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 42. When 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:
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.
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!
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.
Every buyer’s journey to yacht ownership is unique. Phil Hammar and his family’s journey began in 2007. At the time, they were not quite sure what type, brand, or features to explore. Their son was 18-months-old at the time, so the safety of a vessel was of the utmost importance. After looking into various brands, such as Beneteau and Catalina, they selected to purchase a Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 36i for its highly secure deck and its unquestionable craftsmanship. They christened their vessel Blue Cloud and enjoyed many day sailing trips throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
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!
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.
Immerse yourself in the sailing lifestyle. Gain your experience on boats set up like private boats, privately managed at your favorite sailing destination. We offer a number of options for inexperienced sailors to get out on the water.
Try before you buy. Charter with or without a captain. Learn to sail, or improve your skills. We are in all the prime sailing areas where you want to be…
All of our sailing programs include live-aboard courses on comfortable Jeanneau or Fountaine Pajot popular cruising models. Learn 24 hours a day. Immerse yourself in sailing. No hotel bills. Bring your family. It’s fun. It’s a vacation and learning experience– and generally costs less.
There are many traditions involved in christening your new boat. My good friend and sailing companion General, (retired) Bill Keifer will be christening his beloved “Special Angel”, Jeanneau 389 this weekend.
Here’s the beginning of his idea. I will report on the results after.
We always offer to assist with a commissioning party. Not everyone is able to go as far as Bill plans to. There will be a tent on the grass, his boat on display in our display area in front of the charter office. Food, beverages a presiding minister and we’ll be videoing both on the ground and by drone.
Hope you catch the excitement… Watch for more…
I meant for this to be pretty basic. But things got away from me a little and I went a little further into detail. If you have never considered buying a used boat, or never bought a used boat–this article may be for you. If you bought a used boat a while ago, and didn’t have a great experience, or you’ve forgotten what it was like, and now you want a different boat–this may be for you.Continue Reading…
An epic raft up and weekend of fun on the Chesapeake Bay!
Friday Evening Raft Up
The 2016 ACY Chesapeake owner’s rendezvous wrapped up yesterday, and by all accounts this was the best one ever! An unpromising weather forecast for Friday turned out to be completely wrong, as we were greeted with beautiful blue skies, mild humidity and perfect temperatures all weekend. 17 Jeanneau and Fountaine Pajot boats in all joined up Friday afternoon in Whitehall Bay, outside of Annapolis. The theme
for the evening was the Olympics, with each boat representing a country with its national cuisine and drink specialty. We enjoyed Jerk chicken and rum drinks from Jamaica, Paella and Sangria from Spain, succulent veal and Campari cocktails from Italy, Empanadas and Mojitos from Cuba, and so on. A hardy few were up to the task of visiting all 17 “countries” to sample food and libations from every one. Children swam and visited the boats offering special sweet treats, with a night capping movie night onboard the Jeanneau 41DS “Purrfect Geta
17 boats raft up on Whitehall Bay outside Annapolis for a great night of fun, amazing food, and thirst quenching boat drinks.
way”. A beautiful sunset was followed by a clear night sky and nearly full moon.