- What makes Tampa Bay such a great place to sail?
We have a huge bay that’s protected on all sides that three major cities border. When the Gulf of Mexico is to rough we have great sailing in Tampa Bay. Also lots of things to do and places to go without leaving the bay.
- What are some of the places to go close to Tampa Bay and St. Pete?
Just to name a few – city of Tampa, Treasure Island, Longboat, Sarasota, Venice, Pass a grill, Clearwater Beach, Tarpon Springs sponge docks.
- Is there a lot of wildlife to see while sailing in the Tampa Bay Area.
Dolphins, Manatees, Tarpons, Otters, Stingrays, Ospreys, Sharks, Pelicans, Herring, and great fishing too.
- Is the intercoastal waterway accessible in Tampa Bay?
Yes . It runs right through Tampa Bay accessible on the west side of Skyway bridge you can go north or south.
- Do you allow sleep aboards at St. Petersburg Charter base? Yes even recommended it . A lot of times we can get the provisioning and briefing done the day before you start sailing.
- Is there shopping and provisioning close to the St. Pete Charter Base?
Yes, Next to Publix, American spirits liquor store, and a Pharmacy all in the same complex.
- Is there any public transportation near the St. Pete Charter Base?
Yes we have a Jolly Trolley that runs all round downtown taxis are also available.
- Why pick the West Coast of Florida over the East Coast?
Simple Way more laid-back and a lot less expensive.
- Do you need a fishing license to fish off of a sailboat?
Yes, you can get it online with Credit card in 5 minutes.
- What amenities do you have in St. Petersburg Charter Base?
Swimming pool, nice and clean restrooms and showers, a tented picnic area, barbecue grills, Dockmaster’s office, and restaurants in walking distance or very short ride.
I was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina and spent my childhood years fishing, crabbing, sailing, & wake boarding on the waters of the Albemarle Sound.
Upon graduating from a public high school and being honored with the North Carolina Scholar Award, I furthered my education at Hampden-Sydney College. While a student there, I participated in intramural sports, was member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity and earned a Bachelor of Arts in History.
In 2007, I returned home to Elizabeth City, NC and went to work for Regulator Marine as an IT, Marketing and Business Development Manager.
In 2011, I was offered a similar position with Florida Yacht Group but with the benefit of being able to sell new and brokerage boats to supplement my income.
Presently, I reside in Jupiter, Fl with my dog and fiancé and keep on small center console fishing boat within walking distance of my house.
My experience is diverse. Whether you’re looking for a buyer’s broker or a professional to help with charter placement, don’t hesitate to shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call my mobile. (252) 548-4428
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About John McNally
Growing up, I began my sailing adventures with my father and brothers in the West Coast of Florida in the Tampa Bay area sailing and racing our 26 foot sailboats. I have been in the sailing business for over 35 years, Working as a sail maker, rigger, and all around sailing enthusiast. A great opportunity came my way and I made the move to the Palm Beaches in 1980 to build sails for the catamaran manufacturer that Boston Whaler had acquired; The Super Cat. I enjoy all types of sailing cruising and racing, from catamarans, Laser, windsurfing, J-24s and cruising boats 32 to 55 feet!
I enjoyed working with Gulfstream Marine selling the Vanguard line of small boats, Lasers, Sunfish, and V-15s. Natural progression lead me to begin selling yachts, both new and used with another longtime friend and mentor at the East Coast New Boat Dealer at that time for Catalina and Beneteau. I moved on to work at a Stuart Location for Massey, Catalina, Hunter and Island Packet dealer for South Florida, and from there onto Sailingmachines.com, where I gained more experience selling brokerage boats, both power and sail.
I married a daughter of a sailor, who is an excellent sailor herself, and also love sailing with my 3 children, grandson, soon to be granddaughter, and teaching them the craft. I have a strong desire to pass on the joy of the sailing to the others.
Now I am blessed to be back part of the Beneteau team! We are committed to hard work, offering outstanding customer service, efficient networking, and maintaining a strong website presence for yacht sales here in Florida, nationwide and globally! Not only are we dedicated and determined to find you the boat you will love to sail, or sell your boat for you, we follow through with our customers after the sale to assist in outfitting, delivery, and sail training if needed. I am here to help in every aspect of your journey to a new boat, pre-owned boat, or a charter program plan.
I am grateful to be living the dream my father introduced me to all those years ago, sharing the adventures of sailing with others.
US Sailing Certified instructor
Good winds to you,
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Jeanneau World Meeting – Nantes, France
June 24-25, 2014
Jeanneau recently held their annual international sales meeting in France and David Dodgen, our Jeanneau product manager, represented Florida Yacht Group at the event. The two day meeting presented the new Jeanneau and Prestige models for the 2015 year and upcoming events.
The biggest announcement from the sailboat division was the world launch of the new Jeanneau Yachts 64. Test sails were planned for Corsica the next week and many of the European dealers were planning to attend. Miami has been selected as the launch site for the North and South American markets during the Miami Strictly Sail expo in February 2015. Make your plans to come see this beautiful new sailing yacht. Contact your Florida Yacht sales specialist for more details and pricing.
Also announced was the world launch of the Jeanneau 349, the newest of the Sun Odyssey line, and the Jeanneau Sun Fast 3600, the latest class crewed racer to compliment the Sun Fast 3200. Other models remain the same for the next year.
To Contact Dave Dodgen, Shoot him an email. firstname.lastname@example.org
This 2002 Beneteau 331 was recently acquired by Eastern Yachts, a Division of the Florida Yacht Group.
She’s spent her entire life docked in Grove Harbor in Miami and weekend sails on Biscayne Bay.
This one owner Beneteau is the cleanest that I’ve seen. The surveyor did believe that the main engine was original. She has a 2 cabin, 1 head layout and Raymarine Electronics.
See the video below for how she handles under sail.
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The Beneteau Group announced it bought Rec Boat Holdings, a group of U.S. brands owned by Platinum Equity Group, which includes Michigan-based Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft and Scarab.
Beneteau says the acquisition is in line with the group’s development strategy for the North American market. The private equity group retains ownership of Flippin, Ark.-based Fishing Boat Holdings, maker of the Ranger, Triton and Stratos boat brands that were also acquired at that time.
Based in Cadillac, Mich., the company has revenue of about $150 million and employs 475 people. It has a network of more than 200 dealers across North America and its entry into the Beneteau Group will “enable it to expand its access to the European and global markets,” the company said.
“After launching sales of motorboats over 12 meters in 2010, the group is embarking on the second phase of its project, with motorboats under 12 meters, which requires an industrial investment in America,” Beneteau said in a statement. “On its own, this segment accounts for nearly 40 percent of the overall motorboat market in the United States.”
California-based Platinum Equity Group’s PBH Marine Group announced that it had bought the brands out of bankruptcy in 2010, purchasing essentially all of the assets of Genmar Holdings for $70 million.
PBH purchased 11 brands, including Ranger, Stratos, Champion, Wellcraft, Four Winns, Larson, Glastron and others, Soundings Trade Only reported at the time.
Carver and Marquis were purchased for $6.05 million by J&D Acquisitions LLC, a company created by former Genmar owner Irwin Jacobs, along with John Paul DeJoria. Some additional brands were subsequently resold, including the Larson brand, which Jacobs also purchased.
Some analysts covering the marine industry were speculating in December whether PBH’s boatbuilding brands were poised to go public.
“RBH has come a long way in the last four years, thanks to a lot of hard work, a strong management team, great support from the dealer network and the dedication of so many committed employees,” Platinum Equity partner Louis Samson, who led the acquisition, said in a separate statement. “With the turnaround complete and the business on sound operational footing, the time is right for a transition to new ownership. Beneteau Group is a world leader in boat manufacturing and is a perfect strategic fit for the Four Winns, Glastron, Wellcraft and Scarab brands. We are putting the business in good hands going forward.”
The sale of RBH comes after four years of successful transformation and growth initiatives, the private equity firm says.
“Platinum Equity provided the commitment and the resources we needed to revive the business,” RBH CEO Roch Lambert said. “We have made remarkable progress on each of the core components of our turnaround: improved manufacturing efficiency, world-class products and a powerful distribution network. We have delivered on that strategy by constantly improving our processes and inspiring our people to be successful. The team in Cadillac is excited to join such a prestigious boat company as Beneteau Group and we look forward to the opportunities ahead.”
I grew up in Vero Beach Florida and spent much of my time on the water. However, I didn’t learn take up sailing until many years later.
While teaching at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, I sought out water activities. Hoofers sailing club, a UW outdoor activities program, was my avenue to get back on the water. I left the University and joined the private sector in the finance and insurance industry. I began sailing with Hoofers in 1998 and quickly fell in love with sailing. I began teaching in 2000, then began expanding my sailing experience by pursuing ASA (American Sailing Association) credentials. Chartering on the west and east coasts and a long distance sail from Ft Lauderdale to Panama lead to a partnership in a Footloose Charter sailing vessel, Dufour Gibsea 433. Owning a charter boat was a great way to sail most of the Caribbean islands. Along with the sailing experiences, I successfully pursued and obtained ASA instructor, instructor evaluator, and USCG OUPV credentials. My professional objective was to transition to a sailing related profession.
In the fall of 2012 I realized my goal; I left the security of my finance and insurance career and headed to Miami to manage a sailing school. Since that time, I have transitioned to working as an independent contractor, through Adventures on the Sea, LLC., providing sailing instruction, captained charters, deliveries, and most recently Yacht Sales with Florida Yacht Group. In addition to my yacht sales activities, I teach 7 day live aboard ASA courses for Barefoot Offshore Sailing school in St Vincent and the Grenadines and Blue Water Sailing School in Ft Lauderdale. I spend my spare time on the waters of Biscayne Bay and hanging out at Coconut Grove Sailing Club.