Did You Miss Us In Miami? Here’s A Recap of What Went Down!

The Miami International Boat Show was a huge success for the Atlantic Cruising Yachts team! It took place February 15-19 at the Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin, with eager guests touring the 11 models that were on display, including both Fountaine Pajot catamarans and Jeanneau monohulls. The weather was wonderful, and the show had a great turnout, seeing crowds well into the thousands. We were even lucky enough to deliver yachts to some of our incredible customers during the show!

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Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440 and 490 Awarded “Innovation Award” at the Miami Boat Show!

The Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440 has been a testament to the innovation and dedication of the Jeanneau brand, having already collected four large awards this year for her clever design that allows for greater ease of movement onboard. Most recently, the Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 440 was awarded the Innovation Award at the Miami International Boat Show last week! She has been seducing juries with her “welcoming, seaworthy spirit: at once cozy and sporty, masculine and feminine,” since her introduction.

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When you’re sailing offshore–Are you interested in price or cost?

A client recently finished a passage on a Saona 47. Mostly it was a great experience–especially since he was coming from extensive offshore, monohull sailing experiences. Like all passages, his was not problem free, but the issues, were primarily not the fault of the boat, but inadequate commissioning and commissioning planning, and a lack of proper training and familiarization in advance.

What’s the difference?

These, issues handled properly, regarding commissioning, are exactly why ACY is so often praised for it’s perfection of the process. A manufacturer cannot make the boat perfect for every owner and every scenario–but your dealer can–if he cares and has the experience.

We offer prudent consultation and bring more resources to the table than available anywhere else. We are the number one dealer in the world. We bring our extensive expertise, experience and resources to  to your project–standard!

Manufactures build for a worldwide market. We plan your boat just for you!

You can cut corners on commissioning and get a lower price, but, in the end, as this owner found out, it cost him far more in the long run!

A customers description of the good, bad and ugly, and some answers…

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Atlantic Cruising Yachts Will Represent Jeanneau in Florida

ACY Will Acquire Florida Yacht Group,
Marty Naegelin to Become National Sales Director

ANNAPOLIS, MD, January 30, 2018 — Atlantic Cruising Yachts has reached an agreement to acquire Florida Yacht Group and represent the Jeanneau brand in the Florida market, effective February 1, 2018, according to an agreement announced by both companies.

Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, Atlantic Cruising Yachts is one of the largest sailing yacht dealerships in North America, the largest Fountaine Pajot dealer worldwide, and one of the top Jeanneau dealers in North America. The company believes the expansion will be a major benefit for yacht owners, improving availability and delivery timelines for new Jeanneau yachts, due to Atlantic Cruising Yachts’ size and strong relationship with manufacturers.

“We believe this transaction will have a major, positive impact on the sailing yacht industry, especially on the East Coast and we predict that within two years, Jeanneau will become the top-selling brand in the newly combined territories. We are excited about the future of Atlantic Cruising Yachts and Jeanneau,” said Christian Bent, president of Atlantic Cruising Yachts.Continue Reading…

We Have a Big Announcement!

We are thrilled to share with you that Atlantic Cruising Yachts has reached an agreement to acquire Florida Yacht Group and will now represent the Jeanneau brand in the Florida market, effective February 1, 2018! We believe this will be a huge benefit for all our new and current customers, improving availability and delivery timelines and helping more people achieve their dreams of yacht ownership.

Stay tuned for full details in our official press release on Monday, January 29, 2018! Here’s to continuing our journey with you!


MY44 Named Power Boat of the Year for 2018

The MY 44 is now the winner of the Motor Boat Award for 2018 from Motor Boat & Yachting magazine! The 2018 Motor Boat Awards, one of the most important nights in the industry calendar, took place at the Rosewood Hotel in London last week.

“The winner of this category claims the prize for teaming long distance capability with a useful turn of speed and tremendous living spaces. In a booming sector, this powercat is one of the best on the market.”- Judges at Motor Boat & Yachting

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Exclusive — Fountaine Pajot Unveils Two New Models! ACY’s President Weighs In on FP’s Continuing Evolution

I just returned from the Fountaine Pajot mid-year dealer meeting at ‘Boot Dusseldorf,’ Europe’s largest boat show. My good friends at Fountaine Pajot have certainly been busy, expanding production capacity to meet ever-increasing worldwide demand, continually designing and introducing innovative new models, all the while rolling out a steady flow of quality hulls for our existing clients. The hard work of this talented team is certainly not going unnoticed in the international yachting world.

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Thinking of a FP factory visit? Why not make it educational and tax deductible?

Tony and Marty Laughrey meet their new Baby for the first time–Hull #5

Here’s an itinerary practiced by our staff with a bunch of favorite suggestions for our guests who visit La Rochelle and the production facilities there. Of course this is all work, and if you’re a part of our Business Yacht Ownership® program, this is a vital part of your education and knowledge base for future customers and referrals who you will work with, so, of course, your trip and education experience is fully tax-deductible. No one says that your boat business can’t be fun, as well as profitable.

Check out the fantastic itinerary that our amazing French associate, Eugenie put together for one of my clients recently. I’ve been there at least 30 times, and it just keeps getting better. Thanks, Eugenie!

–Eric Smith, Partner

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Comparing Monohulls By The Numbers

When considering boat comparisons, is it important to think about the numbers, especially when considering monohulls, where this is a time-honored practice. Recently, I was talking to a customer, new to sailing. He was trying to get a handle on comparing the different boats he had seen and asked me for some thoughts.

I explained that the landscape has definitely changed and that there were many new design criteria being employed so that it makes it difficult to use the same old formulas in any meaningful way. Some of this is discussed in this article.

Here’s a good article from Cruising World explaining some of the difficulties of comparing today’s modern designs to those of a few years ago.

There are so many links out there for comparisons, but most all are now outdated by the new generation of modern, efficient, single-handed cruisers like the Jeanneau 440 and 490.

This attempt to compare attributes in monohulls is complicated even further as modern designs depart still further from the previous designs. It’s like comparing your Dad’s 53 Chevy to a self-driving, modern Mercedes! How do you begin to compare features that just didn’t exist in the past?

For years, things didn’t change much, but now, all of a sudden, like in the automotive industry, they have!

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