Galati Yacht Sales (GYS), one of the largest privately-held yacht dealerships in the world, will be assuming the Viking® Yachts and Valhalla® Brands from Stan Miller Yachts, the current authorized Viking Yachts and Valhalla dealer on the West Coast.
This acquisition expands our current operations to 16 locations serving the entire Gulf of Mexico (FL, AL, TX), Mexico, and Costa Rica to the Western US, including California, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, and Hawaii. With the acquisition, we bring our award-winning, customer-centric, Viking Yachts, Valhalla Boatworks, and worldwide brokerage programs to the West Coast.
The Galati family understands the Southern California market and respects the reputation and dedication that Stan Miller Yachts has established over the last several decades. With long-term ties in Cabo San Lucas and renowned yacht brokers including IGFA Hall of Famer, Steve Lassley, who calls Southern California home, Team Galati has a solid foothold within the boating community on the West Coast.
“We are extremely excited about this opportunity,” states Carmine Galati of Galati Yacht Sales. “This new endeavor allows us to focus on customers who enjoy sportfishing and cruising, delivering the dream of providing the best sportfish, motor yachts, center consoles, and service available on the water today — allowing them to enjoy the experience on a whole other level.”
Stan Miller Yachts was established in Southern California in 1955 and has been an integral part of the Southern California boating fabric ever since. John and Brad Buettner, along with their seasoned team of professionals, have represented the finest brands the industry has to offer. “We are extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to represent Viking Yachts and Valhalla Boatworks over the last decade,” says Stan Miller Yachts CEO Brad Buettner. “We have worked closely with the Galati family over the years and have developed a relationship and a friendship that we will carry on into the future.” All three offices including Long Beach, San Diego, and Seattle remain open, and we are excited to have the team from Stan Miller join GYS.
The Viking-Galati relationship goes back 30 years when GYS began servicing Viking Yachts on Florida’s Gulf Coast. After years of servicing Viking Yachts, we became the Viking dealer in the area. Collectively, between the two companies, there are 100 years of unwavering dedication and commitment to delivering the best experience on the water possible. The Viking Yacht Company was founded in 1964 and GYS in 1970, but the synergies don’t stop there. Both companies are family-owned and operated, span three generations, and Viking’s mantra to build a better boat every day parallels perfectly with our goal of consistently exceeding customer expectations.
“Over the years, we have worked with Galati Yacht Sales to develop an unparalleled ability to provide our customers with the pinnacle of product and support,” explains Pat Healey, President, and CEO of the Viking Yacht Company. “We not only work together, but we fish tournaments together, which provides Carmine and I the opportunity to share our views on continually improving our marketing reach, distribution, and most of all, perfecting our boats and services.”
Carmine Galati and Pat Healey, along with their respective teams, want to thank Brad and John Buettner and the entire team at Stan Miller Yacht Sales for making this transition possible, for expanding Galati operations to serve the entire West Coast of the USA.
Our yacht brokerage, with 15 offices in Florida, Alabama, and Texas plus Costa Rica, and Mexico including four yacht service yards, is one of the largest privately-held yacht dealerships in the world. We offer quality, new, pre-owned, and brokerage vessels along with unsurpassed customer service and proudly represent new Viking, Valhalla, Cruisers, Princess, Maritimo, Prestige Yachts, and the Hargrave Signature Series. We have been family-owned and operated since 1970 and are one of only seven firms inducted into the Boating Industry’s Top 100 Hall of Fame.