ANNAPOLIS, MD, July 30, 2019 — CYOA Yacht Charters, the Virgin Islands charter company with nearly 40 years of operations and Atlantic Cruising Yachts, North America’s largest Fountaine Pajot and Jeanneau dealership (“ACY”), have joined forces to expand their operations and offerings. Christian Bent, President of ACY, will acquire a partnership interest in CYOA, along with John Jacob, the President and current sole owner of CYOA. The new ownership group will contribute investment and working capital to expand the marketing and service operations and significantly increase the fleet capacity of CYOA.
“CYOA has built an impeccable reputation serving yacht owners and charter customers in the Virgin Islands charter market,” said Christian Bent. “We are excited to partner with a team that we consider to be the best in the business, to provide the highest standard of charter management and maintenance services in the Caribbean to our clients. CYOA will continue to raise the bar for the charter industry.”
Bent added that the new partnership will begin with a significant investment into expanding and improving the operations and facilities of CYOA’s current home charter base in Frenchtown, St. Thomas. Easy access and direct flights from many U.S. cities, a central location for chartering throughout the U.S., British and Spanish Virgin Islands, and the modern conveniences and infrastructure of a U.S. territory make St. Thomas the ideal spot to base charter operations.
CYOA has offered bareboat and skippered yacht charters for over three decades, operating out of the Frenchtown Harbor Marina and serving the British Virgin Islands, U.S. Virgin Islands, and Spanish Virgin Islands. Owner John Jacob and his crew of experienced sailors and maintenance professionals have earned a reputation for excellence.
Atlantic Cruising Yachts is one of the largest sailing yacht dealerships in North America and was recently named Fountaine Pajot’s Dealer of the Year and Jeanneau’s North American Dealer of the Year. The company founded the Waypoints® group of independently owned yacht management companies and has received recognition for its innovative ownership program, Business Yacht Ownership®, which can help owners offset their costs with tax advantages and income.
The Miami International Boat Show is right around the corner! The event kicks off at the Miami Marine Stadium on Thursday, February 14. As the largest Fountaine Pajot dealer worldwide, our team is thrilled to be presenting the Astréa 42 and Alegria 67 at the show. These award-winning catamarans will be available for sea trials February 19-20 (this opportunity is exclusive to buyers).
Alegria 67 – Flagship Cruising Like Never Before
What People Are Saying:
I recently attended the European Debut of the Astréa 42 and Alegria 67 at the Cannes Boat Show. I personally showed the new yachts to some of my American clients. One such client named Captain Michael Schoettle (Summerland 40) said of the Alegria 67, “Splendid yacht! Perfect for both my large family and for my crewed charter project!”. His favorite features were the optional hot tub, ideally built into the yacht’s foredeck, and the hydraulic swim platform (flush with her line) for sunbathing, relaxing, scuba diving, or launch for his dinghy. Industry critics have echoed similar sentiments – the Alegria 67 is the winner of Best Monohull Sailing Yacht in Asia and the Astréa 42 is the winner of the prestigious European Yacht of the Year award.
The 2019 Miami International Boat Show is quickly approaching! The show kicks off on Thursday, February 14 and runs through Monday, February 18. This incredible four-day event is bursting with exhibitors, on the water training, vendors, and much more!
You can stop by Booth 901 to talk to the Atlantic Cruising Yachts team who will be providing tours of the following Fountaine Pajot and Jeanneau yachts: Alegria 67, Astréa 42, Helia 44, Lucia 40, MY 37, MY 44, Jeanneau 51, Jeanneau 389, Jeanneau 410, Jeanneau 440, and Jeanneau 490.
Whether this is your first time attending the show or you’re a regular, here are some tips to make the most of your trip:
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:
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.