Oceanis 55

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday hours at St. Barts Yachts

Surprise! Santa's sleigh is pulled by seahorses! 
Our friends at Annapolis Yacht Sales really outdid themselves with their flotilla entry in the Chesapeake last week.

St. Barts Yachts, your Beneteau and Greenline dealer in the southeast, wants you to swing by our offices in  the next few weeks and take a look at our brand new inventory.  

Oceanis 41 *Charleston Office
Gran Turismo 38 *Charleston Office
Greenline 33 *Charleston Office
Swift Trawler 44 *Charleston Office
Barracuda 9 *Charleston Office
Oceanis 37 *Oriental

Our holiday hours:

We will be closed 
December 24, 2013 
December 25, 2013 
December 26, 2013
December 31, 2013 
 January 1, 2014

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Greenline 33 and Swift Trawler 44 arrive

 It was a big delivery day yesterday! The Greenline 33 and the Beneteau Swift Trawler 44 arrived at the Port of Charleston.
Check out that sleek profile. Can't you see a big red bow on it? Perfect Christmas gift.
 The Greenline 33 was splashed first. 
 The Greenline 33 is a hybrid, and is the first of its kind to arrive at our office, since we became Greenline 33 dealers. To read more about this innovative technology click here to be directed to the Greenline site.
Here Chuck, Nick, and Mike watch as the boat is put in the water. Being the crane operator in this case, would make me very nervous!

 The Swift Trawler 44 was splashed next.
Here she is heading towards our dock at the Charleston City Marina. Picture yourself onboard for a Christmas cruise! It is almost 80 in Charleston today. Perfect boating weather.
Look how excited we all are to have the boats at our dock! The gang's all here! Chris is on the dock photographing the features of the boat and he caught Katie, Eddie and JM inspecting the boat!

The best part of delivery day is when everything has arrived and we can all explore the new product.Katie is already a big fan of the mirrored doorway. It will be excellent to do her hair when underway!

Call the Charleston office if you would like to make an appointment to see either boat! (843)577-7377

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Oceanis 38 photos

The Oceanis 38 made its debut at the Annapolis Sailboat Show this past weekend.
Twenty-nine Oceanis 38 models were ordered at the Annapolis Sailboat Show! 
That is a record for a new model!

Beneteau and the ASA create a partnership

Beneteau America and the American Sailing Association (ASA) are entering in a new strategic partnership, as disclosed on October 11th, during a press event at the Annapolis boat show, the largest sailboat show in North America.
Laurent Fabre, President of Beneteau America, and Lenny Shabes, ASA’s founder and chairman of the board, have announced their joint collaboration on the design of a new ASA-exclusive sail training vessel. The new sailboat, ASA First Trainer, will be produced in Beneteau’s factory of Marion, South Carolina.
Beneteau America and ASA presented the initial drawings of the future ASA First Trainer to the press and the ASA affiliated schools and ASA certified instructors.
ASA First Trainer
The R&D team at Beneteau created a product brief taking into account the specific requirements of ASA to meet the needs of their affiliates in terms of ergonomics, layout and safety. The Finot Conq & Associates design resembles that of the popular First 20, but with a deck and rig specifically designed to enhance the learning experience of the students. The new ASA First Trainer is expected to be revealed a year from now, at the 2014 Annapolis sailboat show.
“Over the past few months, we’ve been pleasantly surprised to see such flexibility and cooperation from the foremost sailboat builder,” noted Shabes of ASA. “Throughout the process, we have sought the feedback of a representative group of affiliated schools and instructors. Since they have influenced the initial design of the boat and continue to offer valuable input, we’re confident the new ASA First Trainer will be a great success.”
Charlie Nobles, Executive Director of ASA, further commented, “This new introduction is the perfect extension to our educational system, especially as it coincides with ASA’s 30th anniversary.”
“This project is particularly relevant and exciting to Beneteau; building small sailing vessels to invite more people to experience the thrill of sailing is exactly what our company’s success is built upon,” explained Laurent Fabre. “We feel very fortunate to partner with ASA to rejuvenate their associated schools’ fleets geared towards new sailors. We’re confident this new vessel will enhance their students’ and instructors’ time on the water. And it’s just the beginning!”
About the American Sailing Association
Driven by a clear need for uniform teaching standards and increased access to sailing activities, the American Sailing Association (ASA) has been the leader in U.S. sailing education for three decades. The association has grown to include an international network of more than 300 professionally accredited sailing schools. More than 400,000 students have learned to sail through ASA schools and clubs since 1983.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

In the news...

*The Greenline 33 got a lovely review in PassageMaker last month.
*Did you see the Oceanis 48 on the cover of Blue Water Sailing (September 2013)?

*We also enjoyed reading about the Beneteau 36.7 North American Championships via Sail-World.com

Dorothy at Dusk

Doesn't this picture make you want to go sailing? "Dorothy" is a Beneteau 49 that is for sale in the Charleston, SC area. For more information on the boat contact Keith at Keith.Farfone@St-Barts.com.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Monte Carlo 5

It was a good mail day here! Check out our new Monte Carlo model that just arrived. This is a great video highlighting the features of the beautiful vessel.

We can't wait for the Monte Carlo 5 to launch at the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show in October 31- November 4, 2013. Stop by and see Chuck, Chris and Barbara.

The Monte Carlo 4 debuts at Cannes in 2014.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

St. Barts Yachts is new Greenline dealer

St. Barts Yachts is proud to be named the new dealer for Greenline Yacht Sales in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. 

The company will represent Seaway’s line of hybrid yachts in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. The models include the Greenline33, 40 and 48

Greenline Yachts are powered by a diesel/electric drive system. Lithium polymer batteries are charged by a photovoltaic system located on the roof that converts sunlight into electricity while the boat is docked or at anchor. 

We have a 33 on order and we expect that she will be here by November. 

We are looking forward to working with the largest hybrid fleet of yachts in the world.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Oceanis 38 to debut at US Sailboat Show

Beneteau Introduces 38 Footer You Design to Fit Your Lifestyle

Beneteau will reveal its newest concept in sailboat design when it launches the Oceanis 38 at the United States Sailboat Show, October 10-14, 2013 in Annapolis, MD.

“The Oceanis 38 offers a level of customization no other builder has ever offered before at this size. However, what is quite remarkable, and what makes the Oceanis 38 so innovative is the fact this boat can evolve with your changing needs over time. The boat should fit its owner, not the other way around,” says Beneteau America President Laurent Fabre.

The new Oceanis 38 can be a day sailer, weekender, or cruiser based on the owner’s needs and preferences.

The day sailer offers an open, loft-like space with clean lines and an uncluttered feel. A two-person berth is located far forward and the aft of the yacht is dedicated to storage.

The weekender features two and three-cabin layouts, which can remain open or enclosed based on privacy preferences. It can also include a separate shower, fitted galley and extra table in the salon and/or cockpit. The weekender offers the most flexibility allowing many interior components to be added to the yacht as the owner’s needs evolve over time.

The cruiser can have two or three fitted cabins, a large galley, mainsail arch, helmsman seats and swim platform. While more conventional, its owners can choose the layout configuration and some components based on personal inclination.

The Oceanis 38 features a continuous full-length chine and deep draft T-shaped keel, which has proven to enhance performance, increase stiffness and provide stability while reducing heel. Moreover, the yacht’s twin rudders make way for a more responsive helm.

See her for the first time in North America at the US Sailboat Show, October 10-14!

Click here for more information from Beneteau.
Check out this great video of this innovative design!

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Welcome Aboard!

St. Barts Yachts welcomes Barbara Burke to the Jacksonville office. A native of Atlanta, GA, Barbara is experienced in both lake sailing and open water, and has sailed the CAribbean to the extent that it is much quicker for her to ame the islands she hasn't visited than list the ones she has. She is an active member of the North Florida Cruising Club, sitting on their Board of Directors and serving as Editor for their monthly newsletter, "Windscoop". She is a past member of Rotary International and American Mesa and loves to cook and entertain. Barbara attributes her customer service succes to listening carefully, following up regularly and attending to details closely. With her passion for boating, and a background in real estate marketing, Barbara is a natural fit with the St. Barts Yachts team.

Contact Barbara at Barbara.Burke@St-Barts.com

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Platinum Edition

At the end of August, St. Barts Yachts Oriental will be receiving a Beneteau 37 Platinum Edition and we can't wait to see her. More pictures to come.

The 2014 Platinum Edition Oceanis includes:
  • B&G Zeus 8 Chartplotter
  • B&G Cartography US
  • B&G Wind System
  • B&G WiFi
  • B&G Trifunction
  • Simrad VHF
  • Simrad VHF Wireless
  • B&G Autopilot
  • Electric Windlass
  • Genneker Gear and Winch
  • Seahorse Spinnaker with Sock
  • Grey Hull with Black Stripes
  • Jenna Galley Counters
  • Microwave Oven
  • Ultrasuede or Ultraleather Cushions
The Platinum Edition is available for new Oceanis 31, 34 and 37 models.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Big News Coming Soon!

Something is brewing with Beneteau! We are standing by for a big announcement........

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Swift Trawler 44 arrival for St. Barts Yachts Client

The Swift Trawler 44 arrived at the port of Norfolk from France. It was removed from the cradle and opened up, by removing the shrink wrap. The props were installed and the boat was splashed with the assistance of the crane.

Eddie Brown, of St. Barts Yachts, and Captain Geoff Gow prepared the boat for travel to Wilmington, NC for the commissioning and handover to the new owner. Our service department will be heading up from Charleston, to complete the commissioning order.

 And there they go...
Check back in a few more days for progress of the boat.

For more information on the Swift Trawler 44 see the St. Barts Yachts page.

Monday, May 13, 2013

A Galley Recipe: Sweet and Sour Apple Beets

Mr. and Mrs. Henry (center), owners of "Alvilda Mae", an Oceanis 41 offered to share a new favorite galley recipe this week. 
We can't wait to try it.

Sweet and Sour Apple Beets

Preheat oven to 375.
Grease a casserole dish..

Mix together and put into it:
   2 cups chopped cooked beets
   2 cups apples
   1/4 to 1/2 cup thinly sliced onions
   1 1/2 teaspoons salt
   A generous grating of nutmeg
 **Cook's note: If the apples are very tart, add: (1 tablespoon sugar) If they are bland: (2 tablespoons lemon juice)

Dot with 2 to 3 tablespoons butter
Cover and bake about one hour.

Cook's Note:

Sailing in the Charleston, SC area, enjoying the great crew at St Bart's Yachts, I've been experimenting with finding new recipes.  This was my first time to try this one.  I used it as a side dish with barbecued pork chops.  Of course I had to make some some changes, because I have  a very limited supply of spices on board, I had no nutmeg, and even though my apples were not tart I chose to add both sugar and juice from 1/4 of a lemon.  My husband and I thought it was a delicious dish. I'll definitely make this one again.

Kite Camera

This gorgeous photo was sent in from one of our single handed cruisers leaving Charleston, SC and heading down to the Jacksonville area. The photo was taken with a Go Pro camera attached to a kite. Thanks for sharing Francisco, your Oceanis 41 makes a pretty picture.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Spring has Sprung!

Finally getting warmer in Charleston, and we are happy to say boating weather is upon us! I know we shouldn't complain, especially when some areas are still getting snow, but we are ready for some sun!!

To kick of your boating season, all three of our locations will be hosting boat shows the weekend of April 12-14, 2013. We would love to visit with you and show you a boat!

Charleston Office: SC In Water Boat Show
Other models on display: Oceanis 50, Swift Trawler 34

Oriental Office: Oriental In Water Boat Show

Monday, March 25, 2013

"Tutto Bene" Beneteau First 35

"Tutto Bene" First 35, 
The hull graphics in real life

The hull graphic design on paper.

From the desk of Wayne Burdick...

Beneteau, the world's largest sailboat builder, in addition to owning a factory in Marion, South Carolina, has prepared an imaginatively decorated version of their First 35 cruiser/racer to compete in the Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week. The event from April 18th to 21st, for which 290 boat competing boats have entered, is the largest sailboat regatta on the eastern seaboard. Thousands of sailors will be racing in the waters of Charleston harbor and off the coast in 17 different classes on various courses. 

Rick Bracanovich, in the photo above and owner of the freight company The Boat Exchange of Columbia, last Friday delivered Tutto Bene ("all's good" in Italian) to the Charleston City Boatyard where she will be rigged and launched. Upon arrival in the Low Country Rick said, "In twenty years of delivering thousands of boats, this one is the most photographed! People would come up alongside and hang out the window to get a picture of her amazing graphics. For a sailboat she sure looks wild." 

After launching at the boatyard, St Barts Yachts of Charleston, the Beneteau dealer for the Carolinas and Georgia, will commission her and do the final fitting before the fierce competition, sailed by a crew from Ohio that won the right to skipper her in a national Best Around the Buoys promotion sponsored by SAIL magazine and other industry partners; North Sails, Pettit Paint, B&G Instruments and Ronstan. Chuck Laughlin, President of St Barts, remarked, "With such a striking hull decoration, everyone will always see Tutto Bene, wherever she is on the course, so our team of great technicians will be doing everything we can to make sure that she stays out front!" 

To follow Tutto Bene and all the developments of Charleston Race Week, go to www.charlestonraceweek.com

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Shots of the Sense 50

The Sense 50 is being commissioned at our dock for our friends at Antilles Yacht Sales. The boat is a beauty! She is soon to be en route to to her new home in Puerto Rico.

Monday, January 28, 2013


Chuck tries to offer the HIGHEST level of customer service.

 The Charleston Boat Show was great exposure for the Barracuda 9. 
Eddie Brown, works on a mast at the City Marina

St. Barts Yachts has had a busy winter so far. A lot of brokerage boats have been sold and we are looking forward to the Spring Boat Shows!

Upcoming Boat Show

The Barracuda 9 got splashed this morning after a very nice boat show.  
We have several upcoming shows on the horizon!

We hope to see you soon!