Atlantic Cruising Yachts LLC was appointed as authorized dealers for Fountaine Pajot catamarans in Florida.
The company is opening a new sales office in downtown St. Petersburg and plans a second one in Fort Lauderdale in the fall. It also said Sailing Florida Charters and Sailing School, which has been in St. Petersburg for 15 years, will join Atlantic's network of affiliated independent yacht management companies.
This expanding network offers yacht owners and charter clients sailing and cruising destinations in the Atlantic and Caribbean from Newport, R.I.; Annapolis, Md.; the Bahamas; the Virgin Islands; and now Florida's Gulf Coast.
Atlantic Cruising Yachts is designed to reduce the cost of ownership for new yacht owners. The company also represents Jeanneau Yachts in the Chesapeake and Mid-Atlantic.
"We are very excited about our expansion into Florida. We believe Florida is an incredibly important market, both for Fountaine Pajot and for ACY, and a natural expansion of our ‘Follow-the Sun’ yacht ownership programs,” Atlantic Cruising Yachts president Chris Bent said in a statement. "Yacht owners can now enjoy the best of both worlds, basing their boats in the Northeast during the summer and Florida and the Bahamas in the winter.”
The company has already contracted three new Fountaine Pajot catamarans, including two new Helia 44s and one new Saba 50, to be based in St. Petersburg with charters and management by Sailing Florida Charters.
The company's new offices in St. Petersburg are at the Plaza Tower complex. The location is close to the growing fleet of Fountaine Pajot charter yachts managed by Sailing Florida and based at the Marriott Renaissance Vinoy Hotel and marina complex.
The company is planning a celebration and grand opening party in late June/early July after its June dealer meetings in France.