MarineMax announced the introduction of MarineMax Vacations, a charter program offering sail and power yacht vacations. As part of the program, the company will also offer a yacht ownership program for the charter fleet.
The new venture begins with vessels from sailboat builder Dufour Yachts.
MarineMax is currently developing custom power boats for future vacation charters. The first charters are scheduled to begin in December in the British Virgin Islands.
“Since our formation in 1998, MarineMax has been the leading boating resource, providing the industry’s best brands coupled with unsurpassed customer service, education and lifestyle events. MarineMax Vacations adds another
exciting dimension to the opportunities we offer boaters worldwide,” William McGill Jr., chairman, president and CEO, said in a statement.
“We are fortunate to have Raul Bermudez, vice pesident, MarineMax Vacations, who brings over 10 years of charter industry experience to lead our efforts, helping to ensure that our vacation charters are a premium, hassle-free experience,” he added.
MarineMax Vacations will operate out of Tortola in the British Virgin Islands and additional locations will be added over time.
MarineMax said it chose to partner with Dufour Yachts “because of the brand’s reputation for building premium sailboats with exceptional comfort and ease of use.” The MarineMax charter vessels have more than $50,000 worth of
modifications and amenities to ensure the most user-friendly selection of charter boats available.