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

LIGHT, SPACE, AND ELEGANCE OF DESIGN

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.Continue Reading…

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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The Abacos Islands: The Perfect Home For Motor Yachts

As a particularly frigid winter in North America gives way to spring, people are planning summer vacations to tropical places such as The Abacos, Bahamas. This 120 miles-long chain of islands are home to some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, quaint anchorages, and exceptional leisure activities. As the Boating Capital of the World, the islands are the perfect location for placing your new yacht into charter!

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When Is The Best Time To Order My Catamaran?

Question #1: When Do You Want Your Yacht?

The lead time depends on the model. In terms of delivery – you need to talk to us when you’re about 18-24 months from wanting to take delivery. If you’re placing your boat in our Business Yacht Ownership Program®, tax advantages start from the date you title the boat; typically this is the X-factory date, which is the day your boat exits the factory doors. Here’s what happens before, during, and after your order:

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List Your Current Yacht with Us – We’ll Waive Our Commission

No matter how much you love your current yacht, you may be looking at bigger, better, newer models and thinking about starting 2019 with an upgrade. Every year, Jeanneau and Fountaine Pajot roll out new features, like the walk-around decks on the award-winning Jeanneau 490 and the innovative roof design of the Astréa 42When you’re ready to upgrade and transition to a new yacht, the Atlantic Cruising Yachts team can do so much more than help you find the perfect new yacht. We can list your current yacht for brokerage, get you the best selling price, and we’ll waive our seller’s commission. Here’s how it works:

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Flagship Yacht Ownership with the Crewed Yacht Charter Business Program

You have the desire and the budget for a magnificent flagship yacht from Fountaine Pajot, but are still interested in pursuing the most fiscally advantageous approach. The Crewed Yacht Charter Business Program might be for you. It is a unique opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of the luxury yacht lifestyle.

How does it work?

The Crewed Yacht Charter Business Program implements your yacht as a business, making it a tax-deductible business asset. With the potential to offset 80-100% of costs with income and tax advantages, the business model is a financially prudent route to yacht ownership. Atlantic Cruising Yachts has independent, certified financial planners who are experts in Business Yacht Ownership® and can meet with you to determine if your circumstances allow you to benefit. To get an initial understanding of how the business model works, sign up for one of our live Business Yacht Ownership® webinars.

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Join the Best of St. Petersburg, FL

When it comes to purchasing the yacht of your dreams there are a multitude of decisions to make. Do you choose power or sail? Compact or large? Is it for personal enjoyment only or will it be placed into charter? For yacht owners who utilize our innovative Business Yacht Ownership® program to significantly reduce the overall costs, placing their new vessel into charter is the nearly the final step of the process. With that in mind, the last question to answer is, where? Many owners select Sailing Florida Charters in St. Petersburg for the location’s year-long sunshine, thriving tourism economy, and experienced yacht maintenance specialists.

Fun in the Sun

Florida is known as the Sunshine State for a reason. With about 361 days of sun per year, their guests have ample opportunity to enjoy chartering on your yacht.¹ Located on the Gulf Coast, St. Petersburg, Sailing Florida Charters is nestled on the Tampa Bay with quick access to the ocean. The location offers easy cruising to a multitude of attractions including the Skyway Bridge, the Dry Tortugas, Fort Jefferson, Marco Island, Key West, and more! It’s a charter destination that packs quite a lot of vacation opportunities for owners and guests alike.

Statistics Don’t Lie

In 2017, Florida saw an all-time record of 116.5 million domestic and international visitors.² This year, there were over 33.2 million visitors in the first three months alone.³ Tourism has an incredible impact on St. Petersburg and the surrounding area’s economy, contributing $9.25 billion in annual spending and nearly 94,000 jobs.4 A thriving tourist economy translates to a profitable charter season for yacht owners. Vacationers are clearly seeking Florida’s year ‘round sunshine and warmth!

Outstanding Service

If the unbeatable experience Florida offers vacationers isn’t enough to convince you that St. Petersburg is the place to put your yacht into charter, then consider how pristine your vessel will be kept. The dock hands and staff at Sailing Florida Charters boast a reputation for their extensive industry knowledge, passion for maintaining yachts, and love of the sea. The staff is able to provide guests with tips for the best local dining and shopping options, in addition to top-notch anchorage points out on the water. Their outstanding customer service and boutique experience offered by Waypoints® will have charter guests planning their next trip before they even return to the docks.

Interested in placing your new Jeanneau or Fountaine Pajot yacht into charter? Learn how you can become a part of the Waypoints® fleet by contacting Atlantic Cruising Yachts.

Experience the Leader 36 and NC 33 at the 2018 United States Powerboat Show

Power crafted to impress – be a leader on the Bay with a high-performance and luxurious Jeanneau Inboard Powerboat. Join Atlantic Cruising Yachts on Dock C at the United States Powerboat Show from October 11-14 for the opportunity to experience the incredible Jeanneau Leader 36 and NC 33. 

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5 Tips for Attending the United States Sailboat Show 2018

The United States Sailboat Show is a large, exciting event but it can also be overwhelming. Here are some tips on how to prepare for your visit for smooth sailing:

  1. Buy tickets in advance online: Avoid long lines the day-of by procuring your admissions tickets in advance. Children ages 6 and younger are free!
  2. Driving and parking recommendations: For GPS purposes, the location of the show is 1 Dock Street, Annapolis, MD 21401; however, visitors are encouraged to park at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (Gate 5) from which a free shuttle will be provided to the show. Stadium parking costs $10. Other parking possibilities exist, but this by far the easiest option.
  3. Local accommodations: As the United States Sailboat Show draws incredibly large crowds it is imperative to make hotel arrangements as soon as possible if you are coming in from out of town. The Annapolis Boat Shows, the host of the event, has compiled a resource for finding local accommodations. If hotels are booked up, you can always try Airbnb or an overnight charter with Cruise Annapolis!
  4. Check the weather: Before packing for traveling to Annapolis, keep an eye on the weather forecast. When it comes to autumn on the Bay you never know if you’ll need a jacket or a t-shirt, and you surely don’t want to pack the wrong wardrobe!
  5. What to leave at home: According to the event host, no pets are allowed and strollers are highly discouraged for safety reasons.

The Atlantic Cruising Yachts team will be exhibiting the North American debut of the Astrea 42 and Annapolis debut of the Ipanema 58 at our booth on Dock F1. Stop by to see these incredible Fountaine Pajot yachts and to participate in live Business Yacht Ownership® program seminars. Learn how it is possible to offset 80-100% of new yacht costs.

North American Debut of the Astréa 42 and the Annapolis Debut of the Ipanema 58: 2018 United States Sailboat Show

It’s that time of year again! The 2018 United States Sailboat Show kicks off on October 4 and runs through October 8 in our hometown of Annapolis, Maryland. Internationally recognized as the world’s “largest and most prestigious sailboat show,” the United States Sailboat Show features an extensive array of exhibitors, vendors, and educational events.¹ The Atlantic Cruising Yachts team is gearing up for the show where we will be exhibiting the North American debut of the Astréa 42 and the Annapolis debut of the Ipanema 58.

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