Skipper Bud’s signs deal with Chicago yacht club

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Vantage Yacht Club, a private membership club offering fractional yacht ownership, and Skipper Bud’s, the largest boat dealer in the Great Lakes region, announced a strategic alliance.

Chicago-based Vantage named Skipper Bud’s its exclusive supplier of Sea Ray boats, and Skipper Bud’s will provide a host of operational and marina services to Vantage that include maintenance, parts, winterization, storage, transportation and transient mooring.

Vantage members will gain access to Skipper Bud’s special events, training classes, private instruction, licensed captain services and purchasing-brokerage services, as well as finance-insurance programs.

“Skipper Bud’s’ dedication to providing the highest-quality yachts and spectacular service perfectly align with the expectations of Vantage members,” Vantage Yacht Club president Jason De Palma said in a statement. “I purchased my first boat from Skipper Bud’s, and the experience was fantastic. For over 40 years they have received the highest levels of achievement from marine industry manufacturers and have consistently been recognized as one of the country’s most respected dealers.”

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