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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.