Micheal Dukie Said:

I'd like to say "Thank you" again for all of your hard work brokering the sale of "Dukes Rehab". You did an excellent job dealing with the buyers and their agent taking and taking the time to meet with them down at our marina. I know we were in good hands. It seemed only fitting that you would handle the sale of our boat, since you were the one who originally we purchased it through and the one before that! Thanks again!

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Joel & Claudia Artal Said:

I wanted to take the time to let you know about our experience with the sale of (Submariner). This seamless and smooth transition could not have been possible without the help and assistance of Brendon Saporito. Brendon paired the right buyer with the right seller and we are so happy and pleased that our boat has gone to a home and a new owner that was as excited about Submariner as we are. Throughout the course of the transaction Brendon was involved, attentive, and concerned with all aspects and details of the transaction. I believe that this is the 3rd transaction that we have had the pleasure to work with Brendon including both sides of the sale and we are certainly confident that it will not be the last.

Needless to say, we have grown very fond of Brendon and we consider him much more than our boat broker, we consider him a friend. We would also like to thank the Galati team and back office for their support and making everything look easy. In our opinion Brendon Saporito and Galati Yachts are a winning combination. Thank you both for making it happen!

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Luxury cruiser manufacturer Maritimo, which struck a winner with its all new Maritimo M65 cruising motor yacht, has now launched a 'mini version', the M61 cruising motor yacht which has a lower priced entry level while providing many of the same features and benefits of its bigger sibling. 


The M65, which was publicly launched at this month's Sanctuary Cove International Boat Show, has been a popular model for the company with negotiations now underway on boat number seven, but Maritimo saw a niche for a similar styled vessel that sat between the M65 and the M58. 


The first M61 cruising motor yacht is in build and will be delivered to its Gold Coast owner in February next year. The owner has had three Maritimo's previously. 


Big boat enthusiasts are expected to embrace the new M61, which requires less berthing space than its larger sibling, has almost all the same features, albeit proportionally smaller, and is priced under $2.5 million. 


The company expects strong orders for this model and will be revealing detailed drawings and specifications on it at the mid-year Sydney International Boat Show.


"Like the M65 this is a serious motor yacht and the interest we have had in this new model has been tremendous," according to Maritimo Sales and Marketing Manager Greg Haines. 


"The boat can come as a three cabin three bathroom configuration or four cabins and two bathrooms or you can even have an office by eliminating one of the bathrooms. 


"It has the full beam master suite and virtually everything else that the M65 delivers only slightly smaller. "It will be ideal for people who have limited berthing area and cannot accommodate the M65. 


"It is a go anywhere motoryacht which can accommodate a family in style, safety and comfort for some genuine blue water passage making." 


Mr Haines said the M61 was powered by D13 900's and could be set up to include crew quarters or accommodate a gyro. Interiors would include the popular Wenge timber finish and the soft furnishings and fit out would be the same as the M65 in terms of quality. 


Mr Haines said with Maritimo's super efficient shaft drive and hull design technology the company is able to deliver even better fuel consumption figures than its competitors using pod-drives across the full range of Maritimo models and he says the M61 will be no exception. 

Maritimo has estimated that with fuel capacity of 5700 litres it will have a range of 750 nautical miles at a speed of 21-22 knots.


Catering is a breeze with a massive galley with the option of side-by-side domestic sized refrigerators. Miele appliances are standard. 


Room to relax and kick back is no problem with the saloon lounge being 2.5metres long. 

Mr Haines said the flybridge was similarly large and there were options for convertible berths, relocatable tables and a wet bar. 


"Some of our buyers like the idea of having a separate area for their teenage children to have their own space," he said. 


He said like the M65 the new M61 could have the popular Euro style transom or it could be optioned to have Maritimo's traditional island transom or a fishing version. 


Originally published by: Martitimo Yachts

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New Record Set with 899.6-Pound Blue Marlin

Miramar Beach, Fla. (June 23, 2015) – For the captain and crew of Cotton Patch, the 13th Annual Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic (ECBC) was anything but unlucky. Lance Hill from Orange Beach, Alabama labored for almost five hours on Friday afternoon before reeling in an event record 899.6-pound blue marlin. The record billfish was measured at 134.5-inches with a girth of 74-inches to earn Team Cotton Patch first place and a payout of $195,277 for a tournament that doled out more than $1.5 million in winnings. The Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort is the host venue for the event which took place June 17-21.
For captain/owner Johnny Dorland, this ECBC championship win is about much more than simply dollars and cents. “I caught my first billfish, a sail, in 1968 when I was 13 years old, out of Orange Beach, Alabama,” Dorland says. “So to come out on top in a tournament of this caliber, competing all summer against guys you respect and to do it with friends and family is very gratifying. Sure the money is nice. But to catch a fish like this one is definitely rewarding. And we’re not stopping. We’re going to keep after it until we catch another one that weighs 101 pounds more. That’s our next goal, to boat a grander.”
Bragging rights aside, prize money was a consideration for the other teams fishing this thirteenth annual event. A total of $1,586,400 in cash prizes was at stake for the 78 teams entered. And in typical ECBC fashion, that money was paid out to 29 of the teams entered. The grand total was pooled from entry fees and optional cash entries for different divisions, including marlin weight, billfish catch and release, and game fish categories for tuna, dolphin and wahoo.
Owner Keith English, Capt. Matt Mauldwin and the rest of Team Click Through is not going home to Gulf Breeze, Florida, empty-handed. For boating the third-largest blue marlin, a 548-pounder, along with a 150-pound yellowfin tuna, the team won $173,002 in tournament and jackpot money.
Lady angler Laurie Jones, her husband Rocky Jones, Capt. Scooter Porto and the team aboard Reel Addiction is better off thanks to Laurie’s second-place 551.0 blue marlin. Total winnings for crew, jackpot and tourney award came out to $146,430.Reel Addiction also released one blue and weighed a 31.6-pound dolphin during the event.
In the close catch-and-release standings, Pier Pressure, a 50 Viking from Grande Isle, Louisiana, won $86,220 as the top overall release boat. It accrued 1,875 points for three blues, one white and one unidentified billfish release. Capt. Brain T. Lord of New Iberia, Louisiana, is the skipper of Pier Pressure. Capt. Danny Smith and Team Shameless was named the top crew for releasing one blue and two white marlin ($6,300). A total of 43 billfish were caught during the 2015 contest, including 28 blue marlin and 15 white marlin.
Cut-N-Run, a 64 Tribute based in Lake Charles, Louisiana, with Capt. Geoff Collins on the wheel, took second-place release honors for two blues released ($105,030), followed by Pair-A-Dice, a 66 Viking from Destin, Florida, also for two blues based on time. Capt. Gary Smith and his team won $107,527. Born2Run owner Dana Foster and Capt. Myles Colley and their team also released two blue marlin to win $79,627 for jackpots and the third-place crew award.
Jeremy Branning, Capt. Gary Matherne and Team Rigged Right took the first place tuna prize for a 175.3-pound yellowfin ($37,810). The other top tuna boats wereJubilee, Southern Miss, Fransea, Quick Time and Traders Hill. Forty yellowfin tuna were weighed in, for a cumulative total of 4,192 pounds.
The dolphin leaderboard changed several times throughout Saturday night’s weigh-in. In the end CE angler Scott Cooper and Capt. Russell Craft emerged the winner with a 47-pound bull, worth $93,970. Other big dolphin cash winners included Dont Blink, Ono Ocean, Black Tip and Trust Fun. Fifty-two dolphin were caught amongst the fleet.
Only 20 wahoo were tallied this year, with Scott Harris aboard Back Down2 the top winner with a 61.3-pound speedster. Capt. Gary Jarvis guided the team to its $52,086 payout. Capt. Neal Foster and his team aboard Intense caught the second-place wahoo, followed by Sherry Polk aboard Share-E. Other wahoo jackpot winners included Wynsong, Maverick and Sea Wolff.
Pier Pressure won the Top Release Team Award sponsored by Galati Yacht Sales/Viking Yachts, as well as an invitation to fish the Offshore World Championship. In the individual angler awards, Lance Hill was named the top overall ECBC and World Billfish Series angler for his record-setting blue aboard Cotton Patch. Carrie Gerber won top release and top lady angler honors on Cut-N-Run.
In the junior angler division, Drew Marshall was named the top billfish junior angler competing aboard Traders Hill. Beau Callais, on Colby Jean, earned recognition in the junior game fish category.
“What a week! We set new records for the number of boats entered, plus the new benchmark for blue marlin,” says Tournament Director Adam Alfonso. “The weather was beautiful, the fishing was awesome and I’d like to thank all the participating teams as well as all our wonderful sponsors for another fantastic event. The only way to top this one is to hit $2 million and weigh a grander next year.”
Known as the richest big-game tournament in the Gulf of Mexico, the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic is hosted by Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort. ORCA Coolers was the 2015 Presenting Sponsor. Wind Creek Casino & Hotel-Atmore was the official Hotel Partner. Next year’s ECBC will be held on June 22-26, 2016.

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Al and Susan Said:

galati yachts service testimonialI just wanted to say thanks for the great service in our time of need.

We were broke down in Apalachicola on a Sunday with a bad starter for our engine on our way back from south Florida. I forgot it was Sunday and I called you that night. Not only did you answer the phone but you arranged for the part and service to have it installed. You really went the extra mile and we appreciated it.

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