Welcoming Denise Hanna to the ACY Family

Introducing Our Newest Addition to the Team!

Atlantic Cruising Yachts is excited to announce that Denise Hanna is now a part of our Annapolis sales team.

Denise has been in the sailing industry for over 25 years. She is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker (CPYB) and a Board Member for YBAA. She has represented many new brands over the years including Valiant, Taswell, Sabre, Tartan, Beneteau, Lagoon, Jeanneau and Fountaine Pajot.

She has won numerous awards for her sales efforts, especially catamarans, and was the Sales Director for Beneteau North America for several years.

Her extensive knowledge of the industry and products enables her to assist boat enthusiasts on their journey to ownership. whether you are looking for sail, power, monohull, catamaran, charter or private use.

Explore Our New Models

Jeanneau 440
Fountaine Pajot MY 40
Fountaine Pajot New 45





In addition to her vast knowledge of our new yacht inventory, if you are looking for a lightly used boat or to sell your current boat, Denise is available to provide a competitive analysis and comps to start you in the right direction.

Feel free to reach out to her for information on our new models or to welcome her to the Atlantic Cruising Team!

Denise Hanna, CPYB
Yacht Sales Consultant
Direct: 410-991-8236

Make An Investment in Your Quality of Life by Owning a Boat

Research has confirmed what many boaters have already known – people feel happier on the water. It’s been shown that we experience increased serotonin at the mere sight of water. Now imagine the benefits when you have a 360-degree view of the blue from your very own yacht! Here are 4 ways owning a boat is good for your mental health:

1. Experience Nature 

On a boat, you get to feel the sun on your skin and breathe the fresh air, escaping the hustle and bustle of everyday life. When you are one with your surroundings and truly experience the beauty of nature, everything else seems to melt away. Dr. Paul Piff, assistant professor of psychology at the University of California, Berkeley, says that water is the number-one source of awe – that feeling of being connected to something larger than ourselves (Source: Greater Good Magazine). Awe is one of the few emotions that plants us in the present and increases emotional well-being and positive social behavior. So let yourself be immersed in nature as often as possible on a boat. 

2. Spend Quality Time with Family

Modern life makes it difficult for family members to even sit around a dinner table at the same time every night. Take your family out of their routine and spend some quality time with them by relaxing on a boat. Boating is a way of life, and your children will appreciate learning the ropes from their parents. Remember the first time you took the helm? Pass on the tradition to the next generation – it’s sure to create memories for a lifetime.

3. Get Social

Friends have a tough time saying “no” to a day sail! Reconnect with old friends with an experience they won’t soon forget. Enjoy conversation and refreshments in an elevated atmosphere when you take your friends out on the water. Research shows that those who are deeply connected with others decrease their risk of disease by lowering their blood pressure, heart rate, and cholesterol (Source: Everyday Health). 

4. Reset Your Brain

Stress is shown to inhibit creativity, and cruising is a great way to release tension and decompress after a busy workday. Getting away for a few hours or a few days can leave your mind and body feeling recharged. Let some steam off by taking a swim or playing water sports with family/friends. The physical activity will release endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Come back to the mainland with a fresh mind ready to take on new challenges. 

Make an investment in your quality of life and emotional well-being by owning a boat. Yacht ownership is rich with adventures, travels, accomplishments, and amazing memories. Atlantic Cruising Yachts can bring the dream of ownership within reach sooner and smoother than you imagined. Sign up for a free live webinar  to learn the smartest way to own a yacht.


Spotted in Portugal: The Fountaine Pajot New 45

The Atlantic Cruising Yachts team got an exclusive look at the highly anticipated Fountaine Pajot New 45 in Portugal this past week. One of our clients, Chris Braden, took a sea trial on the New 45 with us and recounted his experience:

“If I had to summarize the New 45 in one word it would be spacious (but not in a wide-hull-below-the-waterline kind of way).  From the increase in storage compartments all over the boat, the open salon layout, to the expansive lounge deck – it’s easy to see this boat is designed with the concept of space throughout. 

Having owned a Helia 44 Evolution, I can honestly say Fountaine Pajot has surpassed the Helia in every way with the New 45. The owner’s hull is very well thought out with compartments and lockers everywhere you turn. The new salon/galley layout really opens the space up and makes the interior feel like a much bigger boat!  Continue Reading…

Captain Jeff Lewis Reviews the Jeanneau 490

As a professional yacht delivery captain and sailor for nearly 50 years, I am often asked by new sailors, “What is the best sailboat on the market?”. This, of course, is a question everyone wants to know. My usual reply is, “The best boat on the market is the boat you will realistically use that you feel comfortable sailing.”

In order to select the best boat for you, is to truly and honestly assess what you will really use the boat for the majority of your time. So many people think they need a big boat that’s built for long range blue water sailing when they’ve yet to sail outside the local waters. To seek such a boat would probably quickly disappoint you.

I have owned boats of all types, power, sail, paddle… In all honesty, the majority of my time on my boats was always spent doing local trips, weekenders, and overnights to local destinations. I spent many nights at anchor or at a marina enjoying time with family and friends. Less than 10% of my time was spent doing a long distance overnight or multi-day trip in blue water (on my boats at least!).

I was asked to do an honest assessment of the Jeanneau 490 Sun Odyssey I recently delivered over 1200 track miles from Ft. Lauderdale to St. Thomas. I spent 90% in blue water and 10% nearshore. During those 8 days I spent offshore, we sailed on all points of sail, in various conditions from near gale force winds and 8-10′ seas and flat calm conditions.

Our first day was spent crossing the Gulfstream toward the Bahamas in 20kt Southeast winds. It was a lumpy close hauled ride, to say the least. We discovered that it is best to beef up the interior cabinet latches in this type of pounding. We managed to shore up the cabinet and drawer latches quickly. One thing I can say, I have sailed many Jeanneaus over many rough seas, through gales and can tell you without a doubt the hull and rigging on these yachts can take a pounding!

Later in our journey, we had an unfavorable wind shift causing us to close haul and tack to windward. I was impressed with how close to the wind we were able to sail and make good speed even in sloppy conditions offshore. We beat close hauled for nearly two days. I was convinced we would lose more than a day during this time, but surprisingly we made good progress to windward until we got more favorable winds as we dipped into the trades.

Our sail into the islands was fast on a close reach at over 8-10kts. in 6-8′ seas and 15-18kts. of wind. We arrived on schedule in the islands. One of our traditions upon reaching the Caribbean is to stop for a “swim call” for all hands. We anchored at Christmas Cove near Great St. James Island. This is where the 490 was in her true element! We dropped the massive swim platform and opened up the cockpit to a very comfortable open and breezy, shaded space for having our celebratory libations and a much-deserved swim in the clear, warm waters of the Caribbean!

The walk around, open continuous side decks from the cockpit at the helm to foredeck gave us plenty of room to walk without obstruction or awkward climb over the seat backs to the foredeck. We decided to see how the sunbeds worked in the cockpit and opened up the seats which turned the cockpit into a nice sunning/napping area. We brought up whatever was left of our provisions from the galley and had a great meal alfresco while
watching the other cruisers swim, play and sail about.

Overall, this is what the Jeanneau 490 was designed to provide! She’s tough offshore, some tweaking of the interior cabinets before a crossing, and she’s solid and tough as nails. A fun, spacious enjoyable cruising layout made for maximum accommodation for both fast, solid sailing performance offshore, then, relaxing in the harbor on the hook or in a marina.

Our time aboard had finally come to an end and we brought her to her new charter base at Virgin Islands Yacht Charters at Compass Pointe Marina. I have no doubt there are some happy charter customers that have taken her around the islands and lived quite comfortably during their explorations! We sure have come a long way since Sir Francis Drake plied those waters!

New 45 and MY 40 Sea Trials in Portugal

Fountaine Pajot, a leader in cruising catamaran technology and design for over 42 years, has raised the bar with another new mid-size blue-water sailing catamaran, the New 45, and a new mid-size power catamaran, the MY 40.  Both will be available to sea trial for the first time for qualified buyers during the Annual Fountaine Pajot Dealer’s Meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.  Captain James has limited sea trial slots available by appointment only on June 28 and 29. Prospective buyers should email James to request a slot: james@atlantic-cruising.com.

New 45


Climb aboard the New 45

Behold the boldly modern, luminous, and spacious world of Fountaine Pajot. The New 45 boasts energetic lines and inverted bows, with incredible interior living spaces that make her truly astonishing. This elegant catamaran also has a newly designed helm station to improve handling and promise incomparable performance.

The New 45 delivers harmony with an abundance of light, an extensive cockpit opening onto an innovative saloon, the largest lounge space of her category, and extensive storage discreetly hidden from view. The owner’s suite and guest cabins are also bathed in natural light and offer a quiet, stylish haven in which to relax, each with an ensuite (depending on version). The New 45 by Fountaine Pajot is enhanced by incredibly generous relaxation spaces on the foredeck, lounge deck, and in the cockpit, not to mention the remarkable Beach Club electric platform available as an additional option.

MY 40


A Boldly Modern Yacht

The MY 40 is the latest addition to the Motor Yacht range and has a flybridge and owner’s suite of unprecedented size for a boat in her class. She makes a sleek impression on the water with her outstanding performance, energetic lines, contemporary design, and distinctive bows.

Unrivaled Living Spaces

The MY 40 presents expansive comfort, a luminescent interior and is incredibly spacious for her length. All of her onboard spaces are designed to deliver a luxurious and carefree lifestyle with a lounge saloon, comprehensive galley, and driving station all opening onto the capacious cockpit. She has spacious cabins including a generous owner suite and a resplendent flybridge with sunbathing beds.

All the Delights of the Sea

The MY 40 is incredibly stable and offers complete freedom of movement on your trips, both underway and at anchor. Her optional aft platform creates an even greater opportunity for enjoyment at sea. Her two driving stations, on the Flybridge and to the fore of the saloon with panoramic views, truly expand your horizons.

For a complete breakdown, visit:  https://www.atlantic-cruising.com/author/james-fachtmann/

Local Florida FP Dealer, Atlantic Cruising Yachts, and Captain James Fachtmann are now taking expressions of interest in New Fountaine Pajot Catamarans and Motor Yacht Production Slots

Limited Availability for 2019 Tax Year!

Atlantic Cruising Yachts has been consistently awarded by Jeanneau and Fountaine Pajot for top sales and service, winning the 2018 Fountaine Pajot Best Dealer Award and 2018 Jeanneau Dealer of the Year Award. With over 40 years of commissioning experience, we offer the most inventory, the best value pricing, and priority delivery for our clients. We provide innovative programs that can help reduce the costs of ownership, supported by Waypoints®, our network of independent charter bases from Annapolis to the Caribbean.

Talk with a yacht consultant & discover the ACY difference.

Call Captain James: 954-732-5825 or email: james@atlantic-cruising.com for a personal viewing today!

Delivering Excellent Service At Every Stage of Delivery

We are Atlantic Cruising Yachts, the largest, worldwide Fountaine Pajot Dealer and largest North American Jeanneau Dealer. From our streamlined commissioning process with staff on the ground in La Rochelle to priority pricing for our clients, we are making the dream of ownership a reality sooner and smoother.

Don’t just take our word for it, here is a list of all of our current yachts in various stages of delivery:

  • Two Saona 47s and an Astrea 42 loading on a ship in Southampton UK. This ship will drop one of the Saona 47s off at the Annapolis Spring Sailboat Show and then head to Palm Beach to place the other Saona 47 and Astrea 42.
  • A Saona 47 and Saba 50 just left La Rochelle and are sailing to Annapolis.
  • A Saona 47 is sailing to the British Virgin Islands.
  • A Saona 47 finishing up commissioning in La Rochelle and then heading to Baltimore to finish up commissioning in Annapolis
  • An MY 44 that just arrived in Palm Beach and is making her way to Ft. Lauderdale for local commissioning.
  • Two MY 44’s that are finishing up commissioning in Ft. Lauderdale – one of which will be heading to Annapolis
  • An MY44 and MY 37 will start commissioning in La Rochelle and then will be loaded in Southampton UK.  This ship will drop the MY37 in Baltimore and then sail to Florida.
  • A Saba 50 leaving by sea for Annapolis at the end of April

We pride ourselves on providing our clients with highly personalized buying experiences at each stage of the ownership process. The above list of in-progress yachts is just a few examples of different models and stages we are walking our clients through. We are fortunate to have such incredible clients who have great things to say about their experience with us – feel free to explore our client testimonials.

Get to Know the New Jeanneau Sun Odyssey Lines

Special Pricing Available in 2019!

8th Generation Jeanneau – Sailing Redesigned for Performance & Comfort

Yes, Jeanneau did it again!  From the design table of PHILLIPPE BRIAND, this NEW generation brings significant improvements in both performance and comfort in cruising.  Jeanneau proves you can have it all!  Debut at the 2018 Cannes Show, Captain James interviewed the President of Jeanneau America, Mr. Nick Harvey, while walking through the NEW model.  Mr. Harvey highlighted the new innovations of this NextGen Jeanneau:

  • Innovative “Walk-Around Decks”
  • New Hull Design for Performance & Comfort
  • “Full-Length Hard Chine” Starting at the Bow for Better Stability
  • Moved the Beam of the Boat Forward for Speed & More Cabin Volume
  • Bow Comes Out of the Water when Flat for Faster Tacks
  • Lower Goose Neck for Larger Sail Area and Lower Center of Gravity
  • New Interior – Increasing Comfort, Increased Storage, Better Acoustics

For a complete break down go to https://www.atlantic-cruising.com/james.fachtmann

Captain James spoke with the CEO of Atlantic Cruising Yachts – Chris Bent (#1 North American Jeanneau Dealer) after he vacationed with his family in the BVI’s onboard a new Jeanneau 490. Mr. Bent revealed how much fun the new 8th Generation Sun Odyssey 490 was to sail!  Here are some of his comments:

“My wife Dawn and I just finished an amazing week in the Virgin Islands, sailing the new Jeanneau 490 with our children. We had our pick of Waypoints yachts but we were most excited about the new 490.  Why the 490? The excitement of true sailing performance on a very comfortable and safe platform.  The 490 definitely exceeded our expectations!  The walk around decks are incredible.  The ability to go forward or send the kids forward with dock-lines, or bring provisions into the cockpit, all without climbing over combings, made for easy circulation around the boat for everyone. The FWD master cabin was a real treat with completely separate shower and head areas with their own entrances gave us plenty of privacy and convenience.

The best feature of this boat is the sailing performance which was the highlight of the trip for me. We sailed past every other boat out there, leaving them in our wake.  We were the fastest boat that day, it felt great and the boat handled beautifully.  The new hull shape allows much more stability while carrying more sail area, and it pays off big time with speed, comfort, and fun.  When Dawn and I met 18 years ago, we enjoyed sailing the Virgin Islands on the old Jeanneau 45.2.  It was great for us to rediscover the thrill of sailing and share it with our kids with this new 8th generation of the Jeanneau.”

Jeanneau has been a leading innovator in designing leading edge cruising boats for over 60 years. With the new Sun Odyssey series, kicking off with the 410440 and 490, Jeanneau raises the bar. This is a total redesign from the keel up!

Inside the Buyer’s Journey: The Jacobsons (Fountaine Pajot Owners)

Purchasing a yacht requires a decent amount of research. Each buyer has specific, personal and logistical requirements for their yacht based on their sailing or motor experience. Working with a trusted yacht company, such as Atlantic Cruising Yachts, is the best way to ensure a smooth and enjoyable buying experience.

For Jake and Nancy Jacobson, their journey to new yacht ownership with us began in 2014. The Jacobsons met our team during the Annapolis Boat Show and from there decided to attend one of our Open House events. They ultimately decided to partner with us for their purchase because of our “supporting services and product”.

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New Power 67 from Fountaine Pajot Announced

Fountaine Pajot recently announced the new Power 67, a version of the Alegria 67 sailing yacht that made its North American debut during the 2019 Miami International Boat Show in February. This highly anticipated power version will likewise make its North American debut at the 2020 Miami International Boat Show. 

What to Expect from the Design
If you adore the Alegria 67 but are more intrigued by motor yachts, then the New Power 67 is for you. This stunning Flagship motor yacht combines all the power of Fountaine Pajot’s rich design history and award-winning lines. The luxurious amenities, space, and elegance of the Alegria 67 will be transferred to the new Power 67 as well. Notable updates and changes include:

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Waypoints® Offer: Jeanneau Walk-Around Decks in High Demand

Jeanneau is making waves in the charter industry with the new walk-around decks on the Sun Odyssey line. With a lack of obstruction between the cockpit and the deck, there is more space for the captain and charter guests than ever before. The side decks slope down aft to the cockpit floor to eliminate the need to navigate coamings and biminis.

Because of the demands of these models in the charter industry, we are offering an exclusive special on the Sun Odyssey 410, 440, and 490* in partnership with our Waypoints® affiliate bases. For any of the three aforementioned yachts purchased for placement in the Business Yacht Ownership® program, Atlantic Cruising Yachts will advance and pre-pay 8 weeks of your charter income at settlement. This will be in the form of a check paid at settlement.

If you are looking to purchase a new yacht and offset 80-100% of the costs through our Business Yacht Ownership® program, this is your best opportunity. With 8 weeks pre-paid charter income, you can rest assured that you’re taking the most fiscally responsible approach to ownership. In addition, our list of approved Waypoints® bases are inspected regularly to ensure that your boat stays in pristine condition throughout the life of your charter business.

For more information, and to take advantage of this incredible yacht ownership opportunity, contact a yacht consultant today!

*Boat available for this program are as follows: Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 410 (2 or 3 cabins), 440 (3 cabins) and 490 (3 or 4 cabins).