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.
I have just returned from another fantastic trip to Europe for the international dealer meetings of Jeanneau and Fountaine Pajot. Both offered a look at some exciting new products, important developments on production and outlook for 2019 and 2020, and exciting awards for the Atlantic Cruising Yachts team.
Jeanneau International Dealer Meeting: Port Bourgenay, France.
Our East Coast of Florida Regional Manager, Josef Buxton, and I joined approximately 300 other dealer representatives in Port Bourgenay, located in the Vendee region of France. The location is the perfect backdrop for idyllic summer cruising.
Ben Johnson joins the Atlantic Cruising Yachts team in Annapolis, MD as our Jeanneau Power Sales Consultant. With over 10 years of experience in the boating industry, Ben brings with him an entrepreneurial spirit and expansive powerboat knowledge.
The Flagship model of Fountaine Pajot’s sailing catamaran line, the Ipanema 58 will arrive this summer at our docks. We will be documenting every step of the Ipanema 58’s journey from France to Annapolis and beyond. From the commissioning to our exclusive viewing event, we invite you to be the first to receive updates of its journey by following us on Facebook and Instagram, and by signing up for our newsletters.
Elegant, spacious, and powerful are just a few of the ways this exquisite vessel can be described in terms of design and performance. The Ipanema 58 is aptly named after the distinguished Ipanema beach of Brazil as it is sensationally equipped for adventure and luxury-seekers alike. With a length of 58.3 feet, this vessel is both large in size and in style.
Baptiste Bardout is a new face on the docks of Atlantic Cruising Yachts and comes to us from his home country of France. Baptiste was working as the head of sales for a construction company when he decided to make a change, leave behind his steady job, and follow his passions – sailing and the sea. He was inspired by his fond childhood memories of sailing, scuba diving, and fishing with his family. He grew to love the “sound and energy” of the sea.
As one of the world’s leading Jeanneau sailing dealers, Atlantic Cruising Yachts is excited to be offering the Leader line of Jeanneau Inboard Powerboats. We now offer the Leader 30, 33, 36, 40, and 46 models. This high-performance, innovate inboard powerboat line is ideal for anyone seeking to embrace luxury and adventure at sea.
The Leader’s distinguished design with a sporty finesse blends together perfectly to offer the exhilaration of high-performance hulls and the comforts of impeccably-crafted layouts. The contemporary style invites relaxation in a luxurious fashion. Each model provides unique features and opportunities:
Atlantic Cruising Yachts, which is headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, with offices in St. Petersburg and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida will now work with customers in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Northern Virginia for the Jeanneau inboard line.
Already among the top Jeanneau dealers in North America, this positions Atlantic Cruising Yachts to expand their reach throughout the mid-Atlantic.
Jeanneau’s innovative range of high-performance inboard powerboats, which includes the Leader line, the NC line, and the Velasco line, were designed in collaboration with renowned designers and architects such as Garroni Design, and Mickaël Peters Yacht Design.Continue Reading…
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.
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…