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OJ Buigas Said:

My wife Janet and I would like to thank you for the support, commitment and consideration the Hirshberg's and the entire Galati team provided us during the build of the 48 Viking "Caroline Julia". I acknowledge I am not an easy client and very high standards and expectations. For many years we have been a devoted customer of the Galati Family and team having purchased many yachts. We are now even more pleased becoming part of the Viking Family of owners. The Viking quality and service sets a new bar for others to aspire in achieving. Upon our arrival at the Viking Florida facility, Mr. Moon was awaiting for us and promptly assisted Capt. Carl McCann in preparing the boat for a continued journey to Naples Florida our home port.

Anthony Scola from Viking impressed us from the moment we met in New Gretna to delivery with his professionalism, focus on details, and incredible communications skills. He has redefined for us what a real "new yacht build experience" should really be like. He made the process a most enjoyable experience. For the first time in 35 years of boating and purchasing many yachts we actually felt like we were part of a great company that appreciated our business. A special thank you to him and the entire Viking team that delivered a perfect boat on time.

Bob Papele, was an excellent choice of Captain to accompany us from Atlantic City to West Palm Beach, Florida. He was courteous, patient and bar none the most experienced captain I have met. I am not worthy of my title to call myself a Captain after meeting him. Having him on board allowed my Captain Carl McCann and I to learn all the systems on board on our new Viking while Bob easily cruised the waterways from memory after doing the trip to Florida over an impressive 400+ times and over 700,000 nautical miles, WOW! I could not recommend Captain Papele enough to any future clients you may have that are traveling with a new Viking to Florida. His manners were very polished and we greatly enjoyed his company.

Finally I must acknowledge my great Captain Carl, who on our behalf worked very closely with Anthony and the entire Viking Team to communicate our desires and expectations. As an expert diplomated marine surveyor in his own right he has always understood my very high standards of excellence and that you get what you pay for. In the case of Viking, Captain Carl has informed me that for the first time my standards and expectations have been met. Carl thank you for assisting us in the build process with Viking and Galati, and communicating our desires.

Carmine, through the years I have seen you build a great team and therefore a great company and business. I am honored to be part of your family and grateful for the consideration you and Pat Healy have extended to my wife and I. For years you and the Hirshberg's have told me that the quality I seek is a Viking and I belong in a Viking. You and the Hirshberg's have been right. My wife and I both commented over our travel to Florida that we had never owned a boat we did not have to rebuild on our own. We are now home with Viking and look forward to owning many more.

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Maritimo America attends 2016 Sydney Boat Show

Maritimo America/Galati Yacht Sales attended the Sydney International Boat Show this past week to preview the latest and best ever line-up of the Maritimo Yachts available to date. Maritimo Yachts is a brand built to the highest standards in Gold Coast, Australia, and imported to the USA since 2002.

 

Maritimo Yachts displayed the newest models including the M51, M61, M64 and M70 as well as the newest introduction of the Elandra Yachts line up.

 

As the distributor for the Maritimo Brand in North America, Maritimo America/Galati Yacht Sales had the opportunity to preview the World Debut of the new M64, and sea trial this incredible new model in anticipation of her arrival for the upcoming North American Fall Show Season. This vessel will arrive in September where it will be on display at several of our East Coast Boat Shows, including the Norwalk, Annapolis and Ft. Lauderdale Boat Shows.


 

This new model has an incredible layout with 3 staterooms and 3 heads, as well as a fully enclosed helm bridge. The Full beam master accommodations are the largest in its class, including two full hanging lockers, ensuite head and incredible storage. Her aft galley accommodation, includes the upgraded Miele Appliance package, and is powered by twin Caterpillar C18 engines, and 360 degree joystick controls at the Helm and cockpit. The interior is the best yet as this new model was designed with a high gloss Wenge Timber interior option.

 

 

 

During our Pacific Ocean trial run following move out of the Sydney Show she produced very impressive results with a top speed well in excess of 30 knots and cruised at 27 knots burning 60 gallons per hours of fuel at a 70% load on the power option. Her range is phenomenal with an impressive fuel capacity of over 1400 gallons.

 

Joe Galati stated, “It is one of the finest yachts we have brought into the USA, I am very proud to work with Maritimo Yachts as well as our dealer partners in the USA including Staten Island Yacht Sales and Hampton Yachts.” Joe went on to comment, "The newest line-up of Maritimo’s will impress anyone considering a long range cruising yacht that demands the highest quality, performance, comfort and economy in the same model.”

 

Maritimo Yachts is very much looking forward to enjoying another great year with the upcoming 2017 model year and very excited to have representation at this year’s major fall shows. We look forward to seeing everyone at the events.

 

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Marina Jack Just Keeps on Growing

By Chris Landry / Executive Editor

 

Marina Jack in Sarasota, Fla., is putting the finishing touches on a new branch of its business — a full-service boatyard for vessels as large as 65 feet that includes a 70-ton Travelift, dry-stack storage for 50 boats, a fuel dock, ship’s store, upgraded docks and power, and a team of seven technicians.

 

Marina Jack bought the property, formerly Turtle Beach Marina, last September. “It’s a great location, but it needed a lot of attention — and we have given it a lot of attention, and we’re proud of what we’ve done,” says Sam Chavers Jr., Marina Jack’s director of marina operations and dockmaster.

 

Now called Bayfront Yacht Works — “Southwest Florida’s premier marine haulout and repair facility” — the boatyard does jobs that include bottom painting, engine repair and propeller refits. Marina Jack will complete the $6 million renovation of its Bayfront operation next month.

 

“Waterfront boatyards are disappearing,” says Bob Soran, who has owned Marina Jack since 1999. The marina was established in 1968. “A boatyard like this was very much needed in this area.”

 

Soran saw the boatyard as an opportunity to better serve his customers. “Previously we were having to send our customers’ vessels to outside vendors for work that didn’t meet the quality level of service that our customers expected from us,” says Soran.

“Therefore, we decided to do it ourselves, and now there is only one party responsible for meeting our customers’ needs, and that’s us. That’s the way it should be. We are proud of what we have done in expanding marina services in the Sarasota area.”

 

‘The best around’

Bayfront Yacht Works service manager Jon Lynch says the Travelift has been a tremendous asset. “The Travelift went into service May 21, and we’ve now hauled our 15th boat,” Lynch said in late June. “Our goal is high quality. We know we are not the least expensive, but we turn out the best product around. We don’t compromise. We are not going to fall short. We will get your boat in the water.”

 

Sam Chavers Jr. is director of marina operations and dock- master at Marina Jack, and Kathryn Wilson is public communications manager and yacht services administrator.

 

The launching of Bayfront Yacht Works comes on the heels of Marina Jack’s capturing the 2015 National Marina of the Year award, given by Marina Dock Age magazine.

 

The accolade is awarded to one small marina with less than 250 slips and one large marina with more than 250 each year. Marina Jack was selected in the large marina category; the small marina award went to Harbour Town Yacht Basin on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

 

“What struck me most about Marina Jack was how much it had changed over the last 15 years or so, continuing to evolve when many marinas were struggling with the economy,” Anna Townshend, editor of Marina Dock Age magazine, said in a statement.

 

“The marina invested a lot of money in its facilities, but it also listened to its customers and partnered with the city of Sarasota on important projects.”

 

One of the most noteworthy public-private projects has been the Bayfront Mooring Field, which has helped to mitigate the area’s problem with derelict boats.

 

Besides the mooring field, Chavers says the establishment of a concierge-like hospitality program for customers (Marina Jack Yacht Services) and Marina Jack’s strong role as a facilitator of Sarasota community events (such as this summer’s Fourth of July fireworks, a Christmas boat parade and fishing tournaments) helped Marina Jack earn the award.

 

 

Public-private operation

The city of Sarasota owns the Marina Jack property. Marina Jack leases the site from Sarasota but owns, maintains and operates all of the marina facilities and services, which have grown in size and number since Soran took ownership 17 years ago. Soran owns and operates the new Bayfront Yacht Works property and business.

 

The marina’s docks and infrastructure from about 2001 to 2008 underwent significant repairs and renovations, says Chavers. After the Great Recession, Soran began adding services, including the mooring field (2011) for 60 boats with a capacity for 109; Marina Jack Yacht Services (2012) and water sports and boat rentals; and the new Bayfront boatyard (2015). A total of $15 million has been invested in expansions and renovations since 1996.

 

“People don’t realize the variety of services and access points to the water that we offer,” says Chavers. “We’re not just a marina. We have a big stake in the community and in promoting boating. We are a city marina and represent the city.”

 

Marina operations has a staff of about 35 employees. There are 316 wet slips, including 35 for transients. The marina can hold boats as large as 228 feet.

 

“We have seen the average size of boats continue to get larger,” says Chavers, who has been the dockmaster for 16 years. “When I started, our biggest was 63 feet. Now we can have multiple 120-foot vessels here at a time. We can hold 12 vessels more than 100 feet.”

 

Marina Jack also has a diesel and gasoline (with non- ethanol fuel) floating fuel island, free pumpout service and two boat rental companies with a total of 10 vessels. Ten commercial vessels are also berthed at Marina Jack, including a 96-foot dinner cruise boat (Marina Jack II), two sailboats, two fishing headboats, a sightseeing boat and four private charter fishing boats. Freedom Boat Club, with 35 slips, also calls Marina Jack home.

 

Marina Jack recently added 19 “no-profile” slips that operate with hidden hydraulic lifting mechanisms. “They’re cable-less with no superstructure — a very clean look,” says Chavers.

 

Five dealerships have boats on site — Galati Yachts, Sarasota Yacht & Ship, MarineMax, Viage Group and Sara Bay Marina.

 

In addition to marina operations, Marina Jack includes three restaurants with a mix of casual and upscale dining. The main restaurant employs 132. O’Leary’s Tiki Bar & Grill has a staff of 28 and welcomes pets.

 

The mooring field, which Marina Jack operates at no profit, has had 1,200 guests since it was established, with no derelict-vessel issues. It includes free pumpout service. Ten percent of the field is reserved for transient boaters. A mooring costs $25 a night, which includes pumpout, trash pickup and Wi-Fi. The Bayfront Mooring Field is one of five pilot programs aimed at combating the derelict-vessel problem in the state, says Chavers.

 

The key to high achievement in business is to offer a variety of services and features that will draw and retain customers, says Soran.

 

“It all comes down to customer satisfaction,” says Soran, 73, the former president and CEO of Tropicana Products. “You need what I call points of difference, which translates into delivering a great experience in many ways, whether it’s the best margarita or the most convenient place to fuel your boat. The quality of what you offer across many points of interest makes the difference.”

 

Soran says his staff is a point of difference.

 

“We have a woman who has been making homemade Key lime pie for 20 years, and we have a sous-chef that’s been with us for 40 years,” he says.

 

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Lady Angler's of the Gulf

 

 

 

Fishing has long been known as a man’s sport; however, in the Gulf of Mexico there are two Lady Anglers that are taking the tournament scene by storm: Laurie Jones on the 56’ Viking, “Reel Addiction” and Sherry Polk on the 72’ Viking “Share-E.” You can find both of these women consistently on the leader board in tournaments throughout the Gulf of Mexico- including the recent Blue Marlin Grand Championship.

 

 

Both of these ladies have been fishing for a long time. For Laurie, it was her parents who introduced her to fishing. She grew up fishing on their boat and fished out of the Pensacola Big Game Club. For Sherry it was her husband, Buell Polk, who got her into fishing. He suggested she participate in the Isle of Capri Tournament. Although she didn’t catch anything that year, a 1,000+lb Blue Marlin was caught by another boat and the rest is history.

 

  

It’s the thrill and excitement of big game fishing that hooked these ladies on fishing. Laurie says, “it is my love for being on the water and the catching the big fish that hooked me.” Sherry says, “The thrill is not knowing what is on the other end of the line. Being on the ocean is like being in God’s country. And after you catch that first big fish, you are hooked.”

 

  

Both Laurie and Sherry love to catch Blue Marlin and they have both caught the type of big Blues that inhabit every angler’s dreams. They both say that their most exciting experience on the water is when they caught the big blues that allowed them to win big at a tournament.  In 2013, Laurie caught a 722.2lb Blue Marlin that gave her Third Place in the Blue Marlin Grand Championship, and to this day, she says it is the most exciting experience she has had fishing. For Sherry, her most exciting experience on the water was earlier this year when she caught a 651lb Blue Marlin at the Orange Beach Billfish Classic on a loaner boat provided by Galati Yacht Sales and new captain.

 

 

We sat down with these Ladies to get to know them a little better.

 

 

Where is your favorite place to fish?

Laurie: Gulf of Mexico

 

Sherry: Gulf of Mexico

 


Where are some places you have fished besides the Gulf?

 

Laurie: Dominican Republic and St. Thomas

 

Sherry: Hawaii, Panama, Costa Rica, Bahamas, Brazil, and heading to Alaska this year.

 

 

What is your favorite feature of your boat?

 

Laurie:  “I love that it has all the comforts of home.”

 

Sherry: “I love the Sea Keeper, the new stabilization feature that keeps the boat from rocking as much.”

  


What are three things you cant leave the dock with out?

 

Laurie: Wine, Rods, and my husband!

 

Sherry: Sun Screen, Fishing Gloves, and my husband!

 

 

Any advice to other anglers?

 

Laurie: “Just have fun! If you lose a fish you have to shake it off. When you fish, you are always learning something new every trip and it helps make you a better angler.”

 

Sherry:  “It’s a learning process, and takes determination, and endurance.  Surround yourself with a good fishing team, people willing to put in the work, and that’s where you will get your education.”

 

 

 

Lady anglers are increasing in number yearly. Laurie and Sherry know the adrenaline rush of “catching the big one!”  All ladies young and old are encouraged to give this sport a try-you may become hooked for a lifetime.

  

We would like to thank Laurie and Sherry for taking the time to sit down and talk with us. We wish you both continued luck in your future tournaments! 

 

 




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Paul Greig Said:

I feel that I should address you as Joe given all of the great things that Pete Kostuk has said about you and your fine company. I am writing this letter to commend Pete for his hustle and persistence during our “romance” period and ultimately the purchase of a Tiara 44’ Coupe. My wife, Susan, and I met Pete at the Miami Boat Show and had no intent on purchasing a Tiara at that time. Pete walked us through all of the Tiara offerings and made an impression upon us regarding his knowledge of the Tiara brand and the service focus of Galati Yachts. After the show we did a good amount of shopping alternative brands. Pete continued his follow up with us during this educational period. Once we decided that Tiara was the right vessel for us, Pete worked with us to locate a boat that met all of our requirements. You are fortunate to have Pete on your staff. Pete is absolutely passionate about the boating lifestyle. I am sure that he will continue to be a great asset to you in the future. Both Susan and I would be please to act as a reference for both Pete and Galati Yachts.

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