Travel Tuesday: The Historic And Charming Town Of Galesville, MD

Located on the southwest fork of the West River, Galesville is only a two-hour sail from from Annapolis and offers scenic views and historic charm. 

While the West River is well marked throughout the day, some of the day marks remain unlit at night – making it tricky to navigate the river after dark. The channel snakes through a big S-turn but is wide enough that you can sail into the anchorage. It’s important that you pay attention to the marks, as missing one could mean grounding out in the mud! Visiting Galesville is best during the day when the river is easier to navigate and you can enjoy the beautiful scenery.

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3 Activities To Do On Your Jeanneau or Fountaine Pajot Yacht

The best part about yachting activities is that everything is done on your own time. There’s no waiting for a group to get together at a certain time or waiting for and instructor to tell you what to do.

The other best part? There are no added fees for using your own equipment! All activities are kid friendly and can be enjoyed alone or with a group.

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Travel Tuesday: St. Michaels Offers Chesapeake Charm

St. Michaels is one of the most historic and charming towns on the Chesapeake Bay. Whether you’re looking to St. Michaelsexplore, relax, learn some history, or enjoy a nice meal, there is something for everyone in this quaint seaside town.

The waters for cruising into St. Michaels, like nearly all of the Chesapeake, offer navigable, protected coastline with an incredible diversity of cruising potential. The Bay is great for beginners and experienced sailors alike.

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ACY Wins Fountaine Pajot Dealer of the Year for 5th Consecutive Year

La Rochelle, France – Maryland dealer, Atlantic Cruising Yachts, received top honors for sales and worldwide marketing and communications from leading French yacht manufacturer Fountaine Pajot Wednesday, June 14 at the manufacturer’s headquarters. This is Atlantic Cruising Yachts’ fifth-consecutive year winning the top dealer award.

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Watermakers: Yes? No? Maybe?

At the recent Fountaine Pajot dealer meeting we had a great opportunity to meet with the developer/inventor/CEO of the watermaker chosen by Fountaine Pajot. Here’s the information right from the horses’ mouth. Also included, our discussion of the pros and cons of installing a watermaker on a boat set up as a business — now, vs. pre-plumbing and pre-wiring for one to be installed later.

Watermakers can make your life easier on board, not only providing safe, pure drinking water, but also plenty of water for bathing, dishwashing, clothes washers and even for electric freshwater heads. The longer you’re aboard at a time, and the further afield you cruise, the more important they become.

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Fountaine Pajot Cruising into 2018

We just returned from the Fountaine Pajot Dealer Meeting in La Rochelle, France. We’ll be announcing many exciting new enhancements and changes for 2018 in the coming weeks. We are proud to announce our fifth consecutive #1 dealer award, and we continue our reign as the most experienced dealer in the network for over 26 years.

Experience matters. We can be your coach and share with you the ideas and features that hundreds of other owners have incorporated in setting up their boat their way, new or used. We’ll share with you what we’ve learned over the past 26 years as we’ve commissioned hundredsof Fountaine Pajots and sold both new and used catamarans of all types.

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ClarityCaptain Paul Valentic is no stranger to high performance and depending on his vessel when conditions are extreme. Whether in the cockpit of his USAF F-15 or Southwest Airline’s Boeing 737, or his newly-keeled 2017 Fountaine Pajot LUCIA 40, Captain Paul is happiest at the controls. He and his loving wife, Terry, fell in love with the dream of sailing the deep blue sea and with Fountain Pajot’s newest addition to their fleet of ocean cruising catamarans – the LUCIA 40.

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Sailing from Key West to Cuba


Along the waterfront highway by the Malecón, the locals all waved and whistled. The old 50’s cars all honked their musical horns and waved. At one point just before we entered the harbor, a Cuban man with a trumpet began playing the American National Anthem. It was unexpected and, when considering the historic and symbolic nature of the parade, it was a moving and emotional moment we won’t forget.

Fountaine Pajot and Atlantic Cruising Yachts sponsored the 2016 Cruising World Magazine Rally to Cuba. We were on board the new Fountaine Pajot Saba 50 “Quince Amour,” which is based at our charter partner in Key West. There were 60 boats that went over from the Key West base (six of which were Fountaine Pajots) on Stock Island, Key West. We left at 7pm and sailed through the night and arrived at the Hemingway Marina just west of Havana at 2pm the next day.

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