Somervilles fishing adventure in the Keys!

We took a long family weekend down in Key Largo in the keys and had a extra day to go offshore fishing together. I called Captain Bill to take us out for the day and by 11AM we had over 30 hookups with Mahi Mahi being the main catch of the day.

We later went further offshore to target Wahoo and Bills. Wahoo came to the plate and the Bills were no where to be found. Seas were 1' to 2’ and the winds were perfect.

During our Mahi Frenzy... our mate hooked himself in the hand with a 8/0 laser hook and we were heading back to the dock by 1pm. Our mate was off to the clinic to have the hook removed and get a tetanus  shot after they removed hishook. All was well, and our mate was back smiling again.

Lots of fresh fish to clean and donate…. we ate like Kings.

Another great day in paradise…

Till next tide, The Somervilles.

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Marine Dealer Conference and Expo 2014

“More games are lost than won” This is a quote that I never gave true thought to until attending the keynote speaker at the 2014 MDCE. As it sounds it should be an equal amount of games won to games lost, correct? Wrong, the meaning behind this is actually a very valuable lesson I learned in the first 10 minutes of the expo. The true meaning is that there are more times where a game (sale) is lost by lack of marketing, sales skills, leadership techniques than actually won by having a perfect set of all three items. The customer will eventually buy a boat somewhere from someone, but how many people lost them along the way. This was a very simple idea that made so much sense when applied to the marine dealer business. You must not wait for sales to “fall in your lap” you have to be motivated and inspired to consistently exceed the expectations of the buyer. I believe Galati Yacht Sales does this on a regular basis, making our company culture extremely hard to compete with.

From the keynote speaker to the top 100 award ceremony the MDCE was outstanding. There is a large amount of information and motivation, to not only better your company but yourself, given out in these short few days. I cannot wait to attend next year!

-Jay Dee Jackson

It was my second year attending the 2014 MDCE and I thought for sure they couldn’t surpass what they did last year, I was wrong. The attendance this year was higher then ever, the speakers were top notch and the Top 100 Gala was elegant, fun, and memorable.

We started the kick off with the Opening Keynote Speaker, Chester Elton. His speech encompassed the meaning of having great culture within your company, employees and how it should radiate out to your customers. I believe Galati Yacht Sales has a culture of family and doing the right thing. We want our customers to feel and be treated as family. We always do the right thing in business, even when no one is looking. The rest of the three days were filled with amazing seminars and fun and knowledgeable presenters. I took the marketing tack that included classes like: FILLING IN THE HOLES IN YOUR ONLINE BUCEKT, INCURESE YOUR SEO THROUGH SOCAIL, and HOW TO MARKET TO THOSE NOT LIKE YOU. Each of these classes and others provided insight and ideas I have taken back to my team. I have already started to apply some of them.

The Top 100 was wonderful. This was their 10th year of holding the gala and awards. We were honored to be there representing the Hall of Fame again this year. Congratulations to all 100 dealers for their success this year!

-Angela Jackson

As a first time attendee of the Marine Dealer Conference and Expo I attempted to do my homework and gather some information about MDCE before heading to Orlando so that I would have an idea of what I was getting involved in. During the opening minutes of the conference I quickly learned that no amount of reading beforehand could have prepared me for the sheer amount of knowledge, experience, and motivation that were shared with me during my time in Orlando. From the opening keynote speaker, to networking receptions, to classroom sessions, to the Top 100 Gala & Awards Ceremony the education never stopped. With over 800 attendees including many vendors and sponsors the MDCE was truly the place to be this week for anybody who’s anybody in the marine industry. I divided my time between sales and marketing classroom sessions and was able to bring home several ideas that I believe will immediately benefit our whole team here at Galati Yacht Sales. Just as important as the classroom sessions was the opportunity to network with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced boat dealerships in North America and the exchange of ideas through the week was incredible. The week culminated with the Top 100 Gala & Awards Ceremony where Galati Yacht Sales was recognized for being in the Top 100 Hall of Fame and many of our fellow dealers were recognized for not only being in the top 100 dealers but also for various other awards for their contributions to the marine industry. Two days later I’m still reflecting on all of the information that we were given over the course of the conference, and I’m already looking forward to a great event next year.

-Josh Olsen

The MDCE is truly an exciting annual event. There were a # of strong training sessions under the Leadership track. My favorite was Hiring the Best Person for Job presented by David Spader. He articulated an interesting concept for rating and evaluating potential recruits during the interview process. Plus he presented research to emphasize the benefits (or lack thereof) of specific interview tools. After analyzing his hiring concepts, it’s clear that the same tools could be expanded to performance evaluations. I feel that these areas of my management performance will be improved.

The more important benefit of the conference and expo is interacting with other members of our industry. Face-to-face time with our business partners is so valuable. The opportunity to fully engage in discussion on our priorities allows us to move forward on a number of fronts. Listening and engaging others provided insight into products and services that spark ideas for the future. The positive energy that surrounds the event and the gala are so inspirational and motivating. It truly is an enriching experience!

-Tim Schaefer

I must say it was the best yet; this past few days were filled with excellent speakers and content surrounding topics such as Culture, Leadership, Sales, Marketing, etc.

The EXPO area was well attended; looking back on the years it was estimated to have 285 in attendance with 60 dealers represented in 2007; this past week has grown to have 300 plus dealers and 1,150 individuals attending.

Both organizations did an excellent job, with Matt and Liz from the MRAA and Jonathan along with his team from Boating Industry, combining their resources to host an excellent event.

We were recognized a number of times through out the week, namely our sponsorship with the Closing Key Note Speaker Ryan Estis. We sponsored his engagement along with the other 3 Top 100 Hall of Fame members, Ryan did an exceptional job. Between the completion of the conference and last night’s top 100 event, it is amazing how many fellow dealers shared their appreciation for our contribution to the event. I never engage the speakers and yesterday afterwards made a point to stay after and share my appreciation for his efforts.

Last night’s top 100 event was excellent, it was the largest attendance to date with over 450 participants last night attending. Gordy’s won and well deserved. The Top 100 acknowledged each of the Hall of Fame members with introducing us on stage and asking us for a few minutes at the microphone to address the audience. Legendary was represented by Sean the sales manager and announced the merger with Singleton, Prince William was represented by Carlton and Marine Max by Bill McGill. We were well represented with Angela, JD, Josh, Tim and myself attending. After being invited on stage, we had a photo opportunity and I addressed everyone attending and shared our support of the program and its contribution to the industry and how honored our Team is with being a HOF member.

I truly believe all of us attending left with excellent content and was well worth taking the time to attend. Again, it was their best effort to date.

This event continues to provide us an excellent opportunity to continue forging our relationships with those in the industry.

Thank you again for the confidence in me to represent Team Galati in such an event as last night. I am truly honored.

All my best, Darren

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FLIBS 2014 Interview with SuperYachts

At the start of the year we sat down with Darren Plymale of Galati Yacht Sales to gather his view on the fledgling American market; however, little did we know the US would provide so much activity throughout the year. We caught with Darren Plymale once again at the recent Fort Lauderdale Boat Show to discuss how 2014 has shaped America’s re-emergence.

Returning to sit on board the beautiful Westport built Amarula Sun, and with a record crowd sweeping the show, Darren Plymale gave us yet another informed view on the positivity across the yachting sector in America.

“First of all, Galati is ecstatic with what’s happening within our business. We continue to see growth, especially in our 80 foot and above market which has been very exciting … the large yacht and superyacht market is doing very well for us. As for the American market, we look at it more as a global opportunity for us. When you look at a yacht this size, it attracts people from all over the world – whether it’s China, Australia, Europe [or] South America.”

Increased market activity can not solely be attributed to the returning confidence of the high-net-worths of the world. Galati Yacht Sales is burgeoning and growing further into the superyacht market, which the brokerage firm attributes to a number of factors.

“I think when you take a look at the American market; we have a lot of wind in our sails. You take a look at the stock market which is hovering back and forth at 17,000, a record high. You have a lot of economic indicators, especially the prime lending rate is still down and low, and very affordable, and I think overall when you take a look at the consumer, we’re in a good spot right now. Land value continues to increase and there’s a lot of positivity.”

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Prestige 550 Fly

All Prestige Yachts share a family resemblance with large windows in the topsides and an overall timeless profile. The 550 Flybridge looks poised to leap ahead, thanks to her raked stem and transom. Standard power is twin 600-hp Cummins diesels with Zeus pods.

Mission Statement

The mission statement for the Prestige 550 Flybridge is basically the same as the rest of the Prestige line. Build the best boat possible, and make her affordable by focusing on form and function and leave out the fluff. You will find solid composite countertops, wall-to-wall carpeting, and fiberglass overheads maximize interior room and utility. Prestige designers stay away from “flavor of the month” styling.


In 2011 Prestige earned praise in Europe for four new boats introduced: the 350, 400, 500 and 500S. Success breeds success – in the boating world just like anywhere else. The company has designed for two versions on a 58' 10" (17.92 m) LOA hull: The 550 express and 550 Flybridge motoryachts. All four of the new 2011 models were innovative in one sense or another, and we think the new intros are equally interesting.

Prestige 550 Fly

This is becoming the layout we expect for pod-powered yachts: A full-beam master stateroom amidships, guest quarters forward of that and a crew's cabin aft, atop the pods. We like that Prestige includes a mix of doubles and single berths in the 550 layout, making her suitable for a range of guests. Each cabin benefits from large windows in the topsides; the master has essentially picture windows on either side.

Distinguishing Features

Engines mounted forward. Instead of putting the Cummins diesels directly in front of the pods, they are moved farther forward to more evenly distribute the weight around the boat's longitudinal center of gravity. This keeps the 550 from having excessive bow rise and allows for the ride at a more sedate 5-degree bow high attitude. The Zeus pods are located well aft, under the crew quarters berth, and a jackshaft connects the engines to the pods.

Low draft. Because her pod drives are in tunnels and she is of a moderate displacement her draft is only 3’ 8’’ (1.17 m), which is shoal for this size boat.

Two control stations standard. Typically we see a standard flybridge helm station and an optional control station below. Many builders will use this plan to create a roomier salon. Prestige feels, and we agree in this case, that the salon is roomy enough and chooses to put in a lower helm station as standard. In addition, an optional third station in the cockpit is available.

Versatile VIP sleeping. Virtually every boat on the market in this class has a queen bed in the forward cabin. This is fine for a couple, but what if you are have two gents or ladies, or teenage children to accommodate? Prestige has thought of that and had built its queen bed so that it can be split into twins with each berth being moved to the hill sides. We think this is a super design.

Private entrance to a huge master. Most yachts in class have one access to all accommodations. One problem with this design is that much valuable space is wasted on a long passageway. By creating a separate staircase to the master stateroom Prestige provides not only more privacy, but also more usable space for a walk-in closet and larger head.

Price. At just a little over one million dollars this is a lot of yacht for the money. Just look around and you’ll see what I mean.

Prestige 550 Fly

The Prestige 550 motoryacht is able to go most anywhere, and should be easy to handle by most owner/operators.

Major Features

Three stateroom layout. The VIP guest stateroom is located forward. The port side guest stateroom has twin berths that can easily be converted to a queen.

Cockpit access to the flybridge. This is the only access to the flybridge, which eliminates a salon staircase that only takes up space, in our opinion.

Performance and Handling

With a pair of 600-hp Cummins QSC8.3 diesel engines powering our test boat we reached a top speed at 3080 rpm up 30.2 kts. At that speed we had a fuel burn of 62.85 gph for a range of 251 nautical miles. Best cruise came in at 2500 rpm and 22.4 kts. Now the fuel consumption to dropped to the 41.2 gph giving us a range of 284 nautical miles. We reached planing speed in 8.5 seconds and accelerated to 30 mph in 21.7 seconds.

Prestige 550 Fly

The Prestige 550 hull was designed specifically for the Zeus 3800 pod drives. You can also see a flat keel at the stern which acts as a lifting pad giving the 550 a quick 8.5 sec time to plane. Note the tunnels which permit a draft of just 3'8" (1.17 m). The hydraulic platform is optional.

When accelerating, the bow comes up roughly 8-degrees which means the horizon remains in clear view from the lower helm. Once on plane she'll settle into a 5-degree bow high attitude. Because of the maneuvering characteristics of pods, you won't find any break-neck turns on the 550. The throw of the pods is limited at speed so you will only get a 5-degree bank angle which allows for very slow turns. In fact, it took 70 seconds for the 550 to come around a full 360-degrees. Of course this is perfectly adequate for the short maneuvers, such as dodging the occasional trap buoy that seems to pop up all over the world. When you take power off, the 550 will settle back into the water and a level attitude, again producing no loss of visibility to the horizon.

Steering Considerations

While on the subject of visibility, the 550 Flybridge has outstanding sightlines. From the lower helm you'll find yourself looking through the bow rails, but the bow itself remains well below the horizon line. Naturally, from the flybridge you have a nearly unobstructed 360-degree view. More importantly, you have a clear view of the port quarter through the companionway hatch.

Prestige 550 Fly

The helm of the 550 Fly has a double wide seat for more eyes looking forward. The leather wrapped grab handle is a nice touch. Side windows are electrically actuated and open from a button to the left side of the helm.

One interesting feature to note is that the upper and lower helms are on opposing sides so you can choose which helm to operate from based on which side of the boat you will be tying up to. Of course for backing into a slip or med-mooring you can't beat the optional cockpit control station.

The 550 Fly had a very solid feel to her. While we were saddled with a relatively calm day I was able to pass through some sizable wakes which showed that she throws spray well off to the sides and down low producing a very dry ride. Her hard chines give her excellent stability and she shoulders beam seas off quite nicely with little effect to be felt from the flybridge helm.

Prestige 550 Fly

The rails continue all the way back to the cockpit making transitions to the bow a safe affair, even when underway. The unique geometry to the hullside windows really serves to identify the brand.

Docking Manners

In my opinion, the combination of Cummins diesels and Zeus pods is outstanding, and nowhere can this be felt to its maximum benefit than when maneuvering in close quarters. I easily brought the 550 in between two other yachts in the very close confines of a med-moor while controlling from the cockpit station.

Even while standing in close proximity to the engines and pods, there was no "clunking" into gear and the operation was silky smooth. So smooth in fact, that the only indication that things were working normally was the gentle response that the 550 Flybridge had to my slight movement of the joystick. More to the point, when you make a control movement on the joystick the 550 follows precisely as opposed to you making a control input, seeing where the boat goes, and then correcting that movement to what you want it to be.

Accommodations Deck

The 550 Flybridge motoryacht is set up to sleep six guests in three cabins, plus a crew cabin aft that we predict will serve as added guest accommodations in this boat that can and should be an owner/operator vessel. With pods making handling easier, yachts this size are should be owner-operated in most cases. No crew means the aft cabin will surely be taken over by one of the owner's kids who want to sleep as far from the adults as possible (and wash down the boat at night.)

Prestige 550 Fly

The master stateroom is full beam and in the most comfortable place in the boat. The table for two and the large hull-side windows will make this a wonderfully scenic cabin.

In keeping with Prestige's practice of building master stateroom's as comfortable as possible given the length of hull available, the midships cabin on the 550 has a large centerline bed, a small booth-type seating for two to port and a walk-in closet. Of course, there is a large en suite head with separate shower stall. We especially like the private access via a curved companionway leading from the salon. The forward two cabins share a head.

Prestige 550 Fly

This is a huge master stateroom and 80' motoryachts usually don't have one much bigger. Everyone loves walk-in closets and this one is good-sized with plenty of creative space for storage. Notice the separate shower stall that separates the head from the walk-in closet. It has glass door access from both sides. We would eliminate the door from the closet and put in another clothing rack. We'd also get rid of the bidet, move the toilet over and put in a second sink.

Prestige 550 Fly

In the VIP forward stateroom look closely and you will see dotted lines indicating how the queen bed can be split in two and swung outboard, making twins. We very much prefer this arrangement as it accommodates a variety of guests better. The head is shared with the guest stateroom and has a separate shower stall.

Prestige 550 Fly

The forward VIP has split berths that pivot together, and latch, making a queen berth. This is a great use of space and adds to the versatility of the types of guests you can accommodate, whether kids or a couple.

Prestige 550 Fly

While the lower deck is given over completely to accommodations, the main deck is where the real living takes place. There's a large galley aft with an L-shaped countertop and an island for more counter and storage space. It's at the aft bulkhead, so will be bright and well-ventilated. Forward there's a large dinette and a lounge opposite. The lower helm is to starboard.

Main Deck

The main deck houses the galley and dining areas, making preparing and serving food less of a trial for the cook. The tri-doors open onto a large aft deck almost completely covered by the flying bridge overhang – maybe not good for the sun tanning crowd, but overall more functional in a variety of weather. And -- it can be buttoned up with isinglass to prove for three-season living.

Prestige 550 Fly

The aft galley is handy to serve both dinner in the main salon or lunch on the aft deck. The chef will like it because the galley is close to conversations in both venues.

There is a sunpad forward, big enough for several to bake together. And, of course, there is the flying bridge.

Prestige 550 Fly

Even the most ardent sun worshipers will agree that too much sun is a bad thing, but that doesn’t mean you have to go inside. This pop-up shade is a great feature to have, and at the forward end of the pad is an innovative bench seat that deploys easily.

The 15'6" (475 cm) wide stern platform will be hydraulically adjustable as an option, making it fine for carrying a tender.

Prestige 550 Fly

This area is the heart of the boat. The table can be set low as a coffee table when in conversation and socializing mode, or raised with leafs that pull out for a dinner.

Prestige 550 Fly

The aft deck is large and Prestige has correctly not placed a standard table in front of the bench seat as each owner has his own ideas as to how this space will be used. Many people will add folding director’s chairs or something of the like. Because the overhead extends so far aft, the aft deck can be fully enclosed. The crack in the lower part of the bench seat marks the hatch to the crew's quarters below.

Prestige 550 Fly

The aft deck will surely be one of the most popular gathering area on the 550. It’s also right next to the aft galley. Notice the optional retractable sunscreen allowing you to extend your time outside. What a place for al fresco dining.

Prestige 550 Fly

The Prestige 550 has a huge swim platform, which we like. It becomes a "teak beach" or mini marina when friends come by tender to visit. The passerelle is an option that those Med mooring will want to order. Note that there is only one stairway to the aft deck, thus saving space, and the crew's cabin has a large window in the transom to allow natural light to enter. This detail makes what would otherwise be a dank lazerette become a useable cabin.

On the Flying Bridge

Access to the flying bridge is a stairway from the forward port corner of the aft deck. The bridge is mostly seating and sunning space, with its after section taken by a shallow U-lounge, a big sunpad adjacent to the helm and room for chairs and a table.

Prestige 550 Fly

The lower helm is to starboard, but the upper helm is to port. If we were docking portside-to, we'd run the boat from the bridge; starboard-side to, from the saloon. With the maneuverability of pods, either way would work fine, we believe. We'd prefer more forward-facing seats at the helm instead of such a large sunpad.


There are several important things that we like about this new motoryacht. First is her size. She is not so large that she needs professional crew, but on the other hand she is big enough to take most anywhere and be able to handle snotty conditions without much fuss or concern.

Secondly, her design is not the flavor of the month. It is not "Euro," nor "American," nor "Downeast," nor "Expedition" nor whatever. Rather, the 550 is a modern design based on classic lines that will stand the test of time and be as much in style 40 years from now as today; sort of like a pin-striped business suit or a herringbone sport jacket -- they are always in style anywhere in the world.

She is a big motoryacht and people looking at larger yachts should ask themselved is they really need that much room. Conversely, people looking at smaller express cruisers should ask themselves if they might not be happier in the long run by spending a little more money now and get a boat that will probably last a lifetime.

While the 550 Flybridge has a top speed of 30 knots we would probably cruise her at 2250 rpm, going almost 18 knots and burning 33 gal. (126 L) per hour. That is about as efficient as a boat this size can be operated. Drop her down to displacement speeds and she has a range of 1,000 nautical miles.

We've been aboard several Prestige yachts over the past year and have been impressed with each one.


Prestige 550 Flybridge (2014) Test Results


  • Top speed for the Prestige 550 Flybridge (2014-) is 34.7 mph (55.8 kph), burning 62.85 gallons per hour (gph) or 237.89 liters per hour (lph).


  • Best cruise for the Prestige 550 Flybridge (2014-) is 25.8 mph (41.5 kph), and the boat gets 0.63 miles per gallon (mpg) or 0.27 kilometers per liter (kpl), giving the boat a cruising range of 327 miles (526.26 kilometers).


  • Tested power is 2 x 600-hp Cummins QSC 8.3.

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Rich Mongeau Said:

It's been a hectic 2 months with the arrival of my first grandchild and the replacement and recuperation of my other new hip. Just wanted to send you some words that you may want to use on the Galati site that express my thoughts on your abilities as a broker. Here goes.

"After several dealings with FL brokers in my search to buy my retirement vessel, I had the good fortune to bump into Greg while looking for a boat slip. I was immediately impressed with his energy, enthusiasm and knowledge. When it was time I gave him a call, and although he knew I wanted to buy a specific boat, he spent time showing me various other varieties to make sure my boat type was still what I wanted.

He made the buying experience easy and comfortable. The most important service that Greg provided me was his experience in helping me find wonderful, honest, and skilled maintenance, repair and insurance contacts. From that moment on he was always available to help in any way.

Years later when it was time for me to sell, Greg went out of his way to close the deal. He has all the tools to help anyone sell their vessel."

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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.
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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.

Originally published by: Capt Ed Thompson

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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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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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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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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.

Originally published by Viking Yachts

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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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