ACY Yachts Enters New Strategic Partnership with Navy Point Yacht Sales in Great Lakes

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Annapolis, MD (January 8, 2024) Atlantic Cruising Yachts announced today that it has entered into a new strategic partnership with Navy Point Yacht Sales to form ACY Great Lakes. The new company will represent Fountaine Pajot and Waypoints Yacht Charters throughout the Great Lakes region. With initial local offices in Toronto and Ohio, ACY Yachts in the Great Lakes will provide local sales and regional service needs. The ACY parent company will manage sales administration, delivery, commissioning and warranty service through its head offices in Annapolis.

ACY Yachts in the Great Lakes will offer the well-known, innovative yacht ownership options including the Business Yacht Ownership approach through ACY’s sister company Waypoints Yacht Charters, with bases in the US and Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Florida and Annapolis. Steve McPherson will serve as President of ACY Great Lakes. Chris Bent, President of Atlantic Cruising Yachts was quoted as saying, “We’re very excited to partner with Navy Point Yacht Sales, Steve McPherson, Mike Olmstead and the entire Navy Point team for this exciting next chapter together. Their experience and sterling reputations, combined with ACY’s world-class customer support teams based in Annapolis, Florida, and France, as well as our Waypoints Yacht Charter companies in the Caribbean, we are now positioned to offer the best yacht ownership experience in the industry to customers throughout the Great Lakes region.”

Steve McPherson, President ACY Great Lakes added, “Our customers will now have the unique opportunity to work with a local dealer regardless of where their final boat destination may be. Additionally, the expansion of our used and brokerage boat network, provides new and exciting opportunities as part of the expansive ACY network of regional offices throughout the US and Canada. “This partnership will provide our Great Lakes clients the opportunity to visit and test new Fountaine Pajot yachts not only here in the Great Lakes, but also in Annapolis, Florida and the Caribbean. Our clients will be able to enjoy seamless, year-round support from the Great Lakes to Florida and the Virgin Islands. We are thrilled for this new partnership”, noted Mike Olmstead, Yacht Consultant ACY Great Lakes.

Atlantic Cruising Yachts represents Fountaine Pajot for the majority of the United States  including the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast USA and Florida, Texas and Gulf Coast, and West Coast markets including California. The company also represents Dufour in many of these markets. Waypoints Yacht Charters is a leading yacht charter and yacht management company with 80 new and late model Fountaine Pajot and Dufour yachts under management at bases in Florida, Annapolis, the British Virgin Islands, and the US Virgin Islands. Majority ownership of Atlantic Cruising Yachts and Waypoints was acquired by the Fountaine Pajot group in April of last year.

“This new partnership is part of our strategic expansion plans for ACY. We expect to enhance the job already done by Steve’s team and grow our market shares significantly over the next years. The Fountaine Pajot shipyard is fully committed to the success of our brands in this area and across Northern America.” Commented Romain Motteau, Chief Operating Officer, Fountaine Pajot SA.

About ACY Yachts

ACY Yachts, originally known as Atlantic Cruising Yachts, is one of the largest sailing yacht dealerships in North America with exclusive distribution of new Fountaine Pajot Sailing and Power Catamarans, as well as Dufour Yachts. The dealership counts 8 offices in North America, in Annapolis (MD), St. Petersburg and Fort Lauderdale (FL), Kemah (TX), Toronto (ON), Sandusky (OH), San Diego (CA) and St Thomas (USVI).

ACY Yachts also founded Waypoints Yacht Charters®, a network of boutique charter operators. Waypoints offers professional management and maintenance to yacht owners who wish to offset their cost of ownership by placing their boat in a charter fleet. Waypoints locations span from the East Coast of the US to Caribbean locations, including Annapolis (MD), St Petersburg (FL) the Bahamas, the US Virgin Islands, and the British Virgin Islands.