Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Yachtworld Launches new iPad app for Pre-Owned boats

The official iPad app of YachtWorld, featuring the world's largest selection of brokerage boats for sale. The YachtWorld iPad app gives you access to 120,000+ boats on Search, browse and contact brokers – all within the app.

Key features include:

1. Landscape orientation allows full-screen viewing of pictures
2. Recently viewed boats are automatically saved for easy comparison
3. Save your searches for one-touch access to favorite boats
4. Add boats to your Favorites list for fast retrieval
5. Optimized for the new iPad Retina display

The Home Page Categories will quickly get you to the type of boat you are looking for whether it's a Sail Boat, Motor Yacht, Super Yacht or Sport Fishing Boat.

In addition to helping you find your next boat, the app features a showcase of photo stories from YachtWorld’s award-winning editorial team. Compare best-in-class brokerage models, view the latest designs inside and out, explore a superyacht or two, and try on some exotic charter yacht vacations for size. New Editorial Showcase stories are posted every week.

For more information

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Dear Mother Nature: Please send rain and snow this winter

Dear Mother Nature: Please Send rain and snow this winter

With water levels at an all time low- navigational challenges loom everywhere for recreational and commercial boats

By: Lou Sandoval
December 5, 2012

It is very noticeable in Chicago as you walk down the lakefront and see water marks indicating the water level heights from years past.  In some areas the marks extend two, sometimes three feet above the current water levels.  A stark indication of how far down levels have dropped.  This is consistent on the Michigan, Wisconsin , Illinois and Indiana shores of Lake Michigan. 

Lay publications have written stories about how this drought filled summer of 2012 and unseasonably warm Winter of 2011 help set the stage for record lows.  (Chicago Tribune Story: October19, 2012).  Add to this the unseasonably warm weather as of late and you have the makings of a record setting Winter of 2012. 

We were casually reminded  just this week as the mercury reached a high of 75 on Monday December 3rd.  Visitors from warmer climates, such as California or Florida have commented on how much warmer it is in Chicago as compared to their home states.

The enclosed video from ABC affiliate WZZM-13 in Michigan speaks of islands forming off the coast of Saugatuck, MI.  Calling the situation a 'disaster', one that not even frequent dredging can remedy.  It has boaters of all kinds- commercial and recreational bracing themselves for a Spring shocker should this trend continue through out the upcoming Winter.

Marina operators and the commercial boating industry are the hardest hit as state funds run dry.  Reeling from the deficit laden budgets of the recent recession.  The trend has many marine professionals concerned about what the future will bring.

One thing is sure, if history is correct- this all comes in cycles and hopefully we are seeing the worst.  Only time will tell.

Additional Reading:

Dry summer helps push Lake Michigan water levels to near-record lows-Chicago Tribune

Drought drops Lake Michigan water to near record low-Chicago Tribune

Boating experts call low-water levels a disaster-Video WZZM-13 report

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Friday, November 2, 2012

Beneteau visionary honored for influence on marine industry

Beneteau visionary honored for influence on marine industry

Groupe Beneteau
November 2, 2012
Filed under News

Press Release

Annapolis, MD, November 2, 2012 – Active Interest Media (AIM) Marine Group held their Inaugural Editor’s Choice Awards on Friday October 26, 2012 during the 53rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show where the group honored Madame Annette Bénéteau-Roux with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

AIM Marine Group, publisher of magazines such as PassageMaker, POWER & MOTORYACHT, Yachts International, SAIL and Soundings hosted the event to pay tribute to the marine industry’s best of 2012. While presenting Bénéteau-Roux the Lifetime Achievement Award, Efrem Zimbalist III, chief executive of AIM joked to a crowd of approximately 300 people, “Once in a while a resume takes 45 minutes to read, but even that amount of time wouldn’t approach explanation of the icon’s influence on our industry.”
Madame Annette Bénéteau-Roux is the granddaughter of Benjamin Bénéteau who founded the Beneteau shipyard nearly 130 years ago. Today, the company continues to thrive under the leadership of Madame Bénéteau-Roux who serves as the supervisory board vice president of parent company Groupe Beneteau.

In her remarks about the many positive developments in the industry, Bénéteau-Roux stated, “The marine industry has come a long way since my beginnings in 1964.” She further acknowledged the support of industry partners and as well as Beneteau competitors thanking them for their contributions toward advancing the world of pleasure cruising.

Robert C. Arzbaecher, chief executive officer of Actuant Corp., received the Good Samaritan Award honoring his courageous efforts as the skipper of the Beneteau First 40.7, known as Sociable, for the rescue he and his crew made during the Chicago to Mackinac race in 2011.

“The Best Passagemaker” in the 30 to 40-foot category was awarded to the Beneteau Swift Trawler 34. The smallest in the range, the Swift Trawler 34 recently completed the circumnavigation of the Eastern United States, a route widely known as the Great Loop, covering over 5,300 miles in less than 4 months and documenting the journey on

“The Best Import Motoryacht” in the 70 to 80-foot category was awarded to the Monte Carlo Yachts 70, which debuted in Italy this past summer and is set to make her North American premiere at the Yacht & Brokerage Show in Miami Beach, Florida in February 2013.
“We’re thrilled to see Groupe Beneteau honored with three awards from the AIM Marine Group editors,” commented Laurent Fabre, president of Beneteau America. “It’s of course an immense pleasure, but also the validation of over a century of hard work and commitment to excellence,” Fabre added.

About Groupe Beneteau
Groupe Beneteau is the parent company of Beneteau, CNB Yachts, Jeanneau, Lagoon, Monte Carlo Yachts and Prestige producing thousands of runabouts, cruisers, trawlers, sailboats, semi custom yachts and mega yachts annually in dozens of ranges from 16 to 150 feet. The number one mono and multi-hull sailboat builder in the world, Groupe Beneteau continues development of both its sailboat and powerboat offerings. Considered one of the leading builders of motoryachts on the European stage, the Groupe Beneteau powerboat brands are now rapidly gaining popularity in both North and South America.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Beneteau Oceanis 45- A Lake Michigan Favorite

A great video from our colleagues at Southcoast Yachts in San Diego that shows just how easy the Oceanis 45 is to sail... single-handed!

Perhaps she has caught your eye at Montrose harbor on one of your runs on the lakefront.  Maybe it was off the Dever crib as she gracefully sailed by you.  Perhaps it was in Monroe harbor as she made her way in from a day sail.  Regardless of where you've seen the new Oceanis 45, we are sure that she made a lasting impression on you.  Her lines are easy on the eyes and under sail she has the get up and go that many find impressive for a boat her size.

Since her Lake Michigan premiere at the Strictly Sail boat show last January- the Oceanis 45 has caught on as the right boat for a majority of Lake Michigan sailors.  The various places you have seen her isn't you seeing double- there are that many Beneteau owners who have fallen for her spell.

Don't take our word for it, read what the sailing press has to say about her in Cruising World's review earlier this year.

Big boat sailing was never so effortless.  Isn't it time you found out first hand why the Oceanis 45 owners all have such big smiles on their faces?

Call us for more info.  773-254-0200 and any one of our sales associates can spec one out for you.

Further Reading:

Cruising World March 2012- Beneteau 41 and 45, the Chine; a syndrome- by Herb McCormick

Beneteau Oceanis 45-First Sail Australia

Beneteau America Website: Oceanis 45

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

2012 Annapolis Boat Show

October 9, 2012

The orders are still coming in from the United States Sailboat show this past weekend (October 4-8) at the City docks in Annapolis, Maryland.  Beneteau America is reporting a very strong order from the annual Fall show. "It was a great team effort and the beginning of an amazing year" said Denise Hanna- Dealer Sales Director for the North American branch of the number one boat builder in the world.

The Beneteau 'docks' were buzzing with activity during the four days that the KYS team was in attendance.  As of Tuesday, twenty-nine (29) orders for Beneteau sailboats had been submitted for delivery this Winter and Spring of 2013.

Beneteau displayed the following models:
-OCEANIS 34 Limited Edition
-OCEANIS 37 Limited Edition
-OCEANIS 41* (Big Seller on Lake Michigan)
-OCEANIS 45* (Another Big Seller on Lake Michigan)

Several Lake Michigan customers and prospective Beneteau owners made the trip out to 'naptown' to see the new models.  Thank you to those that braved the nice weather for a weekend of sailing indulgence.  For those that couldn't make it- There is still plenty of time to put your order in for delivery this Spring.  Contact us for more information on trade-in evaluations and pricing.

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Karma Yacht Sales Celebrates their Ten Year Anniversary

Karma Yacht Sales Celebrates their Ten Year Anniversary
            September 30, 2012

             (CHICAGO, IL) –Karma Yacht Sales, LLC- your Lake Michigan Sailboat dealer specializing in               Beneteau is pleased to announce the celebration of their tenth year of doing business.   On        September 30, 2002 Jack Buoscio and Lou Sandoval officially completed the purchase of Darfin Yachts LTD. and transitioned the 25 year old dealership into Karma Yacht Sales.


“A lot has changed since our first location at 1945 S. Halsted Street”  said Jack Buoscio, co-owner and founder.  “We have grown our business organically to reflect the changing needs of the local sailing community”.    Darfin Yachts had primarily been a dealer for Beneteau’s Cruising line of boats.  With the introduction of the Farr Yacht Design’s First Series boats in 1999, Darfin helped seed the First 40.7 fleet in Chicago with the first six boats.  Jack and Lou built upon the success of the First 40.7 fleet, and in 2002 KYS began to build the largest one-design class Beneteau has ever seen in North America with the dual-purpose First 36.7.  The racer/cruiser was a great catalyst for KYS growth as well, as Karma Yacht Sales became the largest FIRST dealer in North America, selling over 38 hulls of the boat on Lake Michigan and establishing the largest and most active fleet of 36.7’s in North America.   Both fleets continue to be active in Chicago’s sailboat racing scene.


“It is really interesting, but many sailors think that race boats were our mainstay during that time” said Lou Sandoval, co-owner and founder.  “While the race boats were popular, the cruising boats have been our mainstay.  The build quality, innovation and value that Beneteau offers are some of the reasons why one out of every three boats sold in Lake Michigan is a Beneteau.   For every racing sailboat sold, there are three to four cruising boats that help people ignite their passion for the water”.  


Karma’s main office is at 3635 S. Halsted in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, with a second sales office at Crowley’s Yacht Yard near the lakefront.    A celebration is planned later in the year at Chicago Yacht Club to commemorate their ten years of doing business.


About Karma Yacht Sales:   Karma Yacht Sales has represented Beneteau sailing yachts on Lake Michigan Since 2002.  A recipient of Benteau’s Platinum dealer status, KYS is a full service dealership providing new boat sales, service and brokerage on Lake Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes.   A recipient of Beneteau’s 2011 Dealer of the Year Award, KYS focuses on providing excellent customer service and has been recognized for their commitment to their clients by being perennial recipients of the Beneteau President’s Award for Sales & Service over the past decade.   Living up to their motto: ‘Waves of good fortune follow admirable actions’ KYS is a supporter of youth and educational initiatives in their surrounding community.


About Beneteau USA:  Beneteau USA, the American division of the world’s largest sailboat manufacturer,

builds hundreds of 31-50 foot production sailboats in Marion, SC and imports sailing

and power yachts up to 58 feet in length from its parent company in France.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Beneteau FIRST 20: Makes her North American Debut

Making her North American debut this October 4-8 in Annapolis, MD is the FIRST 20.   Visit the United States Sailboat show to find out more about her.  If you can't make it out East, we will have her at the Strictly Sail Chicago show January 24-27, 2013 at Navy Pier.  Either way, you will be impressed at the performance and affordability packed into this twenty foot boat.   Contact us for additional information or to find out about ordering one for yourself in time for Spring 2013.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Autumnal Equinox: Chicago’s Second Sailing Season

Autumnal Equinox: Chicago’s Second Sailing Season
Lou Sandoval-Co-Founder/Owner, Karma Yacht Sales
Don't you just love it when Labor Day weekend rolls around, the kids go back to school and Sunday afternoons are spent watching football?  While some view it as the 'end of the season, it puts a big grin on my face as it really symbolizes the start of Chicago's 'second sailing season-FALL.   I'll admit this upfront- I am a HUGE fall season fan.  What is there not to like, the picturesque leaves, the amazing sunsets, boat-gating at Burnham harbor for Bears games (sorry my Packer friends)?  
Many sailors like myself also know that some of the best breezes on Lake Michigan happen in the Fall season.   A great 10+Knots of breeze, sunshine and a few good friends make for a great opportunity to clear the Friday afternoon schedule and get out on the water.   So think about that this weekend, as we turn the page on the Summer of 2012 and officially welcome Autumn equinox.    Get out and sail!  I'll know that you did because you will be the one with the big ear-to-ear smile!
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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Help Sail America Share the Beauty of the Sailing Lifestyle

KYS Intro:  We've been saying for a long time how in order to get people to catch the sailing 'bug' they have to visualize how much fun being on the water is actually all about. So here is your chance.   The submission details are included below.   Let's have Lake Michigan be well represented having fun SAILING!


Help Sail America Share the Beauty of the Sailing Lifestyle!

Share your sailing photos and help Sail America twice! The Association is seeking photos to develop the groundbreaking new website and to increase sailing representation on Both sites are looking for images that depict the sailing lifestyle; we encourage you to submit your favorite photos for consideration. Help us work toward our mission of promoting the sailing industry and share some of your favorite sailing day shots.

What we need:

We are looking to put faces to the experience of sailing. We need photos of people out enjoying the water. Please no “running shots” of boats standing alone. We need action shots of happy and smiling faces. For example, we would prefer a shot of a father and daughter trimming a sail to a long-range shot of a boat in the distance.


Please send us the largest file size possible at the highest resolution available—preferably at least 300dpi—to provide us the most flexible end use. We can accept images via our ftp site, via CD to our mailing address, via file transfer service such as (send to Stephanie Grove’s attention), or we can pull them from an ftp site of your choice. We would ask that any images you send our way be royalty free (or at least not rights managed).

For general questions or information about how to use any of the methods for transmitting images above please contact Stephanie Grove at 401-289-2540 or

Please acknowledge that any images you send in your response will be considered approved for public use by Sail America and its affiliates and may be published over the Internet. You will be asked to complete a photo release form by the Association before your images will be used.

Thank you,

Sail America Team
50 Water Street
Warren, RI 02885

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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Crains Chicago: Anchors away — far away! Lots of vacancies in Chicago harbors

From Crain's Blogs: Greg Hinz On Politics

Anchors away — far away! Lots of vacancies in Chicago harbors August 22, 2012

This is the time of year when Chicago's lakefront boat harbors ought to be packed, filled with those who enjoy getting out of the hot city and onto the cool water.

The boats are out there, all right. But not nearly in the numbers the Chicago Park District had hoped.

In a bit of bad timing that a lot of business owners can relate to, the park district opened a huge new, 1,015-slot harbor last spring, even as economic weakness continued.

The result is that harbors that once had a long waiting line have vacancies — lots of them. In fact, roughly a quarter of the 5,893 boat slips and other docking facilities the district offers are empty this summer.

At an average docking fee of $5,000 a year, the 1,450 empty slots are costing the district — and taxpayers — better than $7 million a year in revenue that it could use. Which raises an obvious question of how the district will pay fast-rising debt service on the $105 million it spent to build the new harbor at 31st Street.

"Where was their marketing strategy?" asked Erma Trantor, president of Friends of the Park, a watchdog group. "While it's not surprising that a new harbor should take a few years to fill up . . . this is not a good sign about the financial health of the park district."

The man in charge of figuring out what to do now is Michael Kelly, who took over as superintendent about a year ago.

Mr. Kelly concedes the numbers aren't very good. Not only did the district add 1,015 slots this year, but the number of returning boats is down about 50, with overall revenue from harbors off about $1 million, he told me.

Mr. Kelly notes that planning for the expansion began nearly a decade ago, with a decision to proceed in 2009.

"I think it was a wise investment," he said. "I still think that, in four or five years, we'll be at 80 percent capacity."

He points to one thing I wrote about last winter: the huge number of vacancies at the new winter dry-dock facility the district opened at Montrose Harbor. Those numbers will be much improved this winter, he predicts.

But to get to that 80 percent, Mr. Kelly hinted at changes that may draw some applause in the boating community, which has been quite critical of the district and the firm that operates its harbors, Encino, Calif.-based Westrec Marina Management Inc.

For one, he said, the district is "absolutely looking at" freezing mooring fees, which have rapidly climbed in recent years. It's also considering unspecified "incentives," he said — all designed to lure boaters back to the city from cheaper locations elsewhere along the lake.

In addition, the district is studying whether it can cut a deal for naming rights for its harbors, which now have only geographic titles.

Citibank Belmont Harbor? American Airlines Marina at Monroe Street? Why not?

One other biggie: Westrec, a frequent target of boaters' wrath, could be on the way out when its current management deal expires in two years.

"They're doing a good job, but they've been the only really serious bidder in recent years," Mr. Kelly said. "(Having) another serious bidder would really help the taxpayers."

I'll bet that gets some notice in Encino. " I need to do what I need to do to keep the market healthy," Mr. Kelly concluded.

It's hard to argue with that. But with debt service on the new harbor scheduled to kick in at $4.6 million next year and rise to $6.7 million in 2014, as my colleague Shia Kapos reported last year, he'd better do something.

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Monday, July 30, 2012

Race to Mackinac 2012-Congratulations to All- especially...

First 36.7 1st Place Winners: As You Wish (photo credit -Mike Arzt, Ian Fohrman-The Public Works)

First 40.7 1st Place Winners: La Tempete (photo credit- Mike Arzt, Ian Fohrman-The Public Works)

104th Race to Mackinac -One for the Books
by Karma Yacht Sales Media Desk

There is a saying among Mac racers that 'slow starting races finish fast' and the 104th held true to the formula.  As sections were sent off starting at 1100 hours, the light breeze filled in for many of the sections as they made their departure from Chicago.  Much of Saturday was spent working the West or East sides of the rhumbline up the lake.  Boats varied in their approach to crossing the lake but most picked up a path to make their way accross the lake at the height of Kenosha to Port Washington, WI.   By Sunday morning, the offshore breeze filled in for most of the boats that stayed off the Michigan shore.  

Two Paths up the Lake of lead boats in the 36.7 Section Courtesy Yellow Brick Tracking

 Sea breeze compacted the fleets into concentric groups all along the rhumbline from Point Betsie to Sleeping Bear Dunes.  They stretched along the Michigan coast as the sun started to set Sunday Evening.  Strong pressure from the West outside the Manitou's lured a few boats outside the Manitou passage into what some might consider the "Hail Mary pass" of sailing.    Going outside the 'tous' (as they are called), paid off for the 40.7 leaders La Tempete and Das Boot.  

Six-time 36.7 Mac Winner Karma accompanied by Grizzly from Bayview Yacht Club also played the 'odds' and worked the outside of the islands between 930pm on Sunday to the early Monday morning hours.   Gamblers bets that catapaulted both boats from 14th and 15th in fleet position to 4th and 7th place finishes respectively.   Both boats reported sailing in breezes gusting to 21 knots under a beatiful starlit sky and average boat speeds in the early double digits. 

The kite work continued for the fleet through Grey's reef passage as the lead boats rounded Can #3 to enter the Straits of Mackinac- the breeze increased with gusts up to 19 knots for the great spinnacker parade down the straits and under Mac bridge. For a sample of just how much fun it was click on the enclosed you tube link.

It has been written that 271 boats finished in a compressed amount of time between 0400 hours and 1200 hours on Monday July 23rd.

Line Honors went to the Volvo Ocean 70 il Mostro owned by Mr. Peter Thornton who triumphantly brings the Royono Trophy back to Chicago Yacht Club after a four year hiatus with an elapsed finishing time of 35:38:19. 

The Mackinac Cup was won by Realt Na Mara a J109 owned by Tom and Joe Longdrigan of Springfield, IL tops in the 121 boat division.

The Mackinac Trophy was won by Providence an Erickson 35 owned by Jerry and Greg Miarecki of Chicago, the top boat in the 146 boat division.

In the Doublehanded Division, TFWB Relentless owned by George Petris of the Grand Traverse Yacht Club won the division for the second year in a row.

The Cruising Division Overall was won by Intuition an S2 9.2A owned by Kershner, Hynes, Gillespie, Burns and Macainag. 

The Multihull Overall went to Pterodactyl and Line honors for first to finish were won by Ron White's Cheekee Monkee. 

Of the 54 Beneteaus that competed in the 104th Race to Mackinac, the top boats in the highly competitive eighteen boat  36.7 fleet  and the eleven boat 40.7 fleet were as follows:

First 36.7 Section:

1.  As You Wish  - John Heaton 
2.  Tried and True- Robert Foley
3. Tequila Mockingbird- Chris Duhon

First 40.7 Section:

1. La Tempete -  Tom Weber
2. Das Boot-        Jay and Cindy Muller
3. Spanker-         Dennis J. McDonnell and James McDonnell

The 105th Running of the Race to Mackinac leaves on July 13, 2013 if you are a racer or cruiser you will not want to miss this race.  Mark your calendars now.

For detailed results by Section visit:

Overall Results:
Section Results:

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Saturday, July 21, 2012

Interview with Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac Chairman-Lou Sandoval

Watch live video from onthewateranarchy on

July 20, 2012

Alan Block of Blocksail interviews Lou Sandoval Co-Owner/Founder of Karma Yacht Sales and Race chairman for the 104th and 105th Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac.  Billed as the oldest and longest running freshwater distance race of it's kind, Lou explains some of the many items needed to coordinate a successful race.

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Thursday, June 21, 2012

YBAA News: Inclusion as a Case for Business Development by Lou Sandoval

Karma Yacht Sales Co-Owner/Co Founder Lou Sandoval recently wrote an overview article on inclusion and diversity for the Yacht Broker's Association of American News.  Karma Yacht Sales is proud to have been a part of the recent Boat Growth Summits held in Chicago.

To read the full article Click here

Like any other industry the Marine Industry continues to evolve to identify where the next generation of buyers will come from.  The need to reach out to diverse market segments is a critical part of that growth strategy.   Properly executed, outreach strategies can have a positive effect or the opposite.  Mr. Sandoval identifies some factors that inclusion strategies should contain to be effective.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

CBS 2 Chicago-A Primer on Getting Into Boating

Chicago Yacht Club members discuss how to get into boating with the CBS 2 Chicago news team.   Karma Yacht Sales, showcases the number one brand on Lake Michigan- Beneteau and their NEW Beneteau Oceanis 45.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Karma Yacht Sales is now a certified Switlik Service Center

For Immediate Release
June 1, 2012
For Inquiries:
Info at or 773.254.0200

Karma Yacht Sales is glad to announce that we are now the local Service Center for SwitlLik in the Chicago area.  As many of our customers have purchased the Mom-8A Man Overboard Modules over the years, we noticed that the need (and expense) to have to ship units via common freight carrier added a layer of complexity to timely safety review and recertification of the Mom-8A units.  Effective June 1, 2012 we are certified by Switlik to do the inspections and recertifications of the units in  addition to being a retailer for the units themselves.

We offer base inspection and assessment of the units.  Parts required for replacement are an additional charge.  We also offer convenient pick-up and delivery of the MOM-8A units at your boat for a fee*.  Newly purchased units are good for two years. Re-Certification is good for one year (12 calendar months) from date of service. 

To schedule your Mom-8A unit for service call or to inquire about rates- contact us at 773-254-0200 x2030 to reserve a spot prior to the busy offshore racing season.

*This may not be available during peak rush times July 13-20, 2012.

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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Karma Yacht Sales Grows Boating- By Kristin Ostberg

Thank you to Kristing Ostberg for her story from The Hardscrabbler.  You can see the original via the link below.

Lou Sandoval and Jack Buoscio, co-owners of Karma Yacht Sales at 3635 South Halsted, returned from the Strictly Sail winter boat show bustling with leads. Winter is the season when people buy yachts, and boat sales reflect consumer confidence. Apparently consumer confidence has been rousing itself.

Boat sales began to step up in 2011, according to Spader, a franchise and consultancy. During the consumer-confidence bust, used boats flooded the market. But last year, dealer inventories of used boats dropped, and sales of new boats rose 3 times as fast as sales of used boats did.

Jack says the first to start buying again were people who had the money to buy all along, they never lost it -- they were the 45 to 50 foot yacht crowd. Now, people in the 35 to 40 foot crowd are following them back into the water.

If it surprises you to find a yacht dealer on Halsted Street in Bridgeport, Jack and Lou are quick to point out that sailing isn’t just a rich man’s sport. Though they say it is a sport for the forward looking. “Sailing a boat isn’t like driving a car,” Jack says “you have to plan several steps ahead.” They named their business for the principle that “waves of good fortune follow admirable actions.” And when they are not selling yachts, they are actively trying to bring the sport to a broader demographic. Lou, who lives in Bridgeport, is interested in doing something similar for Halsted Street.

Jack and Lou grew up on Chicago’s south side, in close proximity to the lake. Jack’s father was a school teacher, Lou’s was a steel worker. Lou first experienced sailing in the scouts, Jack discovered he had what they call the ‘water gene’ later in life.

As adults, they bought their first boat together with some friends while they were still employed in their corporate careers. It was a 26-foot 1978 craft “with a yellow hull and a Brady Bunch interior,” Lou recalls. They sailed it until they calculated they were ploughing enough into repairs and maintenance that they might as well buy a new boat. They did their homework and decided to buy a Beneteau.

Benjamin Beneteau started building fishing boats in 1884. His grandchildren pioneered in pleasure boats. Today, Beneteau is the largest builder of sailing yachts in the world. Even Benjamin’s fishing boats had names like “Poursuivante” (Pursuer) and “Vanquer des Jaloux” (Vanquisher of the Jealous). The brand is still known for speed and performance, and a reasonable price. For a new, 50-foot Beneteau, a reasonable price may be half a million dollars. Karma Yacht Sales also brokers used boats -- a smaller, older boat can be bought for the price of a car.

Jack and Lou bought their first Beneteau in 1999. By 2002 they were ready to trade their corporate careers for entrepreneurship. They’d struck up a friendship with Joe and Elaine Darby, owners of Darfin Yachts, who represented Beneteau on Lake Michigan. Jack eventually quit his corporate job to sell boats through Darfin full-time. Lou had once had a side venture managing yachts for clients he met through his corporate job – when he was doing sales for Abbott pharmaceuticals – they tended to be heads of surgery with a lot more money than time.

The Darby’s ran Darfin from their home near Midway airport.When they expressed interest in selling their dealership, Jack and Lou decided to buy it. They set up shop in Pilsen first, they acquired their building in Bridgeport in 2007.

There is still a portion of their customer base that rarely travels south of Madison Street. But Bridgeport is equidistant between Crowley’s 95th Street Yacht Yard, where they keep their inventory, and Burnham Harbor downtown. And Karma will be even better poised when the new 31st Street Harbor comes online this May.

Jack estimates there are 6 to 7 sailboat dealers in the Lake Michigan market, but only 2 or 3 of them have actually invested in inventory. The others will sell you boats out of catalogues. Karma also employs 2-3 service technicians so they can guarantee reliable service on boats they sell.

They typically start the season with 4 boats on hand in representative sizes – some customers will order variations based on their models, but by late summer, they hope to be selling the last of their inventory.

A wavering customer can visit Beneteau’s US manufacturing plant in Marion, South Carolina, where 300 families build boats in a 21-step assembly process. It’s a convincing experience. Buyers sometimes visit their own boat as it is being built.

Nationally, new boat sales have waxed and waned with the economy over decades, but sales of new sailboats began to drop steadily after 2000. That may reflect the aging of the traditional yacht demographic. It does not measure trade in used boats, and Lou says sales of new yachts have been steadier in Chicago than they have been nationally.

Karma opened during the dotcom bust, and has weathered the banking crisis. At the height of it, sales shifted toward cash transactions, (from about 20% toward 40% of sales) but that’s not because marine lenders weren’t willing to make loans. Jack says financing for sailboats is still readily available.

In fact that’s a point of some pride for sailors: in the past 5 years, foreclosures hit the world of boat finance too. But 98% of those were foreclosures on motorboats. Only 2% were on sailboats, according to GE Capital, which lends to both dealers and consumers.

Jack and Lou say it’s not that sailboat owners are richer, they believe it reflects the careful instincts of the sailor, who must calculate the wind to change his course. Sailboats don’t appeal to the sportsman impatient to press a button, drop the throttle or hit the gas.

And sailboats tend to hold their value, even in crisis – they may depreciate 2-3% a year. Jack describes a customer who inherited some money 4 years ago. He considered investing in stocks, or in a vacation home, but ultimately decided to buy a boat. Two years later, he was very happy with that decision. “He came back to tell us ‘The stocks I was going to buy are down 40%, the cottage is down to half its value in 2 years,” Jack recalls, “but the boat held 94% of its value.’”

Boat loans are often amortized over 20 years – which means you can buy a yacht the price of a house for payments similar to those for a nice car. That is why Jack and Lou’s typical customer doesn’t have to be rich. Karma’s customers include police officers and school teachers, who enjoy their summers off.

The storied ‘water gene’ – which differentiates the person who goes out on a boat and isn’t all that impressed from the one who absolutely loves it – may be widely dispersed. But old social dynamics still impinge on its expression. “Grow Boating” is an industry initiative to promote the boating lifestyle.

Lou attended a Grow Boating assembly last year. It brought 160 luminaries from across boating types and industry sectors. Lou says only 15 of them were women, and he was one of 5 minorities. He believes the boat-owning grassroots is more diverse, even if that diversity is still filtering up through industry leadership. As of 2009 there were roughly 375,000 registered boats in Illinois, about 1 for every 13 households in the state, suggesting he is probably right.

Karma Yacht Sales has an activist streak – its owners are current on issues that impact their industry and advocate for measures that help it along. Locally, they have approached the public schools and city colleges about developing educational programs that might use sailing to demonstrate classroom concepts in physics and math, or offer vocational training in fiberglass and diesel mechanics – skills that could grow a local sailing industry, and are transferable to other industries as well.

Lou moved his family to Bridgeport in 2006, so he tends to see opportunities for action here too. He lived in Wicker Park for 9 years, and was active in the Chamber of Commerce that raised Wicker Park’s retail profile – he’d like to see similar efforts in Bridgeport. Wicker Park used a Special Service Area to generate revenues that merchants could invest as a group. Just as important, they coordinated their marketing efforts and used electronic media – something Bridgeport’s retail old-guard has been slow to embrace.

This summer, when the new marina opens at 31st Street, non-boaters may also feel the boost. Chicago harbors generate more than $30 million in annual revenue for the Park District, and help support 100s of jobs hospitality sector jobs.
Last year, about 5,000 boats docked at the city’s 9 marinas. The Park District has cited growing demand to justify substantial hikes in harbor fees over the last 10 years.

The new harbor at 31st Street will add 1,000 slips to the city’s inventory, according to Westrec Marinas, which operates the harbors for the Park District. Jack and Lou anticipate a salutary effect on harbor fees, not to mention new points of entry for Chicagoans just discovering their affinity for the water.

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

Friday, February 3, 2012

Welcome to Beneteau America!

Visit the new Beneteau America website:


February 3, 2012

Beneteau recently announced the launch of Beneteau America (BA) , an internal restructuring that will continue to bolster Groupe Beneteau on the North American Continent.  BA arises out of the former entity known as Beneteau USA.  The three operating entities are as follows:

1. BGM America, Inc,- which encompasses all of the Marion, South Carolina manufacturing, purchasing, engineering, methods, production, logistics, quality and maintenance departments.

2. Beneteau Inc, - The new Groupe Beneteau support organization of accounting, finance, administration, information systems and human resources.

3. Beneteau America, Inc, - composed of the Sailboat and powerboat divisions for Groupe Beneteau.  BA  is the company that will manage all relationships with our dealers, customers and the media.

The move comes at a time when other North American based sail and power manufacturers are reeling in the economic recovery.  The internal restructuring will solidify the position of the Beneteau brand as the number one (1) sailboat and trawler brand in all the markets throughout North, Central and South America.

The impact to customers in the Lake Michigan area will be seamless.  Karma Yacht Sales will continue to be your Lake Michigan sailboat dealer representing the number one preferred brand on the Lake.   What it does provide for you as a current Beneteau owner or prospective Beneteau buyer, is the reassurance that you are buying into a brand name supported by a worldwide manufacturer on solid financial footing.   It further protects your sailing investment value in the years to come. 

Groupe Beneteau originates from a company founded over 120 years ago that has interests in a broad range of products in the marine and non-marine markets.  Entering our tenth year of doing business , Karma Yacht Sales is very proud to be the 2011 Beneteau dealer of the year and Lake Michigan representative of Beneteau- the number one new boat brand on the lake.

Contact us to find out why greater than one out of three boats sold is a Beneteau- a testament to the innovation, performance and quality that Lake Michigan sailors prefer.

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

Friday, January 27, 2012

Visit the Beneteau /Karma Yacht Sales Display at Strictly Sail 2012

Good Times Happen on Sailboats...

There is no better way to bond with your family and friends than on a sailboat.   So why shouldn't that apply to a sailboat show?  Aside from having the latest models of the #1 Sailboat brand on Lake Michigan, Visit the Beneteau Display (booth #240) at Strictly Sail this weekend on Navy Pier and we will have a special array of family friendly activities for the kids to do. 

We will have the Karma Kiddie Corner for Children ages 2- 9 Saturday and Sunday from 11:00am to 4pm.

11:00am to 1:00pm  Face Painting and Tattoos  Join Randi from Cheeky Designs and get a nautical tattoo or face design.

Saturday and Sunday

1100:am to 400pm    Activites:     Coloring Contests, Sailboat Pictures for the kids

Additionally, at the show there will be RC boat races in the sailing tank on the East end and the Sailing Simulator and other activities for the family.

So if you sail, have an interest in sailing or are just a bit curious about exploring Chicago from the water- come down to Navy Pier and visit us at Strictly Sail. 

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

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Karma Yacht Sales - Seminars for 10th Annual Open House

It may be January in Chicago, but it's never too soon to talk sailing!

Enclosed is the line-up of seminars and speakers for our 10th Annual Open House
If you have not done so already, make sure to submit your RSVP  as it will  be a full house.
For more information on logistics for the Open House click here
Enclosed are our speakers for the day:

“Cruising Sail Trim- Getting the most enjoyment out of your leisure sailing"
10:30am to 11:30am  Present by Perry Lewis, North Sails Midwest

Seminar: Nothing increases the enjoyment of your boat than maximizing the performance of your boat while under sail. Perry will take you through some of the commonly made mistakes by cruising sailors in mainsail, genoa and cruising gennaker trim.

About Perry Lewis:

Perry is one of North Sails' longest-term veterans, with over 33 years in the Midwest loft. With a background in math, he grew up family cruising, and later spent three months cruising around Europe w/ his fiancée. He has also proven himself on the race course with over a dozen National or North American titles, in various fleets ranging from the S2 7.9 (4 times), T-10, J/30 & J/35, IOR 1/2, 3/4, & 1-Ton Cups, and the MORC Internationals. He enjoyed participating in the 2010 J/80 "World Tour", ending with successful J-80 Worlds in Newport RI. Perry is also one of the inaugural Mackinac "Double Goats", having completed over 30 of both Chicago & Port Huron-Mackinac races, and having won overall ten times.

“Bucket List Update: Race to Mackinac from a Cruising Sailors Point of View”
11:30am to 12:30pm Presented by Emmy and Matt Gallagher

Seminar:  How often have you thought someday….? Matt and Emmy Gallagher will take you through their plan of how they went from “Someday” to “Today” when they cast off their spring lines and headed North in the annual distance classic- The Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac. (OK. Perhaps there were a few more steps) Get a first-timers perspective on having done the 103rd. Isn’t it time you said: “I’m in!”.

About the Gallaghers:


Matt & Emmy Gallagher own Endeavour, a 2008 Beneteau Oceanis 37 purchased from Karma Yacht Sales. Since purchasing the boat, they have cruised it throughout Lake Michigan with their two children, Charlie (4) and Maggie (2). In 2011, they start racing Endeavour, participating in the cruising division of the 103rd running of the Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac as well as the Verve Cup and CYC's Belmont Beer Can series. Both Emmy and Matt sailed on friends boats following college. Endeavour is their first boat. They are also active members of the Chicago Yacht Club, where Matt chairs the Communications Committee and serves on the Membership and Mackinac Committees.

"Preventative Diesel Engine Tips for the DIY Sailor”
12:30pm to 1:30pm Presented by Roy Cohen, President- Superior Marine Service, Inc.

Seminar: Nothing brings trepidation to the heart of a sailor than when you turn on the engine and you get no response from your “iron genoa” Many of the common issues can be prevented with … you guessed it- an ounce of preventative maintenance. Mr. Cohen takes you through some of the common issues with new or old diesel engines. Hear it from the expert and minimize the ‘Oh popsicle sticks!!’ effect.

About Roy Cohen:

Mr. Cohen brings over 43 years of hands on experience in internal engine repair and service. Superior Marine Service (SMS) is a factory authorized service center for OMC Stern Drive, Johnson and Evinrude Outboards, MerCruiser Stern Drives, Nissan Outboards, Tohatsu Outboards and Yanmar Diesel engines. They are a fully authorized sales and service center for Beta Marine, Westerbeke and Universal gasoline & diesel engines and service location for Algae-X diesel fuel cleaning systems.

SMS has been the recipient of numerous awards including:

  • Nissan's 2003 Outstanding Sales, Service & Commitment Award
  • Yanmar's 2003 Outstanding Service Award
  • 2006 Gold dealership service award.
  • 2006, Top 25 dealership award from Tohatsu Outboards.

See you at the Open House!

Thursday, January 5, 2012

A New face around Karma Yacht Sales! Welcome Cate Muller!

Ms. Cate Muller

For Immediate Release:
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Karma Yacht Sales welcomes Ms. Cate Muller to sales team

January 5, 2012

(CHICAGO, IL) –Karma Yacht Sales, LLC- your Lake Michigan Sailboat dealer specializing in Beneteau is pleased to announce that Ms. Cate Muller will be joining the yacht sales team effective immediately. Ms. Muller recently completed her training as a certified Beneteau Sales Specialist in keeping with the Platinum dealer requirements for Beneteau USA. Most recently Cate was the Sailing School Program Director at Milwaukee Yacht Club and before that she was a Sales & Marketing Assistant at Harken Yacht Equipment in Pewaukee, WI.

Ms. Muller stared sailing career sailing Opti’s at the Columbia Yacht Club Junior sailing program and as time went on, she graduated to 420’s and then Lasers. She has raced competitively at the collegiate level where she was the captain of her sailing team and served in leadership positions as President of the Midwest Collegiate Sailing Association. As of late, she races in the Melges 24 class and is the tactician aboard her parent’s boat DAS BOAT, a Beneteau First 40.7. She continues in leadership positions for the sport of sailing-serving as the Lake Michigan Fleet Captain for the Beneteau First 40.7 fleet.  Cate is a member of Chicago Yacht Club and Milwaukee Yacht Club.

Cate attended Latin School of Chicago and graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a B.A in Public Relations. Cate resides in Milwaukee, WI.

About Karma Yacht Sales: Karma Yacht Sales is entering its 10th year of representing Beneteau sailing yachts on Lake Michigan. A recipient of Benteau’s Platinum dealer status, KYS is a full service dealership providing new boat sales, service and brokerage on Lake Michigan and throughout the Great Lakes. A recipient of Beneteau’s 2011 Dealer of the Year Award, KYS focuses on providing excellent customer service and has been recognized for their commitment to their clients by being perennial recipients of the Beneteau President’s Award for Sales & Service over the past decade. Living up to their motto: ‘Waves of good fortune follow admirable actions’ KYS is a supporter of youth and educational initiatives in their surrounding community.

About Beneteau USA: Beneteau USA, the American division of the world’s largest sailboat manufacturer, builds hundreds of 31-50 foot production sailboats in Marion, SC and imports sailing and power yachts up to 58 feet in length from its parent company in France.

To Learn more about Cate visit the KYS site.

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