dance with the crowd and get the people really going. At 9:30 Its time for me to go to bed but the party I am told goes on for hours. I highly recommend this event to anyone visiting the BVIs. (make a reservation though)
The Next day we fished off of Anagoda Island in the BVIs. We had two blues that bite but just did not stay hooked and a third blue marlin that came into the spread that would not eat. That night we went into Bitter End Marina. It is a favorite the boss and I. The dark green mountains that surround the marina roll straight down to azure blue clear waters. The first pic at the top of the page is at Bitter End. On sunday we put away the fishing gear and just played. Our first stop was at the Baths. The Baths at Virgin Gorda is a place where there are giant borders at the waters edge that are all piled up against each other. The tidal pools in, under, and around these rocks are what give the place the name " The Baths." After the Baths we took the boat to the Indians. The indians are a set of rocks that I guess have some sort of resemblance to indians. The reef around the Indians is beautiful to snorkel. That afternoon we took the boat to Norman's Island and grabbed a mooring ball right next to the Willy T. ( A floating rusty relic that is a floating bar.) The guys had a great time. Although, It was a bit subdued from its normal debauchery likely because it was fathers day. 
I turned on my phone to check the weather later in the afternoon at the Willy T and saw that there was some bad weather pushing in our way, so we left the Willy T and spent the night at Peter Island. 
All and all it was a great time had by all. Its just a shame so many other boat crews never get to go do some of the fun things that we do.    
Written by: Captain Ed Thompson aboard the Blue Heaven

Saba Rock BVIs


Bitter End Marina Tortola


Sir Lance alot

white marlin that ate a Braziliano??????????

Let me go!!!!

Blue one in the spread 

Blue Heaven at Bitter end marin

Blue one

All lit up

Blue marlin
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Vikings Win Big at the Cajun Canyons Tournament



 The 12th annual Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic, presented by H&E Equipment Services, the second leg of The Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship, is now in the record books. With a fleet of 45 boats, ranging in length from 32' to 95', our participants fished for a total purse of $657,900.00 plus trophies and prizes. 


Our festivities started Tuesday evening, May 31 with our Dock Party, sponsored by our host facility, Cypress Cove Lodge & Marina. Everyone enjoyed the boiled shrimp and smoked pork and a good time was had by all. Wednesday, June 1, was our official Registration Day, Captains Meeting, and Kick Off Party. As usual, we were slammed with last minute arrivals of boats-the Mustad bags were a hit. Acme Oyster House lived up to their reputation at our Kick Off Party, sponsored by Le Beouf Towing, with seafood pasta, oyster bar, lima bean soup, fried fish, and of course, bread pudding. 


Thursday, June 2, started a little slow (as a result of too much fun Wednesday night maybe?). Optional entries closed at 1:00 pm with a total payout of $657,900.00 with 45 boats. Father Gerry Stapleton from St. Patrick's Cathedral of Port Sulphur, Louisiana visited to continue our tradition of the Blessing of the Fleet. At 4:00 pm, boats departed for the river, the rip, rigs, Mississippi Canyon and Green Canyon in the Gulf of Mexico, led by Chasin Tail an 80' Weaver, with owner John Engquist of H&E Equipment Services and Captain Clayt James. 


Friday, June 3, our phones started ringing early at 7:15 am, with Team Wild Hooker a 68' Blackwell with Captain Shane O'Brien and owner Allen Stuart calling in a 116" Blue Marlin in the boat, with Guy Arrington as the angler - the bite was on. Shortly thereafter, the releases started coming in with Born2Run, a 63' Hatteras GTcalling in a Blue Marlin release at 7:25 am and You Never Know!, a 72' F&S calling at 7:41 am with a Blue Marlin release. At 8:30 am, Team Click Through, a 68' Wanchese with owner Keith English and Captain Matt Mauldwin called in a 116" Blue Marlin in the boat for angler Lopaka Robello. Both boats were coming in Friday afternoon--it was going to be close with the same lengths! Team Click Through hit the scales at 2:13 pm with a 672.2 Blue Marlin --would it hold up with Team Wild Hooker yet to weigh in? Wild Hooker hit the scales at 5:17 pm with their 116" Blue Marlin that weighed 635.1 lbs. We then had Team Bimini Babe on their 74' Viking with owner Floyd "Babe" Appling and Captain Lee Weidner bring in a 541 lb Bluefin Tuna for angler Trey Thormahlen. Bimini Babe bought their entry fee through the Houston Big Game Fishing Club charity auction. They chose to burn over 600 gallons of fuel and lose 9 hours of fishing to bring in their Bluefin tuna and not waste the meat. Then, Captain Pat Ivie and owner Matt McDonald, on their 68' Viking Breathe Easy called in to report a 104" Blue Marlin at 8:20 pm for angler Rick Olsen. They chose to overnight at Port Eads and weigh in Saturday. Our total releases for Friday were 11 Blue Marlin and 5 White Marlin, with Team You Never Know! and angler Sydney Turner having 2 Blue Marlin releases aboard their 72' F&S with Captain Joey Birbeck and owner Thomas Turner. Team Done Deal, a 70' Viking with owner Jon Gonsoulin and Captain Jason Buck, also had 2 Blue Marlin releases on Friday. 


Saturday, June 4, was a bit slower, but not by much, with 5 Blue Marlin releases and 1 White Marlin released. Our total releases were 16 Blue Marlin and 6 White Marlin. Born2Run called in their second Blue Marlin release at 9:39 am. Team Breathe Easy hit the scales at 12 noon with a 392.3 lb Blue Marlin for angler Rick Olsen. Acme Oyster House again outdid themselves at our Saturday night party, sponsored by Florida Marine Transporters, boiled shrimp, Cajun jambalaya, gumbo, fried fish, Natchitoches meat pies, and all the trimmings. Thanks Acme Oyster House. 



Sunday morning, our Awards Breakfast was hosted by our Presenting Sponsor H&E Equipment Services with food by Cypress Cove Grill--thank you Charlotte and Rene! 

Click Through, with angler Lopaka Robello took first place Blue Marlin, weighing in at 672.2 lbs, paying them $122,400.00. Second place Blue Marlin went to angler Guy Arrington, fishing on the Wild Hooker, weighing in at 635.1 lbs, paying them $73,980.00 . Third place Blue Marlin went to angler Rick Olsen on the Breathe Easy, weighing in at 392.3 lbs, paying them $45,720.00. 


Our Release division, sponsored by the good people at Release Marine, was won by You Never Know!, with two Blue Marlin releases, all caught by female angler Sydney Turner, won $74,025.00. Second place Release went to Done Deal, based on time, with two Blue Marlin releases, winning $71,415.00. Our third place Release winner was Born2Run, with two Blue Marlin releases, winning $45,810.00. Born2Run lost their steering Friday morning and chose to stay out--congratulations Captain Myles Colley for a job well done with no steering! All winners received gorgeous, custom teak-inlay Release Marine step boxes. Love you Sam and Melissa--simply the best 


Our Wahoo division was won by angler Ryan Brock, fishing with Scott Cooper, on the 37' Freeman, Triple C, powered by quad Yamaha Outboards, with Captain Marlin Brown; his 1st place Wahoo weighed 65.7 lbs and paid them $4,950.00. Second place wahoo, was angler Dan MacMaster, fishing with owner Dan Haeuser and Captain Jimmy Crochet on their 61' Viking, Conundrum, weighing in at 46.4 lbs and paid them $7,470.00. Our third place wahoo was caught by angler Chris Britton fishing on owner Sean Ely's 56' Viking Pour Intentions, with Captain Hunter Forbes, weighing in at 38.6 lbs and paying them $1,980.00. 


Our Tuna division was won by Laurie McVay Jones, fishing with Captain Scooter Porto and owner Rocky Jones on their 56' Viking Reel Addiction. Her winning yellowfin tuna weighed 165.3 lbs and paid them $17,100.00. Second place tuna was Junior Angler Gage Herberger fishing on the 60' Hatteras Duke, with Jay Lauricella, winning them $10,800.00. Our third place tuna was caught by angler Gary Graves, fishing on the 55' Ricky Scarborough, Lisa Jo, with owner Michael Lovett and Captain Logan Lovett, weighing in at 136.1 lbs, paying them $6,480.00. 


Our Dolphin division was won by angler Larry Wireman, fishing on his 64' Viking Carib with captain Luke Crenshaw weighing in at 30.9 lbs, paying them $5,175.00. Second place dolphin was angler J.D. Hebert, fishing with his dad onboard his 58' Viking Geaux Deep, weighing in at 27.7 lbs. Third place Dolphin went to angler Sherry Polk fishing with Captain Mike Roberto and her husband Buell Polk on their "loaner" Viking 61, weighing in at 26.0 lbs and paying them $2,070.00 


Our Top Female Angler Trophy, sponsored by The Roosevelt Hotel-New Orleans went to Sydney Turner on You Never Know!, with two Blue Marlin releases for 1000 points. She was awarded a weekend stay at the historic Roosevelt Hotel, along with a Spa Gift Certificate, a pink Taiga Cooler, and a custom re-marked print from Steve T Goione. Thank you Mr. Sam! 


Our Top Youth Angler Trophy, in memory of Jim Peachey, was awarded to Jaselyn Berthelot, releasing her first billfish, a Blue Marlin, and weighing in a 103 lb yellowfin tuna, a 37 lb yellowfin tuna and a 24.5 lb Dolphin, totaling 665.4 points. It was her first Blue Marlin catch, so yes, she got to go swimming! She was fishing with her dad, Toby Berthelot on his 52' Viking Rising Sons. Jaselyn also received a custom Taiga Cooler and a custom re-marked print from Steve T Goione. 


During our tournament, we hosted a silent auction to benefit The Billfish Foundation and were able to raise $7,290.00 for them to carry on their good work, especially in the Gulf of Mexico. Thanks to Professional Sports Shop, Captain Kevin Beach of Mexican Gulf Fishing Company, Captain Chris Wilson of Rivers End Outfitters, Faux Pas Prints, Taiga Coolers, LLC, Davis Hardesty of Boscoe Lures, and everyone that donated and purchased items, it will be money well spent by The Billfish Foundation. 


All our winning Captains received waterproof Captains Bags compliments of Mustad Hooks and Professional Sports Shop, custom Taiga Coolers, a gift certificate from Maui Jim Sunglasses, a gift bucket from our friends at TABASCO, along with an embroidered Columbia jacket and portable cell phone chargers from, Inc. Additionally, our 1st Place Winners received custom, remarked prints from our Official Marine Artist, Steve T Goione. Team You Never Know! winning 1st Place Release, Top Female Angler, and Top Boat needed a truck to carry home their prizes-Congratulations to female angler Sydney Turner and Captain Joey Birbeck for a job well done. 


A special recognition goes out to Team Over Ride for stopping their tournament fishing to transfer 5 gallons of oil to a boat in distress--way to go Captain Ryan Doxey and owner Marty Griffith! True fishermen never abandon another fisherman in distress. Karma paid off for Team Over Ride, releasing a Blue Marlin shortly after their good deed. 


Our Top Billfish Boat Trophy, the C.R. Bob Potter Memorial Trophy, was awarded to You Never Know!, with 1,000 points. As our Top Billfish Boat, they won an invitation to fish the Offshore World Championship in 2017. 


We would like to thank our loyal sponsors, old and new participants, the staff of both Cypress Cove Marina & Lodge and Venice Marina along with our tournament staff for a wonderful week in southern Plaquemines Parish! See you in Venice next year or trolling the rip. 


Steve Thomas Tournament Director

Originally Published by the Cajun Canyons Fishing Tournament 

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Galati Yacht Sales Expands into Mexico



(May 2016, New Gretna, New Jersey) The Viking Yacht Company has announced that Galati Yacht Sales has been appointed as its dealer of record for Mexico, and will represent the complete Viking product line of its world famous sportfishing convertibles and luxury motor yachts from 42 to 92 feet. An award winning Viking Yachts dealer since 1997, Galati Yacht Sales, a family owned and operated business with third generation members involved throughout the company’s day-to-day operations is based in Anna Maria, Florida, with additional locations on the southwest coast, and panhandle of Florida, as well as offices in Orange Beach, Alabama, Galveston, Texas, and Costa Rica. 


Galati’s newest location is at V & V Marina, a world class facility, which can accommodate yachts up to 200 feet and is just 10 minutes from the heart of Cancun. The marina offers multiple services and features including a full service boat yard and premium fuels. Clearing customs at the marina also can be arranged for Galati customers, as well as all visiting Viking yacht owners. Galati owners taking delivery of anew Viking yacht or visiting the area will also be treated to VIP concierge services.“The people, the waters and the fishing are superb in Cancun,” says Carmine Galati, of Galati Yacht Sales, “and we are excited to be able to branch out into this fabulous location to offer new and wonderful experiences to our customers who fully appreciate the Viking lifestyle. I expect to see a lot of Vikings here and have already begun planning our first fishing tournament.” 


Viking Yachts, President and CEO, Patrick Healey said, “Carmine and his family have been an integral part of the Viking family for many years and his representation of Viking in Mexico will be an excellent addition to our international appeal.”


Off to fast start, in its first month of operation Galati Yacht Sales has delivered a Viking 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible, a Viking 80 Convertible and a Viking 55 Convertible to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They also have sponsored tournaments in Isla Mujeres, Cancun, and Cozumel, and hosted an event to celebrate their expansion into Mexico.

Michael Galati, Carmine Galati, Pat Healey, and Juan Guedez on the Viking 62


The  "Cosme Alberti Nartinez Magana" tournament

V&V Marina



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