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M A R I N E M AX L I F E S T Y L E S
PRESIDENT'S LETTER SU M M ER 2017
Welcome to MarineMax Lifestyles As many of you already know, I’m a water enthusiast. I grew up waterskiing and was fortunate enough to compete professionally. Still today, there is seldom a weekend that goes by that I’m not on skis in the water with my family – and barefoot skiing, running the slalom course, and trick skiing. The boating lifestyle has taught me many life lessons and values. Most importantly, it taught me about the importance of teamwork. Our team and family of boaters know that being part of the MarineMax family is the ultimate team sport that connects family and friends. This is why I love boating and being on the water so much, as well as my job at MarineMax. When MarineMax became a public company 19 years ago this past June, it didn’t take me long to fully appreciate how much I would come to depend on those around me in order for our team
to be successful. The MarineMax Team is passionate about their
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company and our family of boaters. Without a doubt, they are the best of the best! Every team member’s role is for a common goal – to unite people with themselves and others on the water. We strive to make MarineMax’s passion and services second to none. We offer our customers access to a wealth of options to match them with the perfect boat from our unparalleled diversity of brands and models. In addition, we provide world-class service, financing and insurance, educational programs, access to Getaways!® trips, and MarineMax Vacations. Please communicate with us on how we can better serve your needs to help you continue enjoying our great recreation.
MarineMax, Inc. is the largest recreational boat retailer in the United States, with over 50 retail stores and service centers nationwide. MarineMax sells new and used pleasure and recreational boats for leisure, fishing, watersports and yachting, and provides customers with free boating classes, Getaways!® trips and more to help customers get the most from the boating lifestyle.
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Sea Ray's All-New SLX-W 230
She Navigates The High Seas
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Named a 2017 Top Product by Boating Industry, the versatile SLX-W 230 delivers luxurious comfort and major thrills. Enjoy premium wake sports action courtesy of Sea Ray's V-drive propulsion system with advanced wake-shaping capabilities.
Captaining her own ship gives one longtime Sea Ray owner the freedom to enjoy time on the water
Experience true Confidence to the Core with Boston Whaler's newest Outrage model
New cruisers Jim and Maike O'Rourke learn the allure of the boating lifestyle
Nautique unveils their innovations for this year
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ALABAMA MarineMax Gulf Shores
Snapper Derby MarineMax Westbrook August 27
Halloween Getaways! St. Augustine October 26-29
Sandbar Party Robertson Island July 22
Marina BBQ & Ecological Event MarineMax Westbrook August 27
MarineMax Fort Myers
Live the Lifestyle Demo Day Check marinemax.com/gulfshores for location August 12
End of Summer BBQ MarineMax Norwalk September 10
Boatoberfest MarineMax Gulf Shores Check marinemax.com/gulfshores for dates
Norwalk Boat Show Norwalk Cove September 21-24
Fill the Boat Toy Drive MarineMax Gulf Shores November 24-December 20
CALIFORNIA MarineMax San Diego Women On Water® Class MarineMax San Diego August 5 Avalon Getaways!® Avalon Harbor, Catalina Island September 22-24 Southern California Boat Show Cabrillo Way Marina, San Pedro September 28-October 1 Parade of Lights San Diego Bay December 10
CONNECTICUT MarineMax Norwalk MarineMax Westbrook MarineMax Rendezvous Brunch Tutto Pazzo July 16 Walls Wharf Flotilla Depart from MarineMax Norwalk at 11am for Bayville, NY August 6
MarineMax Clearwater MarineMax St. Petersburg Intro To Boating & Kids In Boating Class MarineMax Clearwater July 15
Keys – Miami – Bahamas Getaways! Bimini Bahamas July 12-22 Bahamas – Exumas Getaways! Bahamas & Exumas July 14-30 Open House – Parade of Boats MarineMax Fort Myers at Deep Lagoon August 5 and October 7 Summer Docktail Finale MarineMax Fort Myers at Deep Lagaoon September 15
MarineMax Jacksonville at Beach Marine
Summer Docktails Series The Getaway July 20
Labor Day St. Augustine Getaways! St. Augustine September 1-4
Scalloping Getaways! Homosassa Riverside Resort August 4-6
Fernandina Beach Fall Getaways! Fernandina Harbor Marina November 11-12
Tampa Boat Show Tampa Convention Center September 8-10
Jacksonville Light Boat Parade The Banks of St. John's River Check marinemax.com/jacksonville for date
Luxury Yacht Showcase MarineMax Jacksonville at Beach Marine Check marinemax.com/jacksonville for dates
Scalloping Getaways! Crystal River July 14-16
Orlando Boat Show Orange County Convention Center August 11-13
Scout Boats Customer Rendezvous South Bimini, Bahamas July 27-29
Captain Hiram's Getaways! Sebastian September 15-16
Lobster Bash Rendezvous North Bimini, Bahamas August 3-6 Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show Fort Lauderdale November 1-5
Ocean Reef Winter Getaway!® Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo December 15-17
Columbus Day Weekend at Ocean Reef Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo October 6-9
Cheeseburger Dayaway Robertson Island July 29
MarineMax Naples Yacht Center
Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Ft. Lauderdale November 1-5
Luxury Yacht Showcase MarineMax Pensacola at Bahia Mar Check marinemax.com/pensacola for dates
MarineMax Palm Beach at PGA Marina
MarineMax BVI Getaways! British Virgin Islands November 5-11
Summer Days Docktails and Demos MarineMax Naples Yacht Center August 11-12 Labor Day Getaways! Pink Shell Resort & Marina, Ft. Myers Beach September 1-4
USCG Course MarineMax Stuart September 2
MarineMax Pier 66 – Ocean Alexander
When the Whaler Coast is Clear Shelling & Raft-Up Cape Romano, Marco Island October 7
Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show Fort Lauderdale November 1-5
Lobster Bash Rendezvous Bimini, Bahamas August 3-6
Palm Beach Holiday Boat Parade North Palm Beach December 2
Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Ft. Lauderdale November 1-5
MarineMax Panama City Beach
MarineMax Pompano MarineMax Yacht Center
Falling into Demo Days MarineMax Naples Yacht Center October 14-15 Salvation Army Overflow the Outrage MarineMax Naples Yacht Center December 9
FREE Seminar: Kayak Fishing & Scalloping MarineMax Panama City Beach July 29
Lobster Bash Rendezvous Bimini, Bahamas August 3-6
Scalloping Getaways! Crystal River July 14-16
One Harrison Music and Grilled Cheese Festival Downtown Panama City Beach, Marina August 12
Orlando Fall Boat Show Orange County Convention Center August 11-13
Grady Days MarineMax Panama City Beach Check marinemax.com/pensacola for dates
Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Ft. Lauderdale November 1-5
Harris Chain Dayaway Harris Chain of Lakes October 14
Heard It On Harrison #8: Oktoberfest Party MarineMax Panama City Beach October 6-7
Experience Luxury Event MarineMax Pompano Yacht Center November 11
Customer Appreciation Picnic Blue Springs State Park November 4
MarineMax Ocean Reef Scout Boats Rendezvous Bimini Sands, Bimini, Bahamas July 27-30 Lobster Bash Rendezvous Bimini, Bahamas August 3-6
FREE Seminar: Trout and Winter Fishing MarineMax Panama City Beach December 9
MarineMax Pensacola at Bahia Mar Grady Days Demo Event MarineMax Pensacola at Bahia Mar July 15 #SeaRaySummer Demo Event MarineMax Pensacola at Bahia Mar July 22
Columbus Day Weekend at Ocean Reef Ocean Reef Club, Key Largo October 6-9
Women On Water® Class MarineMax Pompano December 1
MarineMax Sarasota Scalloping Getaways! Homosassa July 20-23 AquaPalooza 2017 Jewfish Key Sandbar August 12
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Captain Hiram's Nightaway Sebastian July 15-16
Savannah Harbor Boat Parade of Lights Westin Hotel, Savannah November 25
MarineMax Bayport MarineMax Excelsior MarineMax Rogers
Lobster Bash Rendezvous Bimini, Bahamas August 3-6
MNWSC Competition Day Surfside Park, Lake Minnetonka July 22
United States Coast Guard Course MarineMax Stuart September 2 Women on Water® Class MarineMax Stuart October 7 Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Ft. Lauderdale November 1-5
MarineMax Venice Dirty Dogs Sandbar Party Check marinemax.com/venice for location Every second Saturday – May-October RibFest Getaways!® Vinoy Marina, St. Petersburg November 11-13 Venice Christmas Boat Parade MarineMax Venice December 3
GEORGIA MarineMax Buford MarineMax Cumming Nautique WWA US Wakeboard Nationals Lake Allatoona, Acworth August 3-6 USA Wakesurf Nationals / Rock the Wake Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain August 17-20 Fall Color Cruise Lake Lanier, Gainesville Check marinemax.com for dates Chili Cook-Off / Docktail Party MarineMax Cumming October 21 Fill the Boat – Toys 4 Tots MarineMax Buford and MarineMax Cumming November 25-December 20
MarineMax Baltimore MarineMax at Bay Bridge Marina Atlantic City Rendezvous Farley State Marina, Atlantic City, NJ July 27-30 MarineMax Yacht Expo Inner Harbor East Marina August 4-5 Cambridge-Hyatt Getaways! Regency Hyatt, Cambridge August 11-13 St. Michael's Getaways! St. Michael's Harbor Inn and Spa September 15-17 Annapolis Power Boat Show Annapolis October 12-15
MASSACHUSETTS MarineMax Russo 11th Annual AquaPalooza On-Water Concert Peddock's Island, Boston Harbor July 15
Getaways! to Bayport Bayport Marina July 22-23 Docktail Series Party Bayport Marina – D-Dock July 27 and August 24 Getaways! to Hudson St. Croix Marina, Hudson, WI August 18 End of Season In-Water Boat Sale Maynard's, Lake Minnetonka August 25-27 James J Hill Days Wayzata Bay, Lake Minnetonka September 8-10 Fall Yacht and Brokerage Sale Bayport Marina – D-Dock September 16-17 Fall Trade-in Event & Open House MarineMax Rogers October 6-7
Myopia Hunt Club Polo Event MarineMax Russo Danvers August 7
MarineMax Branson MarineMax Lake Ozark MarineMax Osage Beach
Azimut Owner's Rendezvous Newport, RI August 10-13
Ha Ha Tonka Adventure Lake of the Ozarks August 12-13
Antique & Classic Boat Festival Brewer's Hawthorne Cove Marina, Salem August 25-27
Buccaneer Bash Pirate Party Lake of the Ozarks September 16
Newport International Boat Show Newport Yachting Center September 14-17
Boatoberfest MarineMax Lake Ozark October 14-15 Changes In Latitudes BVI Getaways! British Virgin Islands November 30-December 6
NEW JERSEY MarineMax Brick MarineMax Lake Hopatcong MarineMax Ship Bottom MarineMax Somers Point River Rock Lunch Cruise Depart from MarineMax Brant Beach July 15 Atlantic City Rendezvous Farley State Marina, Atlantic City July 28-30 MarineMax Yacht Expo Inner Harbor East Marina August 4-5 Cape May Getaways!ÂŽ Departing from both MarineMax Branch Beach and MarineMax Somers Point August 4-6 Getaways! North Depart from MarineMax Brick August 4-13 Demo Day MarineMax Brant Beach August 12 New Jersey's Boating Safety Course MarineMax Somers Point August 19 Atlantic City Boat Show Farley State Marina, Atlantic City September 7-10 Customer Appreciation MarineMax Lake Hopatcong September 14 Ft Lauderdale International Boat Show Bahia Mar Yachting Center, Ft. Lauderdale November 1-5
NEW YORK MarineMax Copiague MarineMax Huntington MarineMax Long Island-Lindenhurst MarineMax New York Rendezvous to Shelter Island Island Boat Yard, Shelter Island July 14-16 AquaPalooza Zach's Bay July 23
3rd Annual Boston Whaler Brunch Snapper Inn, Oakdale August 6
Sea Ray Summer Event Montauk Yacht Club, Montauk August 11-13
Boat Expo & Sale Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina September 29-30, October 1
Rendezvous Block Island Champlin Marine, Block Island August 13-15
MarineMax Dallas MarineMax Dallas Yacht Center MarineMax Lake Texoma
MarineMax Wrightsville Beach Bald Head Island Getaways! Bald Head Island August 3-6 Charleston & Myrtle Beach Getaways! Charleston and Myrtle Beach, SC September 12-17 Southport Fall Getaways! Southport November 17-19 Bald Head Island New Year's Eve Getaways! Bald Head Island December 29-January 1
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Dallas Summer Boat Show Dallas Marketplace Center July 14-16 and 21-23 Women On Water Yachting Lake Lewisville Getaway Island July 29 Summer Docktail Series Finale Little Elm Beach Park September 9 Changes In Latitudes BVI Getaways! British Virgin Islands October 23-28
OHIO MarineMax Port Clinton Lake Michigan Getaways! Lake Michigan July 12-23 Put-in-Bay Getaways! Put-in-Bay August 4-6 Cedar Point Boat Show Cedar Point Marina, Sandusky August 24-27 Cleveland Getaways! North Coast Harbor, downtown Cleveland Check marinemax.com/portclinton for dates
RHODE ISLAND MarineMax Newport MarineMax Warwick AquaPalooza Potters Cove, Portsmouth July 29 Newport International Boat Show Newport September 14-17
Harborwalk Getaways! Harborwalk Marina, Hitchcock August 4-6 Yachty Gras Save The Date Kickoff Party MarineMax Houston September 9 Changes In Latitudes BVI Getaways! British Virgin Islands November 9-14 Movie Night MarineMax Houston Check marinemax.com/houston for date Kemah Christmas Boat Parade Kemah Boardwalk Check marinemax.com/houston for date
MarineMax Lake Conroe Wake Surf Showcase MarineMax Lake Conroe July 15 Lake Conroe In-Water Boat Show MarineMax Lake Conroe August 18
SL X F A M I LY WRITTEN BY JEFF HEMMEL BOATING MAGAZINE
SEE THE SLX IN ACTION! marinemax.com/slxfamily
FORM AND FUNCTION COMBINE IN SEA RAY'S UPSCALE SLX LINE
Designer color palettes, premium materials, and social
touchscreen control displays. Nine models make up
layouts have come to define Sea Ray’s SLX line, but
the current SLX line, including two that take the brand
behind the form is an abundance of function. Noise is
in new directions. The wakesport-oriented SLX-W 230
kept to conversation-friendly minimums with cutting-
marks the reintroduction of inboard power to Sea Ray’s
edge sound suppression technology. Ride enhancements
sport boat lineup. At the opposite end of the spectrum,
include an articulated running surface and automatic
the SLX 400 features some of the most innovative features
trim. Helms feature digital throttle controls and intuitive
Sea Ray has ever offered.
SLX 230 The smallest SLX offering, the SLX 230 sets the tone for the level of innovation and luxury that follows. Below the waterline, the versatile Grip 6 hull showcases the work of renowned naval architects, delivering a soft, yet sporty ride. Add the available Dynamic Running Surface and improve acceleration, reduce bowrise and maintain optimal trim angles. Above, a social-friendly cockpit is highlighted by rich, supple vinyl, and a rear-facing lounge facing the spacious swim platform provides exceptional comfort whether coving or resting at anchor. Convert it to a sunpad should you want to soak up the rays in a state of total repose.
SLX-W 230 Foregoing sterndrive power for a MerCruiser 6.2L V-drive inboard, the SLX-W features wake-shaping capabilities that rival dedicated towsport boats. Nearly 2,000 pounds of integrated ballast dramatically pumps up wake size; wake-shaping plates on the transom sculpt those wakes to near perfection. Controlling ballast, wake shape, setting speed and more is easily handled at the helm via the intuitive DynamicDisplay touchscreen dash. A standard overhead watersports tower elevates the towrope; available tower-mounted racks keeps the cockpit clutter free. And unlike traditional tow boats, the SLX’s deep-V hull means you won’t go running for home when conditions turn rough.
SLX 250 At 25’ 6”, the SLX 250 makes everything a little bigger and better, increasing passenger capacity to 15 and offering power choices as high as 380 hp. Two seating options are available, one with a single passenger seat in front of the generous L-shaped, wraparound bench and the other a double-wide companion seat with convertible, pivoting backrest. The most welcome addition for families, however, is the inclusion of an enclosed head compartment within the port console. Finished with teak and stainless steel accents, the compartment features a lockable door and molded fiberglass liner for good looks and low maintenance.
SLX 280 Like all SLX models, the 28’ 6” SLX 280 showcases Sea Ray’s most innovative technologies, including Quiet Ride, a system of acoustic insulation, vibration dampening materials and design choices that reduce noise, vibration and harshness by to up to 50-percent. Quiet Ride lowers average noise levels by nearly seven decibels, inviting conversation while reducing fatigue. That reduction also allows the 280’s standard Rockford Fosgate stereo system to shine. Stream your favorite music via Bluetooth and enjoy control at both the helm and coving-friendly swim platform. Desirable options include a wet bar, power tower, and submersible swim step.
SLX 310 At 31’ 6” in LOA and 10’ 2” in beam, the SLX 310 offers increased
Standard issue are twin 250hp MerCruiser 4.5L Bravo III sterndrives; options include both diesel and gasoline drives to 700hp, and a choice of configurations with Axius, Mercury’s intuitive joystick control system that takes the stress out of docking, allows the boat to literally spin within its own length, and with the SkyHook feature, even hold position. All the extras are there, including Quiet Ride, Dynamic Running Surface, and Active Trim, along with a standard wet bar, power tower with integrated Bimini, and port head compartment with VacuFlush toilet.
SLX 310 OB Like the SLX 310, but prefer the features of outboard propulsion? The SLX 310 OB replaces the sterndrives with dual Mercury 300 Verado outboards in standard trim, and the option of 350 Verados in both black and white color schemes, while still offering the option of Sea Ray’s Dynamic Running Surface, Axius joystick piloting and Active Trim. The latter, available on all SLX models, takes the guesswork out of trimming the craft, adjusting trim to speed, conditions, and turns, while improving engine performance and lowering fuel consumption. Outboard power vastly increases storage capacity, reclaiming that real estate below the sunpad normally reserved for sterndrive engines.
SLX 350 Yacht Certified, the 34’ 6” SLX 350 remains true to the classic SLX layout, while mixing in a choice of extras that tailor the craft to your lifestyle. Choose from standard hardtop, or for those that prefer to let the sun shine in, opening sunroof. The available SureShade extends and retracts from the top to extend coverage aft. There are also several choices in radar arch style. Standard issue is a wet bar with solid-surface countertop, sink, and refrigerator. The enclosed head includes a VacuFlush toilet and wood storage cabinet. Opposite, spacious storage is tucked below the helm.
SLX 350 OB Featuring a trio of Mercury 300 Verados with standard joystick piloting, the 350 OB exploits the power-toweight advantage of outboards while simplifying engine access, easing maintenance concerns, and dramatically increasing storage space. The latter includes drawers below the seats, two cooler nooks, hanging lockers, even dedicated storage for a stern anchor. As on all SLX models, Quiet Ride technology, Active Trim, Dynamic Running Surface and digital throttle control are available, as is a choice of hardtop and radar arch options. Upgrade to the LED lighting package and you can set the mood come nightfall and extend the party.
SLX 400 Sea Ray dubs the SLX 400 the “Entertainer,” an apt description given this 39’ 6” model’s emphasis on socializing. Board via the expansive swim platform, before settling into an oversized sunpad with multiposition backrest. Make yourself at home in the spacious cockpit, stopping off for drinks at a well-equipped wet bar. Settle into a choice of conversation-friendly seating, including a forward-facing couch, in the bow. Retractable sunshades deploy from the hardtop. Below, a cabin sleeps four. There’s even stowage for a pair of standup paddleboards. Arguably the coolest feature, however, is the innovative swim terrace. Created by pivoting down the rear, starboard quarter of the hullside, it extends the cockpit edge right to the water.
SHE NAVIGATES THE HIGH SEAS FROM FAMILY VACATIONS TO WEEKEND TRIPS WITH GIRLFRIENDS, BEING CAPTAIN OF HER OWN SHIP GIVES ONE LONGTIME SEA RAY OWNER THE FREEDOM TO ENJOY TIME ON THE WATER
eople often ask Stacey Sutherland where the
in the Gulf of Mexico. On the way, there were two 80-
captain of her 65-foot Sea Ray is when she pulls
foot yachts f lanking an area Stacey had to pull into. “The
up to an unfamiliar dock.
crew saw me coming and promptly ran to the deck and
“Well, you’re looking at her,” she responds
tossed over their fenders,” she recalls. “I was appalled!
with a laugh. “For me it’s such an ego thing. It’s like, ‘Wow,
Not only because they thought I might be a bad driver,
I’m able to do this, I can’t believe I’m able to do this.’”
but that their decks stood higher than my bridge.”
The Florida native has always been the captain of
She loved the boat, and drove it for seven years.
the larger boats that she and her husband John, longtime
During that time, John bought a 24-foot Everglades,
MarineMax customers, have owned. She grew up not only
and together they navigated both boats up and down
running her parents’ boats, she also learned how to drive
the West Coast of Florida, taking weekend family trips.
bulldozers at her dad’s golf course construction company
“Then, one day, we realized, you can only take one other
at age 12.
couple comfortably, and our kids had outgrown the twin
As a result, John prefers to let her take the helm,
beds,” Stacey says.
saying, “There can only be one captain.” “He works hard
Again they returned to MarineMax Clearwater’s sales
all week long, and on the weekend he wants to be driven
consultant, Gary Reinhardt – who Stacey says understands
around,” Stacey says.
her husband’s personality inside and out – and wound
That suits Stacey just fine — being the captain not
up with a Sea Ray 510 Fly. They’d only had the 51-foot Sea
only allows her to take her family on vacation, it also
Ray for a year when John got a bad infection in his leg that
gives her the opportunity to take her girlfriends out for
required him to spend two weeks in the hospital.
getaways as part of a group they call the Pink Pirates.
“When he came out of the hospital, he was a changed
Stacey and John, along with their 16- and 19-year-old
person,” Stacey said, recounting a day they were at the
sons, have moved up through the Sea Ray line as part
MarineMax Clearwater dealership having service work
of the MarineMax family. All their saltwater boats have
done on the 510 and John disappeared to check out the L650
been named 3XS-A-Charm in honor of Stacey and John
Fly. “He told me, ‘Stacey, I don’t want to drive the Everglades
finding each other after two divorces each.
beside you anymore. I want to ride on your yacht and this
They started out with a 28-foot Sea Ray Sundancer
looks like the one I want to ride on,’” she said.
in 2004. It seemed to have enough room when the kids
When John surprised Stacey with the L650 Fly as
were smaller, but as they grew, so did their boats, and
a Christmas and birthday present in December, she
the family graduated to a 34-foot Sundancer, then to a
hesitated because it was larger than anything she’d driven
44-foot sedan bridge.
before. But she took it for a spin, parked it on a dime and
On that boat’s maiden voyage, the family went to Captiva Island in southwest Florida, located just offshore
fell in love. On the swim platform, they store a 13-foot Boston Whaler Sport to use as a tender.
Having grown up with boats, and grown with her husband through the Sea Ray line of boats, Stacey is comfortable taking off for a weekend with the Pink Pirates. “There’s lots of space, and I’m taking advantage of it already,” she says. She was planning a trip to Captiva with her nieces, nephews, and sister to celebrate her nephew’s high school graduation. “We’ve had bachelorette parties, birthday parties – we make up reasons to go,” Stacey says. “John is always in golf tournaments, so I take care of the wives.” Or, he will invite friends over to play poker into the wee hours – “and we’ve got to get away,” Stacey says. “So we all go boating. The guys will ask him, ‘When are we going on the boat?’ and he’ll say, ‘There’s only one captain, and she’s a she.’ They’ll tell him to hire a captain, but nobody’s driving my boat!” Like any experienced captain, she has run into some situations on the water. Once she took the Pink Pirates to Useppa Island, and on the way home she hit fog like she’d never seen in 30 years of boating. “You couldn’t see 50 yards in front of you, so I had to rely on the radar,” she says. On the way home from another trip to Key West, she navigated through a windstorm. “I had 10- or 12-foot seas cracking over the edge of my boat,” she says. After passing through the weather, only about a half hour from home, she threw a rod in one of the engines. “If that had happened in those rough seas, I don’t know what I’d have done,” Stacey says. But she has learned from those situations. “There’ve been a few things that have taught me: pay attention to the weather, and talk to people at the docks,” she says. Now, she is inspiring women in her circle of friends as a result of those trips. “I have a girlfriend who bought a boat, and she’s the captain,” Stacey says. “When she’s on our boat, she’s my first mate, and when I’m on her boat, I’m the first mate. We even have hats.”
WRITTEN BY REAGAN HAYNES, SOUNDINGS TRADE ONLY
A Brand-New Way to Enjoy Sea Ray The all-new Sea Ray Owners Club is designed to celebrate, connect and empower Sea Ray owners like never before. The new club sets the standard in owner support with well-organized technical information, exclusive savings and offers from major marine partners, key member profiles, peer-topeer advice, and access to Sea Ray-sponsored gatherings and events all over North America. No matter the vintage of your boat, if you own a Sea Ray, you belong in the Sea Ray Owners Club. Visit the Sea Ray Owners Club online community at searay.com/ownersclub.
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OUTRAGEOUS 380 EXPERIENCE TRUE CONFIDENCE TO THE CORE
WITH BOSTON WHALER'S NEW OUTRAGE MODEL
riters love analogies when reviewing boats.
analogy comes to mind to describe the
amazing amount of versatility and combination of fishing, refined entertaining and luxurious comfort features. However, just as most things that claim to be “everything to everyone,” it usually means that it is a “jack of all trades, but master of none.” That does not describe the 380 Outrage which truly masters so much of what matters to serious fishing enthusiasts, those who love to entertain family and friends as well as yacht owners seeking a versatile tender. For the offshore fishing crowd, the 380 Outrage has a tremendous amount of standard features that deliver, starting with all the power and smooth comfortable ride to get you to the fishing grounds quickly and stress-free. Other angling features include a 60-gallon transom livewell, a converting leaning post and ample strategically placed rod holders. Add the optional upper station with joystick controls and you have a pelagic predictor second to none. Entertaining a crowd is a breeze with the notched bow which features expansive seating and storage, while the cockpit includes a new aft-facing couch with optional removable table and an optional Summer Kitchen, perfect for entertaining friends and family. The comfort of the air-conditioned cabin and helm deck give solace for those seeking rest and relief. Most of all the Boston Whaler 380 Outrage defies the multi-tool analogy because of its extravagant attention to detail, rugged build and athletic prowess that will give the operator and guest a feeling of calmness and ease whatever the situation. Boston Whaler calls this sensation “Confidence to the Core.” They got that right too.
WRITTEN BY MARK KELLUM
TO THE CORE
Boston Whaler leads the industry in performance, comfort and capaBility.
Consider the bold 350 Outrage: Thanks to Whalerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique V-hull design and an array of purpose-driven features, this rugged offshore fishing machine delivers a remarkably soft, dry ride â&#x20AC;&#x201D; all the way to the fish and back.
With Core Confidence, every outing is a win.
G ET T I NG TO K NOW THE
G RAC IE LU NEW CRUISERS JIM AND MAIKE O'ROURKE LEARN THE ALLURE OF THE BOATING LIFESTYLE
"Taking the trip to Boca Grande
The couple is new to powerboat cruising, but enjoyed the Boca Grande Getaway! so much, they brought Maike’s
with MarineMax Getaways! was
parents back the next month. Initially, her mom was
a perfect introduction to my boat
to it so much that when given the option to stay on land
terrified of being on-board the boat, but she warmed up instead of go ocean fishing, she opted to stay aboard, and join the fun. “Taking the trip to Boca Grande with MarineMax
It all started with a casual walk down the street.
Getaways! was a perfect introduction to my boat and
Jim and Maike O’Rourke stopped at their neighborhood
cruising,” said Jim O’Rourke. “It was fun to get to know
MarineMax Naples store on a whim. Jim harbored a
other boaters, and I gained the confidence I needed to
desire for a boat, but his wife had no interest. It would be
make the return trip with my initially nervous in-laws.”
over a year before the couple purchased a Boston Whaler 345 Conquest.
O’Rourke had a Boston Whaler picked out from the very beginning. He was familiar with the brand and
The O’Rourke’s picked up the Gracie Lu on a clear
wanted a center console. But when MarineMax Naples
February morning, and left that afternoon for a
salesperson Bobby McIntosh heard Maike voice a concern
MarineMax Boca Grande Getaway!®. The trip wasn’t
about too much sun, he suggested a walk around instead.
terribly long, two to three hours by water with half of
On the 345 Conquest, Maike could come in from the
that on the open sea. The caravan docked on Gasparilla
sun, plus the boat can be closed-up offering protection
Island, known for a relaxed pace and Banyan tree lined
streets. With several boats traveling together, there was
important during longer trips. In addition, the cabin has
confidence in numbers.
air-conditioning, a welcome amenity during summer
The first evening the couple enjoyed getting to
overnights, and well-appointed head features like a
know the other boaters over cocktails, learning more
about their crafts, and hearing about other MarineMax
purchased the Boston Whaler 345 Conquest.
Getaways! The next day, some of the group opted for a
In addition to the protection from the sun, O’Rouke
half-day fishing trip. The O’Rourke’s decided to stay on
likes the steering on the 345 Conquest. Triple Mercury
land and explore the island, meeting up with the group
FourtStroke Verado engines with Joystick Piloting
for a BBQ dinner in the evening.
provide impressive power and control. “It makes it easy
for a neophyte boater like me to back into the slip,” said O’Rourke. He also prefers the simplicity and reliability of the outboard motors. A budding fisherman, O’Rourke is excited to have a serious offshore fishing boat. “We weren’t too successful in our first trip out, but we’re working on it,” he quipped. Beyond the physical features, what O’Rourke, who is also a helicopter pilot, likes best is the same thing that drew him to flying – navigation, planning and adventure. Although a slow adopter, Maike is glad they have the boat too, and enjoys the simple pleasure of going out for breakfast in the mornings. One of the couple’s favorite activities is entertaining on cocktail cruises. The boat’s forward-berth dining table, convenient cockpit prep station, huge storage and YETI cooler make it easy to store everything needed for the party. One particularly memorable outing was an evening cruise to the classic beach bar, Stan’s Idle Hour in Goodland, FL. The group spent a cool Florida evening on the boat deck listening to live music and people watching the unique crowd of locals and tourists. An unexpected pleasure the boating lifestyle brings is watching the dolphins that follow them on their excursions. “They’ll come right up to the side of the boat, turn over and look at you,” said O’Rourke. “My wife totally digs it.” In the end, Jim isn’t sure how much big water cruising he and Maike will do. Talking with fellow boaters on the Boca Grande Getaway! gave him the confidence to consider a trip to Key West or perhaps the Bahamas. He’s also looking to do more fishing. The couple is definitely considering future MarineMax Getaways!
WRITTEN BY SUE RODMAN
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NEW IN 2017 NAUTIQUE IS DRIVEN TO INNOVATE AND THIS YEAR THEIR ATTENTION TO DETAIL HAS NEVER BEEN GREATER
SUPER AIR NAUTIQUE GS22 The Super Air Nautique GS22 expands on the idea of uncompromised versatility realized in an all-new series of boats ready for adventure. Embark on a journey with endless possibilities in twenty-two feet tailor-made for absolutely everything.
BIMINI WITH SURFBOARD POCKETS
SURF-READY BOARD RACKS
When you have the ability to do it all, you want to come
These durable over-molded board racks have tines that are
prepared with all the toys. This enhanced bimini design
designed to work with both surfboards and wakeboards
features low profile, convenient storage for two surfboards
and a new rotating mechanism for smooth operation.
watersports gear keeping you on the water longer.
NAUTIQUE AWARENESS CAMERA For the times you need eyes in the back of your head, the all-new Nautique Awareness Camera gives the driver a birdâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s-eye view on the LINC Panoray screen so you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t miss a thing.
NEW HELM DESIGN
Space, function, and style come together perfectly in this new
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helm design featuring an asymmetrical dash that keeps your
now include Tahitian Lime, Bronze Metal Flake, Sublime
eyes on the water in the Super Air Nautique G-Series! Open
Metal Flake, and Reef Blue Metal Flake. Bring your unique
storage keeps everything within reach along with a pocket
style inside the boat with the all-new Frost base color
to keep your phone protected and charged, also doubles as
option and Tahitian Lime vinyl.
a great place to keep your boat plug while stored out of the water. www.marinemax.com
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NEW THREAD COLORS
SURF GRAPHICS PACKAGE
Five new thread color options including Mojave, Tungsten,
Salute the swell with the all-new Surf graphics package and
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ride your endless wave in style.
smallest detail to make your interior design truly unique!
HAND-STITCHED STEERING WHEEL
Precision handling meets Italian crafted luxury in the palm
Enhance your sound with the optional M-Series Studio Elite
of your hand with Nautique's hand-stitched leather steering
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the bass with two 12” JL subwoofers powered by a 1000-watt JL marine amplifier.
JL 8.8” TOWER SPEAKERS WITH DOWNLIGHTING New 8.8” JL Audio tower speakers with integrated downlighting keep it cranking behind the boat and light up your crew after the sun goes down and the sessions end.
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WINE & DINE
MONTAUK YACHT CLUB RESORT CHEF JOSEF BRUNO SHARES HIS PASSION FOR CULINARY ARTS AND INDULGING RECIPES
ith their fresh look, Montauk Yacht Club would like to introduce their new executive Chef Josef Bruno. His career began working at their family
owned Lindenhurst and Massapequa Fish and Clam restaurant. Josef later realized his love for cooking and decided to attend the Culinary Institute of
Rich in history, the Montauk Yacht Club Resort &
America in Hyde Park New York, where he graduated
Marina (MYC) is an award-winning Hamptons hotel
at the top of his class. Following his academia, he
ideal for weekend getaways, family vacations and
worked alongside David Burke at Park Ave Café and
milestone events. They are conveniently located on
other renowned Chefs. Seventeen years of experience
a private waterfront in the East Hampton hamlet of
led Chef Josef into an Executive Chef for Resorts World
Montauk, which is on the South Fork of Long Island.
Casino, before joining Montauk Yacht Club as their
You’ll also encounter a seemingly endless variety
Executive Chef. Josef ’s roots are deeply embedded
of activities to enjoy during your stay, whether you
in Long Island; therefore, Josef decided to gravitate
prefer long days on the water or relaxing on dry land.
closer to home. Josef puts his passion and creativity
into each meal and cannot wait for guests to come and
embodies the relaxed coastal luxury of the Hamptons
enjoy his incredible dishes at the Montauk Yacht Club.
at the Montauk Yacht Club.
Ingredients 1 Lb. Applewood bacon, diced small 2 Onions, diced small 4 Cloves garlic, crushed 5 Stalks celery, diced small 3 Lbs. Fresh or frozen corn 4 Qts. Heavy cream 1 Tsp. Turmeric Salt to taste White pepper to taste Garnish Â˝ Lb. Petite potatoes, poached in duck or chicken schmaltz until tender Frozen dried corn Crumbled graham or corn crackers Micro basil or mache greens Poblano / cilantro oil
Directions In a heated stock pot, sautĂŠ bacon until rendered. Add onions, garlic, celery. Cook 5 minutes until there is no color on vegetables. Add corn and cook for about 5-8 minutes. Add turmeric and cook for another minute, then add heavy cream. Cook until everything is tender. Place everything in a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust flavor with salt and pepper as needed. Strain through fine strainer. Serve and garnish.
Ingredients 1 Slab of baby back or St. Louis ribs ¼ Cup brown sugar ½ Cup McCormick smokehouse seasoning ½ Cup molasses ½ Cup ketchup ¼ Cup golden raisins 2 Shallots, finely diced ½ Cup sherry vinegar 1 Cup greek yogurt Maple syrup to taste Petite peppers and micro greens or frisée Smoked maple syrup to drizzle
Directions Mix sugar and smokehouse together. On a large piece of aluminum foil, season both sides of ribs just to coat—there will be extra seasoning to use on pork chops or other uses. Completely wrap ribs tightly and cook in 300 degree oven for about 2 hours or until tender. Cool ribs, cut into separate chops, reserve. In a small sauce pan, cook molasses, ketchup, raisins, shallots, and vinegar, reserve. Mix yogurt with maple syrup, keep cold. To serve, toss ribs with molasses mix and heat on grill or oven. Make a small pool of yogurt on plate and stack ribs on top. Garnish with frisée or arugula, petite peppers and frizzled onions if desired. Drizzle with smoked maple syrup.
beach-ready SUMMER COCKTAILS S
UMMER IS FINALLY HERE, and it couldn’t have arrived soon enough. We’ve been dreaming of relaxing out by the water, dusting off the blender, and pulling out the rum from the back of the liquor cabinet. It’s summer all year long for Blue Chair Bay. Inspired by Kenny Chesney’s island lifestyle, Blue Chair Bay is a collection of award-winning white rum, premium-blended flavored rums,
and rum creams created on the shores of the Caribbean. With flavors like coconut, key lime, banana, vanilla, and coconut spiced, the brand is practically monopolizing the high-quality island rum corner of the spirits market. And we don’t mind at all. Put some Caribbean in your colada by mixing up a Key Lime Colada, one of Blue Chair Bay Rum’s flagship cocktails. Rather leave your blender at home? They’ve got you covered with a
sweet vacation-ready twist on a standard: The Rum Julep. Either way, these cocktails invite you to rum, relax, and repeat all summer long. Find more rum inspiration at bluechairbayrum.com/recipes, a database with more than 100 hand-crafted and bartender-tested cocktails perfect for any occasion, from tiki party treats, to brunch-worthy mimosas, to game day punches. Check it out, and get to sipping.
KEY LIME COLADA INGREDIENTS
Blue Chair Bay® Key Lime Rum Cream Blue Chair Bay® Coconut Rum pineapple juice orange juice cream of coconut DIRECTIONS
Stir up all ingredients together in a blender. Add some fruit. Float some Blue Chair Bay White Rum on top. Drink it down.
RUM JULEP INGREDIENTS
Blue Chair Bay® White Rum simple syrup mint leaves ginger beer DIRECTIONS
Top rum and simple syrup with ginger beer in a glass. Garnish with a lime wedge.
TWICE IN A LIFETIME WHEN VISITING THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS ONCE ISN'T ENOUGH
hen you take a trip of a lifetime it’s
we could get to our boat and get off the docks had
usually not part of the plan to return
been a masterpiece.
for a second time. After all, it’s called
that displeasure was mak ing us thirsty. You won’t be
the trip of a lifetime for a reason.
surprised by the ease with which one can get thirst
But, plans change – especially when your destination
We were not pleased and all
quenching beverages in the islands.
happens to be the British Virgin Islands on a 48’
The first leg of the ferr y took us to West End,
MarineMax Vacations Power Cat. The first time was
Tortola. In case you were wondering, yes of course
such an incredible experience that we either had to
they ser ve cold beer and the signature drink of the
stop bragging about it or just plan another one with
BVI, the Pain K iller! The second leg took us to Road
friends who hadn’t been there.
Town and customs.
Get organized before dock ing
On our first BVI trip, we f lew direct to Puerto
and you’ll get through quick ly enough. Our van to
R ico and chartered a puddle-jumper from there to
Hodges Creek was waiting and we were greeted by our
Beef Island, Tortola. The puddle-jumper f light took
cheerful driver handing us ice cold water. We arrived
45 minutes, then customs in the BVI. On this second
to find our Power Cat waiting patiently, stocked and
trip we wanted to change it up.
We’d f ly into St.
loaded for bareboating. It was a welcomed sight and
Thomas and take a private water-taxi from Charlotte
the base manager was waiting for us with a smile
Amalie to the MarineMax Vacations base at Hodges
and the k ind of enthusiasm needed after a long day
Creek Marina. There we’d find our sweet ride — a 48’
of travel. While we had provisioned enough to feed
Power Cat with four spacious and comfortable queen
and quench the entire f leet for weeks, we decided
berths, each with full heads, a complete galley and
we needed a little island jam.
gathering space inside and a “spend your entire life
reset wear y travelers and put the lift back under
up there” bridge lounge and helm.
their souls. The manager had the spot, a little joint
A place that could
Our prearranged, airport pickup to the water-
on the water called The Loose Mongoose. If you’ve
taxi was waiting for us with a cooler full of thirst
ever imagined yourself in “that movie” — an island
quenchers and the news that our private water-taxi
bartender is f lipping bottles and pouring drinks that
was staying dockside because of weather.
taste of heaven’s nectar and the chef is practically
ferr y from St. Thomas to Tortola was our only option
table-side, “creating” just for you as the Caribbean
so we hustled to the landing to find we had missed
laps at the sands just feet away — this was it. The
the boat by five minutes.
The next ferr y was an
ser ver is witty, a bit sassy and dropping drinks on
hour and a half wait... which actually left almost 2.5
the table and mak ing it rain. The music is jamming,
hours later. Sneaky island time. I’m not saying that
so much so that your table starts singing. The chef,
we over-plan, but the play-by-play on how quick ly
cheffing right behind you in the outdoor k itchen
starts singing and dancing along.
Wait, it gets
Reassessing our run, we landed on Cooper Island,
better. The chef loves your table so much he starts
only 3.5 nautical miles southeast of the marina. One
sending you shots! Yeah! That movie! Starring us!
of the great things about MarineMax Vacations is
Incredible food, dancing, libations and a few chef-
that one of their experienced captains is at the helm
selfies. In ONE hour we had reclaimed the day. The
until you are out in the bay. They also offer to send
Loose Mongoose had lifted our wear y heads and we
the captain with you to your first destination if you
hadn’t left the docks yet. It was already a glorious
are not 100% confident of your ability to get there.
You can also just hire one of their captains for your
We awoke early that next morning like excited
entire journey as well. Once our MarineMax captain
k ids, pounding bottled water and generic ibuprofen
got us into the bay and jumped into his dinghy, our
gel caps before getting our required walk-through,
adventure had officially begun.
systems checks and discussing our f loat plan with
We have a steadfast rule on travel days — the
our liaison and face of the operation, Bentley. Even
captain does not drink any libations until the vessel
though we had three extremely qualified captains on
is safely tied at our next destination.
our crew and three first mates capable at the helm, it
decided that we would act in solidarity with the
was important to follow procedure, to understand the
captain(s) on this trip.
vessel and to make sure we actually knew what we
destination to destination in the BVI rarely takes
were doing. As Bentley must probably remind many
longer than an hour. It’s a win/win! As we hit the
who are captains of their own vessels, ever y boat is
lee of Cooper Island and the glassy water embraced
different and local knowledge and safety is one of the
us, we all felt it. It was there, on this first approach,
most important parts of the vacation equation.
that our friends faces ref lected what we had gushed
And, well, hopping from
Since we’d done this trip before we had charted
about. It was the “oh wow” face. It was the “is this
our daily itinerar y weeks prior to our vacation. The
real?” face. Those are moments we live for. It was
long arrival day shifted our plan a bit.
real... and it was spectacular. The water turns to this
stop was to be the fabled Anegada (Drowned Island),
stunning shade of turquoise and the sun dapples the
a shimmering coral island 15 miles beyond Virgin
palms lining the white sandy beaches. A ll at once
Gorda. Sitting alone in the Caribbean unprotected
you want to both immerse yourself in it and not come
by other islands, she is famous for her f latness (the
too close so as not to lose the beauty of the panorama
highest elevation is 28 feet) and known for the lobster
that is right in front of you. The mooring ball that
dinners! To make the run we needed a good sea and
you will grab and hook up with bobs and swoons and
a good weather window to return to the bosom of the
beckons you to that perfect spot and you fall in love.
BVI. It was all about timing. Bentley listened to our
You want to see it all. You want to feel it all. You
plans, answered ever y question, offered seasoned
wonder how it has taken so long to BE in it. A ll of that
advice, encouragement and reality checks when
“incredible” hits home.
needed. The first reality check was that, even though the sun was shining, Anegada was not the right move.
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Bentley had spoken and we listened.
WRITTEN BY T.S. MCFADDEN AND A.J. HAMMER
T OP 10 L A K E S EV ERY BOATER SHOULD V ISIT IN THE U.S. FROM NEW ENGLAND TO THE PACIFIC COAST, THESE BODIES OF SCENIC WATER ARE WORTH EXPLORING BY BOAT THROUGHOUT THE NATION
Cooler, camera, compass: Check! First-aid kit, fishing license, floatation devices: Double check! Everything in between: Triple check! Once the boat is fully packed up, it is time to ship out — and not for the usual local lake trip with the family. Create lifelong memories on your boat by exploring various notable lakes across the nation throughout the boating season. Sounds like a daunting task with so many scenic selections for national travel? To help get you started, cross-country adventurers should add these 10 rest-and-relaxation lakes to the boating bucket list:
WRITTEN BY CANDACE MORROW
Great Sacandaga Lake, NY The Adirondacks Regions (visitadirondacks.com) of Upstate New York includes more than 100 communities, lakes, mountains, valleys and cliffs, and is home to the largest protected natural area in the lower 48. One of its largest lakes is 29-mile-long Great Sacandaga, which is nestled in the region’s foothills and bordered by massive pine trees, quaint towns and nature’s beauty. Lanzi's on the Lake, Timeless Tavern Inn at the Bridge, Cabins in Hope Boating, jet skiing, waterskiing, paddling, fishing and whitewater rafting
Torch Lake, MI Dubbed the third most beautiful lake in the world by National Geographic, 19-mile-long Torch Lake features pristine
waterways, this national gem is surrounded by small towns in Northern Michigan and breathtaking topography. It is also Michigan’s longest and deepest inland lake.
Dockside The Inn at Torch Lake, Paradise Properties USA Swimming, fishing, water skiing, sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, rafting, tubing, wakeboarding and paddle boarding
Lake of the Ozarks, MO Considered the “Best Recreational Lake in the Nation” by USA Today, Lake of the Ozarks stretches 92 miles from end to end. The large man-made lake sits in the heart of Missouri and is ringed by rolling hills, a vibrant forest life and charming small towns. The lake’s national legion of lake lovers journey to the site for its array of watersports, golf, camping, fine dining and shopping opportunities. Dog Days Bar & Grill, Wobbly Boots Roadhouse Holiday Shores Resort, Bass & Baskets Bed and Breakfast Fishing, swimming, paddle boarding, tubing, water skiing, wave running, wakeboarding and kayaking
Dale Hollow Lake, TN Dale Hollow Lake is considered one of the cleanest lakes in the nation. It also ranked No. 1 as the “Top 10 Best Houseboating Lakes in North America” by marine and yacht club directory Pick A Slip. It is home to six of the 10 world-record smallmouth bass. Surrounded by rolling hills, scenic trails, and a world-class golf course, Dale is a deal of an adventurous boater’s lifetime. Pier 42 Restaurant, Mitchell Creek Marina Dale Hollow Overlook, Eagles Haven at Dale Hollow Fishing, floating, water skiing, kayaking, tubing and scuba diving
Lake Norman, NC North Carolina’s largest man-made lake is just 15 miles from Uptown Charlotte. It includes 520 miles of shoreline and spans 34 miles long. If you’re a boater of urban legends, it is said a sea monster named Normie lives in Lake Norman. What is for sure: The site serves as home to a common collection of yellow perch, largemouth bass, channel catfish, white bass, bluegill and striped bass. Lake Norman Cottage Gourmet Food & Wine Harbor, N. Harbor Club Harborside Vacation Rentals, The Cedars Water skiing, wakeboarding, rowing, fishing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, paddling, jet skiing and swimming
Lake Oconee, GA A visit to Georgia’s Lake Country guarantees Southern charm and culture. The state’s second-largest lake sits on 35 wooded acres in Greensboro and features antebellum architecture and fishing at its finest. Just 75 miles east of Atlanta, the 19,000-acre lake includes more than 300 miles of shoreline and is designated one of the best largemouth bass fishing destinations in Georgia. The Waterside Restaurant, Bone Island Grillhouse The Lodge on Lake Oconee, The Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee Water skiing, wakeboarding, jet skiing, fishing, kayaking, canoeing and swimming
Lake Martin, AL This boating oasis in Alexander City, Alabama, features more than 42,000 acres of pristine waters; 750 miles of shoreline; and cabin, condos and coves galore. At one time, Lake Martin served as the largest man-made lake in the world. Today, it offers guests some of nature’s most lavish landscape views while cruising the popular inland sea.
Harbor Docks Restaurant, Kowaliga Restaurant The Creekside Lodge at Lake Martin, Burke Cove on Lake Martin Fishing, canoeing, swimming, sailing, water skiing, jet skiing, wakeboarding and inner tubing
Lake Okeechobee, FL Meaning “Big Water,” Lake Okeechobee lives up to its moniker in “America’s Sweetest Town” of Clewiston, Florida. The largest lake in the state and second-largest freshwater lake in the United States, its surface area extends 730 square miles. The lake is shallow, averaging only 9 feet. It remains a natural habitat for fish and other wildlife, and attracts boating enthusiasts from around the globe. Beef 'O' Brady's, The Tiki Bar Clewiston Inn, Roland & Mary Ann Martins Marina & Resort Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, paddle boarding, water skiing and wakeboarding
Lake Travis, TX Located 20 miles northwest of Austin, Texas, Lake Travis merges a modish urban atmosphere with outdoor aquatic adventures. The 63-mile-long jewel lives on the Colorado River and holds rank as the longest lake in Texas’ Highland Lakes system, taking up almost 19,000 acres in area. This picturesque reservoir has transformed into a premier paradise to experience both lake leisure and luxury. The Oasis, Rusty Rudder The Cove, Robin's Nest Bed & Breakfast Fishing, parasailing, sailing, swimming, water skiing, scuba diving, jet skiing, windsurfing and wakeboarding
Lake Tahoe, NV/CA This is the largest alpine lake in North America and where Nevada and California meet. It is divided into North Lake Tahoe and South Lake Tahoe, stretching 22 miles long and covering a surface area of 122,200 acres. The body of water has been featured on USA Today, The New York Times and Good Morning America for its timeless splendor and Great Outdoors majestic vistas.
Freshies, Watermanns Landing Tahoe Mountain Lodging, Beach Retreat & Lodge Fishing, parasailing, sailing, swimming, water skiing, scuba diving, jet skiing, windsurfing and wakeboarding
G O, G O GA LEON THE GALEON 385 HTS LEADS THE WAY AS THE EUROPEAN BUILDER SPRINGS INTO THE DOMESTIC MARKETPLACE
If you haven’t heard of Galeon by now,
the dual purpose of keeping her interior
As for performance, the 385 HTS does not
consider this article a friendly wake-up
extremely well lit, especially when coupled
disappoint. Galeon upgraded the engines
call. The Polish builder — which has been
with skylights over both the salon and the
for the American market and now the boat
wildly popular in Europe since its founding
forepeak master stateroom, which by the
has relatively powerful 370 hp Volvo Penta
in 1982 — is making a serious push into
way, is en suite and has an island queen
D6 diesels paired to Aquamatic sterndrives
the American market. Soon you should see
berth. Those are accommodations which
that can fire her well into the mid-30-knot
these Euro-styled beauties sliding all over
make this boat more than suited to an
range at top hop. The V-bottom hull with 16
domestic waterways. That’s because Galeon
overnight or long weekend away on the
degrees of deadrise at the transom handles
offers its customers a potent blend of
hook, not something every express cruiser
those speeds with aplomb, even in sloppy
sophisticated styling and forward-thinking
in this size and class can boast. A guest
seas. A 26-knot cruise at 3000 rpm burns a
design at a palatable price point. It’s a tough
cabin aft of the master has twin berths that
respectable 29 gph as well, so you can get
combination to beat.
slide on tracks to create another queen if
from here to there without setting fire to
need be. This makes the HTS well fit for a
your credit card.
At the forefront of Galeon’s play in the U.S. is the 385 HTS, an express cruiser that
couple of, well, cruising couples.
One final touch, a relatively gigantic
can do it all. The boat was designed by the
Fit and finish onboard is a point of
garage for a boat this size is accessible via
Englishman Tony Castro, who is perhaps
pride for Galeon. When you get aboard,
the teak swim platform. The space can
best known for his mega-yacht projects. It
check out how the cabinets and drawers
hold a tender up to nine-feet long. It may
should come as no surprise then that the
all fit snugly into place. Have a look at the
be surprising to some that a boat that’s just
boat takes its exterior styling cues from
woodwork, and in particular the joinery —
44-feet, 2-inches LOA has a dinghy this size.
much larger vessels. Its lines are replete
and take note of the inlaid maple accents
However, if you’ve gleaned anything from
with graceful swoops and intelligent use
this article, it should be that Galeon builds
of windows to create a sleek, aerodynamic
welding is done in-house and is exquisite,
are full of pleasant surprises and that
look. And those windows do more than
no small feat if you’ve ever known what it’s
this builder doesn’t do anything halfway.
just make the boat look good. They serve
like to wield a blowtorch.
Consider yourself in the know on that.
WRITTEN BY KEVIN KOENIG POWER & MOTORYACHT
P OW E R C AT DR E A M THE COOLEY FAMILY GOES FROM A DREAM VACATION TO THEIR VERY OWN AQUILA 44
n the summer of 2014, Bruce and
operate. Another thing we liked is there
boats allowed the Cooleys to know just
Cydne Cooley wanted to take their
was so much space that we never felt
how they wanted their yacht outfitted. A
family on a vacation of a lifetime.
crowded or in each other’s way.”
unique aspect of Aquila is that they will
After extensive research, they landed
While wandering around the sixty
customize the build to the owners' lifestyle
on MarineMax Vacations, a bareboat or
islands that make up the BVI, the Cooley
and tastes. The Cooleys picked all of their
captained yacht charter group out of the
family found that there wasn’t enough
interior finishes and cabinets as well as
British Virgin Islands (BVI). They chose to
time to see it all on one trip and started
made some design changes and additions
self captain an Aquila 48 Power Catamaran,
planning their next trip. They eventually
as part of the build. Raul Bermudez, Vice
one of the Aquila models that MarineMax
made two more vacations with MarineMax
Vacations offers for charter. The Aquila 48
before deciding to purchase a brand new
Aquila Brand Manager, Harry Mountain,
offers four individual cabins with en-suite
personally made sure they got everything
heads; their two adult children could each have a private cabin.
MarineMax Vacations and researching
that they wanted. They took delivery in June of 2016 in Clearwater, Florida.
“When we arrived in Tortola we had
other power catamaran brands it was
“Harry and Raul could not have been
already discussed our expectations with
obvious to us that the new Aquila 44 was
more helpful spending countless hours
a MarineMax Vacations consultant who
our family’s best choice,” Bruce Cooley
making our Aquila 44 the boat for our
planned an itinerary based on our family’s
offered. “With the full-width master with
family vacations. They were fantastic.”
interests and wishes. After an orientation
centerline king-size bed and large port and
we discovered that the boat was perfectly
starboard guest staterooms all with en-
customization we came up with the perfect
clean, fully provisioned and ready to go,”
suite heads, we can have the kids or adult
name, Cool Change, like the song that the
expressed Bruce Cooley. “We found the
friends stay onboard with total privacy.”
Little River Band made famous.”
Aquila 48 remarkably stable and easy to
Their experience with the charter
About five days after taking delivery
DISCOVER THE AQUILA 36 THE SPORTY 2-CABIN, 2-HEAD POWER CAT TURNING HEADS Aquila continues their propensity for delivering innovative yacht design to boating enthusiasts with their newest model, the highly acclaimed Aquila 36 power catamaran. Following her much anticipated debut at the Miami International Boat Show in February, the in Clearwater, Florida, Cydne and Bruce moved Cool
all-new Aquila 36 has quickly gained notoriety and
Change to Pensacola, Florida, where they enjoyed almost
impressive accolades as the power catamaran unlike
every weekend aboard it last summer and fall. At the end
any other in her class. She effortlessly blends plentiful
of December, the whole family began a 10-day
live aboard space and features perfect for water
adventure on Cool Change. They crossed the Gulf
sports and socializing with live aboard comforts for
of Mexico from Pensacola, where the boat was
overnight excursions. All complimented by Aquila’s
outfitted, to Fort Lauderdale where the boat will be
signature build and design practices yielding rugged
staged for their next adventure. Bruce and Cydne
strength and control with CE certification for offshore
with the help of their son, Austin, and daughter,
capabilities. And this time, Aquila has selected
Camille, along with her boyfriend, Kyle, found the
efficient and reliable Mercury Verado outboards.
boat roomy, and exceptionally smooth and stable.
The Aquila 36 offers the convenience of a large
When asked what the team found to be the Aquila 44’s
yacht, including two private, comfortable cabins with
best features, Bruce responded that it was the simplicity
en-suite heads, topside summer kitchen with smokeless
of operation and the exceptional amount of comfortable
grill and cockpit seating for over two dozen adults.
This makes her ideal not only for boaters who love day
Living outside New Orleans, in Mandeville, Louisiana,
tripping and water sports, but also for those who crave
the Cooley’s planned to leave the boat in a marina in Fort
overnight ocean going excursions to the islands or live
Lauderdale for a couple of months and then, in stages,
aboard adventures on inland waterways.
explore the Florida Keys, the Tortugas, the Bahamas and beyond.
She delivers quite a spirited performance and excellent fuel economy with standard 250hp Mercury
“Some say ‘the fun is in the planning.’ I would say,
Or, step up to the optional twin 300 or
‘part of the fun is in the planning.’ And during the time
350 horsepower Mercury Verado outboards for even
between sailings, we will be dreaming and planning the
more power and performance. Add her open water
next adventure. I would also say that the most fun is in
capabilities, wide stance and twin sponsons, and
the doing, getting out there and experiencing all that
she is remarkably stable making her exceptionally
there is for fun on the water. Our family started out on
comfortable at speed or while at rest
a dream vacation and ended up with a lifetime of future adventures of discovery, quite a cool change.” concluded
WRITTEN BY JODY KREBS
WRITTEN BY MARK KELLUM
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E A S T C O A S T R E N D E Z V O U S 2 0 17 OCEAN ALEXANDER OWNERS ENJOY AN EXCLUSIVE VIP WEEKEND IN THE BAHAMAS
t was quite a scene as nine Ocean
yacht owners, and with more than 65 people
dresses from the 1920s, big hair and neon
Alexander yachts pulled into the
in attendance, this year was no exception.
colors from the 1980s and afro wigs with
Valentine’s Resort and Marina in
Guests enjoyed the theme “cruising
groovy platform shoes from the 1970s.
Harbor Island, Bahamas for the annual
through the decades” by decorating their
The night ended with guests singing along
East Coast Rendezvous. One by one, Ocean
yachts in various time periods including
with all the greatest hits and dancing the
Alexander yacht owners, along with their
the 1970s, 1980s and even the pirate era.
friends and family, arrived on their boats
One of the highlights of the weekend was
ready for a fun-filled, relaxing weekend in
the decade-themed costume dinner on the
group, Ocean Alexander planned several
paradise. Each year, Ocean Alexander hosts
beach. Guests showed their creativity by
activities for their yacht owners to enjoy
an unforgettable VIP weekend for their
dressing up in costumes such as f lapper
such as deep sea fishing and snorkeling.
Snorkeling through the Bahamian waters
all your worries. If lying on the beach wasn’t
was a favorite activity among guests. As
relaxing enough, Ocean Alexander provided
guests explored coral reefs and an even
spa treatments for their yacht owners at the
an old ship wreck, many sea turtles, sting
resort’s spa. Guests could enjoy a massage,
rays and dolphins were spotted on the
facial or manicure and pedicure. It was the
excursion, while some guests enjoyed the
perfect time to unwind for many guests.
thrill of reeling in a monster fish out on
One of the most rewarding moments
the open sea. Both excursions proved to be
of the weekend getaway was when several
an exhilarating time of exploring all the
Ocean Alexander staff members rescued
Bahamas has to offer.
a sea turtle who was trapped in a plastic and
lawn chair. The turtle became wedged in
uninterrupted beach time was more of the
one of the lawn chair’s openings unable to
relaxing pace they were looking for. Guests
swim or surface for air, and it is unknown
were able to enjoy exclusive access to the
how long the turtle was trapped before the
gorgeous Bahamian beaches. It was the
team reached the sea turtle. It required
pink sand, crystal clear water and shining
quick thinking and commitment from the
sun that wowed the yacht owners. There’s
staff members to finally free the turtle,
something about lying on a beach chair with
but each staff member expressed how
a mimosa in your hand that helps you forget
thrilled they were to help the sea turtle.
Those staff members demonstrated
setting. It was the perfect way to celebrate
planned activities, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the connections
just how important it is to take care of the
the beginning of a new journey for the
and friendships that are made that keep
ocean that we enjoy.
owners of Sweet Debbie.
customers coming back year after year.
As the weekend was coming to a
Each year, Ocean Alexander aims to
All Ocean Alexander owners are welcome
close, everyone gathered to celebrate
provide an exclusive getaway for their
to partake in this memorable weekend, so
the christening of the brand new Ocean
yachts owners. From start to finish,
be sure to join us next year for the 2018
Alexander 100, Sweet Debbie. The excited
the East Coast Rendezvous was filled
Ocean Alexander East Coast Rendezvous.
owners broke the ceremonial bottle of
champagne and raised a glass to toast the
and comradery between guests. And
momentous occasion just as the sun was
while guests thoroughly enjoyed all the
WRITTEN BY ALLYSON GOOLSBY
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THE SHAPE OF
THINGS TO COME AZIMUT'S NEW S7 REWRITES THE RULES OF STYLE Say the words “sport yacht” and the first things that
To achieve this, Azimut went the high-tech route,
typically come to mind are style and speed. So, when
starting with the robust use of carbon fiber. On this
Azimut’s S7 sport yacht backs into a slip at the Cannes
70-footer, the entire superstructure is constructed
Boat Show for its world debut in September 2017, those
with carbon fiber, a material that’s highly appealing
who’ve been anticipating its arrival will be eager to
to builders because it’s lighter and stronger than
lay their eyes on its sexy lines and put their hands
fiberglass. With so much carbon fiber above the
on the leather-wrapped steering wheel. This latest
waterline, the center of gravity on the S7 is low, and
addition to the Italian builder’s S Collection promises
that translates to a comfortable ride with less roll.
to deliver both forward-thinking design and a sweet
“Even the most salted seamen don’t want their boats
ride; it’s true allure lies in another feature.
to rock, regardless of what they say at the bar,” says
“Comfort,” says Federico Ferrante, president of
Ferrante. “Carbon fiber lets us improve the ride and
Azimut-Benetti USA. “Sport yachts are very cool-
increase interior volume at the same time, which
looking and great performers, but they’re not always
means roomier living areas.”
comfortable. It can be difficult to combine those things into one boat, but that’s what we’ve done on the S7.”
Other sport yacht builders use carbon fiber, but Azimut put its weight behind the technology, having
LOA: 70' // BEAM: 17' 5" // DISPLACEMENT: 43.5 TONS POWER: THREE 800HP VOLVO PENTA IPS 1050s // ESTIMATE CRUISE SPEED: 31 KNOTS ESTIMATED TOP-END SPEED: 35 KNOTS // FUEL: 1004 GALLONS // WATER: 264 GALLONS
made significant investments over the past few years.
my mind, is the way IPS reduces noise and vibration.
According to Ferrante, as much as 35 to 40 percent
Human beings are just not designed to enjoy those
of the S7 is built with the material; by comparison,
things. If there’s less of it, passengers will be more
models from some competitors feature just a few
components. “At Azimut, we like to get away from the crowd and go our own way,” says Ferrante.
Propulsion and carbon fiber help to drive the identity of the S7, but its charisma is in the design.
The S7 is powered by three 800-hp Volvo IPS
The exterior lines are by Stefan Rhighini, the marine
1050s, which offer superior maneuverability and
industry icon whose expert eye has helped to make
fuel efficiency. And because IPS is positioned farther
Azimut boats recognizable in ports the world over.
aft than conventional inboards, it frees up space for
As for the interior, Azimut f lexed its creative muscle
features like the transom garage sized for both a
by partnering with a new designer, Francesco Guida.
dinghy and PWC. Yet IPS offers something of equal
“We’re always looking to bring new energy and
value that’s sometimes overlooked. “There’s no doubt
content to our clientele,” says Ferrante. “Francesco
IPS with joystick makes it easier to dock, but over time
has created something completely unexpected. The S7
a boat owner can learn that skill. The real benefit, in
interior is unlike any other Azimut.” www.marinemax.com
Andrew Schneider, U.S. brand manager for Azimut
architectural element that conceals stairs leading
Yachts at MarineMax, agrees. “With Rhigini and
up to the bridge. It’s one example of the innovative
Guida, it’s a one-two punch.” MarineMax will debut
engineering found throughout the boat.
the Sportf ly version of the S7 at the Fort Lauderdale
The galley is on the main deck, forward of the
International Boat Show. The S7 is also available
salon and opposite the lower helm. Forward of the
in a Coupe, although both iterations feature similar
helm are stairs to the accommodations level, where
arrangements in the cabin. With four staterooms and
guest cabins are forward. The amidships en-suite
three heads (excluding crew’s quarters) the S7 can
master is the showstopper here. “The S7 is a big
sleep eight overnight, and those passengers will be
boat, but it’s still a boat and space is what it is,” says
blown away by the interior design. Schneider says
Ferrante. “And yet we were able to carve out separate
Guida uses fabrics, woods, glass, mirrors, finishes and
areas for privacy.” One feature used to artful effect
light in all new ways. “He’s taken Azimut’s reputation
is a thin, curved console for the TV; it doubles as a
for clean, contemporary Italian design to a whole new
divider separating the berth from a section with basin
and counter for washing up. The head compartment
On the main deck, the salon is a bright, open space
is nearby. Don’t overlook the oversized windows
with settees and cocktail tables that convert to a
here. They underscore the builder’s philosophy that
dining surface for eight, but meals can also be served
a boat should keep passengers connected to the sea.
in the cockpit, where another large table is located
“There’s nothing more beautiful than the ocean,” says
under the protection of the overhang. Because the
Ferrante. “So we try to use as much glass as possible,
cockpit and salon are on one level, they function as
without compromising the high-end luxury amenities
a single, seamless living space when the sliding glass
and features our clients expect.”
doors are open. One dynamic feature on the Sportf ly is a sleek cabinet that at first glance appears to be stowage for barware; get closer and you realize it’s a slick
WRITTEN BY JEANNE CRAIG
Advanced style for life at sea.
No. 1 Yachts builder over 24m B O A T
I N T E R N A T I O N A L
SU PE RYAC H T S A N D SU PER B SERV ICES MARINEMAX'S RECENT BIG STRIDES INTO BIGGER YACHT TERRITORY PAVE A SMOOTH WAY FOR YOU TO DO THE SAME
magine that, due to the strong success you’ve had
charter, and introduced them to Saxon. Saxon has gone
in offering your yacht for charter, you now feel
on to book several charters aboard the yachts currently
more comfortable buying that bigger yacht you’ve
in the MarineMax charter fleet. (That fleet is 12 yachts
been eyeing. You also feel confident that the
strong, ranging from a 59-footer to a 120-footer, created
revenue stream will continue, perhaps even see a bit of
from the ground up in just one year’s time.)
a boost. Or, imagine you’ve long wanted to commission
The try-before-you-buy success doesn’t surprise
a custom superyacht, and learned that requesting bids
Saxon. “Seventy-eight percent of people who buy or build
from builders isn’t nearly as expensive as you’ve heard.
have chartered at least once,” he notes. Furthermore,
Now you can assess which shipyards are best suited to
many of those same people go on to offer the yacht they
fulfilling your desires.
buy or build for charter. His role, he says, is telling them
Each of these scenarios occurs across the country,
how charter management works, what they can expect
and around the globe, on a regular basis. What’s more,
in terms of booking volume and income, and related
they recently occurred with two MarineMax customers,
matters. “Getting them happy this way, gradually they’ll
thanks to the professionals behind the new Charter and
want larger and larger yachts,” Saxon explains. At least
Superyachts divisions. Both clients gained the comfort
two of his charter owners feel that way: Both are looking
they needed to proceed—without having to seek answers
at bigger yachts because they can justify the cost.
outside of the company.
To help more customers buy those larger yachts, there’s
Bob Saxon, Vice President of Yacht Management,
Billy Smith, Vice President of the Superyachts Division.
Crew Placement and Charter, puts it succinctly: “They
Smith co-founded Trinity Yachts in 1988, expanding its
know they now have a base of information.” Saxon has
reach from U.S. shores to the Middle East and seeing
managed about 3,000 yachts in his 35-year-plus career.
about 57 superyachts constructed in the process. Having
From his days of operating Bob Saxon Associates to more
worked with dozens of new-build clients, he, too, knows
recently overseeing the brokerage and charter firm
the top questions that come to mind. “People ask, ‘Who’s
IYC, Saxon is abundantly familiar with the top-of-mind
the best naval architect? Who’s the best owner’s rep?
questions people have. “The most common questions
How much do I pay a captain? How much does insurance
are protocol questions,” he explains, such as handling
cost? How do I choose a flag state?’” Equally important,
operating expenses and logistics, hiring a captain and
Smith knows that new-build superyacht buyers often
crew, and expecting certain revenue from listing a yacht
don’t know where to start. “It’s daunting,” he says. “We
for charter. “It’s fun talking with people who all of a
have to remove the impediments,” adding, “we have to
sudden have the light bulb go off,” he says.
try to make it one-stop shopping.”
Interestingly, Saxon adds, that realization strikes
Even though Smith and the Superyachts Division are
MarineMax brokers as much as it does customers directly.
still new to MarineMax, he sees this one-stop-shopping
In fact, he says, it’s happened a few times with charter in
idea becoming a reality. He notes that MarineMax
particular. In each situation, the brokers have had clients
already offers production-boat owners assistance with
interested in experiencing yachting but not yet ready to
things like financing as well as service and maintenance.
buy. As a result, they’ve suggested the clients try a week’s
Plus, MarineMax manages marina offices ranging from
Ocean Reef in Key Largo to Chelsea Piers in Manhattan. Smith’s relationships with maritime attorneys and other professionals, plus his knowledge of hull materials and the world’s leading shipyards complement these. “I’ll take you from Louisiana to Lürssen. You pick,” he says. Yacht companies often talk about customers being part of their family. It may sound like marketing-speak, but it rings true due to the close relationship many owners have with their brokers and builders. So, why not take the opportunity to keep you in the family longer? Both Saxon and Smith understand the importance of this—and have already experienced it first-hand within MarineMax. Saxon says five of the 12 owners who listed their yachts with the company’s charter fleet are previous customers who had left, for no other reason than the resources not being present, and have now returned to the company. As for Smith, he corrected misinformation one broker and client had heard from other sources about what it would take to put together a bid package. The bottom line in both situations: access and information. “These guys are all smart. You just have to educate them,” Smith says. Whether it’s enlisting Saxon’s help to create the employment contracts for crew, establishing a solid charter marketing program, or asking Smith the differences among the American and European customyacht builders, you can feel confident you’re going to get that education. And it’s coming from the friendly confines of the family where you already belong.
WRITTEN BY DIANE M. BYRNE SOUNDINGS TRADE ONLY
UNITED BY WATER
# M Y A D VA N T A G E MATTHEW GOWEN SHARES HIS BOATING EXPERIENCE WITH MARINEMAX
"I wanted to quickly send you a note to compliment Jacob Coyle and the MarineMax experience. I grew up in Northern Florida with a love for boats and the water; spending a ton of time on my friends' and our families’ boats – but never having owned one myself. Since I was a teenager, I had always dreamed of one day living on the water and owning a boat myself. Three years ago, that dream started to become a reality and I started researching almost every boating option under the sun. Jacob actually started chatting with me about some of my options maybe two or three years ago, before I was really ready to make any decisions. Upon being ready to make that purchase early this year, Jacob sat and happily answered about 1,000 questions from me. I looked at other boats but the service, reputation, and haggleless/pressure-less experience at MarineMax made a huge difference in decision making. It is a relief knowing that, as a first time boater, every potential issue, problem, question, and maintenance/service need will be taken care of quickly and professionally – and if I have any questions or concerns, I have a resource that will help without pressure. I take delivery of my Sea Pro 208 Bay tomorrow and could not be more excited."
Matt has since taken delivery of his new Sea Pro 208 Bay boat. In a recent interview, we asked him about the delivery, why MarineMax, and how his family is enjoying their new boat. Q: Why MarineMax? A: MarineMax’s reputation for follow-through, the service team that will come to my dock, the educational seminars, like Women on Water ®, the Go Boating kit, and exclusive Getaways! ® were major factors. Q: Anything else you might want to share? A: Jacob Coyle was an immense help when navigating options. He steered me away from options that I thought I wanted but didn’t need and explained why I needed other options, like a raw water wash-down system. I can't imagine boating without it. Q: Jacob, how do you feel about Matt’s response? A: I appreciate and am humbled by what Matt said. Behind the sale is the entire MarineMax team: the store manager, the sales manager, our business managers, service team members, our delivery captain, and our marketing team. It is totally a group effort. Read more at marinemax.com/myadvantage
WRITTEN BY MARK KELLUM
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Ocean Reef 2 Fishing Village Dr Key Largo, FL 33037 (305) 367-3969
Savannah 3518 Old Tybee Road Thunderbolt, GA 31410 (912) 897-9881
Channel Club Marina 33 West St Monmouth Beach, NJ 07750 (732) 874-7196
Orlando 455 S. Lake Destiny Rd Orlando, FL 32810 (407) 660-2628
MARYLAND Baltimore 1800 S. Clinton St Baltimore, MD 21224 (410) 732-1260
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