Location: 12030 Gandy Blvd. N. St. Petersburg, Florida, United States
Phone: (941) 228-0530
I absolutely love selling yachts, but more than that, I enjoy the people I get to meet in the process. There is nothing more rewarding than working with my customers and helping achieve their boating dreams.
By the age of 11, Jim had lived in seven different states as an “army brat.” After attending high school in Memphis, TN, and nearing his college and graduate school years, he chose to settle in Florida. For over 20 years, he led a non-profit called Young Life, an organization that works with teenagers and young adults calling them to lead a life style of quality and high adventure. Jim’s high energy and enthusiasm within yacht sales stems from his passion for this organization. His boating background began as a young child on Lake Lanier in Georgia, and expanded further when cruising to the Bahamas after college. He earned his USCG Captain’s License and has spent five years as a backwater fishing guide. Not only does Jim bring a personal touch to working with his customers, he takes pride in walking along-side his buyers and sellers, helping them every step of the way. He sincerely desires the boat buying and selling process to be an enjoyable one. Jim and his wife Natalie, a Florida native, live in Bradenton with their two Boxers. Natalie is an on-air personality for Home Shopping Network and runs a boutique modeling agency. Outside of work, Jim volunteers as the chaplain for the Manatee High School football team, as both he and Natalie are avid football fans. In addition, they enjoy boating, fishing, and hiking. Each summer they leave Florida for the chance to climb a 14,000 foot peak.
Wayne and Stephanie G (2/22/2017)
Jim listed our Viking Convertible after two years and two non-Galati brokers had failed to get any offers. His understanding of the market and his persistence as he secured offers led to the sale of the boat. He worked through all obstacles to the sale until it was done. We will call Jim and Galati when we decide to purchase another boat. We are totally satisfied with his work and dedication."
Bobby and Robin Lipson (2/14/2017)I want your family to know how impressed I am about your company, the first time I met Jim Nelson, I thought he was an honest hard working representative of Galati Yachts. Jim has to be one of most impressive salesman I've come across, and we have 250 in our company. He is believable and classic. I have met many of your sales staff, people make companies, I can now understand why Galati Yachts sales is so successful. The culture of a company is formed from top and sets its standard. I'm not one to embellish or over state what's expected, Jim Nelson has to my first exception. He represents integrity, honesty, class, and most of all he is believable.
Dan Alderson (11/3/2016)I am writing to thank you for the excellent experience that Sandy and I received listing and selling our Grand Banks with you and the Galati team. One important note is your explanation of the importance in having a professional photographer provide pictures of the boat. No doubt, that was instrumental in the quick sale. We have since had Mike take pictures of our business and will continue to use him for future promotions. Jim, please pass on our gratitude to your support team for helping make the closing painless for us and the buyers. In all, we are very pleased and will gladly refer you and Galati to friends and family for their boating needs.
Bob Camastro (11/3/2016)My name is Bob Camastro. My wife, Laurie, and I have recently taken delivery of a Tiara 3100 from Galati Yachts. This is our first boat purchase. I am writing this email to credit your entire organization. Right from the start, Jim Nelson was accommodating and professional. Even though Laurie and I were not sure exactly what we were looking for, Jim always remained patient and enthusiastic. Honestly, we started out only going to Galati to look at some boats. My business partner is an experienced boater and was to have us deal with “his guy” in Ft. Lauderdale. In the end, we just felt comfortable with Jim and your organization. Our initial feelings have since been vindicated by the service we have received from Mike Galati and his staff, including Dan Busby. As the owner of two Mercedes-Benz Dealerships, I tip my cap to everyone at Galati Yacht Sales. I have since used my experiences with your organization as an example for our businesses. Laurie and I look forward to many enjoyable years of boating. It is our expectation that the people at Galati will be right there with us!
Jack Culbertson (11/3/2016)
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.
Donovan Smith (11/3/2016)We wanted to sell our sport fish fast at a fair price. I had met Jim Nelson several years earlier, and knew he was the right guy for the job! His integrity, hard work, and positive attitude actually made the process enjoyable! I look forward to having him assist in finding our next vessel!
Terry and Susan Schechinger (11/3/2016)
If you are going to buy a boat and you want the best broker call Jim Nelson at Galati Yachts. My wife and I can't say enough positive things about the way Jim helped us find the right boat and navigated us smoothly to closing. Jim guided us wisely through the yacht search process, telling us the pros and cons of each of the boats he showed us. His knowledge of the boating industry and each boat's characteristics is truly impressive. Jim has a great personality and is very easy to work with. He never makes you feel like you are being a burden or lacking in knowledge no matter how stupid your question is. He was always responsive and readily available to help us with answers to questions regarding each boat. He goes way beyond what is expected with respect to recommending financing, insurance and captains and all the other myriad of details that go into buying a yacht (or boat). Frankly, he just make the whole process as smooth and easy as it could be.
If you want to enjoy the boat or yacht buying experience, call Jim Nelson.