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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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There are so many links out there for comparisons, but most all are now outdated by the new generation of modern, efficient, single-handed cruisers like the Jeanneau 440 and 490.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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In 2018, All Signs Point to Increased Demand for Yacht Charters

Charter programs can be a pivotal part of the equation for those looking to buy a yacht — not only does it help offset the costs of ownership, it also ensures that your boat will receive professional maintenance, service, and care even when you’re not using it. There is a right and wrong way to charter your yacht and with our Business Yacht Ownership®  program, we make sure your yacht is chartered the right way, in the right markets, with the right support. According to Transparency Market Research, the yacht charter market is anticipated to expand rapidly and the firm estimates that the yacht charter market will be worth almost $15 billion by 2025. There are several factors driving this demand, but we have highlighted some of the most important. Continue Reading…

Did You Miss Us at the St. Petersburg Boat Show? We’ll Catch You Up to Speed!

The ACY team had a great time at the 2017 St. Petersburg Power & Sailboat Show helping some new owners achieve their dream of yacht ownership! The weather was perfect and the turnout was exceptional, even in comparison to past years. Atlantic Cruising Yachts had two yachts on display at the show – the Fountaine Pajot Helia 44 and a Fountaine Pajot MY 37. Both yachts were very well-received, and we had a blast giving show-goers a tour of all the amazing features!

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Atlantic Cruising Yachts has a New Partner in Key West!

Atlantic Cruising Yachts is thrilled to announce a new strategic partnership with Stock Island Marina Village in Key West to offer boat owners long-term yacht management services and exclusive yacht charter experiences in the country’s most desirable and unique nautical destination – Key West, Florida!

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It’s “About Time” to Pursue the Dream!

A story from our customer, Barry Slifstein, who re-evaluated his priorities and got back into boating after his father passed. Barry is a knowledgeable and experienced boater who just finished delivering his new Jeanneau 54 from Annapolis to the Virgin Islands.

This story is about two exceptional boats and an exceptional man, Barry Slifstein. He chartered “Not Afraid” and named his new boat “About Time,” and what a wonderful story he has! Read about his experience in his own words:

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What Makes a Power Catamaran a Motor Yacht?

Motor Yacht vs. Powered Yacht? It’s all about the planing speeds.

It starts with the design intent. If you want to have a true, planing motor yacht, like the Fountaine Pajot 37 and 44, it must be designed with a planing hull and matching appropriate engine installation.

In the case of the  Fountaine Pajot 44 Motor Yacht, which is a huge volume boat, it makes sense to go with IPS drives which are 50% more efficient than a conventional power train. That translates to longer range and higher speeds for a given engine and set of conditions. Now, let’s get a little technical.

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Are Electric Boats The Future?

Marine power efficiency has improved greatly over the years. Looking at the different options, steam engines are roughly 10% efficient, gas is about 25% efficient, and diesel hovers around 35% efficient. Any guess where electric falls? More than 90% efficient!

Right now the marine electric motor is a proven concept. Experts have said, “Electric motors are there; in 20 years, 50 years they won’t have changed appreciably.”

So why aren’t they here yet?

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