David Galante of G Marine shares his insights here and invites visitors to join him in celebrating Astondoa’s 100th year anniversary—one hundred years of custom shipbuilding—with the debut of the newest model, the Century 110.
David Galante’s father anchored his son for a future career as a yacht broker when he taught him to boat as a child. After years of sailing and powerboating in lakes around his native Mexico City, Acapulco and later in his new home of San Diego, the Galante family spent as much time on water as on land.
But on land, his initial business of custom entertainment systems and later customizing cars—where California led the national craze--Galante found another line to the yacht industry. He understood fabrication, fiberglass, electronics, technology, upholstery, fine leathers and high-end materials—and how to make them work together as the perfect custom creation. Sound like building a yacht?
When Galante and his family bought into a classy San Diego marina in 2009, and began selling UK-built Fairline boats in California and Mexico, he had the formula; find out why and HOW people boat, and then find them the right boat to enhance their love of the sport. Repeat customers moving up in size and caliber, built G Marine and its reputation for the ultimate in customer service; an offer to be the Fairline Florida dealer brought the family business to Miami where business flourished. Since 2012, G Marine has grown, moved to its in-water showroom on the Miami River and opened a satellite office in the opulent new Marina Palms in fashionable Aventura.
From Yesterday to Today’s Market
“Forty five years ago, we thought my uncle’s 45 Sport Fish was a BIG yacht!” Galante laughs as he describes how technology, building materials and today’s exponential wealth growth have changed the industry and the customer. Denying a customer “profile” Galante acknowledges that those wealthy enough to afford a yacht come in all ages, cultures and tastes. Understanding how, when, where and why they want use their boats is the G Marine difference as it offers the client the benefit of years of boating experience and seeing what works best for the customer. The Astondoa 52 Fly, 80 GLX and the brand new Century 110 create an insightful spectrum of yachting in 2016.
“The Astondoa 52 Fly is ideal for family boating,” says Galante. The flybridge enables a single operator/owner to enjoy open-air piloting, surrounded by family and friends. Kids and teens all want to bring friends, so the flybridge also offers various spaces for entertainment. Adults can enjoy air conditioning inside if they get too hot, but can still enjoy the view and air through saloons that open to the back deck through large glass doors and spacious windows. Youngsters and adventurous adults opt for the swim deck to access the water and the water toys in the garage. Cooking and dining can be done inside or out and sunning on the back deck or bow gives everyone room to join together for music, food, drink and even a big game on TV, or find a quiet nook for nap.
The boat can be moored or docked with the help of a couple of guests who can toss or tie a line and everyone enjoys a great day out, or even an overnight on the water.
The Astondoa 80 GLX is for the experienced boater according to Galante. This customer has achieved a level of success and can enjoy the fruits of his labors on a $4+ million yacht. Most have moved up to this size yacht from smaller ones, learning exactly what they want to accommodate their boating lifestyles. Being able to totally customize a yacht in layout, materials, furnishings, and colors gives the client a very unique experience, both in the build and in the boat.
This type of “Express Yacht” generally has high-speed engines to facilitate getting away in short amount of time—since time is now as valuable as money. With or without guests, this yacht owner, often with minimal crew, can take a trip, stay onboard, work from the yacht, or relax and enjoy life and entertainment—and maybe even take the helm from the Captain--all with a gorgeous view.
The Astondoa Century 110 is for those who want and can afford the ultimately luxurious vessel. The newest model celebrating 100 years shows that price is not an issue—having exactly what you want in a yacht--is. This client can travel anywhere and take anyone or everyone along. The 110 has plenty of state rooms, a galley and pantry that can feed an army and offer comfort on every level to take advantage of the salt air, sunshine, outdoor entertaining, and a party on every deck; its upper deck “Sky Lounge” provides indoor and outdoor options so weather is never an issue. A small crew can handle everything so the owner doesn’t need to fret.
After enjoying a larger yacht, some clients choose to downsize to a smaller boat, says Galante. Much like today’s Baby Boomers who exchange their massive houses for a well-located condo when the children leave, some boaters find less maintenance, investment, cost and management provide for a more mellow yachting experience. According to Galante, many a former, big yacht owner says, “Been there, done that, now let me pursue the serenity of being on the open water by myself with select friends and family. I have arrived—again!”
Each Astondoa model boasts a long heritage of family building the boats and the business and now four generations later, the Century 110 proudly represents Astondoa’s upper echelon of yacht construction.
G Marine is conveniently located in an in-water showroom, near the Miami International Airport. For more information visit www.gmyachts.com or call 305 330 1025.