Tom Caruso, which is headquartered in Norwalk, Conn., and has an office in Stevensville, Md., has opened a location at the Bahia Mar Yachting Center, the home of the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show.
“If you’re going to be in the business we’re trying to be in, you have to have a Florida presence,” Tom Caruso, president of Total Marine, told Trade Only Today. “I thought it was really important to have the office for the North-South guys.”
At its three dealerships, Total Marine carries Fairline Yachts. When the manufacturer was bought by a Russian investor in 2016, Caruso said he made a “big commitment” to Fairline and the relationship has been mutually beneficial. Having a Florida location will allow the dealership to have new models and conduct sea trials year round.
“I needed a location that was brand worthy and it allows us to move inventory between particular locations,” said Caruso. A new Targa 43 Open made its debut at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show and will be on display at the Total Marine Bahia Mar office with a Squadron 53. The dealership will be taking delivery of a Targa 63 GT in January and will display the model at the Miami International Boat Show in February.
The 1,100-square-foot office has a central gathering area and three private offices for the brokers that will be based there. Click on this link to check out a video from the Total Marine Facebook page.