MarineMax Launches its First Caribbean Charter Base

Sailors longing for a holiday in the British Virgin Islands will find they have a new chartering and yacht-ownership option this winter with the launch of MarineMax Vacations.

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Announcing the launch of MarineMax Vacations are, from left, Raul Bermudez, vice president of MarineMax Vacations, Steve Vernelen, vice president of exports, Dufour, Bill McGill Jr., MarineMax CEO, and Salvatore Serio, Dufour Yachts CEO.Mark Pillsbury

In a press conference during the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Maryland, Raul Bermudez, MarineMax Vacations vice president, talked about plans to debut operations in Tortola with 13 new sailboats from Dufour Yachts, configured to meet MarineMax charter needs that include watermakers, wifi, air conditioning and entertainment centers on each boat. Dubbed the Marine Max 413 and Marine Max 433, the charter boats will be based respectively on the three-cabin, two-head Dufour 405 and the three-cabin, three-head Dufour 425 Grand' Large.

MarineMax is a company that’s well known to power boaters, with dealerships across the country offering brands such as Sea Ray, Azimut, and Hatteras. CEO Bill McGill Jr. says the company plans to attract vacationers from its own database of a million boaters as well as go after current sail charterers. Over time, the company will add powerboats and catamarans to its fleet in the BVI and to bases as they are built out around the world.

MarineMax offers buyers financing through its in-house lending department, McGill said. The base in Tortola will be also be able to offer professional captains to educate customers and show them how to enjoy their sailboats.

For more information, read the company's press release.