Maritimo Appoints Galati Yacht Sales as the Distributor for the Americas


Media Release
Date:November 29,2014

Leading Australian luxury boat manufacturer, Maritimo, has appointed one of the top marine dealerships in the world to be its lead distributor for Maritimo motor yachts in the Americas.

Galati Yacht Sales was launched in 1970 and today it has six dealerships across the Americas and an international location in Costa Rica, all contributing to an annual turnover in excess of $US350 million.

Maritimo founder Bill Barry-Cotter said the Galati family is an institution in the marine industry in the US.

“We are delighted to have the Galati team representing us as the wholesale distributor in the Americas and feel they will be an excellent fit with the current dealership network that has been established by Maritimo USA,” he said. Galati Yacht Sales will partner with Maritimo in a new distribution entity, Maritimo of The Americas, and will be based in Tampa.

The appointment of Galati Yacht Sales follows the departure of long serving Maritimo USA president, Dave Northrop, who has represented Maritimo for more than nine years.

“Dave has done an excellent job for us in building up our presence in that market and there are now more than 200 proud and passionate Maritimo owners in the Americas where less than 10 years ago we were unknown,” said Barry-Cotter.

“We wish Dave all the best in his future career pursuits and we look forward to our ongoing friendship.”

Dave Northrop said “Today Maritimo is one of the best and most exciting motor yachts in the Americas and we have grown from introducing a new, unknown brand to a position of more than 200 owners and with new products rolling out this Fall that success will continue.”

Galati Yacht Sales has company owned centres in Anna Maria, Florida; Destin, Florida; Naples, Florida; Tampa Bay, Florida; Galveston, Texas; Orange Beach, Alabama; and Costa Rica.

The company was started by Michael Galati Sr and his wife Anna Marina Galati in 1970 when they purchased a tornado-devastated marina on Tampa Bay and set about turning it around. It was a hands-on family affair with the Galati siblings catching fish to sell for bait and working the fuel pumps at the marina.

Michael Galati passed away in 1992 and the company’s ownership was passed to his children. They have expanded it to become one of the largest privately held yacht dealerships in the world.

Company President, Joe Galati, said the company had been associated with Maritimo since 2008 and had sold numerous Maritimo’s in that time.

Galati Yacht Sales also represents brands such as Viking, Princess, Tiara, Prestige and Rampage.

“We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to become the leading wholesale distributor for Maritimo in the Americas and I believe we can build on the very sound base that Dave and his team have established,” he said.

“We have more than 200 employees involved in everything from sales to maintenance and repairs and our client base is extensive.

“Our cruise in company Musters are legendary and we have had a number of Maritimo owners join us in various events over the years so we know the brand and its performance very well."

“We have visited the Maritimo manufacturing centre at Coomera on Queensland’s Gold Coast a number of times and have had a long relationship with founder Bill Barry-Cotter."

“We are thrilled to be given the opportunity to partner with Bill and his dedicated team and look forward to building our share of market in the US and elsewhere.”

Maritimo sales and marketing manager, Greg Haines, said the appointment of Galati Yacht Sales ‘was a natural fit’ as the Galati team already knew the Maritimo story and were familiar with the model range and its popularity with US boaties.

“Dave did a great job for us and we wish him well in his new endeavour, but we are confident that the involvement of the Galati team will see Maritimo lift to a new level in that market,” he said.

Mr. Haines said Maritimo of The Americas would service the existing Maritimo dealer network and would work with them and people like Bill King on the west coast of the USA in selling and after sales servicing. “Joe and his team will work well with Bill and the others to make sure the Maritimo brand continues to be pushed and marketed and the growing number of Maritimo owners in the Americas are well looked after,” he said.


Jay Dee Jackson Galati Yacht Sales
Phone: 941.720.5081

Greg Haines, Sales & Marketing Manager, Maritimo
Phone: 07 5588 6001

Phone: 07 5593 2011
Mobile: 0438 761 785

ABOUT MARITIMO Australia’s youngest luxury boat building company, Maritimo, is continuing to expand its product development program and to grow its distribution network around the world. Founded in 2003, Maritimo is born of the passions of one man – an icon of Australian luxury boat building, Bill Barry-Cotter. The Maritimo fleet now covers 17 separate models across five different lines – Cruising Motor Yachts, Sedan Cruisers, Offshore Convertibles, Sports Cabriolets and Mustang Sport Yachts.


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Comments by Jay Dee Jackson Galati Yacht Sales

After 25 hours of flight and a short drive, I arrived at Maritimo's manufacturing facility on Queensland, Australia's Gold Coast. Kicking off the trip with an educational tour of the factory I was able to see firsthand how efficient and effective the factory is. Bill Barry-Cotter, founder of Maritimo, has it running smoothly to produce a quality vessel in a short amount of time. Mr. Barry-Cotter likes to spend his days on the manufacturing side of the operation, constantly walking the boats in production and making sure the vision is consistent throughout every model and embraced by his team. During my visit he took me through the new Maritimo M48. It may still be in its early stages but it's easy to see what an amazing vessel it will be.

Lights, camera, boating! The brand new 2015 Maritimo M65 launch party was one for the history books. It took place at night with an abundance of lights, music, food and a massive crowd anxiously awaiting her arrival to the show. Ambient music played as the spotlight shined on the M65. Everyone there was thoroughly impressed by her. The boat is a true work of art! Greg Haines and his team made sure that their passion for the vessel was shared with their guest. Along with the M65 there were 3 beautiful M58 models available for viewing. Every vessel attracted the masses. Everyone was eager to board and take a look.




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