New From Maritimo

Since a recent change in representation and distribution for Maritimo Yachts in the Americas, Galati Yacht Sales has been discussing an expanded role with the manufacturer. Joe traveled to Australia to begin this process, and for the past few weeks, we’ve been working on a program that we feel makes sense in todays’ market. Some of our focus has maritimo yachts newsbeen on addressing new customer friendly warranty procedures, standard US equipment lists, simplified pricing, and consolidated model offerings. I’m happy to report that we have made great headway, and we will be representing the American Markets for Maritimo at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.

This comes on the heels of Maritimo’s best year ever in North America. The product continues to improve, and two models have risen to the top of the sales charts this past year, the M50 and the M58. Several of each of these have been delivered in the US and Canada in the past year, and I will be delivering an M50 myself after the show. The Australian currency has adjusted to a more historically typical level, and that has allowed us to get even more competitive than we’ve been in the last few years. Maritimo has also just introduced a new model, the M65, and 5 were sold within just a few of weeks of that announcement. This model will prove to be a great seller in the USA as well.

Here’s the BIG NEWS……..we will have two Martimo’s at the show this year, a 2015 M50 MotorYacht (hull 18), and the newly refined M58 MotorYacht (hull 12). Both are fresh, the M50 having arrived just a week ago, and the M58 discharging in Savannah this coming weekend. BOTH ARE AVAILABLE FOR DELIVERY NOW!

Specification sheets on these two boats will be available shortly, and prior to the show, will have new sheets and Maritimo pricing in place, including the new standard US spec packages, and Special Show Pricing.

Maritimo is showing their commitment to us at the show this year by having company founder and President Bill BarryCotter, International Sales Manager Greg Haines, Rosco Willaton and John McCarthy all in attendance. If there are any questions, please stop by and see us at the show, or contact Brian Dekkinga at 616-550-8162.
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Read full story Leave a comment Review of the Cruisers 390 Express

The all-new Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe was designed both for entertaining underway and at anchor, as well as to be a comfortable, stylish family cruising yacht. The manufacturer’s goal was to achieve more main deck space and functionality for all sorts of uses -- and, provide more space than any boat on the market in class.

One of the advantages of being the newest design in class is the opportunity to survey everything on the market and do them one better. With a main deck living and entertaining space of 157 sq. ft. (14.58 sq. m), a seating scheme that can be rearranged depending on the occasion, full standing headroom at the helm and a sleek, very Euro hardtop profile, the Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe has a lot to offer. Clever innovations make the boat quite versatile -- much more so than traditional express designs.

Distinguishing Features

    - Large cockpit/aft deck
    - Moveable on-deck dinette seating module
    - Sleek hardtop with large standard sunroof
    - Forward cabin salon for maximum seating
    - Sterndrive or IPS pod drive propulsion
    - Sleeps 6 in two cabins
    - Full beam master with love seat
    - Large in-hull windows throughout
    - Large engine room

Innovative Main Deck

The most distinguishing feature of the new Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe is her cockpit/afterdeck. This is where boaters spend most of their time, so this is where the yacht's designers decided to create something remarkably large and functional. There is truly nothing quite like it on the market.

Living Large. The 390 Express Coupe's 157 sq. ft. cockpit/afterdeck was made possible by means of several design decisions. First, the hardtop's windshield was moved forward 3'6" (1.06 m). By doing this the designers could give the boat full standing headroom at the helm and have far better visibility forward than we find on many Euro designs.

Second, instead of running the side decks outside of the afterdeck, it went full-beam with the space available between the gunwales and moved the steps to the side decks forward, just abaft the hardtop enclosure.

Thirdly, afterdeck seating has been moved all the way to the rear of the main deck and has eliminated the traditional transom bulwarks that inevitably push seating forward.

Two easy steps up from the swim platform, the main deck is all one level from the transom gate to the companionway steps. With the expansive, one-piece windshield pushed so far forward, this space feels bigger than its actual measurement. Open the sunroof and it seems ever bigger. The flow of the space is comfortable and can be easily rearranged at the aft seating area.

Two Decks in One

Unique is a word hard to apply to yachts, but we can honestly use it when describing the 390 Express Coupe's afterdeck. Because the port side L-shaped settee can be moved athwartships to create a huge U-shaped banquette with a passage way to the stern on the port side -- or, be moved outboard to the port bulwarks with the passage way aft on the centerline, this space has versatility we have never seen before on an express cruiser this size.

How it Works. By the lifting of one locking pin at the deck, on the port side seat, the entire L-shaped assembly effortlessly glides to the center of the cockpit to meet up with the starboard side seating. Once in place, the locking pin engages into the deck and now a U-shaped seating arrangement has been formed, in seconds. There is no visible track or rail in the deck to trip over or get fouled with water and debris. In either position the afterdeck looks as if it were designed that way as nothing looks temporary or improvised.

Dual Entertainment Modes. With both L-shaped settees pushed out to the yacht’s bulwarks, the afterdeck is entered through low transom gates on the center line. For a cocktail party, the table to starboard can be lowered. Some guests will enjoy sitting there with their drinks easy at hand. Others will prefer sitting to port where they can get up and move around more easily to mingle.

The wet bar counter is polyethylene faux wood that eliminates maintenance and looks remarkably good due to the realistic grain pattern. This console can be optioned-out to fit each owner’s individual life style or entertaining needs.

Al Fresco Dining. Anyone who has been to waterfront marinas in the Mediterranean knows that Europeans love to have dinner with a large number of friends and family on the aft deck of their yacht with the stern facing the quay. In this way, they can keep an eye out for passing friends and be seen as well by passersby. There, it is a sundown ritual that adds great value to the European boating experience because of the fellowship and bonhomie that good food and wine engender aboard an elegant yacht.

The Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe was made for just his sort of evening-dining scenario. By moving the port L-shaped settee to starboard, and opening the leaf on the all-weather table and the addition of two folding chairs, 8 people can comfortable sit on the afterdeck.

Port Side Access. Access from the stern is to port between the seating and port bulwark. This makes it convenient for guests to board without interrupting those who have already seated themselves. Typically, it would take a boat at least 50’ (15.24m) LOA to seat these many people on the aft deck in comfort for dinner.

A Moveable Feast. Depending on the formality of the occasion, fresh fish or burgers can be prepared on the optional grill under the wet bar counter, or dinner might come from the full galley below -- or catered, for that matter. Families will like the versatility of the arrangement as well. Perhaps the starboard side seats and table will be used for a light breakfast and coffee in the morning. Lunch may be served picnic-style at anchor or underway in either configuration depending on the number of people aboard. Dinner can be served here or below, depending on weather or whim.

Sun Bathing Fortissimo

The seatbacks of the two settees can be electrically powered down horizontally to create a huge sun bathing pad. With the addition of a filler cushion, when the two seating modules are together, one giant sun bathing playpen can be created to rival anything available in the Mediterranean no matter what size the boat.

The Bow Pad. Everyone should get a healthy dose of vitamin D aboard the 390 Express Coupe and not just on the stern sun pad. Like most boats in class, the 390 can be equipped for sunning on the foredeck when at anchor and access there is easy from the aft deck. But, there’s more…

Largest Sunroof in Class: The hardtop comes standard with a canvas sunroof operated by a control toggle at the helm. At 42 sq. ft. (3.90 sq. m.), it baths the helm deck in sunshine. The sunroof sits in a channel in the hardtop frame and is retracted by a motorized system that neatly folds the canvas and stows it in the aft section of the hardtop.

When the top is opened, it gives the feeling that the entire top has been retracted, like a convertible top on a car, because it goes so far to the edge of the coupe roof. The builder tells us that this is the largest sunroof in class.

The portside companion seat is made for sunning as well as lounging in the shade or facing forward. It is fully under the open sun roof and a sun worshiper can sit facing forward or aft. When not in sunning mode, this seat can handle two people comfortably underway – one seated upright facing forward and one in the chaise position facing aft, or sitting upright facing the captain.

The Hardtop Design

The Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe is built for the world market, not just the U.S. For that reason her design, styling and functionality must be accepted all over the planet -- and be perceived as attractive by boaters with different cultural backgrounds. Europeans prefer a sleek profile with a windshield approaching the 17-degree rake of the famous Lamborghini Gallardo. While Cruisers Yachts hasn’t gone quite that far, the rake of her windshield is about 20-degrees, noticeably less than most American boats her size.

Standing Headroom. Many boaters all over the world like to stand at the helm of their express cruiser, as well as sit, and for that reason it became imperative that the 390 Express Coupe have both full-standing headroom at the helm with excellent visibility forward while standing. The builder accomplished this feat by moving the windshield 3.5’ (1.06 m) forward. In that way, the hardtop of the 390 could have both a sleek profile and full standing headroom.

Cockpit Enclosure. Optional canvas and isinglass enclosure is easily installed and removed from the track system that encompasses the whole super structure from the windshield area, aft. When all buttoned up the forward cockpit area can be completely climate controlled. Cruisers Yachts uses durable plastic channels both on the side isinglass windows and on the after curtains as well. We like this system because it makes it easy and quick to install and minimizes the number of snaps. We particularly like the sliding aft isinglass door.

Placement of Foredeck Access Steps. The foredeck access steps have been moved forward, to midships, allowing for a full beam cockpit seating and entertaining area. Transitioning from the cockpit to foredeck is made easy with side decks that measure 10” (25 cm) wide on deck. However, because the cabin sides are angled in as they rise to the coach roof and the safety rails are angled out, there is plenty of hip room for even portly men to pass along this deck. The bow rails are 25" (63 cm) high.

The Helm Deck

Helm Seating. The helm is designed for both the operator and a companion and has a double, richly upholstered seat, with attractive, contrasting stitching. The soft seat slides fore and aft. A foot rest flips down from the seat base and extends a few inches off the deck. Forward in the helm console there is an angled foot rest. All of this makes the helm seating comfortable and practical for both the operator and a companion.

The helm console itself is ergonomically designed with both the throttle and joystick easy at hand whether facing forward or aft. A raised instrument console has room for two navigation screens and is richly detailed in dark , simulated leather vinyl which has classy stitching. The steering wheel itself is stainless steel wrapped in leather and is a work of art. Perhaps most important, the console for the navigation screens is not so high as to impede forward visibility for a short person.

Full-Front, One-Piece Windshield. One of the critical areas of yacht construction on an express design such as the 390 Express Coupe is joined where the roof structure meets the upper edge of the windshield. When underway and going through wakes, we kept an eye on the fixed frame and hardtop super structure to see if it would sway or shimmy a bit when encountering some rough water. That never happened. The hardtop is strong and well designed with the supports in the right places and most important, not particularly intrusive in the line of sight for the operator.

The Stern

For years, Cruisers Yachts has built aft decks with moveable seating modules. With the new 390 Express Coupe we think they have finally perfected the concept in the largest moving seat module ever. From the perspective of the stern it looks attractive and natural whether the seats modules are in the port passageway or center-opening position.

The height of the swim platform is close to that of most floating docks, and with the platform extending beyond the bulwarks it is easy to step aboard. Likewise, the two low step risers makes entrance to the aft deck easy for both kids and grandparents. A shower wand is concealed in the port gunwale away from the shore power connector which is in the starboard dunnage box.

Faux Teak. As noted in the photo above we were particularly taken by the faux teak treatment on the stern storage boxes which is made by SeaDek. The material is Ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA) which has excellent resistance to UV radiation, in addition to having stress-crack resistance, and a remarkably pleasing texture and feel. Not surprisingly, it costs 25% more than standard vinyl decking, but it seems certainly worth it.


We tested the Cruisers Yachts 390 Express Coupe on a sunny day with a 10 knot breeze out of the west and a slight chop in semi-protected fresh water at an altitude of 577' (176 m). The 390 Express Coupe has a 39' (11.9 m) LOA, with a 12'8" (3.9 m) beam, a 16-degree deadrise at the transom, and a total tested weight of 21,365 lbs. (9,691 kgs.).

WOT Speed. The boat was powered by twin 430-hp MerCruiser 8.2 L Big Block gasoline engines driving through Bravo III sterndrives. The boat was equipped with the Mercury Axius joystick. At wide open throttle we were turning 4800 rpm and we recorded a top speed of 42.3 mph, burning 73.12 gph.

Best Cruise was found at 3500 rpm where we traveled at 27.8 mph and burned 35.7 gph for a range of 161 statute miles. In the test conditions we had we could let her rip because the ride was so comfortable. At 4500 RPM she went 39.0 mph. Range at best cruise is 161 statute miles which means the 390 was intended for local cruising.

Conversely, for those who like to smell the roses, at 1500 RPM she went 8.6 mph and burned 7.5 gph. That gives her a range of 236 statute miles.


The twin MerCruiser 8.2 MAG, Big Blocks had no problem getting the 390 Express Coupe up and on her way when we opened the throttles wide. When getting on plane we were surprised that she only had a bow rise between 8 and 9 degrees. When firmly on plane she had a running angle of 5-degrees and a small amount of trim to the drives got her settled into the groove.

Waves Bow-On. She was responsive to the controls and stable when maneuvering at speed. We took advantage of our camera boat’s wake a few times to see how she would handle the waves. The camera boat was the Cruiser Yachts Cantius 54 45 Cantius and she throws a hefty wake when hooked up and we put the 390 Express Coupe into the wake at a few different angles. Taking the wake on the bow was smooth as the 390 sliced right through them without any jarring.

When we took the wake on the beam, she was stable and well seated in the water, without much roll. When we took her through some confused seas in a tight turn at speed, she quickly settled down, providing a stable experience.

A solid Feeling. While it does not really come under the heading of "handling", one of the things that we particularly noticed when we were trying to get her to pound was how solid she felt -- and sounded. In some boats this size going 39 mph there can be a definite "crash" even in seas as low as two feet, but we did not hear or feel any such thing when we were driving through the photo boat's wake. The windshield stayed dry at all times.

Hull Design. The hull was designed by Donald L. Blount and Associates, which is one of the most respected naval architects in the recreational boating business. Blount and Associates have designed thousands of hulls from 20' all the way up to superyachts. In fact, some of the fastest large yachts ever built have been Blount designs.

This naval architectural firm has also been on the forefront of designed hulls for IPS pod drive boats. While the 390 Express Coupe we tested had sterndrives, diesel Volvo Penta IPS pod drives are available as an option and the hull has been specially designed for them.

16-Degree Deadrise. As noted above the bottom has a 16-degree deadrise at the transom. This is an important number as its not as deep as some in class which means that she should be more stable at rest and be more fuel efficient and, perhaps, slightly faster. Remember, the 390 is not an ocean racing powerboat which will be coming completely out of the water, so for that reason she does not need a deep-V in the stern. This is a detail consumers should understand when buying a yacht of this size and type.

Engine Options

Standard: Gas: Twin; Volvo Penta V8-380CE, 380-hp, DuoProp, EVC, with Joystick Control.

Optional: Gas: Twin; MerCruiser 8.2 MAG, 380 hp, Bravo 3X stern drives, Axius Joystick Control, SeaCore Anti-Corrosion System


Virtually all express coupes in this size range have permanent island berths forward, and a mid cabin above the companionway and a galley and settee with table, galley and head in between. The only question is whether the settee is to port or starboard. Cruisers Yachts has another solution, and after seeing it, we wonder why this hasn't been created more often in this size express.

Entertaining Below. Bearing in mind that one of the primary missions of this boat is entertaining, this builder quite rightly decided that a lower settee with table that seats three comfortably was not very functional, in addition to me just more me-too. What it has done was to simply banish the concept of an island berth -- which in this size range is often high, narrow, and impractical -- from the boat.

A banquette seating booth around a faux wood table that creates a convivial atmosphere, or a romantic venue, or whatever the occasion demands. Think Russian Tea Room, Sardi's, the Brown Derby, or a local waterside snuggery with low light and high times. Putting the salon in the bow of a boat is not a new concept, and it has been done for years in smaller powerboats and in sailboats this size quite effectively. So, the concept has already been proved. Now, Cruisers Yachts will prove it in a 39-footer express coupe.

There are several things going on in the bow that add utility that are worth mentioning. First, the seating is comfortable with inclined back rests rather than straight ones. Second, The banquette seating includes a comfort seat on the centerline in the bow making it possible for five or six people to have lunch or dinner here with adequate elbow room.

In the hull sides there are four safety glass windows that are remarkably large. This is one of the distinguishing features of the boat. In our test boat they were half obscured because of the Pullman berth arrangement, but without that option they are huge and -- make sitting below while underway a whole new experience. One of our crew sat below while running out to the testing grounds and was amazed at the amount of visibility forward.

Windows on the World. Imagine sitting there for dinner in an anchorage and being able to watch the latest arrival, and the anchoring fire drill while munching on lunch or dinner, or sitting there curled up with a good book during a summer rain shower.

Our test boat had all walnut joiner work, doors and bulkheads. This dark wood gives the interior an elegant look and feel. Above the windows were walnut cabinets port and starboard which put the bow flare to good use. The deck in the test boat had walnut Amteco vinyl decking which is used these days by many of the top quality boat builders. It is much easier to maintain and less costly to repair than real wood.

The table, just like the one on the afterdeck is made of a specially-made hard resin that has wood grain that is difficult to tell from the real thing. The whole boat is intended to be low maintenance and it starts right with the faux "wood" tables.

Of course, this table lowers in order to make a large V-shaped bed. Our test boat was fitted with port and starboard optional Pullman berths. The bed platform are the seat backs which swing up. It is in this configuration that a family, or even an extended family can do some fun summer cruising. For example, mom and dad can sleep in the mid cabin, and the four kids, or two kids and their friends can all sleep forward.

An alternative scenario is a 390 Express Coupe owned by the grandparents. Four grandchildren, or children and grandchildren can sleep forward as...

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The All New Viking 52’ Sport Tower

Like a Porsche, this sporty boat is Quick, Capable, and Timeless

Viking Yachts unveiled three new models last month, two of which were displayed at the VIP event held last month at Farley State Marina in Atlantic City – an awe inspiring 92’ Enclosed Bridge and a sporty new 52’ Sport Coupe with Tower. The 75’ Motoryacht was shown to dealers while still under construction at the Bass River factory located just up the road. Undoubtedly, you will read many articles on the incredible new 92’ and 75’ MY as they are indeed milestones for the Viking Yacht Company now celebrating its 50th year of building yachts. But, it was the smallest of these yachts that caught my eye. After a rigorous sea test with customers, I found the 52’ Sport Coupe to be a truly amazing machine.

First, let’s look at the stats. She’ll cruise efficiently at 34.5 knots and top out at 42 knots with the MAN V12 1,400hp ultra-smooth and smoke-free next generation engines. She carries 1,450 gallons of fuel with all tankage resulting in a range of over 400 nautical miles at cruise!!! Her massive 17’ 6” beam gives you an extremely roomy and stable fishing platform. And, here is a number you will not see on any other express boat: 6’ 3” engine room. Yes, over 6 feet of standing heading room in the engine room! Simply amazing and kudos to the designer David Wilson and team of Viking engineers – these guys really know what fishermen want.

We tested hull No.1 featuring an innovative 3 / 2 layout down below. This format gives you 2 private bunk rooms for your fishing buddies, and a nice queen size island birth forward with private head as the master’s domain. An optional open floor plan 2 stateroom layout is offered as well.

The whole idea behind an express boat is it keeps everybody in the action on main helm deck. You can’t fight a fish from the flybridge, right? The express design is perfect for owner-operators as well as hands-on captains wanting to be in the heart of the action. The innovative new 52 Sport Coupe (referred to as the 52 Sport Tower when so equipped) features a stylized hardtop with frameless hard glass enclosure. This is critically important because it eliminates plastic enclosures which leak and wear out over time. At speeds in excess of 40 knots, the wind and salt water come at you ferociously. But everyone stays bone dry and relaxed with the new 52 Sport Coupe because the glass enclosed helm keeps you and your crew feeling refreshed and ready to battle the fish.

My sea trial story... It was a memorable sea test. On board with me are my customers and Viking lead engineer Bill Gibbons at the helm. He had the boat running a quick 37 knots down sea in a blustery 4’ – 6’ Atlantic Ocean chop on an overcast day. She ran like a finely tuned Porsche on a circuit; sure footed, forgiving, and under total command. But, I was worried. I knew we would have to turn back into these seas. I am thinking - at some point we will need to turn around into this stuff. This is not going to be good! Just then Bill announces that not only is he planning to maneuver the boat into the nasty sea but that he wants to do a complete 360 degree turn in the slop so we can feel how the sea effects the hull. Now, I am getting really worried. I’m thinking; oh, heck (but I was using another four letter word in my head). This may be a 52 Viking, but that is the angry Atlantic. Am going to lose this sale for sure when we crash into these waves? Bill announces – “everyone ready, here we go”. To my shock, he holds the boat at a blistering speed as we begin to turn into the head sea. Wait…, wait…, wait… holding my breath…I am thinking the big bang is coming. Then, nothing. Still, nothing. No pounding. No shuttering. No slapping. As we complete the turn I finally take a breath of relief. I realize that we just experienced something special. Bill already knew this boat could eat up a head sea at speeds. He was like a proud parent showing off what he created. In a very calm and assuring voice he says; “She does ride nice, doesn’t she”. Nice? All I could think was OMG! We just did a full turn in 4’ – 6’ seas at 30+ knots without flinching! I would not have believed it had I not been aboard firsthand to experience it myself. We then proceeded to blaze home into the big seas without any fuss whatsoever. All I can think is - Wow!

On the way back, the customers’ captain pulled me aside and said “Matt, I’ve been running boats my whole life all over the world and it has been a long, long time since I’ve been surprised or impressed on a boat. I’ve got to tell you, I am impressed”. I was impressed too.

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2014 Destin Seafood Festival Rendezvous

Galati Yacht Sales - Destin kicked off the 2014 Destin Seafood festival on our gorgeous harbor by hosting our Annual Destin Seafood Festival Rendezvous! Friday night Galati Yacht Sales held a Private Party right here on our docks. With Krueger, Fosdyck and Associates of Merrill Lynch providing the complimentary bars for the evening and inviting their own guests as well, laughs, drinks, and good company were in abundance.

Spanky, Galati’s in-house grill chef and Team Galati leader for all tournaments provided grilled stuffed chickens as well as many other delectable custom grilled selections for all the guests; meanwhile his lovely wife Beth provided trimmings and deserts! Fresh Market provided all the salads and a great time was had by both Galati and Merrill Lynch customers. Another great year and another great Seafood Festival Rendezvous!

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From There To Here - Part II

Here is the second Maritimo M50 being unloaded in Charleston on Friday, and sitting in Ft. Lauderdale Monday morning as the sun is rising. The first night was on Mega Dock at Charleston, the second at St. Augustine, and last night docked by evening in Ft. Lauderdale. This one is a sold boat heading to new owners. These are great boats, I can say that after almost 1200 miles in just short of 10 days aboard them.

If Maritimo has ever caught your attention, call me to set up an appointment during the Ft. Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30 to November 3, 2014. There will be a M50 and M58 on display.
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Waxin Fixin Polishin and Bugin

I was just sitting out on the dock here at A & B Marina in Key West this morning… Six AM on the dock is so awesome. The world is slowly coming alive. The Roosters are crowing from all over the area surrounding the harbor. Yes, Roosters. While some cities have rats or stray dog issues, Key West has roosters running all over town. The sound of a street sweeper machine is coming from Front Street cleaning up the trash from last night’s revelers. The eastern sky is slowly getting lighter with pink and orange colors revealing a few thunderheads pushing over the islands from the Gulf Stream. Sitting here with a cup of coffee watching the world wake up is pretty awesome. Soon, the charter boats will be firing up their engines and the tourist filled sail-snorkeling boats will be ready to head out. The heat is already brutal. Hopefully, the showers will keep it cool again today.

While the evenings are not as quiet, they are just as pretty. Each evening, the crews all seem to end up on the dock and dinner turns into a potluck. A din of music carries over to us from the Schooner Wharf and Conch Republic. The sailboats from all over the marina are coming and going with tourists eager to catch a sunset on the water. There is a deck hand on our dock sitting with a fishing pole. However, his line does not sit in the water; it stretches all the way up to the base of the dock with a dollar bill attached to it for bait as he waits for the next tourist to come along. Some nights, the guys break out the 300 pound test line and try their luck with the Man Test. The Man Test is when a mate tosses bait into the water on a 30 foot piece of line with a 12-foot hook and instead of the 30-foot line being on a pole, it is wrapped around the hands of the guy performing the Man Test. The goal is to hook tarpon which are not small fish. When a tarpon gets hooked at the end of the Man’s line it goes ballistic to the point where they become airborne and nearly pull the novice Man overboard. Boys will be boys.

The past few weeks brought on a bit of change on the Blue Heaven. With Tyler resigning, I had to hire anew mate. I found a guy named Matt Fueyo. He just got out of a stint in the army and a tour in Afghanistan.

He is a really nice guy as well as a hard worker who has a desire to learn. Heck, as I am writing this, the sun has barely crested the eastern horizon and Matt is on the back deck waxing. I like this guy. It can be challenging and time consuming to have a new mate onboard because you have to show them step-by-step the proper way that you want things done, but Matt is very receptive to what I want. Every drawer on this boat has been organized; every inch from the deck to the showers has been cleaned, waxed, and polished. But with every day of work comes a bit of play. We plan our day around being able to take an hour or two to go out and catch a few lobsters or spear a hog fish. The ‘lobstering’ has been better over the past week. The bugs are bigger and marching. By marching I mean that they are moving and when they move from one area to another, they tend to do it in mass.

Last week in Key West was Bike Week and the week before was Dike Week. The streets were filled with quite a mix of interesting people as those two weeks overlapped. The next few weeks will be very quiet. Then, in the third week of October is Fantasy Fest Week which has been compared to Mardi Gras. The marina will be full of nuts; Looks like we are in the right place.

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From There To Here

A flawless 510 miles aboard a new Maritimo M50 from Charleston SC to Ft. Lauderdale. Two days of running, a total of 20 hours underway all with twin Volvo D11 at 670 HP. With me on the trip was Captain Tom Jagucki and during the unloading Bill Barrett, good friend and owner of his second Maritimo. Now we are "off the water" and back ashore for a couple of days. By the end of the week we will be back at the Port of Charleston to get the next boat, a sold M50 and it is heading to Ft. Lauderdale also.

There is no better way to learn the product like running the boat. Contact me if you have ever had a Maritimo in your vision or are starting to think about one. This boat will be on display at The 2014 Fort Lauderdale Boat Show and we are making appointment for exclusive viewing of this M50 and a M58.
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Award Winning Prestige 750

Two Awards For The Prestige 750 At The Prestigious 2014 World Yachts Trophies!
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During the Cannes Yachting Festival, LuxMedia Group organised a superb official ceremony for the World Yachts Trophies. This annual grand gala ceremony, which takes place on "la Croisette," gathers all the major players in the cruising world. This year, over 700 people were greeted at Carlton Beach.

The PRESTIGE 750, which was nominated in the category of yachts measuring from 50 to 80 feet in length, received not one, but two prestigious trophies out of four possible titles: "Best Layout" and "Most Achieved."

This double win reaffirms the success of the PRESTIGE brand. The prize for the highest achievement perfectly illustrates the passion of the brand for innovation, as well as our quest for the highest quality, competitive spirit and attention to detail.

The prize for "Best Layout" validates the development strategy of the PRESTIGE brand: to prestige 750 yacht interiordevelop interiors that are ever more innovative and more comfortable, while also offering incomparable volume for the size category.

The PRESTIGE 750 was unanimously praised by the international jury, which included the Editors-in-Chief of Yachts and Boats, Yachts Russia, Yachts Emirates, Yachts Croatia, Yachts Lebanon, Yachts Quatar, Invictus Magazines.

These two trophies distinguish the PRESTIGE 750 from her competition, but they are also a beautiful tribute to her designers, Garroni Design, J&J Design, J.P. Concepts and the Prestige Design Department.

About The Prestige 750

With this new motor yacht, PRESTIGE is bursting onto the very exclusive market of motor yachts over 70'. Once again, original touches in the interior design will surprise and delight, while the exterior design will display its unique personality.

Distinctive, Contemporary Exterior Design

By revisiting the unexpected interior layout concepts that have made PRESTIGE a success, the naval architects and designers have created an original spatial organisation to win the hearts of the prestige 750yacht for sale interiormost exacting owners, paired with a resolutely contemporary exterior design that breaks with established codes.

This new PRESTIGE extends the artistic concept of continuity in space even further. The wide cockpit opens onto the central galley and the vast saloon, which in turn leads to the raised helm station.

The Surprise Inside

The choice of a wide-body design concept creates a unique volume to the fore of the motor yacht, an ideal space to locate the vast owner's cabin, which is level with the saloon and separate from the rest of the interior layout.

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Rampage 41 Express South East Michigan Debut

Rampage 41 Express Makes it South East Michigan Debut at the Boating and Outdoor Festival September 11-14 at Metropolitan Beach Metro Park.

Galati Yacht Sales is proud to present a 2015 Rampage 41 Express at the upcoming show. This is the first boat from the new partnership between KCS International Inc. and Galati Yacht Sales naming Galati Yacht Sales as the exclusive distributor of the brand. According to Broker, Rob McCarthy, “current Rampage owners have been pleased to see the brand back at shows and the boat is turning heads of Express Yacht Owners”. “The boat stands out on its own as it has more beam and a greater displacement than competitors, contributing to a great ride as well as a two cabin layout. When you combine that with factory direct pricing, it is a win for anyone looking at a 41’ Express cruiser to fish or cruise.”

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So Much to Describe

My last post was from the Turks and Caicos. Since then, we fished our way through the southern islands of the Bahamas and back to the States. So much has happened and there were so many cool things along the way, but I have not had the time to catch up on the blog with recovering from strep throat, which I am sure I got while wading through flooded roads in the Turks, having crap internet, and just going hard since the Turks.

Kyle Applefield, one of my old mates, flew to the Turks to make the trip back to the States with me. It was a real pleasure having him along. He arrived during my recovery from that nasty bout of strep and really stepped up to make things happen. We fished our way through some of the southern "Out Islands" of the Bahamas anchoring out at the Plana Cays and fishing along the way. Unfortunately, the fish did not cooperate until we were off of Rum. It was there that we battled for big tunas against the men in the grey suits -the sharks- who were brutal. They ate quite a few of our tuna. The worst part is they did it every time just behind the boat. When we reached San Salvador, the tuna were there, but so were the sharks. I thought we took a good GoPro video of the battle, but the camera never recorded it, so I’ll describe it for you…

The Boss had a big Yellowfin Tuna on his line. Since we had already lost a good number of fish to the toothy critters, the Boss was working his ass off to get this Tuna up as quickly as one can when hooked to an eighty-pound Yellowfin. Kyle and I watched it all unfold from our view on the bridge. First, we saw the gold, silver, blue, and grey of the eighty-pound football-shaped fish. Then, only seconds later, we saw one of the men in the grey suits following our Tuna about twenty-five feet down in a hot pursuit. Kyle reached and grabbed the leader to help the Boss get the fish up quicker. What unfolded next was hysterical and at the same time worthy of a shark week episode. Kyle was grunting to wire the fish within shot of the gaff. The Shark seemed to get bigger and bigger as it raised itself from the depths head long right at us. Just as Kyle took another wrap on the leader and reached for the gaff, the Shark attacked with its jaws open wide attempting to engulf the Tuna from the tail. His eyes rolled back as he chomped his way up the body of our Tuna. We were all screaming and hollering. Kyle could not let go with one hand to reach for the gaff. If he had, the chopping Shark would gain further purchase on our Tuna. The Shark was not phased from the beating he took on the head from the Boss’s fishing pole. The Boss tried his best to gaff the Tuna as the Shark thrashed his head side to side. But then, Kyle lifted up and away on the leader making it tough for Boss to sink the gaff. So, the Boss returned to beating the Shark. Finally, there was a chance to stick the gaff into the Tuna and we ended up getting about sixty five percent of the fish back…. But man, what an epic eighteen seconds.

I know what I described will never do the event justice, but so many things we see and experience are so hard to put into words: Seeing the light house at Landrail Point on Crooked Island encircled by little pink weather washed buildings and surrounded by miles of turquoise water; Running across the Grand Bahama bank with no wind and water so clear that you would think we were going to hit bottom at any second from twenty-five feet in the air. If not for the white water and foam around the boat, it would seem to those onboard that the boat was flying; Surviving a thunderstorm off Cat Island that hammered us for hours; Riding through winds and seas coming up from flat calm to four to five feet in mere seconds with lightening dropping all around us only to die out as quickly as it started and become flat calm again; Approaching Miami after the boat not being stateside for seven months; Walking into a Publix Grocery store in Miami for the first time in a long time. I swear I thought I heard angels singing as I walked through the produce aisle; Watching the sunsets. Man, did we have some good ones. One in particular that we had in the Plana Cays made the sky so red it looked like it was on fire. It’s great to be back in the States. The past two months were a bit tumultuous with having to find mates to fill in, but things will settle down now that we are in Key West. I have a few guys I will be interviewing over the next week to replace Tyler. Sad to see him move on, but I wish him the best. It’s time to move on for me and train a new deck hand. I've done it before and I will do it again.

Originally Published By: Capt Ed Thompson

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View the all new 2015 41' Rampage Express at the show! Sept 11-14, 2014.

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Slick Maneuvers - Tiara 44 Coupe

Last summer after we ran the Tiara 50 Coupe, we reported back with words like “confidence,” and “beefier”. The phrase “significant advance” even came into play. And we don’t use these words lightly. But after spending a day running around Lake Michigan on the newest Tiara, the 44 Coupe, once again they seem completely appropriate.

tiara 44 coupe, yachtFirst, let’s address how and why the 44 Coupe instills confidence. The integrated Volvo Glass Cockpit control system is about as technologically superior to a standard wheel and throttles as 2014 Lexus is to a 1944 Studebaker. And while I personally prefer using the wheel as opposed to a joystick at cruising speeds—don’t worry, you can choose either—that joystick makes slow-speed precision maneuvering a piece of cake. Turn it and the boat spins, push it sideways and the boat slides like it was on tracks. If you had a deficit of confidence when docking in the past, this rig is the sure cure.

Whichever item you use to control the boat, you’ll be down-right shocked the first time you put it into a hard turn. The 50 felt sporty for its size, sure, but the 44 Coupe responds more like a speed boat than a cruiser, digging in and carving out turns that simply wouldn’t be possible on most boats with this much mass.

Ready to find out why “beefier” applies? You may not be able to see construction touches like a resin-infused beam system, structural aluminum buried in pillars, and additional structural support around the IPS pod drives, but all of those things are part of the 44 Coupe. And even if you can’t see them, you can feel them when the 44 Coupe starts crunching through waves. Full disclosure: it was pitifully calm when we ran this boat. In order to do some wave-smacking I had to make a series of S-turns, pull a 180, then roar back through our own wakes. But a 44-footer throws up nice-sized wakes, and when I made the maneuver, the hull bounded right through them without any vibrations, rattles, or shuddering.

Another example of beef: the sunshade. Yes, I know these things are standard fare on modern cruisers, but if you’ve ever deployed one, you probably noticed it seemed a bit on the flimsy side. Not this one (though it is a $17,800 up-charge, which seems a bit steep for shade). Or, look at the bowrail. Slam a galley cabinet. Jump on the companionway stairs. Wherever and whatever you look at, pretty much everything on the 44 Coupe could accurately be described as “beefy”.

Brute strength aside, the Tiara 44 Coupe has another advantage over its competitors when it comes to seakeeping abilities. When designing the boat, Tiara decided to move the iron horses forward and couple them to the IPS pod drives via a jackshaft. Moving the weight forward keeps the boat’s running attitude ideal regardless of its fuel load. On many competitors’ boats, shifting fuel loads cause shifting running attributes. But not in this case. Why doesn’t everyone use this design? There’s a trade-off in interior volume. While moving the engines forward may enhance the boat’s ride, it also cuts into the space available for the mid-cabin stateroom. That explains why on the 50, the full-beam mid-cabin is the master, but on the 44, the master is forward and the mid-cabin becomes a guest stateroom.

Naturally, a few other trade-offs have to be made when a model’s foot-print shrinks from 50’ to 44’. Another difference you can spot between the larger and smaller siblings is in the saloon. There’s less counter space in the galley, the dinette and settee on the 50 are essentially merged on the 44, and there isn’t room for the 50’s slick flip-back passenger’s seat (which can face either forward or aft). Beyond that, the 44 maintains the lines and attitude of the 50 from stem to stern. The anchor is tucked into an integrated hawse and windlass system in the bow, eliminating the need for a pulpit. The saloon is surrounded by glass including a glass sliding door, for 360-degree views. A huge sunroof is integrated into the hard top, and an open companionway—the “atrium,” in modern marine parlance—plus multiple ports and skylights bring natural lighting to every corner of the cabin. And entertaining in the cockpit is enhanced with an aft ground tackle station that wisely incorporates the electric grill. It’s as far as possible from the cabin entry, so you can whip up a batch of fish tacos without the smell wafting its way into your bedding.

One other way the Tiara 44 Coupe is like the 50: its looks. And this is a differentiating factor between the Coupes and Tiara’s past models. These boats have a much more modern eye-appeal, set off by touches like the “levitating” hard-top (just look at the pictures, and you’ll know why they gave it that name), and the sleek profile. In fact, those used to seeing Tiara models like the Coronet 3900 or the 3100 Open will note quite a difference in styling. And some of those styling changes are bound to make their way into other Tiaras. Though they won’t be introduced until the Ft. Lauderdale boat show, updated 31 and 36 Coronets are on the way, and we hear they’ll benefit from touches like the Coupe’s integrated anchoring system, and new exterior upholstery.

Tiara rolled out the 44 Coupe at a base MSRP of $903,000, and with it comes a solid list of standard features, including the Glass Cockpit and joystick control. In fact, the options list is surprisingly short and to get the cost of the boat over a mil you’ll have to start adding glitz and glam like a teak-inlaid hydraulic lift swim platform, that sun shade, and a whole lot more.

So, what about the phrase “significantly advanced”? Where does that one come into play? In case you hadn’t noticed, from stem to stern. While the Coupe 50 represented the introduction of a new Tiara look and feel, the 44 is confirmation that underneath all of that newness, the Coupe series is still all Tiara, through and through.

Originally Published By: August 25th, 2014

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A Newer, Bigger Catalina

A few years back we brought you an in-depth look at the Chris-Craft Catalina 26, last spring we took a long hard look at the Catalina 29, and now we’re getting ready for the first glimpse of the all-new Chris-Craft Catalina 34. This will be the biggest Catalina model yet, and will run with either twin or triple outboards.

chris craft catalina 32Like others in the Catalina line this is a center console model, which tilts far from fishing and much more towards fun in the sun. In the bow, for example, the seating will convert into a big sun lounger with cup holders and arm rests. And inside the console instead of finding rod-racks and tackle stowage, there’s a berth and a head for overnighting.

But like the other Catalina models, the boat is still thoroughly fishable. Along with the 360-degree fishability of the center console design, you get aft seating that folds away to open up the cockpit for working rods, a 40-gallon livewell, two 50-gallon fishboxes, four gunwale rodholders, and a raw water washdown. Outriggers, underwater lights, and a windlass with chain are all options.

Although the 34 Catalina will maintain Chris-Craft’s reputed cushy comfort levels, there will also be a few options cruisers and schmoozers will want to consider. You can get a “Summer Kitchen” in the leaning post, which adds an electric grill, pull-out refrigerator and freezer, and a sink. A generator and cabin air-conditioning is also on the wish-list. And a bow thruster can be added, as well.

A few big-boat features more commonly found on yachts than center consoles will also be on the 34. The T-top, for example, will house one of those extending sunshades that have become standard fare on 50-footers. And if you opt for the teak package, the boat’s eye-appeal should go through the roof.

Will the new Catalina share it’s predecessor’s flair for surprisingly fast performance and exceptional handling? We can’t say, of course, until the first hull hits the water and we get a chance to run it. But if past history is any indication it’s a good bet. In any case, one thing is for sure: this is going to be the biggest Catalina yet, and it seems like a good bet it’s also going to be the best.

Originally published by August 27, 2014

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Princess S72: Open or Express Cruiser?

With the debut of the Princess S72, the first model in a new line dubbed S Class, Princess Yachts now occupies an interesting slice of the uppermost cruise-bomb market. The S72 is a hybrid of sorts as it fuses an open flybridge with the low-slung lines an express-style design. The effect? A hammer-down racy edge. The boat is solidly constructed and elegantly finished, too. With an air of control and the Princess reputation for reliability, it seems the S72 is the chairman-of-the-board sports yacht, awash in aggressive design touches.

There’s a lot to be said for a luxury cruiser with two driving stations. From the lower helm at the forward end of the saloon, you control a pair of inboard engines from an enclosed space that’s so impeccably finished the atmosphere is one of effortless cool. From the driving position at the bridge, you’ll get that wind-in-your-face thrill as you enjoy a bird’s eye view of that shapely bow peeling out in front of you.

To create the sexy-as-sin lines, Princess had to keep the flying bridge compact, but even if it is smaller than the top decks on other boats in this size range, it’s still large enough to accommodate six passengers plus a dining table and wet bar. This open bridge has other virtues, too, including excellent sightlines as there are no obstructions. You’ll enjoy that benefit in dicey inlets, narrow channels and restricted visibility. And, of course, when docking.

Docking maneuvers are made easier with the variable Side-Power thrusters offered with the S72. Also available is an optional Seakeeper M26000 gyrostabilizer, which reduces roll when the boat’s at anchor or underway. With the throttles down, the Princess could kiss 40 knots with the largest of three power options under the hatch: two MAN 1,8000-hp V12 diesels. The hull is a deep-V and could be familiar to those who know the Princess brand. That’s because it’s the same running bottom featured on the builder’s V72, the express yacht from which this new design sprung.

The S72 shares a number of features with the V72. The accommodations level layout, for instance, is identical with three cabins, including a full-beam master amidships, a VIP stateroom forward and twin guest cabins to starboard; each cabin has its own en suite head with separate stall shower. Both models also have a galley-down arrangement, which goes a long way toward creating a more open saloon, where differences between the models really begin to show. On the S72, larger windows and glass sliding doors from Trend Marine make for a light and bright space and offer rock-your-world views of that blue horizon. And on this new boat, woodwork, finishes and custom furnishings are taken to the next level. If you’re an avid cruiser with a penchant for fine design, you’ll find your bliss here.

The saloon leads out to the teak-paved cockpit that’s one of multiple outdoor entertaining areas. There’s also the bridge, and the great space on the foredeck, where a pair of sunloungers face a built-in settee. It’s the type of feature you’ve been admiring on megayachts for years, only now it’s come to roost in a production boat that probably could be handled by a couple who are cruising with friends. For owners who prefer the help of a crew, quarters can be provided near the transom.

When I first saw the Princess S72 at the Miami Boat Show in February, I initially thought the design was a pleasant and well-executed compromise between an express yacht and bridge boat. But that impression changed. The S72 is a fine design in its own right. Apparently Princess thinks so, too, as the builder has plans to roll out more models in the new S Class line in the near future.

Originally published by: Jeanne Craig

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Celebrating 50 Years

(May 2014, New Gretna, New Jersey) Back in April 1964, Brothers Bill and Bob Healey opened the doors to the Viking Yacht Company and focused on building wooden sportfishing and cruising boats in a modest 26,000 square foot building with dirt floors and no heat. The early years were tough but the brothers persevered egged on by a simple passion to build a better boat every day. The dedication and hard work paid off and 50 years later, the Viking Yacht Company is the world’s largest manufacturer of high-performance, luxurious sportfishing convertible yachts ranging from 42 to 92 feet.

The Viking Yacht Company is unique within the marine industry. In addition to being family-owned and operated with second generation Healey members running the day-to-day operations, the company is vertically integrated. Virtually 90 percent of what goes into a Viking yacht is designed and manufactured in our 810,000 square feet facility on the banks of the Bass River near Atlantic City, New Jersey. A pair of five-axis computer operated milling machines produces the plugs to make the various molds for each of the 17 models in the product line. The mill cuts various hardwoods and veneers for structural components, trim and interior furniture. In the metal shop, aluminum and steel is fabricated into bow and safety rails, engine beds, and intricate framework for hardtops, machinery brackets and various styles of backing plates and custom items. In the fiberglass shop, hulls are resin infused, and custom designed fuel, water and waste tanks are produced for every hull to maximize capacity and draw. Wiring harnesses are hand-made in the electrical shop and printed every eight inches with its function.

Subsidiaries, Atlantic Marine Electronics and Palm Beach Towers deliver accessory packages allowing the convenience of turnkey delivery. And with three fully staffed service yards in Florida and New Jersey no one even approaches Viking’s commitment to after sale service.

Commemorating a half-century of uninterrupted service, Viking has been celebrating throughout the year beginning with a cake cutting ceremony for over 100 shipwrights that have been at Viking for better than 20 years. Company-wide, Viking employs over 850, making it Burlington County’s second largest employer in New Jersey. This was followed by a family fishing tournament in Key West, Florida, which attracted 45 boats, and more than 300 owners, family members and guests from as far away as Massachusetts and Michigan.

Currently all eyes are now focused on the annual dealer meeting in September at the Golden Nugget Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where Viking will unveil its largest boat ever, the 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible along with a 52 Open/Sport Tower boat, to be followed with a magnificent new 75 Motor Yacht at the 2014 Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show in October.

Since its inception more than 50 years ago, the Viking Yacht Company has built over 4,660 boats. As the company moves forward with second generation Healey family members at the helm and third generation Healeys learning boat building from the ground floor, the future of the Viking Yacht Company gleams brightly like a beacon broadcasting across the sea.

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The 390 Express Coupe by Cruisers Yachts Has Taken its Class By Storm

Jay Jackson and Josh Olsen attended the dealer event this year and had a chance to preview the 390 Express Coupe while attending:

The 390 Express Coupe by Cruisers Yachts has taken its class by storm.

•Largest in class 42 square ft. sunroof

•157 square ft. cockpit and helm all one level

•Full front frameless window with unrestricted visibility

•Spacious sunbathing area found at the bow

•Full beam Master Stateroom providing standing headroom with aft settee and cedar-lined hanging locker

•Movable cockpit seating for a center isle split seating layout, collapsible sun lounger, or a u-shaped dinette

•Great maneuverability with Volvo 500 IPS Systems

•Fully equipped galley with two-burner stove, microwave, refrigerator, freezer, drawer storage and overhead storage

•A fully equipped head features a separate shower stall with ample storage above and below the vanity

•Full beam dinette seating with storage converts into a secondary stateroom that sleeps two with privacy. Optional flip-up backrests can create two additional sleeping berths.

The award-winning, sporty and spacious 328 Bow Rider has recently joined the Cruisers Yachts lineup and is available!

Originally published by: Jay Jackson and Josh Olsen

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It’s a rare morning in St. Thomas with the sailboats pointing in all directions trying to find the trade winds. As the Red Hook Marina comes to life, a few men stand rigging their lines on charter boats. The larger boats are complaining about the heat and lack of wind while the smaller boats, that normally don’t get to experience the luxury of steering far from shore, are excited to nose their way a bit further today.

Not many boats are fishing right now. The boats that have gone out are seeing 3-5 Blues a day. Most boats will begin fishing again this week as the next full moon approaches. Having my son here was a real treat and big help. He has been aboard many times and knows how to work the boat. It was nice to have him stand in instead of some green horn that has no clue. He is home now, though, and Tyler is back on board. And it’s great to have Tyler back.

Our days onboard this past week have been taken up with oil and filter changes. Fifty gallons of oil takes quite a while to change; I wish we could pull up to a Jiffy Lube. Waxing was another chore on a seemingly endless list of Sea-Do’s.

It hasn’t been all work, however. There have been a few lobster fee-diving trips. We may not get Big number of lobsters here, but they are Big. (Oh! By the bay, Lobster season is open all year round here.)

Yesterday, Tyler and I went out with the crew of Betsy. We explored areas that we had not before. As Tyler and I sailed off toward the clear blue water we passed by Tim who was poking around about 12 ft. down under a coral head. He came up to the surface and told me there was a big bug in the way back of the hole. I took a breath and headed down to give it an extra eye. At first glance, I saw a few lobsters squared off and facing my way. So, I stuck my head and body down a bit further. Just as I was getting ready to snare a good bug, I felt a sting on my left nipple. MAN! You hurt me! I had a shirt on, but it was not enough protection for the fire coral that struck me. You know, I would say it feels about as Fifty times as bad as Jellyfish sting. It’s much better this morning, but last night while lying in my bunk I couldn’t even let the sheets touch me where I had been stung. No lobster is worth that kind of pain.

Some of the reefs we are diving here are absolutely stunning! Even the best pictures wouldn’t do them justice. The plethora of hard and soft coral is amazing to witness. But, what stands out to me is constant great water clarity. Or is it consistent? Both! We are free-diving on rocks that are 10-30 ft. deep in water. Some spots are as deep as 50 ft., but they don’t look a foot over 20ft. deep. Sure, depth perception can be deceiving when it comes to water this clear. It may seem like a struggle to keep going deeper, but the difficult part is coming back up to the surface when you have dove in so deep.

For the most this year, tropical weather systems have stayed out of our way. But as the Saharan deserts wane, the inter-continental convergence zone is becoming more active. While the first system did not turn into anything, there is another far more foreboding storm just approaching from the Mid Atlantic. But we’re not worried.

Originally Published By: Captain Ed Thompson

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Summer Gulf Tournaments Update

This is why you purchased that amazing sportfishing machine! Upper gulf tournaments and the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Series brought in big fish, big bucks and one serious adrenaline rush!

During the first tournament, the Orange Beach Billfish Classic (OBBC), 26 teams competed.

With all the fish in the sea, two teams caught two blue marlins that were identical in length. One marlin, however, was 186 pounds heavier, giving Sea Mixer a 528.8 pounder for the win in the Blue Marlin category.

Jon Gonsoulin and his crew fishing on Done Deal, their new 70’ Viking sold by Galati Yacht Sales, released two blue marlins for 1000 points for the win in the Catch and Release category.

Talk about adrenaline, that’s just what Reel Worthless experienced. They hooked a double header of bluefins and successfully got both into the boat! Excitement was high when Johnny Johnson caught the winning 158.6-pound yellowfin. Standing aboard his 64’ Viking sold by Galati Yacht Sales, Johnson stated, “I can cross off catching a bluefin tuna off my bucket list.” A Work Of Art also released a bluefin.

Conundrum, aboard their 61 Viking purchased from Galati Yacht Sales, stood proud with their second place white marlin, giving them 700 points.

The report was that fishing for wahoo and dolphin was slow. However, one fish can turn around a tournament. Just ask Galati customers, Fin Way, a 65' Viking from Destin. They weighed the only wahoo of the tournament at 61.60 pounds.

The Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic in Venice, Louisiana followed the OBBC from May 27th to June 1st. This was their 2nd year as a qualifying event in the Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship. Pipe Dream won second place blue marlin with a 706.1-pound fish, only 2.5 pounds shy of 1st place. Reel Worthless won the Tag/Release Division with 4 blue marlin, Reel Fire in 2nd with 2 blues and Rehab rounded out 3rd with 1 blue. In the Tuna Division, fierce team Rehab took 2nd and 3rd with a total of 250.3 pounds of tuna!

Let’s load up and hit the high seas to Biloxi for the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic! There is big news to report.

Okay ladies, what is the coolest title to hold? Let’s ask Deb Hebert who caught the award for the biggest marlin ever to be caught by a lady in HISTORY, 843.7 pounds of pure monster. It was a long, satisfying fight that lasted 3 hours aboard Iona Louis.

Unfortunately, Reel Worthless experienced some boat troubles, so they teamed up with Reel Fuelish and hooked a 539.1-pound blue marlin.

Patience boated a 680.1 pound blue to take second place in the Marlin Division while Marlin Darlin’ snatched the biggest wahoo at 67.5 pounds. Freak on a Leash also won in the Wahoo Division.

After their 2nd place white marlin at OBBC, Conundrum was focused and amped up. They took home the top Catch and Release title with 1,200 points. Rounding out the Release Division, Freak on a Leash took third place honors.

The last tournament before the Championship was the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic (ECBMC) at Sandestin. Second to none, this tournament hosted 77 boats and 350 anglers. Total, 36 billfish caught 16 blue marlin, 16 white marlin, and 4 sailfish. One of those blue marlins went to Reel Worthless, the biggest, winning 1st place, at 594.9 pounds. Congrats to Steve Brown for winning Top Overall Angler and Top WBS Angler with that catch! Rehab took 1st with Top Dolphin, a yummy 48.2 pounds; while Marlin Darlin’ won 3rd with a 46.6 pound dolphin. Top Tuna awards went to Black Tip with a 131.9 pound tuna, while Freak on a Leash reeled in 3rd. While top wahoo went to Share-E for 68.4 pounds, a replay of OBBC occurred with Done Deal, winning Top Release team again! Controlled Chaos kept it under control to take home 3rd Top Release team with 1 blue marlin and 1 sailfish. Top Crew awards: 1st Reel Worthless and 2nd Done Deal.

Girl Power… a shout out to Katie Gonsoulin on Done Deal for winning Top Lady Angler with her blue marlin. As they say at the ECBMC, “Setting the Precedent. Destined to be a Classic.”

Now back to The Wharf! Wouldn’t want to miss that captains’ party hosted by Galati Yacht Sales!

As the final tournament of the series started at the Wharf on July 8th, the 2014 Triple Crown Championship was up for grabs. The standings were as follows: Sea Mixer 500 points Team Reel Worthless 475 points Tico Time 275 points Iona Louise 250 Done Deal 250 points Conundrum 225 points Pipe Dream 175 points Patience 175 Reel Fire 100 points Let’s also hear it for Reel Worthless and Done Deal that get bonus points for having competed in all five sanctioned tournaments.

With the tournament sold out, they headed out in spectacular fashion Friday morning! During 2.5 days of fishing, 15 blue and 10 white marlin were released by the 57-boat fleet.

A few fish were weighed in Friday night, but the scales were busy Saturday night. Up To It came in second place with a 442-pound blue marlin, while Reel Worthless owner Johnny Johnson, Capt. Myles Colley and the team took fourth place.

Congratulations to Plumb Crazy and Rebel who also earned a payout for tag and release billfish!

The 2013 Grand Champion, Real Fire, took home Top Release Boat this year thanks to Connor Ferrara and William Duke’s two blue marlin.

One More had the second-heaviest tuna at 130.8 pounds, caught by Jane Soloman.

Controlled Chaos and Get Reel won cash for their wahoos.

Buell Polk weighed in a 38.8-pound dolphin caught aboard Share-E, while Mollie took home 3rd with a 38.4-pound dolphin, but it was Rick Olsen on the Breath Easy team that won 1st place with a 39-pound fish. It was a close one though; less than one pound separated all three dolphins weighed in. Rebel and Get Reel also scored for their dolphins.

Big congratulations to Brenda Dedrick on Black Tip for winning the 2014 Top Lady Angler award for her blue marlin release!

Everyone had a great time and is already talking about next year’s Gulf Coast Triple Crown Series. See you next year!

Bastante Tournament News! Galati Yacht Sales customers break Texas state record! Congratulations to Captain Kevin Deerman and the Legacy team for breaking the Texas State Record Blue Marlin at the Bastante Tournament on July 11th.

Poco Bueno The invitation-only, family-run fishing tournament everyone in Texas loves, Poco Bueno, was unfortunately canceled this year due to bad weather.

Galati Vikings are now 3 in a row and 3 for 3 in Texas tournaments!

The 82 Viking No Compromise just won the the Texas International Fishing Tournament with a 685 pound blue marlin. Owner, Alan and Robyn Roberts, Captain Bill Cannon.

1. Bastante Tournament - 56 Viking Legacy, new state record 972 blue marlin, George and Donna Gartner, captain Kevin Dearman
2. Lone Star Shootout Tournament - 70 Viking Done Deal, 2 blue marlin releases. Owner Jon Gonsoulin, captain Jason Buck
3. Texas International Fishing Tournament - 82 Viking No Compromise, 685 blue marlin. Owner, Alan and Robyn Roberts, Captain Bill Cannon.

Next up is the Texas Legends Tournament based in Port Aransas - August 6th- 10th 2014.

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Originally Published By: Angela Jackson

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Cruisers Dealer Meeting 2014

Joe Galati, Darren Plymale, Jay Dee Jackson, and I just returned to Florida from our trip to Wisconsin for the 2014 Cruisers Yachts Dealer Meeting. Having been a Cruisers Yachts dealer since 1983, the four of us were excited to represent Galati Yacht Sales and celebrate 32 years of partnership.

The entire team at Cruisers and KCS International put on an incredible event packed with a new model release, vendor meet-and-greets, breakout sessions, factory tours, and an awards ceremony and dinner. We had many great opportunities to interact and collaborate with other Cruisers Yachts dealers and the management team at Cruisers and KCS International. Cruisers has adopted the theme of “Power UP!” this year and is applying it to all of their efforts, including R&D, sales, and customer service. We left the event excited to see what the coming year brings for Cruisers Yachts and the dealers that represent the company.

Day One:

After an easy trip from Tampa, Florida to Green Bay, Wisconsin with a quick layover in Detroit, Michigan, we arrived at Stone Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. We made our way to the vendor booths and spoke with several vendors that have partnered with Cruisers Yachts and were sponsoring the event, including Raymarine, Volvo Penta, Mercury, GE Capital, and more. We participated in a dockside reception where we met and greeted dealers from across the country and around the world, a unique opportunity to gain insight into other markets. After dinner, everyone in attendance was asked to once again gather outside on the docks for an introduction to two new models in the Cruisers Yachts lineup, the 328 Bow Rider and the brand-new 390 Express Coupe. The 328 Bow Rider, having enjoyed great success in the Cruisers Sport Series lineup and having been awarded Boating Magazine’s Boat of the Year in 2013, has been moved into the Cruisers Yachts lineup to allow Cruisers Yachts dealers, including Galati Yacht Sales, the opportunity to share in that success. The 390 Express Coupe is a brand new model for Cruisers Yachts and is sure to be a hit with its great performance and ride on a C. Raymond Hunt designed hull and an incredible layout for entertaining family and friends on the water.

Day Two:

When we arrived at breakfast, it became clear that the buzz surrounding the 390 had not subsided and everyone attending the event was very excited to learn more about the boat on sea trials and walkthroughs. We had the opportunity to sea trial both the 390 Express Coupe and the 328 Bow Rider and came away even more impressed, as both boats performed admirably, even in a confused chop driven by the previous night’s cold front. After lunch, we sat in on two breakout sessions organized by Cruisers Yachts. The first session operated as a moderated discussion between the Research & Development team at Cruisers Yachts and the dealers to discuss the 390 Express Coupe, as well as several other future models. The most immediate future model is the upcoming 58’ Cantius, which is also certain to be a success and appears poised to take its class by storm. Our next breakout session was an introduction to the Cruisers Yachts iPad app, which primarily serves as a resource for dealers and their sales teams to better present the product to customers. Everyone came away from the session impressed with the app and its ease of use, and we all look forward to testing it over the next few months. The day concluded with yet another amazing dinner, and most importantly an awards ceremony. Both Cruisers Yachts and Cruisers Sport Series recognized their top 5 respective dealers, though every dealer in attendance was recognized for their efforts this year. Galati Yacht Sales is proud to have been recognized as the #2 Cruisers Yachts dealer in the world this year, and we look forward to continued success over the next year!

Day Three:

During our final day in Wisconsin, we made a short trip to Oconto to visit the Cruisers factory. Our first stop was the R&D building, where there is no shortage of activity. While there was plenty going on, we were most anxious to tour the mockup of the 58’ Cantius. Having never seen a mockup on that scale, it was an awe-inspiring experience to see how well a plywood mockup of both the upper salon/galley and lower accommodations could convey what the finished product will feel like. There is plenty of work remaining on the 58’ Cantius, but after seeing the mockup, the Galati Yacht Sales team and the other dealers we toured with came away looking forward to the introduction of the new model in 2015. We were then taken to the main production factory where we made stops in the upholstery, lamination, and rigging shops. Cruisers has embraced vacuum-infusion for key components on several models, which is a cleaner and quicker process than traditional methods and will serve to increase quality and decrease production times. We walked through several boats in various stages of production that Galati Yacht Sales customers have ordered. We will provide those customers with pictures and updates of their boats during the build, something few boat owners ever have the opportunity to see.

Attending the dealer meeting was an incredible opportunity and provided a unique perspective into the product and the company that stands behind it. Having seen the dedication that Cruisers Yachts shows to constantly innovating and striving to exceed customer expectations, I have no doubt that Galati Yacht Sales and Cruisers Yachts will enjoy a continued successful partnership for many years to come.

Originally Published By: Josh Olsen & Jay Jackson

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