Maritimo Confident as World Championships Near


Gold Coast based Maritimo Offshore Racing is gearing up to take on the world at the  Key West based  Superboat World Championships early next month with their race boat already on its way to the USA.


Long time Maritimo race team member and throttle man, Ross Willaton, said their boat is equipped with 1500 horsepower engines and is a tried and proven performer which he expects will be very competitive.


"Last year we did not have the benefit of time to iron out all the bugs in the boat we raced, but this boat not only has plenty of power , it is a proven performer and it is also  reliable so we will be right up there I am sure ," he said.


Willaton leaves Australia on October 21st to be on site when the ship carrying the race boat arrives in Savannah at the end of the month.


Once the boat is unloaded he will then take it to Riviera Beach where one of the top teams in the competition, Miss Geico, has again allowed the Aussies to share their race team facilities.


"Miss Geico is one of the toughest competitors around and it is an honour to be able to share their facilities and base our team there," said Willaton.


When the flag drops at Key West early in November Willaton will be at the throttles of the Maritimo entry and Travis Thompson will be at the wheel. They hope they can repeat the team's 2012 performance whenthey took out the world championships.


He said the Miss Geico and CMS teams were the ones to beat.


Willaton said the race boat had been set up by Maritimo's team manager and engine builder, Kurt Davies who, along with Andrew Willaton, will be the mechanical crew in Key West.


He said the Maritimo team was quietly confident about the World Championships after its impressive performance at the recent Coffs Harbour round of the Australian Offshore Superboat Championships.


In that event Willaton and Thompson drew pole position and won both races finishing on top in both the Superboat Extreme category and outright.


In the Superboat 1000 category Andrew Willaton and Andrew Searle, in the Maritimo #12 boat, came third in both the Coffs Harbour races.


"We are very competitive at the moment so things are looking good for Key West."


Maritimo's International Sales and Marketing Manager, Greg Haines, said the experience gained at the coal face of international offshore racing was invaluable in the design and performance of the company's production cruisers.


"No other Australian manufacturer, and actually very few internationally, have the benefit of the learnings we gain from serious offshore racing which can ultimately be built into our production boats," he said.


Maritimo will have a large on water display at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show starting on November 3rd and a significant contingent of owners and Maritimo fans would be going to the World Championships from the boat show. A Maritimo owners' muster is going to be held as part of the pre- World Championship activities.


"The USA will certainly know that the Australian's have arrived," said Haines. Maritimo dealer partners from around the world will be at Fort Lauderdale."


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Championship Yacht Village


The College Football Playoff National Championship is coming to Raymond James Stadium on January 9 and Tampa Bay is counting down the days to kickoff.


If you’re wondering how to immerse yourself in the center of all the action, look no further than Championship Yacht Village. This exclusive marina will provide VIP-access for dock-space purchasers, in the heart of the College Football Playoff Championship Campus. Local and visiting football fans can travel to Championship Campus via boat and drop anchor on the Hillsborough River at the Convention Center by reserving their space in advance.


With convenient waterfront access to downtown Tampa’s vibrant Riverwalk, you’ll have a front row seat and unprecedented access to championship events; not to mention access to a VIP floating bar!


It wouldn’t be right to overlook the ultimate reason why people are flocking from all over the country to Tampa Bay the first week of January. If Championship Yacht Village didn’t already offer enough, those participating will receive a limited number of tickets to the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship game.


On top of the premium hospitality and tickets to the national championship game, there are a number of additional benefits that come with this once in a lifetime opportunity.


  • Tickets to the Host Committee’s Pre-Game Hospitality Party
  • Access to Taste of the Championship
  • Access to Playoff Fan Central
  • VIP tickets for AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! Concert series at Curtis Hixon Park
  • Registrations for the Extra Yard for Teachers 5K
  • Option to purchase additional game tickets


Championship Yacht Village is a new and exciting concept that has been designed by the Tampa Bay Sports Commission in conjunction with College Football Playoff. It is an event that will bring uniqueness and pizzazz to the celebration of college football in Tampa Bay. This is an event you do not want to miss.


The only question you should be asking yourself is… how do I reserve my slip?

For more information or to reserve your slip today, please visit the Championship Yacht Village page. Don’t wait too long, spots are sailing away and the deadline for applications is November 14!


Whether you are a Florida native, a snowbird, or an avid college football fan, sail over and drop your anchors at Tampa Bay’s Championship Yacht Village. This inaugural event will be an experience unlike any other!



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Galati Yacht Sales Is Now at Marina Jack in Sarasota, FL


ANNA MARIA, FL- Galati Yacht Sales is pleased to announce it has opened an office in the heart of Sarasota, FL at Marina Jack. The new location is now open offering new, brokerage, and pre-owned yacht sales and yachts on display. The new office is located along the main marina entrance.


Marina Jack has been in operation since 1968 and offers a first class marina and several restaurants. Marina Jack was named the 2015 National Marina of the Year by Marina Dock Age Magazine and provides boaters exceptional service and amenities.


“We are thrilled about our new location in Sarasota,” says Location Manager, Michael Galati. “We believe Marina Jack’s central location provides easy access both by land and water for those wishing to purchase a boat and enjoy the marina lifestyle at a first class facility.”


About Galati Yacht Sales: Galati Yacht Sales has been family owned and operated and exceeding customer expectations since 1970. We are also an honored member of Boating Industry’s Top 100 Dealers Hall Of Fame. We have 10 locations throughout the Gulf, Costa Rica, and Mexico and are one of the largest privately held dealerships in the world. We provide quality, new, pre-owned, and brokerage vessels along with unsurpassed customer service. We are proud dealers of Viking, Tiara, Cruisers, Princess, Maritimo, and Prestige Yachts. For information visit:


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Princess Factory Visit

Written by: Rickard Charleson


At Galati Yacht Sales, we believe in continuous education and visiting our brands’ factories to gain better insight on their existing and new products. Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Princess factory in Plymouth, England. I have visited a number of factories prior, but Princess’ impressive factory size and the expansive range of yachts they manufacture, rank their factory as one of the best. Princess has over 2,000 employees at its factory and offers yachts ranging from the sporty and agile V39 to the huge 40 Meter, which spans to 130 ft.


Princess began making yachts over 50 years ago. While they use automated machines to create the perfect fit and finish, they also believe in skilled craftsmanship. Their location in South West, England has them far away from other manufactures, so they have a tremendous amount of skilled craftsmen that assemble and build individual parts of the boat to perfection. They use nothing but natural materials and hand labor to create the modern feel and luxurious look that Princess has. In fact, they develop and manufacture over 80% of the yacht’s components in house. This does not only give them control of the quality, but also the ability to upgrade and make changes to fit their products better.


Princess has invested a lot of money in their own five axis routers so they can develop new technology into their products and manufacture more new models. During my visit, I was able to preview the new 75 Motor Yacht. This yacht is stunning! It has windows that span from floor to ceiling and gives you an incredible view from inside the yacht. Princess’ new hull designs are yachts that are more efficient, capable of planing at lower speeds, and are adapt to handle the rough seas. The Princess Factory is located outside the English Channel, where the sea is rough and the tide changes are about 30ft. These yachts go out in some of the toughest test conditions where an average boater wouldn’t imagine leaving the dock. Luckily, all Princess Yachts are resin infused, which means they are stronger and lighter for increased performance and lower fuel consumption for the end user.



What a lot of people don’t know is that all Princess vessels coming to the US are equipped with thicker teak, and excess air-conditioning due to our UV and heat being more intense than in Europe. US boats usually have hard tops for the flybridge, larger TV’s, more ice makers, etc. to meet our client’s needs and expectations.


While at the factory, I was able to also preview all of the new models in build. One of the new models announced this year is the new 49 Flybridge. This model was designed with a spacious layout and a large 3rd stateroom. The new, sporty Princess V58 Open and Deck Salon offer the best of both worlds. Lastly, the sleek S60 express boat with a sport bridge, and the new 75 Motor Yacht will be new additions this year.


It was an incredible opportunity to visit the Princess Factory. I am looking forward to an exciting year with these new models and cannot wait for people to experience the new models at the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show.



Rickard Charleson, FYBA 

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