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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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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Introducing the Princess 68

The Princess 64 has been one of the most successful models in our market in recent years. Production will continue for this model for the coming year, with several hulls scheduled for retail delivery. Building on the success of the Princess 64, we are pleased to provide you with information on the new Princess 68, which will fill the current gap in the model range between the 64 and the 72 Motor Yacht. On track for a European premiere showing this fall, followed by a North American debut at the 2015 Miami Yacht & Brokerage Show, the Princess 68 is destined to rewrite the rulebook on flybridge luxury, space and performance.

Wonderfully progressive, incredibly capable, and classically Princess, the 68 has been designed with features that are typically found on much larger yachts:

Key features:

Private access to the owner's stateroom The full beam owner's stateroom is accessed from its own private stairwell running off the main salon. The stateroom includes a full en-suite and dressing area with vast hull-side windows for the most dramatic views and a sofa to watch it all from in complete comfort. A stateroom lobby houses a washer/dryer with space for an additional dryer.

Three large guest cabins Guests will enjoy three further cabins, two en-suites, plus a generous crew quarters. The stairwell to the guest quarters will lift to give access to a huge storage space.

Incredible social areas Two separate seating areas are designed into the main salon with two more areas on the vast flybridge, which also comes with the option of a hardtop with integral sunroof. A high specification aft cockpit comes with surround seating, speakers, bar access from the galley and a wonderful transom seat for the most magical evenings at anchor.

Galley aft doubles your social options The galley aft layout delivers some wonderfully flexible dining options with seating and tables opposite the galley and out in the cockpit. The galley's aft window also opens up at the touch of a button to create a bar area for the cockpit.

Commanding helm position The 68 will feature a uniquely social and usable helm area, with the driving and navigation positions to starboard, and, at the same height, another L-shape guest area to port. The commanding helm position will also offer a door to the starboard side deck.

Walk-through foredeck The walk-through foredeck has proved a massively popular feature with owners, offering a private retreat when in harbor or a thrilling vantage point when at sea. The 68 takes this innovative area and turns it into the most detailed foredeck entertaining area yet with seating, sunpads and huge storage lockers for all your day boating needs.

Window area Following our incredible developments in the use of glass, the 68 will include vast glass sections to the main salon, master cabin and forward VIP. In the master cabin the windows will measure over 17 sq ft.

Internal volume The 68 will offer the highest level of internal volume per square foot of any Princess yet built.

Performance Fitted with twin diesel engines of up to 1400hp, speeds of around 33-34 knots are expected with fast efficient cruising in the mid-twenties.


Originally Published By: Princess Yachts America

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Another First

With Tyler home and attending to his father, I had my son fly down to fill in for a week while out of school. It’s been neat to have my son on board. Both of my kids have grown up around boats and it comes to them naturally. Patrick has visited many times during my travels, but has never actually worked for me. It makes me proud to see him work alongside me and take pride in the boat.

Yesterday, we fished the North drop here in the Virgin Islands. We invited two crew members from the "Lala" to join us for the day. After departing the dock, we ran 25 miles NW to the drop from Spanish town, Virgin Gorda, where we are staying for the weekend. Patrick has fished with me many times, but it always seems like it is when we are traveling before or after a season in a location. He has never caught a blue marlin. Around 11 am we hooked our first Blue. The boss harnessed up and had a good fight in store. The fish never jumped. Instead, it went straight down and stayed down. After a lengthy duel, the fish finally came to the surface. It was one of those fights that reminded me of why I prefer to drive the boat rather than turn the handle. After the fight there was a long lull, but at around 2 we had a fish come into the spread and knock down bait. It failed to get hooked, but a few seconds later it piled on the right short and took off jumping. It was a good 300+ lb. Blue. Patrick and the guys started clearing lines. But the Boss looked at Patrick and said, "This one is yours.” The fish steadily pealed the line off the reel and as Patrick harnessed up, the fish headed for the horizon. We chased that fish backwards for about a mile as Patrick sweated and grinded the reel to gain line back. He did a great job and after twenty-four minutes, we got the release. But then, the fish pulled away as we tried getting it alongside to get the lure out. The ensuing battle lasted another thirty-five minutes with the entire crew at the siting. Sometimes, those fish just don't want to give up. We ended up 2-2 on Blues. Patrick was glowing with pride. You could just hear it in his voice the rest of the afternoon. Steve (Boss) was happy as well. He always says he enjoys watching someone get their first Blue as much as catching one himself. (Thank you, Boss, for letting Patrick get his first)

We were ten minutes away from the dock and running at 28 knots when I heard Patrick call up from the back deck. He was holding the release flags already attached to the halyard on the out rigger. He wanted to know if he could raise the blue marlin release flags. I grinned at seeing his excitement and pride, but told him to hold on till we slowed down. As with anyone’s first Blue, there are two things that happen back at the dock: First, the word spreads that someone caught their first and everyone congratulates that person after they repeat the story of their epic battle. Second, that person gets thrown in the water at the dock.

Patrick must have forgotten about that in his excitement because after tying up, he went to the bow to start washing the boat. I called to him from the dock and said, "Come check this out!" as I pointed at the water under the dock. Steve joined me by also pointing under the dock and added, "Have you ever seen that?"…SUCKER!!!!!!! I gave him a big shove and he flew off the dock into the water. While he was in mid-air, I heard him yelling, “Aw man!” He knew he had been had.

As I said, we are down in Virgin Gorda, BVIs right now at a marina called Yacht Harbor in Spanish town. It’s a sleepy little marina but well appointed. It’s not all about fishing with us, however. Since we have been here we have also spent time snorkeling and cruising around. I love the snorkeling and exploring days. Two days ago, we went down to Bitter End and the Boss tried his hand at kite boarding. Tough sport! But the boss impressed us all with his ability to handle the kite in the gusty winds. Today, we are headed back to St Thomas. It’s always tough to leave the BVI's, but we will be back.

Originally Published By: Capt Ed Thompson

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Galati Rendezvous to the Florida Keys June 21st – 29th 2014

The 2014 Florida Keys Rendezvous started on June 21st when Team Galati, a magnificent 2014 Prestige 550 Flybridge, left the St. Petersburg Pier en route for the Naples Boat Club. Located in the historic heart of the Olde Naples waterfront, the boat club served as the perfect venue for a kick-off “docktail party.” Here we enjoyed food and drinks and listened to the captains meeting, where they discussed the cruise to Duck Key.

Early the next morning the group headed for Hawks Cay Resort Marina. This island retreat is located midway down the Florida Keys where boaters gather to relax and celebrate the sea! Our guests were hungry by the time we arrived and enjoyed dinner at one of the many local restaurants. Some dined at Ocean, where the menu embodied the feeling and flavors of the Mediterranean, while others enjoyed Latin dishes at Alma. Some chose Caribbean seafood dishes at Beach Grill, while still others opted for chicken wraps and PB&J sandwiches at Indies Grill.

Overnight boaters have access to Hawks Cay’s pools and attractions, and on Monday, June 23rd the crowd took advantage of these spectacular amenities. Guests chose from a number of adventures that best suited their style and experience levels. Some swam in the saltwater lagoon, while others swam with the playful dolphins. Others opted to get exercise on the tennis courts or during a challenging game of ping-pong. For the more adventurous, kiteboarding lessons and guided diving explorations were available. That night, appetites were hearty, and Team Galati grilled burgers and brats for all to enjoy, along with delightful dishes that guests brought to share.

Team Galati led the rendezvous partygoers to Key West, Florida on Tuesday. After the fleet of Prestige, Tiaras, Cruisers, Sea Rays and Carver yachts pulled into the beautiful Galleon Marina and settled into their slips, guests were free to do as they pleased for the rest of the day. Some of the group chose dinner and drinks, while others made their way to the world famous Mallory Square, where talented street performers entertained large cheering crowds just before sunset. In anticipation of Wednesday’s full day of fun in the sun, after the show, most guests called it an early evening.

With full bellies and the breakfast dishes cleared, everyone jumped on the 550 Prestige Flybridge at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning and set off to the beautiful reefs of Key West. The crystal-clear water was perfect for snorkeling; we saw coral, lots of tropical fish and a couple of barracuda. Once back aboard the Prestige, guests enjoyed a delicious lunch and a wonderful sightseeing cruise back to the docks. On Thursday, we spent the day exploring Hemmingway’s home, The Butterfly Emporium, The Little White House, and many of the unique shops along Duval Street. After a full day of sightseeing and shopping, it was back to Team Galati for a breathtaking sunset cruise around the Gulf of Mexico.

The next morning we departed for Pink Shell Resort in Ft. Myers Beach. The resort was wonderful with its three pool areas, breakfast buffet, bar and grill, and beach front with rentable water toys. The group’s activities ranged from relaxing poolside to parasailing around San Carlos Bay. On Saturday, Galati Yachts (with tremendous help from Phil and Mary Letourneau and the sponsor, Frank Baker of Baldwin Krystyn Sherman Marine Insurance), hosted a party and served tasty hors d’oeuvre and succulent desserts. Everyone expressed their excitement about the rendezvous and shared experiences about their trip. On Sunday morning, we said goodbye to all our friends, then the 550 Prestige departed for the last leg of our journey home back to St. Pete, Florida.

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Sea Mixer Wins 2014 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Championship

Sea Mixer, a 66 Spencer owned by Ronald Davis of Orange Beach, Alabama, was crowned the 2014 Gulf Coast Triple Crown Champion after a third-place finish in Blue Marlin Grand Championship last weekend. Led by Capt. Devin Potts, the family team won the title after earning the most points in the grueling five-tournament Gulf series.

"It's a dream come true," Davis said after the results were announced at Sunday's awards breakfast at The Wharf in Orange Beach, Alabama. "The main thing is it was accomplished by my whole family and crew. It was a total team effort."

Sea Mixer compiled 700 points based on first place in the Orange Beach Billfish Classic with a 528.6-pound blue marlin, a 708.6-pound first-place blue in the Cajun Canyons Billfish Classic in Venice, Louisiana, and a 368.2-pound marlin in the just-completed BMGC. Davis and his family also competed in the Mississippi Gulf Coast Billfish Classic in Biloxi and the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic in Sandestin, the other two qualifying events. Sea Mixer used a live bait in the Green Canyon to land the marlin that put them over the top last weekend.

Triple Crown points are earned by winning the top three spots in blue marlin weight or catch-and-release divisions. Bonus points are also scored if a boat breaks an existing blue marlin tournament record and competes in all five sanctioned events.

Team Reel Worthless came in second in the 2014 Triple Crown standings, followed by the preceding two-time champion Done Deal. Reel Worthless was the top release boat in the Canyons Classic, took third place in the blue marlin weight division in the MGCBC and caught the only blue marlin weighed in the Emerald Coast Blue Marlin Classic. The team's first place tuna award in the Orange Beach Billfish Classic and fourth-place marlin award in the Grand Championship did not accrue any points.

Done Deal, Triple Crown winner the past two years, was the top release boat in the OBBC and ECBC. All three boats earned extra points for fishing the five tournaments.

Sea Mixer takes home a beautiful 6-foot metal marlin sculpture created by marine artist Frank Ledbetter and bragging rights for the next year. Davis said he didn't think the outcome would be this close.

"It's a special honor to compete with some really great boats and owners," he said. "It was pretty challenging and took a lot of commitment. We'll see if I'm personally able to defend the title next year. There are no guarantees and at 71, the Triple Crown competition stressed me out a lot. But Sea Mixer and my family will definitely be in the mix next year, for sure."

Originally Published By: Scott Burt

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Gary Hitch Said:

In May of 2014 I contacted Galati Yacht Sales regarding a boat listing I saw online. The listing did not pan out, however I had the pleasure of speaking to Rob McCarthy in detail about other listings. Usually I prefer to deal directly with the listing broker, but in this case Rob was so knowledgeable and helpful that I decided to go through him to with my search for a new boat. Although I do not write recommendation letters often, I feel Rob’s level of professional service has been outstanding and he deserves the recognition.

During the next few weeks Rod and I spoke often until we found my 2000 3500 Tiara in Grand Haven, MI. I traveled 1000 miles to see the boat and have a survey performed. I had been looking for a boat for months and was ready to put my endeavors on hold. Rob helped me feel confident by spending a lot of time with me on the phone. I can be a bit demanding when it comes to a major purchase and Rob impressed me with his ease of conversation and willingness to promptly respond with answers to my questions.

Rob stayed engaged with me during the boat showing, survey, sea trial, sale and the shipping of the boat to the Chesapeake Bay! He still answers questions regularly and his service before, during and after the sale has just been over the top. I feel obliged to go find him more clients!

In closing, I’d like to add a positive comment about Jodi. She assisted with all aspects of the settlement process. Her knowledge and effective manner helped all go smoothly. Together with Rob, these two employees gave me a wonderful experience!

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Jack Culdertson Said:

Just wanted to send you a quick e-mail to let you know I appreciate the hard work you put into getting me into my new 2013 Tiara 36 Open. Needless to say I was upside down in my other boat and felt I would continue to be envious of every Tiara owner on the water. Jim, you put together a package that really works for me, I’m a happy customer.

I also want to thank the rest of the team who helped me through the uneasy feelings that came with me while trading my Old boat for the Tiara; the Galati team put me at ease by answering all my odd questions.

Mike Galati and his service team have gone beyond my expectations, as an example, He even sent a tech to my boat to show me where a switch was.

I also cannot say enough positive things about Chris Galati; Chris offered an offshore fishing trip which I took advantage of. Never has anyone earned my respect as fast as Chris did, Chris thank you for the polite fishing tips, they have improved my catch, and again thank you for a life long memory.

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2014 Prestige 550 Flybridge

Prestige did not cut any corners in designing the 2014 550 Prestige Flybridge! This magnificent vessel cruises smoothly and quietly and is a pleasure to drive. You have the choice to captain the 550 from the spacious flybridge and enjoy the sun in your face and wind in your hair, or from below at the air-conditioned helm. The auto-pilot and Ray Marine electronics on this Prestige make entering and tracking a waypoint very simply. The maneuverability makes docking easy even for a novice captain. This is not only because of the three docking locations to choose from, but also having the Zeus Joystick System at all three locations.

The layout of the interior of this 550 Prestige was designed for great visibility as well as entertaining. While in the salon you will enjoy a 360-degree view as the windows stretch all the way around salon and galley area. This is great for natural light to the salon and it really opens up the vessel for a large and spacious feeling. Another outstanding feature on the Prestige 550 is the aft galley. The galley is the first area of the boat you see when entering from the cockpit. This is ideal as it allows you to entertain your guests and still be a part of the conversation and company of everyone gathered in the cockpit as well as the salon. Another amazing design feature of the 550 is the separate entrance to the master stateroom, which provides privacy from the other staterooms. There are two additional staterooms forward with 1 head.

The amount of seating in the flybridge of this vessel is astounding. With L-shaped seating wrapped around a table for your dining pleasure and spacious sun cushions that are great for laying out and relaxing while underway or anchored. The conveniently placed fridge on the flybridge keeps your drinks cold and easily accessible saving the numerous trips up and down the stairs for refreshments. The retractable canopy top allows the guests on aboard to relax in the shade or have fun in the sun.

The beautiful and accommodating cockpit area is breathtaking at night with overhead and matching underwater LED lights. There is also an abundant amount of seating and double doors that open for entertaining, connecting the outdoor guests with the guests inside. The crew quarters, with a bed, head and air conditioning, are very nice offering additional accommodations for crew or guests.

The Prestige 550 Flybridge has many more exterior features including a large hydraulic swim platform with extending ladder that make it effortless to swim and re-board the Prestige while anchored. She also has plenty of sturdy handle-rails on the walk-around to the bow. The bow has a spacious sun cushion with the ability to pull a personal canopy overhead for some immediate shade and relaxation.

Like I said, Prestige did not cut any corners when designing the 550 Flybridge. This is truly an outstanding vessel that has the layout and amenities to enjoy entertaining and cruising in any destination.

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Originally Published By: Jay Jackson

Incorporating clever details for enhanced comfort, the 550’s distinctive contemporary style makes optimal use of its onboard space.

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Sneak Peek Of The New 42' Prestige In The Test Tanks!

As our plane descended into Nantes on June 23, 2014, Jennifer and I felt excited and proud to travel to France’s 6th largest city. Prestige Yachts, built by Group Beneteau, is located in Nantes, and my first Dealer Meeting with their team was scheduled for several days during that week. Galati Yacht Sales added this outstanding brand to our already impressive line of yachts, just prior to the Miami International Boat Show.

Prestige has become a global brand with international flair and distinction, and we saw firsthand why. The meeting began with an overview of the company’s 22-year history and a discussion of their goals, strengths and passion to the yachting industry.

During the weeklong meeting, Prestige emphasized their commitment to the USA market, announcing the purchase of several U.S. boat companies, including Four Winns and Wellcraft. As their commitment continues to grow, Prestige is focused on creating an ocean going yacht with performance, design and value that matches the American market needs.

A factory tour at the end of the week provided insight to their advanced manufacturing and automation techniques. For example, seven tanks at the end of the line thoroughly test every boat prior to leaving the factory. Prestige’s process is also well documented on After the factory tour, I clearly understood how their yachts combine the perfect balance between performance and comfort.

I strongly suggest that anyone interested in boating take the time to call one of our yacht specialists today and inquire about this fabulous brand. Galati has several new models in stock for you to view and sea trial. I am confident that you will share my passion for this builder.

Originally published by: Joe Galati

Take a look at the new 42' Prestige in the test tanks at the Prestige Factory in Nantes, France. Experience the luxury and distinct design of Prestige.

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Blue Marlin Grand Championship Raises Funds for St. Jude Children's Hospital

Orange Beach, AL—The Blue Marlin Grand Championship created and offered an additional 56th slot to their tournament via silent auction. The winning team received a guaranteed entry into the tournament. It came as no surprise when this year’s fleet of 55 boats sold out early, and event organizers moved quickly to capitalize on the intense interest from the international sportfishing community. 100% of the proceeds from the winning bid are earmarked to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, one of the world’s most notable charities.

Winning the silent auction was Rusty Skalla, owner of the Rise Up, a 52-foot Viking based out of Destin, FL. With a generous winning bid of $20,500, Team Rise Up will have karma on their side as they fish for what is expected to be another million dollar prize purse. With their charitable donation to St. Jude, they will also be fishing to fight childhood cancer, one marlin at a time.

Tournament Director Scott Burt expects Skalla’s team to rise to the occasion. “We’ve had some fantastic marlin fishing so far this year in the upper Gulf,” said Burt, “And with the great fishing also comes the chance to help raise money for a terrific charity as well, so we’re really going to highlight this team with a special slip at the marina and recognition throughout the tournament. They’re fishing not just for themselves but also for the kids.”

Dubbed “The Greatest Show in Sportfishing,” the Blue Marlin Grand Championship is getting ready for another record breaking year. In addition to handing out over one million dollars in prize money, last year also saw the 24 year old Alabama state blue marlin record fall twice in one night, a feat which sent shockwaves through the highly competitive world of big game sportfishing.

The Blue Marlin Grand Championship will take place July 8-13, 2014 at The Wharf Entertainment Complex in Orange Beach, AL.

Originally Published By: Nicole Brister

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Family First

If there is one thing that stands out to me in the industry that I work in, Its the fact that we are a family or a brotherhood as some call it. The sport fish community is relatively small, but spread out all over. Some boats spend much of their time in the bahamas some in the caribbean. Where ever we travel, we all look out after each other. If I need a part that I can not find locally, there is a great chance that one of the other boats at the marina where I am at will have it and they will be more than glad to give it to me. Beyond the boating aspect of the tight knit community, there is a brotherly bond that ties all of the crews together. The phrase, "I've got your back" is a fitting one when it comes to the brotherhood. Recently My Mate tyler got some news that there was a heath issue with a family member back home. He flew home a few days ago and thats where he needs to be. What has stuck me most is the concern everyone on the dock has for Tyler. I am asked many times each day how he is doing. Im asked if there is anything they can do in his absence. Everyone seems to want to know if there is anything they can do and they all keep telling that Tylers family is in their prayers. Makes me proud to work around people like this. We travel a lot and miss many times with our families. We always want to be gone chasing that next big fish, But we always miss our families.

I wrote this poem a few years ago, I have posted it before and I will post it again.

I sit on the boat and dream of home For months on end, we travel and roam Plying the waters, we fish here and there Home in our thoughts as the ocean we dare When home, we dream, of being at sea Our thoughts of the boat do constantly be We want to be there and chasing big fish Our minds do wander, of travels we wish Torn between two, we are pulled to and fro We live for our dreams that we only know Our homes and our travels pull like the tides Both do controls us for all of our lives -Capt Ed Thompson

Yep Tyler needs to be home right now. Yeah we are a bunch of salty unrefined fishermen but when one of us is down or in need We are all there for each other. My thoughts are constantly with Tyler and what they are dealing with. The Boss says it best!!! FAMILY FIRST!!!!

Originally Published By: Capt. Ed Thompson

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Play Time is Over..Time to Start Fishing Again!

The usual blue skies dotted with passing clouds have been replaced with a haze here in St Thomas. The view from the starboard window of the boat usually shows St. John and Tortola and the entire smaller island as a blue sky and blue water vista with the islands looking almost three dimensional. The sky is now a grey blue and the islands are all grey to the east. The Saharan dust is here. ? This time of year, the Saharan dust field sweeps westward across the Atlantic from West Africa. It tends to impede the formation of much rain when it is here but it also dulls down the tropical views we have. Oh well… We are still in paradise.

The fishing report is spotty. Few boats have been fishing as of the last week. There seem to still be a few fish showing up on the South drop and the North drop as well. Seeing a few blues each day does not seem to be the problem. It’s getting them to eat that is the hard part.

We have been waxing and fixing and organizing for the last few weeks. Yes, there have been some play days down island, but the boss comes back in tomorrow. Woohoo! We get to start fishing again! I think we will fish our way to bitter end, Virgin Gorda, and back over the weekend. We should have some great pics and reports.

Originally Published By: Captain Ed Thompson

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Anne Gau Said:

I wanted to take a moment to recognize one of your yacht brokers, Steve Gilliam. When my husband and I were considering selling our 2001 Tiara Open, we weren’t quite sure who would do the best job for us and actually have a relationship with a broker at Marine Max. We believed that a dealership that sold Tiara’s would have the most knowledgeable brokers about our boat but were concerned that our boat was located in Pensacola and Galati is located in Destin. We decided to try Galati and thankfully, we found Steve Gilliam, who did a phenomenal job! He came out to our marina in Pensacola shortly after our first conversation, spoke very honestly about the boat and spent a good deal of time with us. Within the first week of signing our paperwork, he had 2 potential buyers and 2 contracts on the table to consider. He has spent countless hours on the phone and driving back and forth to Pensacola to finally close our sale today.

We could not be happier and would highly recommend Galati and especially Steve Gilliam to anyone either looking to purchase or sell a boat. Since we will be moving to Tampa soon and will likely not see Steve again anytime soon, please pass along our sincere appreciation for his hard work in person.

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