Monday, December 20, 2010

It's that time of year again! Boat Show Time. Strictly Sail Chicago 1/27-30

It's Boat show time!

We very much look forward to seeing all of our Beneteau Customers and Friend (and meeting new ones) at the upcoming Strictly Sail Boat Show happening January 27-30 at Navy Pier.

Your Lake Michigan Beneteau Dealer, Karma Yacht Sales will be the hosting dealer for the Benteau display (booth 220) at the 2011 show.  We will have the NEW First 30, Beneteau 37, 40 and 50 on display.

Stop in to visit us.

For Seminar Schedules and other info visit Strictly Sail.

For More Information Ask Karma Yacht Sales by email  or call 1-877-KARMA-Y-S (527-6297)

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Beneteau Holidays Specials

Beneteau Holidays Specials

Dear Beneteau Enthusiasts,

Huge incentives to buy the Beneteau you’ve been dreaming about, just in time for the Holidays!

Sweet Notes of Savings and the Return of the Oceanis Name

In an unprecedented offer, participating Beneteau USA Dealers are able to provide Sweet Savings on a limited number of brand new Beneteau Oceanis 31’s, 34's and 37’s. On only 15 each of these beautiful American made Floating Dreams, which must be ordered by February 1st, 2011; there is "the deal of a lifetime". For those that act quickly; you could save from $15,246 to $21,126 on a new Beneteau Oceanis 31, 34 or 37. Go to or contact your local dealer and see more information on this first, and perhaps last time ever exceptional offer on the most popular 31, 34 and 37 built in Marion, SC; models which now will be referred to as “Oceanis” worldwide.


Beneteau Oceanis 40 & 43 Milestone Merriment

In celebration of the anticipated worldwide production of over 1000 Beneteau Oceanis 40 & 43's, participating Beneteau USA dealers now have HUGE incentives to help them reach this lofty sales target in the current model year. If these "Boat of the Year" 40 footers have been tempting you, then contact your local dealer (or locate them at ) to find out all the details on this Milestone Merriment offer with $23,308 or $26,028 off list.


A Few First 36.7's Will Be Wrapped

Our most prolific performance cruiser/one design has known mega success in ocean sailing and club racing from Bermuda to Mackinac. There are only three "Good Deal" factory stock hulls of the First 36.7 ready to be shipped from the Beneteau USA factory in Marion, SC. These are offered on a first come basis through our dealer network at a fantastic price. If saving about $31,000 dollars to have a brand new First 36.7 at $119,900 FOB factory with spinnaker gear, base electronics and standard equipment is something you would want to have wrapped for you, contact your local dealer before the snow flies- remember there are only 3 hulls offered at this bargain!


A Great 4.75% Rate for Beneteaus!

The recent launch of retail boat financing by SGB Finance North America, Inc, a partnership by Beneteau and CGI, has proved to be remarkably successful for providing very attractive terms. And now, SGB has decided to offer to Beneteau New Boat Purchasers or Existing Beneteau Owners exceptional interest rates. With funding sourced directly through one of the largest banks in the world, SGB is able to offer, on a limited basis to qualified purchasers*, for new Beneteaus or refinancing of existing Beneteaus a stellar rate as low as 4.75% APR fixed for 20 years with a 20% down payment. There are certain stipulations and qualifications required by SGB to take advantage of this offer; and your application must be submitted by December 31st 2010.

If you would like to take advantage of this exceptional offer go online at  to download an application form. Fax all of your information to Mr. Dale Bunce at the SGB Finance North America office in Baltimore, MD at (443) 278-8701 by 5 PM EST on 31 December 2010.

*Credit decisions are made exclusively by SGB Finance North America, Inc. All loans are subject to lender approval. Applicants may qualify for a higher rate based upon the results of risk analysis, size of loan, length of interest rate lock, and any special features requested in the loan. Minimum 700 credit score to qualify. Certain state and federal restrictions may also apply.

Wishing you many reasons to celebrate.
Sincerely Yours,
Mike Lecholop
VP of Sales Beneteau USA Inc.

For More Information Ask Karma Yacht Sales by email or call 1-877-KARMA-Y-S (527-6297)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

So What is this thing called 'The Mac' ?

The Arrival from Fig Media on Vimeo.

To truly understand what the 'MAC' is all about you have to experience it.  It is truly one of those 'bucket list' type of activities.  'The Arrival'  produced by Fig Media with support from Veuve Cliquot the presenting sponsor of the Race to Mackinac provides the next best thing to being there.  A diverse perspective on the annual race as told by a few of the many organizers and competitors who particpate each year.

The Race to Mackinac was born out of gentleman's wager between some boat owners who were members of Chicago Yacht Club.  A cruising adventure from Chicago to Mackinac Island, the race has evolved into an annual event that attracts thousands of sailors to Chicago to compete each July.

The "MAC" as it is affectionately referred to, gets in your blood- calling you back year after year.  No two races are ever the same- each one is its own adventure.  The stories that develop on the race are told from year to year and the traditions that develop are shared from sailor to sailor.

We welcome you to watch this short video and find out what it is all about.   To find out more about the Race to Mackinac or perhaps inquire about doing the race next year, visit .


For More Information Ask Karma Yacht Sales by email  or call 1-877-KARMA-Y-S (527-6297)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

FIRST 30 and SENSE 50 Win CRUISING WORLD Magazine Boat of the Year

Beneteau is proud to announce that two nominations for CRUISING WORLD MAGAZINE'S Boat of the Year  Contest were nominated.

In the "Best Small Cruiser- 30 Foot and Under" Category-  The Juan K designed Beneteau FIRST 30

"This was one of the best sailing boats the judged during the competition."

By Bill Springer

As they approached the First 30 to conduct their dockside evaluation during the boat show, the BOTY judges may have been just a little skeptical of this performance-oriented 30-footer’s cruisability. But that skepticism turned into appreciation as soon as they stepped below, and they were downright enamored with how the boat sailed. As a result, the Beneteau First 30 was named the Best Small Cruiser, 30 Feet and Under.

It’s not easy to include all the accommodation features that make for comfortable cruising—standing headroom, full-size head and galley, decent nav station, roomy saloon, and good-size sleeping cabins—in a 30-footer that’s also good-looking and whip fast under sail, but the First 30 does just that. The main saloon is bright and airy, and it’s also much more creature-comfort oriented than what you might find on older 30-foot performance cruisers. The cabins have ample bunks and adequate stowage. Nearly 6 feet of headroom in the saloon creates a good sense of space, while the light-colored varnished woodwork and clean lines are downright stylish.

Meanwhile, during the test sail, none of the judges wanted to give up the tiller because the boat was just so fun and responsive. The dual rudders provided superior control, even when the heel angle increased in the puffs, and the judges noted how this little thoroughbred sliced to windward at 6.5 knots in 12 knots of breeze.

The judges found the cockpit to be comfortable and the sail controls to be well planned and efficient. A tweak here and there was rewarded by another quarter of a knot, though it was just as tempting to contemplate the benefits of simply setting the sheets and then humming along for 20 or 30 miles on a coastal cruise.

Winning Details

•The use of space throughout the interior is excellent.
•The boat’s torpedo bulb keel, powerful sail plan, and dual rudders make the First both fast and forgiving.
•The boat significantly ups the ante regarding what’s currently available in the 30-foot-and-under range.

To Continue Reading the full write-up

In the " BEST Full Sized Cruiser 50-55 Feet" Category-   The Revolutionary SENSE 50.

Here's what the CW editors had to say:

"But when it came time to choose a winner, it was the Beneteau Sense 50 that turned circles around the competition—literally. It’s equipped with Groupe Beneteau’s Dock & Go system—a joystick controls both the bow thruster, the engine throttle, and the rotating saildrive unit—that may just revolutionize close-quarters maneuvering under power. That, along with an innovative cockpit and interior layout that’s unlike any other 50-foot monohull, made for a boat that was chock full of fresh ideas. More important, the judges found that the innovations they saw were way more than just gimmicks and it was named the Best Full-Size Cruiser, 50 to 55 Feet."


KYS Notes: The accolades continue for both of these boats.   The First 30 will make her Chicago Debut at the Strictly Sail Chicago show  January 27-30th at Navy Pier. 

The SENSE 50 will be seen around the Chicago Harbors this Spring as her new owners will be sailing her proudly.

For the full press release see below.

Cruising World Announces ’11 BOTY Winners

For Immediate Release

Middletown, R.I. — Cruising World magazine announced today the winners of its 18th annual Boat of the Year awards. Topping this year’s list of winners for the most anticipated awards in the sailboat industry were the Catalina 355 and the Discovery 50. The Catalina 355 won the Domestic Boat of the Year award, and the Discovery 50 was named Import Boat of the Year.

Four other boats also won awards from an independent panel of experts, who inspected and tested 19 nominated boats following the U.S. Sailboat Show in Annapolis, Md., earlier this year. Decisions were based on extensive dockside inspections and sea trials of the boats. All of the winners, along with the rest of the 2011 BOTY nominees and several other boats reviewed by the magazine’s editors, will be featured in the January issue of Cruising World.

In addition to claiming the Domestic Boat of the Year award, the Catalina 355 was also named Best Midsize Cruiser, 30 to 39 Feet. “The judges were impressed with the 355’s sailing performance, accommodations, and overall construction quality,” said Boat of the Year director and Cruising World senior editor Bill Springer. “This boat strikes a good balance between cruising comfort and sailing performance in a 35-foot package.”

The Discovery 50 cruising catamaran from England was named Import Boat of the Year as well as Best Catamaran. “The Discovery 50 is well suited to withstand the rigors of offshore passagemaking, and the judges thought it had the best owner’s cabin of all the boats they tested,” said Springer.

For more information on the winners and other nominees, visit Cruising World’s website (

Cruising World, based in Middletown, R.I., is published monthly by Bonnier Corp. As the largest sailing magazine in the world, Cruising World is considered the bible for bluewater sailors. The magazine seeks to nurture cruising sailors’ dreams with practical how-to information and stirring real-life adventure articles.

Bonnier Corp. ( is one of the largest consumer-publishing groups in America and is the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences, through 49 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events. Bonnier Corp. is the U.S. division of the Bonnier Group (, a 200-year-old family-owned media group based in Sweden with business operations in 25 countries.


Best Midsize Cruiser, 30 to 39 Feet, and Domestic Boat of the Year

Catalina 355

Best Catamaran and Import Boat of the Year

Discovery 50

Best Small Cruiser, 30 Feet and Under

Beneteau First 30

Best Cruiser, 40 to 49 Feet

Dufour 45e

Best Full-Size Cruiser, 50 to 55 Feet

Beneteau Sense 50
Best Premium Cruiser Over 55 Feet

Hylas 56

Cruising Spirit Award

Presto 30

To see the original Story on Cruising World 

For More Information Ask Karma Yacht Sales by email  or call 1-877-KARMA-Y-S (527-6297)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

You are Invited - Karma Yacht Sales- 9th Annual Open House 1/15/11

It's that time of year again...
You are invited to Join Us at our 9th annual Karma Yacht Sales Winter Open House

Spend part of your winter day talking sailing and enhancing your nautical knowledge.

Saturday January 15th, 2011

10am to 2pm

Karma Yacht Sales Main Office

Parking is available on the directly accross on the SW corner of Halsted/37th St in the Schaller's Pump lot.

We will have an assortment of guest speakers talking about basic boat maintenance, boat safety and a variety of boat related topics*

Join Us in  welcoming our special guest speaker

Nicholas Hayes , Author of the Book  "Saving Sailing"

There will be beverages, pastries and (of course)  boat show passes to Strictly Sail Chicago (Navy Pier January 27-30th)

*Check back for a confirmed list of speakers after the holidays.

RSVP Today with Karma Yacht Sales by email  or call 1-877-KARMA-Y-S (527-6297)