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

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

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.

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

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.

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